So I have an ernourmous file I'm working on for a huge wall mural that's about 20 ft long by amlost 5 ft high. I'm getting the attached error code when i try to create a clipping mask. I've tryed to merge the sublayers to no avail in recucing the file size to make a clipping mask. What is the best way to combine these so I can get this off to the printers. Thanks for any advice
Try grouping the items you intend to mask You could also save them to a separate file, place that and mask it.
As Scott suggested, it might help to group items. When you group, all of the grouped objects will go on to a single layer.
It also looks like you have a temendous number of anchor points. You could try selecting and choosing Object > Path > Simplify. Often you can reduce the number of anchor points with this command without any noticeable differnce in the objects.
29 sub-levels? How did you create that? Are there already clipping masks in it? Compound shapes? Groups inside groups inside groups ...?
You will need to expand a few things and/or organize this differently.
Hi @Brook Bradbury,
Thanks for reaching out. It seems you are getting a warning as you have reached a limitation in Illustrator. This is expected behaviour. I would recommend you to try the second option suggested by @Scott Falkner to save the 29 sub-layer in a separate file and then embed & masking the file. This way, you will have full edibility freedom.
However, if you do not want to go to such lengths, I would suggest selecting all layers and going to the Object menu > Compound Path > Make. Also, I would recommend having a backup just in case you want to edit it later.
Kindly update the discussion if you still need assistance with it. We'd be happy to help.