36 Replies Latest reply on Oct 4, 2017 1:47 PM by Ton Frederiks

    Is there any way to crop in Illustrator?

    kymg

      I feel like this ought to be a simple process but I can't figure out how to crop an image in Illustrator. Do I need to crop the image in a different program and then bring it into Illustrator, or is there a way to crop in Illustrator? Sorry if this is a dumb question with a really obvious answer I am missing.

        • 1. Re: Is there any way to crop in Illustrator?
          SJRiegel Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          Draw a rectangle the size of your crop area, select the rectangle and the image. Then Object > Clipping Mask > Make

          • 2. Re: Is there any way to crop in Illustrator?
            Jacob Bugge MVP & Adobe Community Professional

            kymg,

             

            In addition to what SRiegel said, if you wish to really, literally crop, there is the dirty destructive deed, with the Clipping Mask selected:

             

            1) In the Transparency palette/panel dropdown list select anything but Normal (Multiply is fine; this step may be unneeded in your version, you may try;

            2) Object>Flatten Transparency, just keep the defaults including 100% Vector;

            3) Shudder.

             

            This will crop everything to the Bounding Box of the Clipping Path.

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            • 3. Re: Is there any way to crop in Illustrator?
              Larry G. Schneider Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              Or make a new artboard the size of the area to be cropped and use Export with Use Artboards checked and the number of the artboard in the Range box and replace the image with the new one.

              • 4. Re: Is there any way to crop in Illustrator?
                bilboleo Level 1

                Kymg, apparently your answer is "NO" you cannot directly crop an image in illustrator. The only info Adobe help gives is to use Photoshop to crop, which is just stupid. The workaround is the clipping mask activity that SRiegel provided (or anything similar using the clipping mask). Jacob's answer sounds like you will need to learn to be an expert with Illustrator before you can get it to work. Cheers.

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                • 5. Re: Is there any way to crop in Illustrator?
                  sishamDSS Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                  Illy is a program to create vector graphics not and image manipulation program (like Photoshop) so why should you need to crop images? But if needed using the clipping mask is just fine.

                  • 6. Re: Is there any way to crop in Illustrator?
                    bilboleo Level 1

                    sishamDDS,

                    For a few reasons (at least):

                    1. We (my company) purchased Illustrator (or the design suite) as a replacement for CorelDraw, which it was specifically marketed by Adobe as being most appropriate for. CorelDraw does allow for import and manipulation of image files within the program, so there is a direct representation between the two programs and what users may expect to be able to do with them.

                    2. Illustrator allows for the import (place) of images, so why not the manipulation of them once inside the program? I find it disingenuous to require me to go out to another program to crop (or resample, which I have not been able to figure out how to do either) an image file before I bring it into Illustrator. If I have to go through ALL of this crap to take care of simple steps, why shouldn't I just stay with the competitors program?

                    3. I tried Photoshop; it is even less user friendly than Illustrator. And to spare you the details, I just won't go there.

                    4. In addition to cropping an image, I would like the file size to decrease as well when I do crop (remove the unneeded parts). Illustrator seems to expand quite rapidly in file size as new images are placed, putting an otherwise unnecessary load on my computer.

                     

                    I appreciate you attempt at a response, but as kymg asked, it's about cropping an image. Going through 3 steps to create a clipping mask works, but it seems like a lot of extra effort if you have to do so repeatedly. I would like to think that some of these discussions about what can't be done in Illustrator get back to the developers so they can improve their product, thus the explanation here. Cheers

                    • 7. Re: Is there any way to crop in Illustrator?
                      Doug A Roberts Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                      why not stick with corel, if it does all you want?

                      • 8. Re: Is there any way to crop in Illustrator?
                        bilboleo Level 1

                        I would, not my choice. Corporate decided to upgrade my group (recently acquired) to products the rest of the company is using, and CorelDraw wasn't one of them. Adobe suite was a choice. 200 licenses later and we can't do what we were told would not be a problem (creating photo logs and report cover pages, etc.). maybe next time I'll choose not adobe.

                        • 9. Re: Is there any way to crop in Illustrator?
                          Ton Frederiks Adobe Community Professional

                          To crop an image in Illustrator:

                          Select an image and click the Mask button in the Control Panel.

                          This will create a Clipping Mask that you can edit.

                          You can change it later with the Edit Clipping Path and Edit Contents buttons.

                          CROP.jpg

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                          • 10. Re: Is there any way to crop in Illustrator?
                            SJRiegel Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                            If you have the whole suite, then you can do the edits in Photoshop, accessed from within Illustrator. Option-double-click on the image in Illustrator to launch it in Photoshop, do the edit and the image will update automatically in Illustrator when you come back to it.

                            • 11. Re: Is there any way to crop in Illustrator?
                              John Mensinger Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                              bilboleo wrote:

                               

                              1. We (my company) purchased Illustrator (or the design suite) as a replacement for CorelDraw, which it was specifically marketed by Adobe as being most appropriate for. CorelDraw does allow for import and manipulation of image files within the program, so there is a direct representation between the two programs and what users may expect to be able to do with them.

                              Hmmm...I doubt you saw any sort of marketing suggesting that Illustrator matches up with CorelDraw feature-for-feature, as that would be an outright lie. CorelDraw has always been a more generalized application with something closer to an office-level UI. There are many things CD does that AI doesn't. Cropping images is just one of the most fundamental.

                              2. Illustrator allows for the import (place) of images, so why not the manipulation of them once inside the program? I find it disingenuous to require me to go out to another program to crop (or resample, which I have not been able to figure out how to do either) an image file before I bring it into Illustrator.

                              Disingenuous? I'm not sure that's an attribute of software. Adobe has never billed Illustrator as a one-stop solution. Creative (Whatever) is a suite of specialized applications, each developed at different times by different teams; integrated in some ways and not in others. Using Photoshop to process and prepare an image for placement in an Illustrator or InDesign layout is a routine and common practice among graphics professionals. And, Photoshop is simply the correct tool for the task. Is your hammer's manufacturer disingenuous because they sold you a hammer that can't turn a screw?

                              If I have to go through ALL of this crap to take care of simple steps, why shouldn't I just stay with the competitors program?

                              Again "ALL of this crap" is really just a simple keystroke or click combination to switch between applications when appropriate, but if that's undesirable for you, then yes, you should have stuck with CorelDraw. Like you, I had CorelDraw before I was an Adobe user, and your favoring it is not lost on me. I still use it in some situations. It's really only ever a matter of choosing the best tool for the job. I'm not certain why you seem to see it as all or nothing for one or the other.

                              3. I tried Photoshop; it is even less user friendly than Illustrator. And to spare you the details, I just won't go there.

                              Heh...most software doesn't come out of the box in a truly "user friendly" state. The apps we're discussing here are industry standard tools for trained professionals. There's a learning curve in just about every case. At least you didn't say it's "not intuitive." Ugh.

                              I would like to think that some of these discussions about what can't be done in Illustrator get back to the developers so they can improve their product, thus the explanation here. Cheers

                              Oo god. "How do I crop an image in Illustrator?" is one of the most asked questions of all time. They might add the feature at some point, but I wouldn't hold my breath.

                              • 12. Re: Is there any way to crop in Illustrator?
                                bilboleo Level 1

                                Ok I have tried several different methods as suggested here. In a nutshell, I am creating a photolog, 4 photos per page, around 5 pages/artboards in my file (this is a small project). I am placing jpg image files of the project area, with each photo surrounded by a border (black rectangle, already defined on my artboards as the place where each photo will go, with the layer locked so I don't accidentally move or mess up the photo borders).

                                 

                                SRiegel: that works (your first comment back on April 6), since I already have the rectangles created as to the proper dimensions, but when I create clipping mask, my black border (the rectangle) disappears. I did have to remove the lock on that layer to select the rectangle, so it is probably just the way AI treats the object being used to create a mask. I suppose I could make 2 layers of the same rectangles, leave one locked and use the other one as my clipping borders, unlocked, and the rectangles will just go away. Doable, but a bummer for duplication of efforts.

                                 

                                Jacob: I tried that and my images and artboards sort of kind of disappeared on my. Can't figure out what I did wrong (twice before I gave up), but i lost my template. No problem, close without saving, and reopen the original file.

                                 

                                Larry G: I found this procedure way too complicated, having to create artboards again and again, defining the right size (as based on the rectangle photo borders I already had), and zooming in and out and around the screen to find out where I was and where I wanted to be. Easier for me to print everything out and cut and paste with scissors and tape.

                                 

                                Ton: your suggestion is the easiest and most appropriate step I have found.

                                 

                                SRiegel: I can't get illustrator to do this process. What do you mean by "Option-double-click"? I get either 'Isolation Mode' (shift-double-click or ctrl-double-click) or opened up in Paint (Alt-double-click). I do have photoshop installed. When I opened it up separately with the jpg file I can't get it to do anything I want it to (very not user-friendly). I have difficulty getting the exact size (compared to the photo border rectangle I have already), and I did not want to modify the original jpg file as other people will be using them for additional reports. having multiple copies of many 10 mb image files will clog up the servers pretty quickly.

                                 

                                So, it looks like I will just throw my computer out the window and say the hell with it go with Ton's suggestion and deal with use the 'Mask' option for a clipping mask, unable to modify the resolution (within illustrator), and use multiple illustrator files for sheets 6-10, 11-15, etc to keep overall file sizes manageable. Ugh.

                                 

                                I'd mark this question as 'Answered' if I could.

                                • 13. Re: Is there any way to crop in Illustrator?
                                  SJRiegel Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                                  (alt-double-click) - sorry, I used the mac version of the command. You can fix the problem of the images opening in paint by changing your system's file association on jpgs to Photoshop, (I'm not on windows, so I don't know what the procedure is, but I know it can be done)

                                   

                                  As far as the mask outline disappearing, you don't need to make a new rectangle. You just need to add the stroke back to the frame after turning it into a mask. (annoying, I know). The process can be sped up by creating a graphic style with your preferred rule.

                                  • 14. Re: Is there any way to crop in Illustrator?
                                    Ton Frederiks Adobe Community Professional

                                    Bilboleo,

                                    I think that InDesign is the proper application for your photolog.

                                    You can set up master pages with picture frames with your desired fitting and border options.

                                    The images can be linked so they don't add a lot to the file size.

                                    Reducing the resolution of the end result can be done during printing or saving as pdf.

                                    • 15. Re: Is there any way to crop in Illustrator?
                                      bilboleo Level 1

                                      Ton,

                                      You're the first to suggest that (InDesign). Since no one in my group is using it now, yet we all have it installed, I'll give it a try to see if that simplifies the process any.

                                       

                                      SRiegel,

                                      I figured it was something like that (mac/pc), and I've changed the jpg file association as suggested. Now to add the stroke back to the frame...Thanks for your suggestions.

                                      • 16. Re: Is there any way to crop in Illustrator?
                                        Ton Frederiks Adobe Community Professional

                                        Bilboleo,

                                        I am sure InDesign will speed up the process when multiple pages and repeating elements are involved.

                                        Learn how Master pages and Object Styles work and how to use picture frames:

                                        Creating and modifying graphics frames > Working with Objects in Adobe InDesign CC (2014 release)

                                        • 17. Re: Is there any way to crop in Illustrator?
                                          mc_mark Level 1

                                          I have CS6 on Windows. I have a vector based file containing artwork created for an older project. I need to take part of this artwork and repurpose it for a new project. The original file has dozens if not hundreds of layers. I've drawn a rectangle around the area I want to crop then did Object > Clipping Mask > Make and now just the part of the artwork I need is shown. But now I need to send this cropped artwork off to a 3rd party in .ai format but before I do that, how can i permanently delete all the artwork that is hidden by the clipping mask? I don't want the 3rd party to be able to release the mask and see/have access to everything I hid.

                                          • 18. Re: Is there any way to crop in Illustrator?
                                            sishamDSS Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                                            You could release the mask then select all, use the divide pathfinder tool, then select everything outside the rectangle with the direct selection tool and delete.

                                            • 19. Re: Is there any way to crop in Illustrator?
                                              mc_mark Level 1

                                              As soon as I used the divide pathfinder tool, the artwork was altered and no longer looked like it should. Is there not some sort of Illustrator equivalent to Photoshop's Ctrl+J command where you can highlight a part of the image/art and then make a copy of just it?

                                              • 20. Re: Is there any way to crop in Illustrator?
                                                John Mensinger Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                                                Is there not some sort of Illustrator equivalent to Photoshop's Ctrl+J command where you can highlight a part of the image/art and then make a copy of just it?

                                                Not really. Vector editing has very little in common with raster editing.

                                                As soon as I used the divide pathfinder tool, the artwork was altered and no longer looked like it should.

                                                Try just using Divide without first releasing the clipping mask. It really depends on the constructs employed in the clipped artwork. If there are live blends, meshes, effects, etc., they will not "Divide" in a straightforward way, if at all.

                                                • 21. Re: Is there any way to crop in Illustrator?
                                                  mc_mark Level 1

                                                  Thanks for the help but that didn't work either. Hopefully they can accept the artwork as an imported PSD as I can't give them the AI file with all the other parts easily accessible by simple releasing the clipping mask.

                                                  • 22. Re: Is there any way to crop in Illustrator?
                                                    g4danny

                                                    This is not answer, rather building on your question, kymg.

                                                    I also need something like "crop" in AI CS6, but having tried the masking and other hints I realize that asking for crop was not the right question. Gives too much freedom to give a perfectly accurate, but perfectly unusable answer.

                                                    I really need an answer to:

                                                    "How do I force the "export" function to save only the area left visible by the clipping mask?"

                                                    or

                                                    "Regardless what the functions are called, how can I generate non-vector graphics showing only a subset of the vector graphics (object collection) in the AI file?"

                                                     

                                                    So far I see that advice (Larry G. Schneider) of making new artboard will lead to the desired effect and the one (Jacob Bugge) with flattening transparencies does the job, although seems to be changing the AI file irreversibly. Is there no way to just do it based on the (simply rectangular in my case) clipping mask without the irreversible change?

                                                    • 23. Re: Is there any way to crop in Illustrator?
                                                      claudspet

                                                      Hi. I am brand new to Illustrator. Trying to learn my way around it. Why do you call the way you described destructive? Is this a bad thing?

                                                      Thanks

                                                      • 24. Re: Is there any way to crop in Illustrator?
                                                        kercheval

                                                        Open pathfinder (View-pathfinder).

                                                        Place a frame over top of a vector image, select all. Click the crop tool in pathfinder. It will be the 4th button from the left.

                                                        What I recently found out, if the crop doesn't work, then the frame is too complicated. I revised my frame and it worked fine.

                                                        Very simple, most of the answers here are too complicated for me...

                                                        • 25. Re: Is there any way to crop in Illustrator?
                                                          te_co Level 3

                                                          destructive means that you modified the artwork in such a way that you can't go back to the original without Undoing. example: if you apply a contrast effect on an image, at any time you can remove the effect and have the original image look the same again. but if you adjust the actual contrast on that image not as an effect, you may not be able to go back to it's original contrast.

                                                          • 26. Re: Is there any way to crop in Illustrator?
                                                            ashmwas

                                                            Short of the new crop tool (missing for me for some reason...) this is the easiest and quickest method of image editing in Illustrator.
                                                            I'm not showing any available updates on my Adobe desktop app, yet I don't have the crop tool, any ideas?

                                                            • 27. Re: Is there any way to crop in Illustrator?
                                                              Monika Gause Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                                                              ashmwas  schrieb

                                                               

                                                              I'm not showing any available updates on my Adobe desktop app, yet I don't have the crop tool, any ideas?

                                                              Please create  a new thread as your problem is not related to the original question. THank you.

                                                              • 28. Re: Is there any way to crop in Illustrator?
                                                                ashmwas Level 1

                                                                The original question of the ability to crop using the new crop button that I'm referring to? That topic?

                                                                • 29. Re: Is there any way to crop in Illustrator?
                                                                  John Mensinger Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                                                                  ashmwas  wrote

                                                                   

                                                                  ...yet I don't have the crop tool, any ideas?

                                                                  Place a raster image on your artboard, leave it selected. Then look for the Crop Image button on the Options bar...

                                                                  • 30. Re: Is there any way to crop in Illustrator?
                                                                    ashmwas Level 1

                                                                    Thanks John Mensinger, I've tried various file formats, yet still no crop button:

                                                                    I read somewhere you needed v21.1.0, however I updated just yesterday to v21.0.2 and CC shows no further available updates. Weird.

                                                                    • 31. Re: Is there any way to crop in Illustrator?
                                                                      CarlosCanto Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                                                                      try this script while you figure out what's wrong with the Crop Button

                                                                       

                                                                      Image Crop Script | Ai Scripts

                                                                      • 32. Re: Is there any way to crop in Illustrator?
                                                                        Monika Gause Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                                                                        To the far right of the control panel there's a menu. In that menu you can place checkmarks to the items you want to see in the panel. Is the Crop function checked?

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                                                                        • 33. Re: Is there any way to crop in Illustrator?
                                                                          Ton Frederiks Adobe Community Professional

                                                                          But first he should update to 21.1.0

                                                                           

                                                                          I read somewhere you needed v21.1.0, however I updated just yesterday to v21.0.2 and CC shows no further available updates. Weird.

                                                                          • 34. Re: Is there any way to crop in Illustrator?
                                                                            ashmwas Level 1

                                                                            I'm not showing any available updates through my desktop app. Monika, CROP is not in the list for me to check or uncheck.

                                                                            • 35. Re: Is there any way to crop in Illustrator?
                                                                              Monika Gause Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                                                                              ashmwas  schrieb

                                                                               

                                                                              I'm not showing any available updates through my desktop app.

                                                                              Which version is in the About box?