How To Crop Artboard In Illustrator

In Illustrator, the artboard serves as your canvas. You will develop each design you wish to generate in this location. Artboards are essentially just different-sized pieces of paper piled on top of one another. These artboards, however, are frequently oversized and unpleasant.

To crop an artboard in Illustrator, simply go to Window and check the Artboard option. Next, click on the curled-page icon in the window that will appear. This will open a pop-up window. Go to Preset > Fit Artwork Bounds > OK. And that’s it!

Without further ado, let’s go to the article’s following section, where we’ll give step-by-step directions on how to crop an Illustrator artboard.

Cropping Artboard In Illustrator

It’s simple to crop your artboard with Illustrator. But a novice can find it difficult. To help illustrate how to crop artboards in Illustrator, we’ve developed this guide. Read the instructions in this section in their entirety to find out how to do it.

Check out the video below for further information on how to crop the artboard in Illustrator.

Method 1: Fit Artwork Bounds

  1. To crop your artboard, you must make sure to reveal it first. For this purpose, go to Window and near the top you’ll find the “Artboard” option. Make sure to click on it so that it is checked.
  2. Checking that box will open up a window that says Artboards. The default name is usually something like Artboard1.
  3. Click on the little curled page icon right next to this default name.
  4. Doing this will open a pop-up window.
  5. Simply click on the Preset option.
  6. In the drop-down menu, you’ll find an option that says “fit artwork bounds.” Select that and click “OK.”

Method 2: Specify Crop Area

You may also construct a crop region if you just want a part of the contents of the artboard to appear in the final output. The crop area only exports data that is contained inside the crop area, unlike complete cropping, which also deletes data.

  1. Create a vector object in the appropriate crop area’s shape, just like when cropping, and overlay it to where needed.
  2. After selecting “Object,” click “Crop Area,” then “Make.”
  3. By designating the item as a crop area, all exported photos will be required to follow the cropped region.

How To Remove Excess Artwork Outside Of Canvas

This section will discuss how to tidy up the preview of your finished project by removing or hiding extra artwork.

Vector “clipping masks,” or items that “mask” or “obscure” everything below them, are supported in Illustrator. A clipping mask works by enclosing the mark, in this example the artboard, with a vector object. When an item is put in masking, everything outside of it becomes invisible, but the inside is still visible.

  1. Create the vector object that will function as the mask, or “clipping path,” before adding the clipping mask. In order for this clipping path to suit the artboard, it must be scaled and contoured.
  2. The clipping pathway should be moved over the artboard after being placed on the top layer of the stack order.
  3. Click “Item,” then “Clipping Mask,” then “Make” after selecting the item you want to mask and the clipping path.
  4. The clipping path will now obstruct any previously visible things, even though they are still physically there.

Final Words

This article demonstrates how to crop an artboard in Illustrator. The instructions outlined in this tutorial are simple and easy to follow. We hope that through these instructions, you can learn to do some editing of your own.

Happy editing!