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How do I crop a photo in Illustrator?

Apr 18, 2012 5:42 AM

I can't believe I can't figure this out. (I came over from Freehand, and it was simple).

All I want to do is:
1) Crop a placed photo within Illustrator
2) Create a border around it.

I can't seem to find the answer in any help file. Is it so simple in Illustrator that they don't explain how to do it? I don't want to create crop marks for the entire image, just crop off part of a photo without going back into Photoshop. How?

Thanks very much.

Mark

 
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    May 29, 2008 1:07 AM   in reply to (Mark_Nadell)
    You can't really "crop" a photo in Illustrator the same way you can in Photoshop. It's not designed for that.

    In Illustrator you can mask out an area you don't want. Search the Help pages under "Clipping Mask"
     
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    May 29, 2008 5:25 AM   in reply to (Mark_Nadell)
    As Kev Say, illustrator don't crop an image, it mask the image

    see here migrating to Illustrator
    http://www.adobe.com/designcenter/illustrator/articles/illcs2am_creati vity.html

    see here tutos on illustrator basics
    http://www.adobe.com/designcenter/video_workshop/
     
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    Apr 1, 2010 9:56 AM   in reply to (Mark_Nadell)

    If you use the clipping mask tool, it will "crop" your image, but if you try to export it as a raster file, your dimensions will remain the same as the original photo's dimensions, meaning you will have white space in your jpeg/png/bmp/gif/tif file where your clipping mask is...I've had this problem before, the way I deal with it is...get ready...I use MS paint to easily crop out the white space by pulling the image limiters(little blue dots)to only where my image should show, rotating the image if necessary, and repeating the process until I have my image cropped...no need to go back into photoshop, or even use photoshop.


    One of the RARE times when MS paint comes in handy...to be honest, I've never used it for anything else.

     
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    Apr 1, 2010 11:06 AM   in reply to (Mark_Nadell)

    Yeah, there is no "Paste into" in Illustrator, you will get used to using masks to crop your photos. I like it a lot better then the way I had to work in Freehand.

     
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    Apr 1, 2010 11:17 AM   in reply to TheMarkness

    If you want to totally eliminate content outside a mask in Illustrator (giving you a true crop), you can use the following method:

     

    Select the path that you would have used for the clipping mask and, instead of making a mask, fill it with, oh, say, white. Then, set the opacity for that masking object to 0% using the transparency palette/panel. Then, with that object and the underlying raster image selected, flatten transparency. (Use 100% vector on the quality slider and make sure the 'Preserve alpha channel' option is unchecked.) Ungroup the result.

     

    You should now be able to independently select the various portions (inside and outside the mask) and discard those you don't need. The links palette/panel will show you what's going on.

     

    You can use this method with multiple clipping masks in a single operation. You don't even have to initially embed the underlying image for this to work.

     
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    Apr 1, 2010 12:09 PM   in reply to (Mark_Nadell)

    The Links Palette is another option in case we're talking about rectangular crops. A couple of stumbling blocks included.

     
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    Apr 1, 2010 1:21 PM   in reply to (Mark_Nadell)

    Has anyone (else) noticed the dates from the OP until post #3?

     
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    Apr 1, 2010 1:21 PM   in reply to Jacob Bugge

    Yes.

     
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    Apr 1, 2010 1:36 PM   in reply to Jacob Bugge

    Why?

     
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    Apr 1, 2010 1:48 PM   in reply to Kurt Gold

    Kurt, Harron,

     

    We could have answered it in the fair forums, but now it is too late.

     
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    Apr 1, 2010 1:54 PM   in reply to Jacob Bugge

    We are doomed.

     
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    Apr 1, 2010 2:01 PM   in reply to Harron K. Appleman

    Looks like the Y2K effect finaly cought up with us. Or Adobe is having a laugh on us.

     
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    Apr 1, 2010 2:30 PM   in reply to Harron K. Appleman

    Has anyone noticed that question 2) in post #0 is still unanswered? Some are doomed, indeed.

     
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    Apr 1, 2010 2:37 PM   in reply to Kurt Gold

    Where is that, post a link.


     
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    Apr 1, 2010 2:44 PM   in reply to PrepressPro1

    The border around the photo.

     

    Question 2.

     
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    Apr 1, 2010 2:47 PM   in reply to Kurt Gold

    Well, I would imagine that's because it's not hard to put borders around clip masked objects...for the 1 or 2 of you out there who don't actually know, there's several ways of accomplishing borders in Illustrator.  1) Brush tool, nuff said.  2) Create a box around your object using the rectangle tool, then apply whatever brush you create for your border, or just leave it as a box, for the minimalistic look.

     

    Does that answer question #2?

     
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    Apr 1, 2010 2:51 PM   in reply to TheMarkness

    Not sure. I'm one of the 1 or 2. Will have to study it.

     
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    Apr 1, 2010 2:53 PM   in reply to TheMarkness

    Look what you started, Kurt.

     
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    Apr 1, 2010 2:59 PM   in reply to Kurt Gold

    Stop notifications.

     

    Thank you.

     

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    Apr 1, 2010 3:08 PM   in reply to TheMarkness

    If there are more than one more, does that mean that some are the same one, maybe even more than one same one that is more?

     
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    Apr 1, 2010 3:14 PM   in reply to Jacob Bugge

    Huh?

     
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    Apr 1, 2010 3:17 PM   in reply to nDriskell

    And please stop providing meddlesome advertisement, Nathan.

     

    Thank you.

     
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    Apr 1, 2010 3:21 PM   in reply to Harron K. Appleman

    Harron,

    Huh?

     

    Now we are talking.

     

    I am sure Kurt can answer that one.

     
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    Apr 2, 2010 2:28 AM   in reply to Harron K. Appleman

    Harron, it seems that both Kurt and I have had to attend to other things during the dark hours (of ours).

     

    So:

     

    If Kurt is one of the 1 or 2, and if there are more than one more (than Kurt), that will make at least three (of the 1 or 2); and then the question is: does that mean that some are the same  one, maybe like Philip and Philippus (which leads us back to the threads of the fair forum, or at least to some  Phantom Threads from the fair forum), and if there are four or more, maybe even more than one same one that is more?

     
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    Apr 2, 2010 6:13 AM   in reply to Jacob Bugge

    I'm actually kind of glad I ended up with a fever last night, and had to divert my attention to it...I'm lost now.  I just draw the pretty pictures.

     
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    Apr 2, 2010 9:06 AM   in reply to TheMarkness

    Markness,

     

    I am pleased to hear that the fever did not conjure up something worse than a Phantom thread or three from the old days.

     

    But if you reread post #18, the rest is based upon a simple calculation.

     
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    Apr 2, 2010 9:49 AM   in reply to Jacob Bugge

    Ahh...yep.  It's all becoming clear to me now.

     
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    Aug 6, 2010 10:04 AM   in reply to (Mark_Nadell)

    You miigt be able to solve some problems using the art board tool. this tool will help you "resize the canvas" so to speak.  ; )

     
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    Nov 15, 2010 8:40 AM   in reply to Harron K. Appleman

    Thanks for this, I've used the clipping masks, but I didn't know how to flatten images. After the clipping mask, I have cropped, then exported as an image file in order to print. For some reason Illustrator couldn't deal with the masks and complicated images below when asked to print.

     
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    Jan 13, 2011 12:42 AM   in reply to (Mark_Nadell)

      if you want to crop any image.than i will suggest you to visit the link below

    http://www.raiseitsolutions.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=2

    thank you very much.

     
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    Jan 27, 2011 9:17 AM   in reply to (Mark_Nadell)

    There has always been a crop tool ACTUALLY.. I just got CS5 not too long ago and have found that is has been renamed to Artboard Tool.

    Use this tool to create the bounding box and once you're ready to export, do so and then click on the 'use artboards' box at the bottom of the export window.

     
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    Mar 26, 2011 7:10 PM   in reply to (Mark_Nadell)

    Thanks for bringing this up, as I too have

    issues with photo illustrator.  I  have problems saving my picture once I've made changes to it.

     
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    Mar 30, 2011 2:24 AM   in reply to (Mark_Nadell)

    kindly please do help me to find where can i find the clipping mask in adobe illustrator cs5? pls!!! thank you

     
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    Mar 30, 2011 2:36 AM   in reply to bachelor of fine arts

    With Illustrator open, click on "Help" at the top of the screen, then "Illustrator Help", then in the Search field type "Clipping Mask"

     
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    Oct 4, 2011 9:19 AM   in reply to Harron K. Appleman

    hiiii . hey there's chicken !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
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    Nov 2, 2011 10:20 AM   in reply to Harron K. Appleman

    Thank you. I was going crazy trying to do an ordinary crop in Illustrator.

     
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    Nov 3, 2011 4:39 PM   in reply to TheMarkness

    Thanks TheMarkness!!! I've always wondered how to take an image from a JPG in CS2 and crop the white space around, your instructions are the clearest I've read! Good ole MS Paint!

     
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    Nov 23, 2011 1:14 PM   in reply to Harron K. Appleman

    Thanks Appleman. That reduced my file size to 1/40...big help!

     
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