How to use Illustrator CS4 artboard to crop


I am new to Illustrator CS4, having used previous versions before.  I am going nut trying to simply crop, so that I can "save for web", in png, just a fraction of the page.  I have searched and I know that the new artboards are a new concept giving a headache when you begin with, that I need to learn if I want to enjoy CS4, but for the moment...

I have found that if I export, I can export just on artboard, but, I do not have any preview, and not so many graphic formats available.  Isn't there a way to do this with the "save for web"?  I just have one artboard of course, far on my mind for the moment to use multiple artboards.

Thanks in advance!
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SaigonJeffConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Hi ThanksWelcome.

I would make a clipping mask around the area I wish to export. Everything outside the clipping mask should be knocked out and ignored by the export command.

Give it a try and let me know how it goes...

Good luck
ThanksWelcomeAuthor Commented:
By the way, I would add that all I want to do is crop!  With or without artboard, I am just going crazy as when I save for web, I get ALL that is on my file, and I would like to just have a defined portion (width and heigth).

tahotaConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Illustrator CS4 uses artboards instead of crop marks. You can set up multiple artboards over your image. Create a new art board by pressing Ctr+Alt+P or Selecting File-->Document Setup from the menu. At the top right corner of the dialog box is a button entitled 'Edit Artboards'.

Create a new artboard by clicking the 'New' icon on the properties ribbon. A new bounding box will appear. Size it using the handles or entering a size in the properties ribbon. Press escape when finished.

Click in your new artboard to make it active. Now you can export it for web use (Ctr+Shft+Alt+S) in the same way you did in the older versions. Make sure the 'Clip to Artboard' option is selected under the 'Image Size' tab when exporting for the web.
ThanksWelcomeAuthor Commented:
Thanks!  I will try this! - ThanksWelcome
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