And here we are, four years (and hundreds of dollars) later. And illustrator still cannot perform one of the most taken-for-granted functions in graphics.
Not quite right for my opinion. It have been done for a while ago. There is a tool - Artboard Tool. It's do crop function and actually they made it look more like crop tool in PS.
Follow the steps given below so that you can crop your Photo/Embedded image as you desired/required in Illustrator.
1) Select the Photo/Image you want to Crop then press Ctrl+Shift +Alt +2 to lock all objects other than you selected.
2) Make a clipping mask of your Photo/Embedded image as you required.
3)Choose the "Group Selection Tool" from the Tools palette and choose View>Outline or press Ctrl + Y. It will change your screen to Outline mode. Now select your clipping path(which you created to make a clipping mask) using the "Group Selection Tool" then "Copy" and "Paste in Front" or simply doing by shortcut Ctrl + C and Ctrl + F. Dont Forget to bring back your screen to the Normal mode by using the same shortcut Ctrl + Y.
4)Now fill the path with white ensure the stroke should be none.
5)Choose Window>Transparency and choose the "Multiply" from Blending Mode then make a Opacity to 0%.
6)Choose Select>All or press Ctrl + A.
7)Choose Object>Flatten Transparency give 100 to the Raster/Vector Balance next give desired resolution to LineArt and Gradient Mesh then Check off for all other options and press OK.
Now your photo/image has been cropped as you required.
Regardless of version it may be done by:
1) Create a rectangle where you wish to crop the image,
2) Select the rectangle and the image and Object>Clipping Mask>Make,
3) In the Transparency palette/panel dropdown list select anything but Normal (Multiply is fine),
4) Object>Flatten Transparency, just keep the defaults including 100% Vector.
You should be able to create a Clipping Mask containing one Clipping Path (the rectangle) on top of one or more objects (raster images, vector artwork, whatever), by selecting all and then use the dropdown Object>Clipping Mask>Make or the keyboard combination Alt/Option+O+M+M (hold Alt/Option and press O then M then M).
I have to leave for a while, 1:33 PM here.
You're right, it's a lot of discussion for a task that's as simple as cmd7. However, to be honest, a clipping path would not be my first instinct as a new user. Especially with the Crop tool in Photoshop.
Even more than that, Erica.
In this thread we have been discussing this subject for more than four years now, ever since it was brought up four months ago, in the OP of this thread.
You may also have a look here, from post #5 on,
and look at the Views count in the thread list.
the illustrator was built for vector files u cant crop a pixel photo in a vector software but you can make a clipping mask u have to choose the object and the shape u want tp crop ( the shape must be on the photo ) and then click shift + 7
i hope it was usefull my friend
You can "crop" bitmap image in Illustrator using clipping mask and Clip to Artboard option in Save for Web dialog. Trick is to set artboard bounds to same size as clipping path. - See more at: http://adobephotoshopsecrets.blogspot.com/2013/01/crop-and-save-bitmap -images-for-web.html
Because Adobe Illustrator is a vector-based design system, you can't crop a picture in Illustrator the same way you can in Adobe photoshop. But you can use a clipping mask and opacity mask to crop a picture and photo.
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