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Clip features using other features

In the Modify Features pane, Clip Clip splits editable features that are visible and intersect other visible features. Features are clipped where they cross a specified buffer area. You can choose to keep or delete the features inside or outside the clip area, or split the target features and preserve both areas.

Clip all features using a line feature

Clipping all visible, editable features using a line feature and a buffer distance can be performed without a selection. This can be useful when you need to trim several features at a uniform distance from a line; for example, trimming parcel boundaries along a street centerline.

  1. On the Edit tab, in the Features group, click Modify Modify Features.

    The Modify Features pane appears.

  2. Expand Divide and click Clip Clip.

    The tool opens in the pane.

  3. At the bottom of the pane, check Clip all editable features.
  4. Click Select Select and select the feature that you want to use as the clipping feature. For example, select the road centerline.

    The selection appears as a list in the pane.

  5. If you select more than one feature, do one of the following in the pane:
    • Double-click the polygon feature item to remove all other features from the selection.
    • Right-click and use the context menu to refine your selection.

      Context menu

  6. In the Buffer Distance text box, type a distance greater than zero (0) that defines the clipping area. For example, the distance from a road centerline at which to trim parcel boundaries.

    A buffer appears around the clipping feature. Notice how the buffer changes when you change the distance value.

  7. Click Discard Discard to delete the clipped features that fall inside the clipping area and preserve all others.
  8. Click Clip.

    The features that cross the clipping area are split where they intersect the buffer distance, and the feature inside the clip area are deleted.

Clip target features using input features

Clipping target features using input features and a buffer distance allows you to select features separately and manage the selections between input and target tabs. The tabs appear in the pane when you set the tool to require selections.

  1. On the Edit tab, in the Features group, click Modify Modify Features.

    The Modify Features pane appears.

  2. Expand Divide and click Clip Clip.

    The tool opens in the pane.

  3. At the bottom of the pane, uncheck Clip all editable features.

    The Input Features and Target Features tabs appear in the pane.

  4. Click Select Select and select the features you want to use as input cutting features.

    The selection appears as a list in the pane.

  5. Click the Input Features tab and select the features you want to use as input clipping features.
    1. Click Active Select Active Select and select the features.
    2. Right-click and use the context menu to refine your selection, or move an item to the Target Features tab.

      Input Features context menu

      Tip:

      You can double-click a feature in the list to select it and remove all other features from the selection.

  6. Click the Target Features tab and select the features you want to clip.
    1. Click Select one or more points, lines or polygons Active Select and select the features.
    2. Right-click and use the context menu to refine your selection, or move an item to the Input Features tab.

      Target Features context menu

      Tip:

      You can double-click a feature in the list to select it and remove all other features from the selection.

  7. In the Buffer Distance text box, type a distance greater than zero (0) that defines the clipping area. For example, the distance from the road centerline at which to trim the parcel boundaries.

    A buffer appears around the clipping feature. Notice how the buffer changes when you change the distance value.

  8. Click one of the following to preserve or delete the split features:
    • Preserve Preserve—Preserves the features inside the clipping area and deletes all other intersecting features.
    • Discard Discard—Deletes the features inside the clipping area and preserves all other intersecting features.
    • Split Split—Preserves all intersecting features.
  9. Click Clip.

    The features within the clipping area are split where they intersect the clipping feature, and deleted or preserved based on your settings.