Illustrator Tip #13: Cropping Images

Export without crop

This is what happens when you try to export your vector art from illustrator.  You realise the image exported out isn’t the same as the artboard or there are ugly white spacing around the image. So why does this happen? When you export an image, illustrator will calculate the bounding box of the whole area taken up by your image including the clipping mask and set that as the image area. This normally leaves a lot of white spacing around the image.

The solution to this problem is simple. Draw a box in the canvas and define it as the crop area by going to Object>Crop Area>Make. This will define the crop area. So when you export our the image will show only the crop area.

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  1. Hi Khawla, Illustrator CS4 is different. Use the new Artboard Tool to define the crap area. When you export the image, remember to check “Use Artboard”.

  2. CS4’s Artboard tool is really nice. I use it all the time.

    If you group the artwork and then click on it with the Artboard tool it auto selects the object’s bounding box. Very quick. I then zoom to fit and save.

    The amount of time it saves and the neat view of the artwork on reopening as well as when you place it in a document saves enormous amounts of time.

  3. i still can’t solve the problem on my pc (Ai cs4)!
    could somebody help me solve this problem? thanks!

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