Clipping an Image


By clipping an image, you can display and plot only a portion of the image. The clipping boundary can be a rectangle or a two-dimensional polygon with vertices constrained to lie within the boundaries of the image. Multiple instances of the same image can have different clipping boundaries.

Image Clip lets you show only the part of an image you require. Move your cursor over the image to see the clipped portion of the image.

You can display a clipped image using the clipping boundary, or you can hide the clipping boundary and display the original image boundaries.


To clip an image, the image boundary must be visible. See Displaying Image Frames.

A clip boundary is a display-only feature that you can use for viewing and plotting purposes. It does not permanently change image data. When you delete a clipping boundary, the original image boundary is restored. To clip the image permanently, use an image-editing application such as Autodesk Raster Design.


This command does not affect images you added using Data Connect.

To clip an image

  1. At the Command prompt, enter imageclip.
  2. Select the image to clip. You can clip one image at a time.
  3. Press Enter or type n to create a new clip boundary.
  4. Type r to create a rectangular boundary, or type p to create a polygonal boundary.
  5. Pick the points to define the clip boundary. You must pick at least three points to define a polygonal boundary.

To restore the image, use these steps: At the Command prompt, enter imageclip. Type off.

You can modify the clip boundary by defining a new boundary for the image or by using object grips.

You can also choose to show or hide clip boundaries by changing the image display properties in the Properties palette.