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I have created a document in Illustrator that consists of a background object (the blue part) and many small green objects ("bushes"). Please see an image below:

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What I want is to cut the lower part of the "bushes" to make it look like this:

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How do I do this in Illustrator?

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You can do this with a clipping mask in Illustrator:

A clipping mask:

  • Create a box over your image:

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Select both the box and the image and go to Object -> Clipping Mask -> Make:

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If the circles are vector I would merge the layer then use the pathfinder tool:

Hightlight the circles:

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Pathfinder -> Unite:

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Create the box you want to cut on top of the shape:

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Select both and go to Pathfinder -> Minus Front:

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