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cutting part of path

Jan 4, 2014 5:46 PM

I am sorry, this is probably a very beginner question but I could not find an answer elsewhere:


I use Illustrator CS6, I used the pen tool to create an elipsoid "shape" by creating a path and giving it stroke and fill, I made a second one ot top of the first, now the second one covers the first at about mid level and I want to cut the top part of the first shape/path, that is showing, off.


I have tried with various methods but with strange results. Could I get an expert opinion, please?

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    Jan 4, 2014 9:24 PM   in reply to Splendid Screen Name

    I hate it when paths show off.


    Sounds like you could select both shapes and use "Pathfinder>Intersect or Divide".


    You could also convert the paths to a "Smart object" and assign stroke and fill of "none" to the portion you would like to eliminate.

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    Jan 5, 2014 7:34 AM   in reply to rcraighead

    "Smart object"

    No such thing in Illustrator, did you mean a Live Paint Group?


    You might also use the Shape builder tool to sekec the wanted section and delete them.


    Read about Live Paint Groups and Shape Builder Tool in the help files.


    You can also select the object above the first elips and go to Object>Path>Divide Objects Below then delee the pats ou want to eliminate.


    However it would be better to see a screen shot.


    Also remember the paths will have to closed.


    It would be best to see what you have though.

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    Jan 5, 2014 8:26 PM   in reply to Splendid Screen Name

    I think the easiest way is the shape builder tool


    select all of the art


    then place the Shape Builder Tool cursor in the light blue area of the part you do not want


    then drag it across the stroke of the that area until it highlights red let go of the mouse.


    then deselect the art and use the direct select or selection tool to select that area and delete.


    Screen Shot 2014-01-05 at 11.20.35 PM.png


    Screen Shot 2014-01-05 at 11.15.24 PM.png


    Screen Shot 2014-01-05 at 11.25.39 PM.png

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    Jan 10, 2014 2:22 PM   in reply to Splendid Screen Name

    Open the shape builder tool options (by double clicking that tool in the toolbar) and check "gap detection".


    Also: Read the manual on that tool.

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