How To Crop In Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator is a potent design and artwork tool, however, despite its vast capabilities, cropping an image directly in Illustrator isn’t as intuitive as you might think. In this guide, we will show you how to crop images using different methods in Adobe Illustrator.

Method 1: Using a Clipping Mask

The most common way to crop an image in illustrator is by using a clipping mask. Here are the simple steps:

  1. First, select the image you want to crop. To do this, go to File > Place and choose your image.
  2. Next, create the shape that you want to use as a mask for cropping. Draw it over the image.
  3. Now, select both the shape and the image. You can do this by pressing the Shift key and clicking on both.
  4. Finally, go to Object > Clipping Mask > Make. And there you have it, your image is now cropped!

Method 2: Using the Crop Image Option

Another method involves using the Crop Image function, which is more straightforward. Here’s how:

        <li>Select the image you wish to crop.</li>
        <li>Then, click on the <strong>Crop Image</strong> button on the control bar at the top of the screen.</li>
        <li>Resize the cropping box as needed.</li>
        <li>Once you're happy with the cropping, hit <strong>Enter</strong> to apply the changes.</li>


Cropping in Adobe Illustrator can be done in more than one way, each with its own set of steps and considerations. Whether you prefer to use Clipping Masks or the Crop Image feature, this guide has you covered. Remember that practice is key – the more you use these tools, the more comfortable you will get with them.