Option to export to clipping mask boundaries
When exporting assets to raster formats, it would be a huge time saver if we had an option to use the boundaries of clipping masks as the edge of the exported artwork. I created three triangles and used a circle as a clipping mask in the attached image. You can see that the exported file has a lot of padding around the artwork because the outer edges of the triangles are used as the boundaries of the file.
If there was an additional option to use the clipping mask boundary as the edge of the exported raster file, it would mean that I wouldn’t have to open every exported file in Photoshop to then crop to the edges of the artwork and re-save the file.
The fix has been rolled out and is available in our latest release build – 24.1.1 for Win and 24.1 for Mac which is available worldwide now.
What’s new in 24.1: https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/using/whats-new.html
You can update to the latest release using Creative Cloud desktop App: https://helpx.adobe.com/in/creative-cloud/help/creative-cloud-updates.html
Thank you for all the feedback.
Ryuuzaki, Its not as simple as you say.. I can think of reasons why your simple explanation will not work.. What if I want to clip an area but the only content is on the lower right corner.. in your explanation only my content will be showing in my png thus making it smaller than I want it to be. what if I want a transparency as well..
I do agree tho.. this is Adobe.. this shouldn't be that difficult for them. Should have been implemented years ago.
Ryuuzaki Julio commented
Not sure what is complex about it, other adobe and not adobe software is being doing it for ages.
Step 1 Exports to png as normal.
Step 2 Grab that PNG and crop image to the frame bounds of opaque pixels.
Liquify and content-aware are way more complex than this. I am a developer and this is not complex, knowing that saving that unnecessary transparent space that falls off even the art boards and not doing anything about it hopping people will shut up and deal with it has another name.
Mahmood Zidan commented
Keep it burning. This is not a breakthrough feature... It should've been implemented instead of some sketchy mobile extra apps or some extra features. You have a solid software that need some basic improvement. I hope you would focus your energies on making the basic perfect then moving on to the extra things. Thanks for your efforts.
@Neeraj Thank you for keeping an eye on this issue. Hopefully it will arrive sooner than later.
Thanks for raising this. We completely understand the pain of having large raster bounds arising from clipped groups. We are actively pursuing this. And all we can say right now, that it is bit complex. We'll definitely update this thread as soon as we make some progress.
I'm creating a GIF in Photoshop from my layers in Illustrator. I hate that I can't figure out a way to keep the Illustrator mask boundaries set in illustrator. Why does the transition not keep the masked information?
this is probably a duplicate of this: https://illustrator.uservoice.com/forums/333657-illustrator-feature-requests/suggestions/20359933-option-to-export-to-clipping-mask-boundaries
and if votes were merged it would be much higher up the list.
Sort it out Adobe, how are you allowing this embarrassment to continue!? Have you no shame!?!
PLEASE MAKE THIS WORK!!!!
Honestly can't believe Adobe haven't even responded to this.
Another day, another project, another set of assets with massive white blank space around them.
Ahh well, back to spending hours fiddling with artboard sizes. This issue gets ignored because it costs developers money I think. Time is money, and Adobe love the idea of people wasting money.
It is absolutely necesary. Whats the point in leaving all that blank space!
Gabriel Tobar commented
Please fix this feature, it could save a lot of time
Alexey Korepov commented
Here is workaround how to do this in current Illustrator https://design.tutsplus.com/articles/quick-tip-how-to-crop-raster-image-in-adobe-illustrator--vector-4989 but I vote too for have build-in quick tool for this!
Yes Adobe, you really cannot continue to ignore this. For me it renders the Asset Export tool pretty much redundant. Make it the top priority for the next release, please!
already an issue on this post too: https://bit.ly/2DAmL9V
Adobe NEEDS to make this work ASAP.
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Go here and vote it as a feature aswell... https://illustrator.uservoice.com/forums/333657-illustrator-feature-requests/suggestions/33048115-treat-clipping-masks-as-object-boundary
Not even an "under review" from Adobe???? This is a serious workflow issue. How do they ignore it in good conscience?
This feature request has been open 15 months, and no response from Adobe.