Use the MAP Vector Erase Tool, to quickly remove data from MAP Layers using rectangles and ellipses. This tool can be used using two methods: erase using click and drag or erase using specific dimensions.
Before using the MAP Vector Erase Tool, ensure that layers being cropped are visible and unlocked in the Adobe Illustrator Layers panel. If there are invisible and locked layers, users will be prompted to unlock/unhide these layers or skip them.
Open MAPublisher Preferences to adjust crop settings for MAP Vector Erase Tool. These are the same Advanced settings for MAP Vector Erase and MAP Erase by Shape, MAP Vector Crop, and MAP Crop to Shape.
The purpose of MAP Vector Erase is to cut and remove vector data (points, lines, and polygons). However, some Adobe Illustrator-specific objects may not be erased properly using this tool:
- Blend and Live Paint objects
- Any art using effects that have been rasterized
- Custom art such as scale bars, grids/graticules, north arrows (expand custom art to crop)
- Compound shapes
- Legacy and overflowing text
- Locked objects (command box: either treat locked layers as unlocked or skip locked layers)
- Hidden layers (command box: either crop hidden layers or skip hidden layers)
Using the MAP Vector Erase Tool
The MAP Vector Erase Tool consists of two tools: Rectangle and Ellipse. There are two ways to use these tools: 1. click and drag to draw the crop shape; 2. click anywhere on the artboard to open the MAP Vector Erase dialog box and specify crop options.
Erase using Click and Drag
To crop to a shape of unspecified size, click and drag in the artboard until the desired crop area is achieved. Use keyboard modifiers to help draw shapes more efficiently: hold the Alt key (Windows) or the Option key (Mac) to draw from the center; hold the Shift key to constrain the proportions; or hold the spacebar to move the area. Enable Adobe Illustrator Smart Guides to snap to features for better control when drawing. Release the left mouse button to finish cropping the area.
Crop using Specific Dimensions
To crop to a shape of a specified size, single-click at a point in the MAP document at the desired location to specify a starting crop location using options in the MAP Vector Erase dialog box (see MAP Vector Erase). By default, the crop area is centered over the click point and its coordinates populate the X and Y boxes. Enter width and height values to specify a crop size. A preview of the crop area can be seen on the artboard (you may have to move the MAP Vector Erase dialog box to see it).