Save Vector Artboards by Clipping Vector Art to the Artboard
I need for vector artboards to be fully clipped to the artboard when saving as PDF and/or any other vector format. I have vector artwork for large format printing that I have cropped into many artboards in the same file. When I save individual artboards as PDF, any lines that extend outside the artboard are still available in the saved PDF file when opened in Illustrator. I need artboards to truly clip the vector artwork or I need another solution to this issue. Clipping masks do not actually clip vector artwork, in Outline Mode, the entire artwork is still there. The scissor and knife tools are painfully time consuming. Why is there no way to save just the data that you want to save?
There is a paid commercial script which can help you with this, https://mai-tools.com/super-magic-eraser, created for stock designers.
It has some limitations, it won’t cut blends, live paint objects, brushes, symbols, live text, meshes, raster images, etc. All live strokes have to be expanded. But it deals with the most of the art just fine, you should try to use it.
Simon Barton commented
I also have this problem when working on documents for large format print such as exhibition panels. This often means that saving the file as a pdf is impossible as it exceeds the maximum document size for a pdf.
For instance a wall graphic split across 4 panels/artboards with a background image which runs across all four panels has the same linked image 4 times for within the final pdf.