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
Try the forum for Illustrator.
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.
Thank you SO MUCH!
thank you so much.
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 ;-}
Select everything CTL+A
then CTL+ALT+7 which will release all clipping masks
Thank you so much! You save my entire morning with this simple short curt!