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Cut Images in Illustrator

Posted on 2nd July 2019
1 - In Illustrator, create a “New Document”.

2 - Go to File > Place (Shift + Command/Control + P) and navigate to where the image/images you want to work with are saved. Select the one you wand and click “Place”.

3 - Click inside the Document as many times as images you are Placing in.

4 - Resize it if needed (don’t forget to hold the “Shift” key while doing this to make it proportionally).

5 - Create a “Copy” the image (Command/Control + C) to keep in the “Clipboard” for layer.

6 - Right-click on top of the selected image and choose “Crop Image”. You will get a “Pop Up Window”, click “OK”.

7 - Move the handles of the “Crop” Window and select the portion of image you want to keep then, click “Apply” in the Top Menu”.

8 - “Paste in Place” (Shift + Command/Control + V) the image you had saved in the “Clipboard”.

9  - Select the “Rectangle Tool” (R), create a rectangle that covers the portion of the image you want to keep (you can use the “Ellipse Tool” (E) or the “Pen Tool” (P) to create different type of shapes). Use NO “Fill” and “Stroke” color.

10 - Select both the “Image” and “Path” (“Shift” key), right-click on top and choose “Create Clipping Mask”.

11 - If you want to modify something, click on “Edit Clipping Path” on the Top Menu and do it. You can also modify the Image by choosing “Edit Contents” instead.

by @lornacane

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