I have created an AI file that contains images that have portions hidden by clipping masks. When I save this AI file as a PDF file, the PDF file contains the full images. Is there a way to save to PDF that will not include the portion of an image that is hidden by clipping masks.
As a corollary to this. If clipping masks isn't the right approach, is there another mechanic that behaves like clipping masks (i.e. I retain the full image in the AI file and I can adjust the size and positioning of the image within the mask) but removes the hidden portions of the image when I save to PDF?
I would like to avoid a permanent clip in the AI file because I may want to adjust it later. I just want the clip to be permanent when I save to PDF.