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I've been using Adobe Illustrator since 1992. Many of the core tools have not changed a bit, including how the app crops placed images. It is a laborious task to add shapes and create clipping masks. InDesign and PowerPoint have this figured out and it is a breeze. Please address this long-standing shortcoming of an otherwise brilliant application.4 votes
Cropping is not available in Illustrator from Control or Properties panel. Two ways are possible.
'Crop' command embeds the images and physically remove trimmed pixels, while 'Mask' command clips an image into a rectangular path you can resize, keeping the linked image intact.
There is no way to automatically crop the image and keep it linked, since it requires changing the original file, and it’s dangerous and can lead to an unexpected data loss.
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