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I have imported a large area of map data with multiple paths going in all directions. I only need one portion of the map to work on and I have marked that out, in the layer, with guides. I want to cut the extraneous material to dramatically reduce the file size. How can I cut all the lines that go outside the guides in one go? Ideally, I would like to draw a rectangle over the area I want to preserve, use it as a cookie cutter, then select the extraneous material and hit delete. But when I do this ...

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    Default How can I quickly crop extraneous material from a complex of paths?

    I have imported a large area of map data with multiple paths going in all directions. I only need one portion of the map to work on and I have marked that out, in the layer, with guides. I want to cut the extraneous material to dramatically reduce the file size.

    How can I cut all the lines that go outside the guides in one go? Ideally, I would like to draw a rectangle over the area I want to preserve, use it as a cookie cutter, then select the extraneous material and hit delete.

    But when I do this and use, for example, Slice>Make or Path>Divide Objects Below, the paths simply are not sliced or divided.

    There are so many paths that to cut each one individually with the scissors will take hours.

    Is there a quick route that I'm missing?
    Trevor_Lawson@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Default Re: How can I quickly crop extraneous material from a complex of paths?

    As long as your artwork is filled paths - no strokes - you can use the Crop Pathfinder (second row, 4th button). But strokes have to be trimmed manually.
    Gary_Newman@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Default Re: How can I quickly crop extraneous material from a complex of paths?

    After doing as Gary says you can select the line paths and "combine" them. At that point you can wack a bunch at once. After each wack you must re-combine to do another Pathfinder effect. Speaking of Effect; With each Pathfinder you apply you must hold the Option key in AI10 and CS.

    roger
    rogrerogre@adobeforums.com Guest

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