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When I use an Illustrator script using visible bounds or selection size on clipped art, the script sees the original size of the clipped art as the groups's size instead of its visible (clipped) size. Lets say I have a 150mm x 200mm image and I am using a clipping mask to clip out a 100mm x 100mm part. So now I see a rectangle 100mm x 100mm, then add some other elements on it -- it does not get bigger than 100mm x 100mm. Then I want to work with this size not the, original image's size.

How to implement this in the script to work further with it? I am using Illustrator CS5.

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Does checking "Use Preview Bounds' in the preferences alter things? –  Scott Sep 27 '13 at 16:02

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As long as the clipped art is vector (as opposed to a raster image), you could use Object > Expand appearance on it to actually delete the parts that are clipped away. Thus, the script will no longer see the original art and work properly.

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Useful in many cases except when you want to preserve the part you've clipped. –  DumbNic Oct 27 '13 at 17:26

You need to get the geometric bounds from the actual clipping path item; it's the first path item in a clipping group.

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If you could provide some supporting evidence or someone else can corroborate this I'd +1, I just don't know enough to say its correct. –  DumbNic Oct 27 '13 at 17:27

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