I tried my best to crop out a part of an svg and I thought I had got it working, but when selecting the outside, I could still see the original shape. I used the rectangle tool and went to Object > Clipping Mask > Create to create this effect. I tried deleting the excess from the layer system and saving the cut off shape as an svg but to no avail. Here is an image of what I am talking about:


How do I remove the outline in blue?

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    Window > Pathfinder
    – Joonas
    Commented May 27, 2020 at 7:33
  • Thanks the intercept option worked. Can you post it as an answer so I can approve it? @Joonas Commented May 27, 2020 at 7:36

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Method 1:

You can clip objects with other objects with Window > Pathfinder.

  • You need to select the shape you want to clip and the clipping object before using Pathfinder.
  • In this case Intersect or Minus back are probably what you want to use depending on how you want to perform the clipping.
  • You can see the names/descriptions by hovering over each icon for a couple of seconds.
  • Intersect - Erase everything outside the front object.
  • Minus back - Erase everything inside the front object.

Method 2:

You could also possibly use the Shape builder tool (Shift+M), which is basically the same thing but in a brush form.

  • Alt key allows you to minus from the shape. You just kinda scribble over the parts you want to remove. Pathfinder may be less work.

Method 3:

And possibly even Object > Path > Divide object below

  • Basically the same as Pathfinder > Divide

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