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    Amdival commented  · 

    Windows 10 - Illustrator CC Desktop

    How to create issue:

    Place a linked image. Use linked image with another object to create a transparency mask. Save as PDF. Adjust downsampling options. View created PDF with a PDF viewer and see that the image did not get downsampled. Also, look at file size of created PDF.

    Release the transparency mask and resave with all other variables identical to other saved file. Open the file in a PDF viewer and see that it is properly downsampled. Also, look at file size and see that it is smaller than the other created PDF.

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    35 comments  ·  Illustrator (Desktop) Bugs » Align  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

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    Amdival commented  · 

    I have run into these wonky alignment issues for years!
    Reading this post helped me know some things to look for to resolve them and understand what is happening. My workflow is similar to yours in that I also just select the masks and delete them because it's a lot faster and easier then releasing each of them.

    I do see that Illustrator spots the Clip Group and converts it to a regular Group when the Align button is pressed.

    I run into this issue a lot when editing PDFs that someone sends me. The art is usually filled with excessive clipping masks because of the file conversions. I usually just keep pressing Align until the art finally just snaps into proper place.

    I'm not confident that Adobe with ever fix this, but I think someone with some basic scripting know-how could write a script that resolves the messy artwork.

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