[Usage-legacy] Cropping your maps in Illustrator and Freehand

We recently released Geographic Imager 5.0 for Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud 2015! Have you upgraded yet? If not, go to http://www.avenza.com/purchase. We recently released Geographic Imager 5.0 for Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud 2015! Have you upgraded yet? If not, go to Add new pages using the Page Inspector, create a rectangle matching the page, apply a lens fill of Magnify with 1x and Centerpoint, drag the Centerpoint to the center of the area on the artwork to be extracted as a separate page. Export as a PDF using the Export Command, and just the contents of the derivative page should export as an Acrobat document. 1. Large objects with more than 5,000 vertices will need to be 'cropped' using the cropping Xtra filter. Otherwise, that particular object won't export. 2. Exporting an image from FreeHand to PDF and then importing it into Illustrator 7 is one way to convert FreeHand's box text to the point text that Illustrator users enjoy. Caveat, though: text set along a curve in FreeHand makes it way into Illustrator (via PDF) as separate point text objects, each representing a single letter in the original word(s). This creates a movable mask. The shortfall of this method is that all of your data is still in the file, so the file size and time to perform other operations has not been shortened. Another method to crop that I have used and works very well, is Paste Inside. With this method however, you lose the ability to work with map attributes. To get them back, you can use Edit ->,Cut Contents. 2. choose Edit- Select- All to select all of the map data on every layer of interest, or marquee select around only the elements that will appear within the new neat line. neither of these two methods reduce the file size, or subsequent processing time, but they do isolate an area of interest so that the user can create a smaller map from their data, or an inset map. Masks are NOT recognized by the 'Document Info' text file when inventory is taken of your objects. Masks ARE recognized by the 'Document Info' text file in a 'flattened' file- meaning a file that has been thrown into one layer. This may not seem like a problem, but whenever something is NOT recognized by the 'Document Info' text file, it is a clue that you will not have a successful masking process if the file is very complex. To mask a file, create a layer at the top of the Layers Palette and name it 'Crop Mask.' Then use the rectangle tool to isolate the exact area you want to crop. Go to the Objects menu and choose 'Mask' and 'Create.' This will give you a view of the exact area you want to work with later. To flatten a copy of your master file, make sure all your layers are turned on and that nothing is locked. Now select all and see that all elements are 'ON' in every layer of your Layers Palette, then Group them immediately hit (Ungroup) -- and all your layers will be sent to the highest layer in the layers palette. Then select all the layers below this flattened layer in your Layers Palete and remove them. NOW, you have a file that is 'masked' and ready to save into an Adobe PDF file, or printed to an output device. Nothing outside the mask will be recognized at this point by the screen or a Postscript output device, or a Postscript printer driver. If you want to crop an Adobe Illustrator file to rasterize in PS, simply create a rectangle (neat line for crop), place it as the top most object (on top most layer), and select the menu: Object-Crop Marks-Make. When you open this file in PS, only the area inside the Crop Marks will be rasterized. (Your 'master' AI file stays intact.) Move the Crop Marks around in the AI file to create additional crops for PS. Source.

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