How To Crop Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator is a widely used graphic design tool that provides users with a diverse range of functions for creating and editing vectors. One such function is cropping, an essential for almost every design project.

In this blog post, we will learn how to crop images in Adobe Illustrator. Please note that this guide assumes you have a basic understanding of Adobe Illustrator’s user interface.

Method 1: Using The Clipping Mask

The quickest way to crop in Adobe Illustrator is through the use of a clipping mask. Here are the steps to do it:

  1. First, open your image in Adobe Illustrator.
  2. Create a shape that covers the part of the image you want to keep. You can use the Rectangle Tool (M) or the Pen Tool (P) to create your shape.
  3. With your shape selected, hold down the Shift key and click on the image. This should select both the shape and the image.
  4. Go to the Object menu, navigate to Clipping Mask, and then click on Make. Alternatively, you can use the shortcut Ctrl+7 (or Cmd+7 on a Mac).

The above steps will crop your image according to the shape you’ve created.

Method 2: Using The Artboard Tool

Another way to crop in Adobe Illustrator is by using the Artboard Tool. Here’s how:

  1. Open the image you want to crop in Illustrator.
  2. Click on the Artboard Tool (Shift+O) from the Tools panel.
  3. Drag the handles to resize the artboard to your desired cropping dimensions.
  4. Go to File > Export > Export As, select your preferred format, and make sure the ‘Use Artboards’ box is checked.

Your image will be cropped to the artboard’s size.


Cropping images in Adobe Illustrator is straightforward once you get the hang of it. Whether you prefer to use the Clipping Mask method or the Artboard Tool method depends on your specific needs and the nature of your project.

Now that you know how to crop in Adobe Illustrator, you can refine your design projects with greater precision and ease.