How to Cut Something Out of an Image Using Illustrator

Written by daniel nash
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The beauty of digital image editing software is that if you don't like how a drawing or photo turns out, you can alter it until you do. Suppose you've drawn a picture of a cute puppy about to be petted by its owner. You scan it into your computer but, once you look at the image onscreen, you realise the owner's hand could be better drawn, and you now want to get rid of it entirely. With Adobe Illustrator, you can eliminate this part of the illustration without compromising its remaining parts.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Navigate your mouse cursor to the tool bar on the left, and select the "Pen" tool, which looks like the tip of a nib pen. Click around the portion of the image you want to remove, setting "Anchor Points" with straight lines between them. Continue until you reach the original "Anchor Point," completely enclosing the undesirable image portion.

  2. 2

    Select the "Selection" tool, which just looks like a pointer mouse cursor. Click, hold and drag a selection box around the undesired image portion.

  3. 3

    Press the "Ctrl" and "X" buttons simultaneously to cut out the anchor-pointed portion of the image.

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