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Crop image in Illustrator CC 2017+ Tutorial

cropping image in Illustrator CC 2017 tutorial
  1. Select an image to crop in Illustrator CC 2017 +

  2. Click the 'crop image' button

  3. Set crop region

  4. Set PPI

  5. Click apply

The crop image is a new feature of Adobe Illustrator CC 2017.1 (and hopefully for CC 2018 2019 2020 etc). The crop crops raster images in Illustrator. Select any image and you will see an option for 'crop image'. Click button to use the feature.

Cropping images

cropping dimensions in Illustrator
  1. Click the crop image button

  2. Change the crop size / origin by changing the crop rectangle (the cropped region can still be seen but with a lower opacity)

  3. Change the crop size / origin via the controls along the top bar of Illustrator

  4. Change the PPI setting

  5. Click OK

You can use the controls at the top of Illustrator or use the interactive rectangle (displayed with dashes) to change the crop origin and size. The to-be cropped area is shown with a lower opacity (the opacity cannot be changed). You can hold down the shift key to constrain the proportions of the crop in Illustrator. If you try and crop outside of the image, the controls will stop being updated and the crop rectangle will halt at the edge of the image.

Multiple crop

multiple crop illustrator CC 2017

Create multiple copies of image using alt / option

  1. Select image in Illustrator

  2. Select crop button

  3. Set crop rectange

  4. Click apply

  5. Repeat with another image

There is no multiple crop in Illustrator but a workaround is simply to duplicate the image and then crop the second image. This can be repeated for multiple images to build up multiple crops of a single image (I would love to see a multi-crop feature in the tool)

PPI and mosaic

mosaic and crop effect in Illustrator
  1. Click the crop image

  2. Set rectange for the crop

  3. You can set the PPI to 300 or 2 or 1 etc (set to 1 for a mosaic effect)

  4. Click apply

You can create an interesting mosaic effect by using PPI to 1. You can then use the image trace feature on the cropped image and use the color mode for the trace.

Crop and trace

cropped image and mosaic trace in Illustrator
  1. Select cropped image (after PPI set to 1)

  2. Click image trace

  3. Go to image trace panel

  4. Set mode to color

  5. Set colors to all or document library etc

  6. Change paths etc in the image trace panel

  7. Expand

  8. Ungroup

The image trace can be used with the 'mosaic' cropped image in Illustrator. You can use the color mode along with different colors and paths etc and then expand and ungroup and use the cropped paths as abstract designs. You can also use the result with the color guide to create interesting colorful artworks from the cropped images

Video tutorials

Crop image video in Illustrator CC 2017.1 (youtube)


1. Curvature tool in Illustrator

Sources and references

1. What is new in Illustrator at