I have many imported images on Illustrator and would like to create a rectangle with the same size of each, and on the same layout, without clicking on every picture and then "Transform", noting down the dimensions, etc.

Is there a way to create a rectangle the same way you can create an Artboard by clicking on an image or a group?

  • Why do you need these rectangles? (You maybe able to do what you need without creating actual objects)
    – Cai
    Commented Dec 1, 2016 at 16:42
  • To create a wireframe, ideally to have them colored and put some text on them Commented Dec 1, 2016 at 17:20

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You can probably achieve what you want without creating any actual objects by using the appearance panel (Window → Appearance).

Adding strokes and fills to an image doesn't really work so you need to add a "Convert to Shape → Rectangle" effect first, then you can add as many strokes, fills or effects to get what you want. See this for example (duplicated the plain image I used above for reference):

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An example of what you can achieve with a single image with the appearance panel (more suitable for a wireframe, as you mentioned in comments):

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Once you have your appearance the way you like it you can drag the object to the graphic styles panel and reuse it on all your other images with a single click.


The method I have always used:

  1. Select your picture and mask it.
  2. Mask remains selected. Press Ctrl/Cmd + C to copy it.
  3. Undo.
  4. Press Ctrl/Cmd + F to paste the mask rectangle on top.

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