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JoFo
Illustrator Help - need to cut a picture
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on Apr 19, 2005 at 3:28:57 pm

Hi - newby here...

I use Illustrator 9.0 to design pictures and adverts for work. I have been asked to create a page at 300*225 pixels, and they would like to go into it half of a file which is a lot longer than this. How can I trim this picture so that I can fit it into the required size? I have tried using the cut tool, but nothing seems to happen (I can draw a line, but can't then do anything with it!

Many thanks for any help...

Jo


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Kim Mackenzie
Re: Illustrator Help - need to cut a picture
on Apr 19, 2005 at 3:50:59 pm

Draw a box or shape on top of your pic, where you want it cropped.

Select both the shape and the picture.

Go to menu Object > Clipping Mask > Create

You can adjust the mask path by using the direct selection tool (white arrow) to drag the points around.


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JoFo
Re: Illustrator Help - need to cut a picture
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on Apr 19, 2005 at 4:09:50 pm

Ok - so I've done that - now how do I get rid of the rest of the picture that I have created the mask over? (It is still there, just hidden) I need to export this picture as a bmp, and every time I do, the bmp is too small because I have this extra bit sticking out!


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Kim Mackenzie
Re: Illustrator Help - need to cut a picture
on Apr 19, 2005 at 4:16:53 pm

You need Photoshop or some other image editor to actually change the photo. Illustator can only clip/mask it.


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JoFo
Re: Illustrator Help - need to cut a picture
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on Apr 19, 2005 at 4:40:42 pm

Cheers - looks like I'll be getting the ol' Paint set out tomorrow, then!


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