I am using Illustrator CS3 and trying to export my illustration. Problem is, I wanted to only export the illustration, no the background canvas area, how I can achieve that?
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Unfortunately, I do not have access to CS3, I use CS5. However, I noticed that when you export, in the dialog box where you choose the file name, there's also this option:
Make sure it's unchecked as shown, this will export ONLY the content, not the artboard.
EDIT Alternatively you can fit your artboard to your illustration:
I usually use this way:
On the menu bar, find object, then crop area --> make.
And when I export, all I get is everything inside the box. I'll try it on my Illustrator CS2 and I hope there is the same menu on CS3.
And if I want to export just the illustration, I export it as .PNG format. Make sure you have chosen the color drop down with transparent.