I'm converting a vector drawing from Bohemian Sketch to Adobe Illustrator so that I can export eps and svg, etc.

When I copy and paste from Sketch I get a bunch of clipping paths instead of objects.

Any advice on how to get those to be editable vector elements quickly? .. there are hundreds of them.


It really depends upon the artwork.

If the art is comprised of a bunch of raster images with clipping masks you are sort of stuck. You can't crop, cut, or clip raster images within Illustrator - you can only mask them.

If the art is all vector and merely contains clipping masks.....

In some cases, Object > Flatten Transparency will quickly "bake in" clipping masks. Beyond that, you may need to select individual masks and use Object > Expand followed by Pathfinder > Crop (the panel, not the effect menu).

This is generalizing, without seeing the file construction or layers panel expanded it's difficult to be more precise.

  • Thank you! I ended up just releasing the clipping mask but I'm going to remember these tips in case I need to convert other art (that's not all vector). – pixelfairy Aug 19 '14 at 15:36
  • No problem. Simply releasing the clipping masks is a different appearance completely :) – Scott Aug 19 '14 at 15:37

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