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.
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.
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.
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?
Harron, it seems that both Kurt and I have had to attend to other things during the dark hours (of ours).
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?
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.
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.
if you want to crop any image.than i will suggest you to visit the link below
thank you very much.
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.