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I have a template on the artboard and I am using basic shapes to fill the template with designs. Some shapes overlap the template. I want to remove the parts that go outside the template box. I have tried using pathfinders and then scissors. With scissors it deletes the edge of the box too and leaves an outline. With pathfinder it deletes everything except the part I don't want.

Any simple ideas of how to do this

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    I'm getting the impression that this could help you, sounds like some trouble with the pathfinder tool – Jenna Sep 16 '14 at 14:55
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I believe what you are looking for is a Clipping Mask.

Example artwork: 1

Place a rectangle the same size as your artboard above everything you wish to crop: 2

Making sure the rectangle is on top, select all artwork that you wish to have clipped: 3

Create a clipping mask: 4

Final result: 5

I hope that is what you were looking for?

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