I have a multi layer doc. Many of the vectors peek out of the artboards dimensions. I need a clean trim to the exact dimensions. I was playing with the shapefinder but did not get the results I wanted. What is the best way to trim off any vectors outside the artboard.
Nobody would usually bother, since when this is converted to a PDF or an image it becomes irrelevant and the artboard boundaries become your page bounds. Otherwise the simplest option would be to apply a clipping mask to everything short of pathfindering every object in the artwork... But again: Unless "clean" edges are required for some specific production process, one wouldn't bother.
This is not very precise, but might be what you need.
here my objects come off the page. Use the eraser tool and hold Option/alt It will marquee over everything and delete a rectangle. Just make the rectangle go to the edge of your artboard.
As I said, this isn't very presice, but it does exactly what you are asking for if I understand properly. A clipping mask that is the same size as the artboard will also work in most cases, but the vectors are still actually there. This kills them dead.
> "I was playing with the shapefinder but did not get the results I wanted."
What exactly did you do when playing with the Shape Builder tool? What was wrong about the results?
Can you provide a sample .ai file?
Which version of Illustrator are you using?
Regarding my attempts with the Shapefinder panel. My problem may have been there were 3 vector layers and I was trying to neatly trim them to the artboard. I'm thinking I needed to trim each layer seperately?
Now we may be talking about different things.
I thought you were using the Shape Builder tool. Probably you are using the Pathfinder panel instead, but I'm not sure. You call it the Shapefinder although a shapefinder does not exist in Illustrator, at least not something that is called like that.
Telling which AI version you are using and providing a sample .ai file may still help to clarify.