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!