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.
The artboard export solution is especially bad if your exporting white text adjacent to the clipped graphics.
This issue converted my whole office to using Sketch. When people ask me why I don't use Adobe products, or why I think their company is destined to go the way of the dinosaur, I show them this issue. Anybody who has to use Illustrator for web work has encountered it and has to create artboards for each asset. Why even have an asset export tool?
This kills the asset workflow for me.
Asset export doesn't respect clipping masks. The size of the image becomes the size of the clipped objects. Nobody wants this to happen. It has been going on for years. Let's fix this.
I understand why this is done like this but we need the option to clip if we want.
I also got the workaround posted by xlle (May 16, 2018) to work!—on an illustrator objects inside clipping masks, not on raster ones.
Basically you select the clipped object and hit the Divide button on the Pathfinder window. Not really a fix since it's destructive (so make sure to keep copies of the original objects), but faster than cropping in Photoshop afterwards.
Tian Smith commented
The answer listed by "xlle commented · May 16, 2018 16:20" is absolutely spot on for me, thank you ever much!
Tan Choon Hong commented
I grew up on Aldus/Macromedia Freehand from v2.0 and miss its ability to clip off an image with areas outside the clipping path being rendered invisible and unselectable. This missing feature in Illustrator makes selection a pain and one has to search in the layers panel to find the right object in complex multiple-layered artworks.
Kyle Oswalt commented
Roger Wong commented
Steps to reproduce:
1. In a new document, create a black circle 200 pt x 200 pt
2. Create a black square centered on top of it, 100 pt x 100 pt
3. Select both objects
4. Select Object > Clipping Mask > Make
5. Select newly created clipped group and right-click > Collect For Export > As Single Asset
- Exported asset will include the clipped object
- Exported asset should *not* include anything outside the bounds of the clipping mask
Adobe Illustrator 22.1, macOS Sierra 10.12.6
The more I get into the depths of this forum the more I realize how almost every Adobe power user has a problem with the way Adobe thinks we use their software. Maybe we should make this the number one task on this board: Adobe don't hide in your think tank - ask your customers!!!
Very good idea. I'm seconding this.
Adobe please fix this already! It's so annoying :(
+1 please fix this. This is a BUG!
Has this been fixed yet? I'd like to not have to jump between illustrator and Affinity Designer to do something so simple. Please and thanks.
Has this issue been reported as a bug? I mean apart from this post here in Feature Requests, maybe it can have better visibility there as a bug report. I tried searching there with no success.
I'm seriously surprised to have found this issue has been talked about for 2 years with no update. As others say, this more of a bug than a feature request. I can't think of a reason why anyone would want to export an image without honouring the clipping mask.
I can't believe how slow Adobe is being here. I use quite well-known music software and when I report a bug or feature request (if it's a useful one) if gets fixed/implemented within a few days (at most). This is what a modern technology company does... Adobe seems positively stone age in comparison. Remember what happened to Quark, Adobe.
Andrew Nicholson commented
Not honoring the clipping path on export should be considered a BUG not a feature request. Please fix ASAP. I see this has been on going for two years... That is pretty poor.
Alex Dobra Somesan at Office commented