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How do I divide this compound path into segments?

Jul 13, 2013 7:09 PM

This yellow donut is a compound path. I'd like to divide it into 10 segments, in the places where the black lines cross it. Can you tell me how to do this?

 

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    Jul 13, 2013 8:50 PM   in reply to MarieMeyer

    the devide button in the pathfinder pallete.

     
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    Jul 14, 2013 2:56 AM   in reply to MarieMeyer

    Marie,

     

    Or you may select each of the lines and Object>Divide Objects Below, which will leave the parts as independent paths.

     

    It may be quicker to Pathfinder>Divide as mec-os suggests, especially if you wish to have the paths grouped; you can drag with the (Direct) Selection Tool over the centre and delete the nostroke objects inside.

     
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    Jul 14, 2013 5:13 AM   in reply to MarieMeyer

    Marie,

     

    From where you are, you may:

     

    0) Hide or lock the other artwork to leave it unscathed;

     

    1) Select all the segments and delete their Strokes, selecting None for Stroke in the Toolbox;

    2) Ctrl/Cmd+C+F to copy each segment to the front and delete its Fill, selecting None for Fill in the Toolbox;

     

    Now you have two sets of segments, the upper one with a stroke, the lower one with a fill;

     

    3) Deselect everything, and with the Direct Selection Tool click on each of the straight end portions (path segments) and press Delete until they are all gone (two rounds), taking care that the current path is unselected (you can ensure that by always switching to the end portion between two segments that are unselected instead of having to deselect every time); if you only lock the other artwork, some end portions will be hidden (you may leave them, but only if you are sure everything stays that way);

     

    Now you have a set of fill/nostroke segments and a set of curved stroke/nofill paths that form the stroked borders;

     

    4) Drag across each segment with the Selection Tool and Ctrl/Cmd+G to group each set of paths forming the segments.

     

    Now you have a group for each segment consisting of an unfilled closed path with open paths forming the outer and inner borders.

     
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    Jul 14, 2013 5:18 AM   in reply to MarieMeyer

    Marie,

     

    Starting from before the dividing into segments, you could:

     

    1) Select the ring and Ctrl/Cmd+C+F, remove the fill from the copy, and remove the stroke from the original (you may do that in the layers palette);

     

    Now you have two rings to divide as you did, and after that;

     

    2) Deselect everything, and with the Direct Selection Tool click on each of the stroked straight end portions (path segments) and press Delete until they are all gone (two rounds), taking care that the current path is unselected (you can ensure that by always switching to the end portion between two segments that are unselected instead of having to deselect every time);

     

    3) Drag across each segment with the Selection Tool and Ctrl/Cmd+G to group each set of paths forming the segments;

     

    Now you have a group for each segment consisting of an unfilled closed path with open paths forming the outer and inner borders.

     

    Then you could add the other artwork (in between the segments) as you did.

     
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