Illustrator CS2 - Clipping  mask to crop image

Posted on 2009-12-29
Last Modified: 2013-12-02
Hi- Here are the steps I take to attempt to crop an image to size in illustrator. It works except for one thing.

1. Place my various images on separate layers.
2. Create a new layer on top of all others.
3. On this layer, create a filled rectangle the size I want my artwork to be.
4. Select all, then Object>clipping mask>make.
5. Save for web.

The clipping mask works great in that all the extraneous artwork outside the rectangle I've made is no longer visible.

The problem comes when I save to web. Then I get an image that is as large as all the layers, with my clipped image in the middle of all that white space.

What I would like is to have the image clipped to the rectangle size, so if the final image is, for instance, 463x123, I can size it down to 460x120.

What a I doing incorrectly? Thanks!
Question by:mel200
    LVL 11

    Accepted Solution

    you are doing nothing wrong. just add a step (3.5)

    after step 3...

    Step 3.5 - duplicate your mask rectangle.
    with the duplicate rectangle selected, choose Object > Crop Area > Make

    finish your steps and you will be set.

    Author Comment

    Wonderful, let me try that!

    Author Closing Comment

    works great, thanks!

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