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1.jpg shows what the text looks like in Illustrator before I select "save for web."
2.jpg shows what it looks like in the "save for web" editor.
test.gif show is the finished product.
As you can see, the dead space is at the top and bottom, not the sides. But how do I get rid of the waste at the top and bottom? I notice there is a slice tool in the "save for web" editor. I do not know how to use it but should I have to? Is there a way to do this without having to do any extra steps or manual hand work?
[edited by: engine at 2:18 pm (utc) on July 24, 2006]
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It sounds to me by your description that you have a few objects/nodes either hidden, in layers that are hidden, or are the same colour as your background (white?). If this the case you will be able to identify those objects in by going to > view > outline.
Open your layers palette and check that all are visible (the eye tool)
Delete any unused objects - Then use Jesse's handy tip to select and delete any spare nodes quickly.
Thanks to all.
Text boxes occur when you click and drag with the type tool - this creates a limited space for text but will also cause the issue you describe. Text boxes are useful for paragraphs but generally they are not needed for things like banners or logos.
By default, Save for Web uses the "bounding box" of the document, which for text includes the maximum ascender and descender heights of the font. (Select it with the black area tool and View>Show Bounding Box turned on, and the rectangle you see is what gets saved by default.)
There are several things you can do to modify this. One is to outline your text. (Text>Create Outlines).
A more general way which will be good to know about for other purposes is to change the Crop Area. Draw a rectangle of your desired dimensions for the graphic, select it, and use the Object>Crop Area>Make command. The Crop Area rectangle sets the area to be exported by Save for Web, Save as EPS, etc. This is useful for when you want to export an area that is either larger or smaller than the bounding box of all the art in the document.