Releasing All Clipping Masks?

Community Beginner ,
Apr 29, 2015 Apr 29, 2015

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Hi Everyone....Please Help Me!

I am regularly required to work with old pdf files for my company, which I have to open in Illustrator to amend and update (we don't have access to the original .ai files).

Whenever I start to work on these files I have to spend ages just unconnecting the elements of the artwork, usually by right clicking and choosing "release clipping mask"

Is there a way to just disconnect everything when you open up an old pdf document in Illustrator?

Tá mo chroi bhríste

(it has my heart broken - in Irish!)

Kind Regards to all

Bryan

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Adobe Community Professional , May 16, 2015 May 16, 2015
First, set your fill and stroke both to none. Make sure all of the layers, and the art is unlocked. Then go to Select>Same>Fill & Stroke. Clipping masks usually don't have a fill and stroke, so this should select all of them. Then you can just hit the delete key to remove and release everything.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 29, 2015 Apr 29, 2015

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Try the forum for Illustrator.

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May 16, 2015 May 16, 2015

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[discussion moved to Illustrator forum]

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May 16, 2015 May 16, 2015

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First, set your fill and stroke both to none. Make sure all of the layers, and the art is unlocked. Then go to Select>Same>Fill & Stroke. Clipping masks usually don't have a fill and stroke, so this should select all of them. Then you can just hit the delete key to remove and release everything.

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Aug 31, 2018 Aug 31, 2018

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Thank you SO MUCH!

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Apr 10, 2021 Apr 10, 2021

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you're awesome

thank you so much.

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You just saved my life. So simple and genius solve

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Very handy thanks

 

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Oct 05, 2015 Oct 05, 2015

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thanks for posting your heartbreaking experience – it prompted Theresa's answer, which saves me from breaking my own heart over exactly the same problem :-}

by the way, and hope I'm not teaching my grandmother to suck eggs … after deleting all the clipping masks, my next step is to open the Layers pallette and ungroup each left-over Clipping group ;-}

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Nov 08, 2018 Nov 08, 2018

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Select everything CTL+A

then CTL+ALT+7 which will release all clipping masks

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Thank you so much! You save my entire morning with this simple short curt! 

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