Easy Crop & Clip Images

Cropping and clipping images to complex shapes has never been easier. Simply double-click an image and adjust its bounding box and reposition image. Add a complex shape to clip the image with Intersect.

How To Clip Images with Complex Objects

Artboard makes it easy to clip your images with complex vector objects. Draw any shape and use the Intersect command. Here’s how.

Tutorial Details

Program : Artboard 1.7+ for Mac OSX
Difficulty: Intermediate
Topics Covered: Image Browser and Intersect
Estimated Completion Time: about 15 minutes

Step 1 – Draw the Clipping Shape

Open the Image Browser and drag-and-drop from the Browser to your drawing canvas to place your image. Draw any shape – from a simple rounded rectangle to a complex outline of the area you want to clip. Here we’ve used the Bezier Path [b]tool to draw an outline around the girl in the picture. We used a simple red stroke with no fill to better see the outline as we traced over the picture.

Step 2 – Clip the Image

To clip the image with your shape, hold the Command-key and use the Select [s] tool to select both the image and the shape. Then click the Intersect icon on the Toolbar, or choose Graphic > Combine > Intersect from the main menu. Clipping images is non-destructive – an image that is clipped still has the original image hidden behind the clipped area, and the clipping path can be removed later as desired. Double-click the image to reposition it or scale it within its bounding box. An image effects panel is also displayed. If you want to remove the clipping path, right-click the image and choose “Remove Image clipping path” from the contextual menu.

Step 3 – Mask and Resample Image (optional)

An image with a clipping path can be permanently cropped to remove portions of the image that are hidden, thus reducing overall file size. Cropped images are resampled to the clipped area. To crop a clipped image, right-clicking the image and choose “Crop and resample image” from the contextual menu.

Final Image

Clipping images in Artboard is as easy as 1-2-3! We hope you enjoy the simplicity of how it works just like the Boolean operations with any vector objects.

Editing Artboard’s Extensive Clip Art Collection

Artboard delivers with hundreds of vector clip arts in a Library packed with shapes, graphics, and styles. In fact, all clip art except country flags are fully editable. Find out how to make the most of Artboard’s clip art library and make them your own.

Tutorial Details

Program : Artboard 1.1+ for Mac OSX
Difficulty: Beginner
Topics Covered: Clip Art
Estimated Completion Time: 10 minutes

ATTENTION: As of Artboard 1.7, “shared” styles are no longer part of the default workflow, therefore, references to “New” and “Clone” in this tutorial are no longer current. As of Artboard 1.7, the “New” button in the Format Bar and Style Inspector becomes the “Reset” button. See the Users Guide for more information about shared styles.

Step 1

Open the Styles & Clip Art palette. As desired, click the Library icon in the palette toolbar to navigate through the categories of clip arts and styles. Here we are choosing the “Christmas Tree” clip art in the “Holidays & Occasions” category. Click onto the clip art you want to use and place it with Clip Art Stamp [y] tool, or simply drag the clip art from the palette onto your drawing.

To resize any clip art graphic, use the Select [s] tool and drag one of the object handles. Hold the SHIFT-key to maintain the aspect ratio while you drag.

Step 2

Many clip arts in the Artboard library are actually complex graphics made up of multiple objects (some are simple graphics made from a single shape and won’t need ungrouped). With the clip art selected, you will see “Group” listed as the object type in the Geometry panel. Choose Graphic > Ungroup from the main menu. You can see after ungrouping that the star, tree, the tree’s shading, tree trunk, and ornaments are all separate objects.

Step 3

Here we’ve selected the main body of the tree and open the Style Inspector. Click “Clone” to make a copy of the existing style, then click the color-well to change the fill color to blue.

Next, select one of the ornaments. You can see that the ornament is also a group – some complex clip arts may be made from groups of groups! Select each ornament and choose Graphic > Ungroup from the main menu, or right-click and choose Ungroup from the contextual menu.

Step 4

We’ve selected the main circle shape in the ungrouped ornament. In the Style Inspector, click “Clone” and change the colors in the gradient. Click onto the first gradient slider color-well and choose a white color. Click onto the second gradient slider color-well and choose a blue color.

Next, use the Style Dropper [d] tool to pick-up the new gradient style and drop it onto the other ornaments.

Step 5

We’ve also selected the star and made it a bit smaller. Hold the SHIFT-key while dragging the star’s object handles to maintain its aspect ratio while re-sizing.

Optionally, create a new clip art of the graphic that you’ve changed. With the Select [s] tool, click and drag a box over all the graphics to select the objects. Choose Graphic > Group from the main menu to group them into one graphic.

Step 6

Choose Edit > Add Clip Art To Library to automatically create a clip art in the user’s Library.

Final Image

Congratulations! You’ve successfully added a clip art to your drawing, ungrouped and edited it. Now you know the basics to edit any clip art supplied with Artboard. Use your customized artwork with other graphics to finish your drawing. Here we’ve added a rectangle with a gradient in the background, added “Snowflakes” clip art scattered on top, and some text. Thanks for a great first year with Artboard!