I am trying to export the canvas of an illustrator file only to svg but when I try to open the file, the drop shadow of the objects in my file are still visible outside the canvas. I am relatively new to Illustrator.enter image description here

See the shadows present at the top and bottom of the image.

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You could use a clipping mask.

Basically, you prepare a rectangle of the area you really need and put the shadow inside.

Here is the explanation from adobe's website: https://helpx.adobe.com/mx/illustrator/how-to/illustrator-creating-basic-clipping-mask.html

  • Thank you, that solved it. I tried doing it with the pathfinder tool earlier on and it didn't work. Aren't the two methods equivalent ?
    – user171823
    Commented Feb 2, 2022 at 2:20

Group all your shapes together that you want inside the 'canvas' (ctrl/cmnd-G) Create a shape that acts as the border of your canvas and place it on top of your grouped shapes. Make a clipping mask, selecting both of the above (right click -> make clipping mask). add your desired drop shadow to that clipping mask.


When you export as SVG use File > Export As, select SVG as the format, and select the "Use Artboards" option.

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Here's an example result. The artboard will crop the drop shadow.

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