Crop Images using Clipping Mask in Adobe Illustrator CS5

In this tutorial we will learn the use of Clipping Mask command to crop images in Adobe Illustrator CS5.

1. Open the image you want to crop.

2. Using the Pen tool (P) draw out a shape in which you want to crop the image, over the image. Make sure the fill color is set to none so that the actual image is visible while drawing the shape.

In this example, we are clipping shape of a petal. If you want to crop the image in circle or rectangle, you can use the Ellipse or Rectangle tool too.

3. With both the object selected (image and the shape) go to Object > Clipping Mask > Make or key in the shortcut Ctrl + 7.

Object menu

And the output will be as seen below:

Cropped image

That was simple!

Filed Under: Adobe Illustrator


About the Author: Minal is a freelance web and graphics designer. She specializes in designing Logos, Stationery, Graphics and Icons as well as website templates using graphical tools like Photoshop, Illustrator and Expression Web. Twitter @saffronstroke

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  1. Jade says:

    i follow the instruction but can’t crop out the image.once i click clipping mask > make (it show can’t make clipping mask.the selection must contain more than one object.
    Kindly advise?

  2. zana says:

    thanks alot…. u helping really…thanks again…

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