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Cropping an image in Illustrator

Posted on: June 10, 2008

As simple as it may seem, cropping an image in Illustrator is not that obvious.  Illustrator has a vector based workspace, as opposed to Photoshop which uses a canvas.

A simple solution is to first crop the image in Photoshop to its desired dimensions, and then import the image into Illustrator.

If you really want to do it using Illustrator, you can use a clipping mask to hide the part of the image you don’t need:

  • draw the area you want to crop (using pen tool for instance)
  • select both the path and the image
  • go to Object > Clipping Mask > make

Remember that this is only hiding the part outside the path.  You can get the original image back by releasing the clipping mask.

I found some posts on how to really crop the image (so that the undesired parts are really deleted), but I found them a bit strange:

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