Clipping mask: outline only content, NOT the mask itself?

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I have alot of lines inside a clipping mask.

Is it possible to trim the mask away, and only be left with the lines, not the mask?

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Most Valuable Participant , Mar 26, 2021 Mar 26, 2021
stian,   You can do the dirty destructive deed, with the Clipping Mask selected, exact way depending on version, step 1) only needed in old versions:   1) In the Transparency palette/panel dropdown list select anything but Normal (Multiply is fine); this step is undoubtedly unneeded in your version, you may try without it;2) Object/Edit>Flatten Transparency, just keep the defaults including 100% Vector;3) Shudder (optional, unless unavoidable). This will crop everything to the Clipping Path (or ...

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stian,

 

You can do the dirty destructive deed, with the Clipping Mask selected, exact way depending on version, step 1) only needed in old versions:

 

1) In the Transparency palette/panel dropdown list select anything but Normal (Multiply is fine); this step is undoubtedly unneeded in your version, you may try without it;
2) Object/Edit>Flatten Transparency, just keep the defaults including 100% Vector;
3) Shudder (optional, unless unavoidable).


This will crop everything to the Clipping Path (or to its Bounding Box in case of raster images: a raster image can only be rectangular regardless of where/how it is created so it will have transparency/emptiness to fill its Bounding Box which corresponds to that of the Clipping Mask/Path), with the possible exception of some empty paths, remnants of pattern tiles that have been cut to fit the Clipping Path, or something similar; if there are such paths, you can:

 

4) With the Direct Selection Tool, Click an empty spot to deselect, then ClickDrag along and outwards from each side of the former Clipping Path and press Delete (twice) to get (completely) rid of the empty paths;

With this, everything should be cleaned up.

 

 

But is it really needed?

 

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