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    Hello, Every time I create an image in AI, I save it out as a gif (client requested) and when I open the gif, the file has cropped in around the image. So, say if I set my document size at 5x6, that info is discarded and the doc size is whatever the size of the drawn object. Any way to prevent auto cropping? Or do I have to open all ai images in Photoshop and make the size dimensions there?

    Thanks for any help!

  • #2
    Why are you drawing outside your page margins? Just make your document larger, or don't draw outside the lines..
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    • #3
      I assume you're using Illy's "Save to Web?"

      If so, in the left column, there's a series of tabs (Color Table/Image Size/Layers). Click on the "Image Size" tab. At the bottom of that tab is a "Clip to Artboard" checkbox. I'm pretty sure that's what you're looking for.

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      • #4
        If your using an older version of Illy... say 9 for example... create a box with no fill and no border the size you want to export around the illustration. This will leave the outline in the file and export to that dimention.
        GNP @ work

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        • #5
          Thanks everyone!

          Hewligan, you are a life saver! This IS exactly what I was looking for!!!
          No more auto crop where I don't need it!
          Thanks a TON!

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          • #6
            Yup. That used to bug the heck out of me too until I found the "Clip to artboard" last year.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Craig B
              Yup. That used to bug the heck out of me too until I found the "Clip to artboard" last year.
              You're doing better than me, then. I only figured it out a few months ago. They don't exactly make it obvious, do they?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by GraphixNPrint
                If your using an older version of Illy... say 9 for example... create a box with no fill and no border the size you want to export around the illustration. This will leave the outline in the file and export to that dimention.
                I still use this when copying from Illustrator into Photoshop. Don't shoot me, sometimes it's gotta be done.
                "Lucy, you got some 'splainin' to do!" - Ricky Ricardo

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                • #9
                  Me too Urst. But I didn't know about the hidden scripts until yesterday...

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                  • #10
                    Having fun with the scripts, PD? I have to say there are a few I use ALL the time!
                    "Lucy, you got some 'splainin' to do!" - Ricky Ricardo

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                    • #11
                      having fun? well... it makes my day go faster.
                      Now someone just has to tell me if I can assign keyboard commands to them and I will be one happy clam.

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                      • #12
                        Yup, that'd be teh bomb all right. I haven't a clue if it's possible, however.
                        "Lucy, you got some 'splainin' to do!" - Ricky Ricardo

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                        • #13
                          OK, I cant find these scripts here on this machine... shhh... I haven't upgraded since illy 9 on this one... is that why I cant find them??
                          GNP @ work

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                          • #14
                            What version are you using now, Graphix? They actually don't come as part of the standard install, they're on the install disk, or you can find them online (try InDesign Secrets). I think PD's talking about the InDesign scripts by the way. There was a reference to them in another thread yesterday (forgot which one). If you're interested I can dig it up.
                            "Lucy, you got some 'splainin' to do!" - Ricky Ricardo

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                            • #15
                              Sorry GNP, we're a little off topic. Illy doesn't really have scripts. It does have Actions. We were referring to an InD thread from yesterday about hidden scripts in CS3. I was just adding to Urst's statement that I agreed with her but maybe I amn't the best judge of the easiest way to do something.

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