I did the following effect

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I did it using a circle with the required effect and a triangle with required effect, then I did object > clipping mask > make.

After I did the effect, I did create outline for the text. Now every time I do direct selection tool (A) and I hover all around the text, I can see the circle and triangle which I already did to do the effect.

My question How can I remove the triangle and circle and keep the text with the effect I did.

Is it ok to leave it like that ?

  • Sounds like you're using Illustrator CS3 or earlier, CS4 fixed the 'clipping mask overspill' problem, see this thread forums.adobe.com/thread/317755 - as for how to clean it up and cut the clipping mask permanently, Flatten Transparency is the only way I know about. Feb 20, 2013 at 18:40
  • well, Im using illustrator cs5
    – HTML Man
    Feb 20, 2013 at 19:17

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It's fine to leave it like that.

In some cases Pathfinder > Crop will remove the hidden objects without any negative effects. It depends upon what appearance options are applied to the internal objects. You could always try and then undo if it is not what you want.


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