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How to remove paths extending outside a shape

New Here ,
Nov 13, 2022 Nov 13, 2022

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Hi all,

   new user to illustrator.  I've been importing map file layers into illustrator for laser cutting.

 

I need help with a function to remove all paths extending outside of the hexagon shape.  I've been doing this manually in outline view but it's very time consuming on larger maps.   Every time I try to use pathfinder functions, or crop, they simply do nto work and give me very weird results.  Often I can remove all items inside the shape, but the reverse how i need it.  I've tried a clipping mask but that does not want to work either.  I've also tried crop with no effect.

 

Can someone please help?  How do I easily remove the lines extending outside the hexagon?  I've attached a copy of the Illustrator project file, as well as jpeg of normal and outline viewForum Help File.jpgforum help file outline view.jpg

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Nov 13, 2022 Nov 13, 2022

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How is this supposed to look like?

Can strokes be outlined?

 

The AI file does not work. Can you upload it to Dropbox or the like and post a link in here?

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Hi, thanks for your reply.  I've uploaded the AI file, and an SVG of the completed file (I had to do it all manually) as an example.  

I mostly utilise outline view because I am only interested in the paths for laser cutting.

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Nov 13, 2022 Nov 13, 2022

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You could try the Shape Builder tool to add and subtract to a selection:

https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/using/creating-shapes-shape-builder-tool.html

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I will have a try of this later today, I was hoping there was an easier process, like the pathfinder functions which will allow what I'm after.  I would have thought it would not be too difficult to exlude all paths outside of a shape?

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Here's a dropbox of the AI file, and an SVG example of what the completed file should look like (I processed this SVG manually).

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