Adobe Illustrator/remove white box jpeg

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Question
I am working in illustrator 10, and I copied a jpeg into it that has an annoying white box behind the picture. How can I get rid of the white box? I can't use the png option, because it is not working properly.

Is there another way?

Answer
Hi Tracy

Illustrator is not the best option, you should use Photoshop to edit jpg images. If you have to use Illustrator, you only option is to draw a path around the object, being sure to close the object. Then select your new path and the image and go to Object>Clipping Mask>Make

This will clip out the background. If this has a soft edge or a lot of detail, you should use PS for your sanity.

Thanks


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I am an Adobe Certified Instructor, Adobe Community Professional and Adobe Freelance Professional. I travel nationally speaking on Adobe Creative Suite applications, including Illustrator and design. I can answer questions about Adobe Illustrator version CS1 through the all-new Creative Cloud.

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I am an Adobe Certified Instructor for Adobe Illustrator and have been teaching this software in college/higher education and for an Adobe Authorized Training Center since 2000. I have been an active user of Adobe Illustrator as a professional graphic designer since 1994. I am also the author of the Adobe Illustrator Certified Expert Exam. I am a published author for Adobe Inspire Magazine, writing articles on Creative Suite applications including Photoshop, Illustrator and the Adobe Touch apps.

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