Why I can’t erase or cut gradient mesh in Adobe illustrator?

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regards, Saeed

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Because you can't.

That's not how meshes work. Every point of a mesh is connected and interacts with every other point on the mesh. Removing a point changes the mesh. One must shape the mesh how they need, not randomly erase or cut parts. Illustrator isn't smart enough to reconstruct a mesh, let alone maintain the appearance of a mesh, if something were simply "erased".

Use masks if you need to hide part of a mesh.

  • Now you can see the image in my post. I want just crop my page but it seems I can’t. The clipping mask doesn’t let me!is there any way? Mar 24, 2022 at 20:14
  • A Clipping mask should work fine. There's no reason a clipping mask won't work on a gradient mesh. In fact, that's exactly what I have going on here - a clipping mask shaped like the lake which is applied to a rectangular gradient mesh. It's kind of difficult to tell what you want to accomplished based upon the mess in that image. Your issue may be due to stacking order or some other construction issue. You can't use a mesh as a clipping mask, just in case that's what you are trying to do.
    – Scott
    Mar 24, 2022 at 20:26
  • I keep getting this alarm: the selection needs more than one object. But as you can see I have many objects Mar 24, 2022 at 20:57
  • I honestly don't know what to tell you. The error messages don't lie. They mean exactly what they read. Just because you have many objects, that doesn't mean you are selecting more than one object. To create a clipping mask, you need 1 basic shape on top of whatever you want in the mask. Then select the basic shape and the other objects and Object > Clipping Mask > Make
    – Scott
    Mar 24, 2022 at 21:31

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