Quick Reference

Crops the display of a selected image to a specified boundary.

Access Methods


 Ribbon: Image contextual tab Clipping panel Create Clipping Boundary.
 Menu: Modify  Clip  ImageAt the Command prompt, enter imageclip.
 Toolbar: Reference 
 Shortcut menu: Select an image to clip, right-click in the drawing area, and click Image Clip.


The clipping boundary determines the portion of a raster image that is hidden, either outside or inside the boundary. The visibility of the clipping boundary is controlled by the IMAGEFRAME system variable.

The boundary you specify must be in a plane parallel to the image object. When you select an image, the ribbon Image contextual tab displays options for creating and deleting clipping boundaries.

TipUse the CLIP command to clip any type of referenced file: images, external references, viewports, and DWF, DWFx, PDF, and DGN underlays.

List of Prompts

The following prompts are displayed.


Turns on clipping and displays the image clipped to the previously defined boundary.


Turns off clipping and displays the entire image and frame.

If you reclip the image while clipping is turned off, clipping is automatically turned back on. You are prompted to delete the old boundary even when clipping is turned off and the clipping boundary is not visible.


Removes a predefined clipping boundary and redisplays the full original image.

New Boundary

Defines a rectangular or polygonal clipping boundary, or generates a polygonal clipping boundary from a polyline.

NoteYou can only create a new clipping boundary for a selected IMAGE underlay after the old boundary is deleted.
Select Polyline

Defines the boundary with the selected polyline. The polyline can be open but must consist of straight line segments and cannot intersect itself.


Defines a polygonal clipping boundary with three or more points that you specify for the vertices of a polygon.


Defines a rectangular boundary with the points that you specify for opposite corners.

Invert Clip

Inverts the mode of the clipping boundary: objects are clipped either outside the boundary or inside the boundary.