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I have a symbol which is clipped. When I place the symbol into document, I can't adjust the size of clipped object. In fact transform shows me unclipped bounding box.

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Above on the left side screenshot you see the example of such symbol. However, if I break the link to symbol(right side screenshot), then bounding box is clipped to object and I can easily set new size.

How can I represent my symbol clipped without breaking link?

PS the subject is terrible, I know...

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I don't think you can, other than to clip the symbol. –  Scott Oct 21 '13 at 16:27
    
The problem is bounding box of clipped symbol. The symbol is clipped from inside symbol. It extends to unclipped objects. Right now as workaround I do some math on scaling and dealing with floating point numbers. So I thought maybe there is a way to get bounding box of symbol to be on clipping extents. –  Michael Oct 21 '13 at 16:31
    
I understand the problem, I just don't think there's any solution other than clipping the symbol instance itself. –  Scott Oct 21 '13 at 16:35
    
Lots of overhead and defeats the idea of symbol... Hope someone knows solution or at least could tell that in Illustrator CC this is doable. –  Michael Oct 21 '13 at 16:50
    
Well a clipped symbol is not as much overhead as clipped art. The internal symbol is still a symbol. –  Scott Oct 21 '13 at 16:54

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All I can do as workaround is clipping the symbol from outside like this.

  • Turn on smart guides
  • Draw a transparent rectangle over your symbol to fit it's bounds
  • Fit exactly to bounds with smart guides and zooming if you don't did it in previous step
  • Profit! You are awesome! But Ai symbols are not.

But I want to use learn a smart way to do it.

Clipping a symbol from outside

I using Russian localized version of Ai so I will translate my screenshot for your understanding:

  • Слои = Layers
  • Режим изоляции = Isolation mode
  • Группа обтравки = Clipping group
  • Прямоугольник = Rectangle

Last layer is a symbol with clipped object inside it so I need to get it's visible bounds instead of a size with all hidden objects sizes inside.

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