On my first pattern I was able to trim the edges by selecting everything and then pressing shift + M while holding alt but now it's not letting me. Everything is unlocked and ungrouped.

What's going on here?


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    Can you include a screenshot of your layers panel? – WELZ Feb 23 '19 at 23:41

Shift+M is for the Shapebuilder Tool, not Pathfinder.

The easiest (and best) method to clip those edges is with a Clipping Mask

With a clipping mask, it is non-destructive, meaning you can come back and make changes later on.

Simply, create a shape over the area you want to keep (that rectangle works) and then select all and Right Click → Make Clipping Mask (Ctrl+7)

Note, your clipping path needs to be the shape above everything else as it will pick the topmost shape as the clipping path.

  • Wow, thank you! That is so much more effective. – C. Mundell Feb 26 '19 at 21:47
  • @C.Mundell glad to be of assistance. Welcome to the site! – WELZ Feb 26 '19 at 21:48

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