I have seen posts similar to this but not exactly. Need help. --
Up to and including Illustrator version 24.0.2, I could save to a PNG with transparency and the edges/dimensions of the image would clip to the edges of the visible art only, with no extra padding. I did NOT / do not have a clipping path in the Illustrator file. With updates since 24.0.2 the same process (for which I had set up Actions) clips the transparency to same dimensions of hidden layers, which results in extra padding in the final PNG.
Here's my process steps that worked previously:
Illustrator does not perform the same now, even though a supposed fix was put in place where PNGs would clip to a clipping path and not the actual dimensions of the objects cropped by the clipping path. Do I have to now add a clipping path layer to get the same result? (If yes, what a pain as we have thousands of label files for which we have used saved Actions to prepar PNGs for linking in Photoshop.)
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I'm very grateful for your reply (finally someone replied with a knowledgable response!). I will try to post something to Uservoice. That is a helpful suggestion.
For background: Export for Screens (unless I'm misunderstanding how it functions) is not practical for our long-established workflow because it requires more steps/clicks than previously and we can't readily create an Action script for our repetitive steps. Export for Screens requires us to select what we want included in the PNG after opening Export for Screens. We already have our various assets organized in layers and groups in the file and turn off all the layers we don't want included in the PNG. With File > Export > Save for Web (Legacy), previously, the PNG transparency automatically clipped to the visible layers and we had a series of actions in place to quickly do that and set the size of the final PNG. So, the "Save for Web (Legacy)" does not offer true legacy functionality because some of the former functionality ceased about the time that the new "Export for Screens" was implemented.
Again, thanks for your reply.