I need to seperate the circle below into three seperate segments. I know it looks like it already is, i threw it into ps and and saved as a jpg to show you since i dont know how to take a screen shot in illustrator.
basically i created the circle using the shapes button then created a smaller circle and subtracted it from the bigger one. I then created 3 seperate curved lines with a stroke of .5, and after going to path>outline stroke i merged all three curved lines together. I moved the curved lines to the top, selected them, and then selected the circle below the curved lines and hit subtract to divide the circle into 3 sections. Only problem is they are not 3 seperate segments. When i use the selection tool to click on the circle it outlines the entire circle along with the strokes i created.
I need 3 seperate segments that are each able to be manipuated on their own. How do I do this?
I tried making the strokes and the circle a compound shape from the appearance panel, and then using the direct selection tool to select the anchor points of the curved lines and then press ctrl+x to cut them out, but that didnt work.
You might just need to select everything and go to:
Or right click and choose it there.
I would use pathfinders 'Divide' for what you are trying to do. But I'm on PC with CS5. Maybe Subtract is exactly what you need.
I don't seem to need to use the Path→Outline Stroke step.
I've played around with it, and seem to get random results. Sometimes it does split them into different shapes, othertimes it does not. You might try remaking it. I'm not sure if the shape of the curve has anything to do with it, or if the curved paths need to end outside of the shape.
hmm it seems were getting closer. I tried remaking it 3 or 4 times with different techniques to no avail...but i did however subtract and then hit "expand" I noticed that it gave individual anchor points for each section of the circle. Before it just left the anchor points visable on all the seperate curves, and the curves extend beyond the circle....
But it still doesnt actually seperate the circle into 3 seperate segments. i.e. there is a square box around the whole circle when I click anywhere in the circle. However like I mentioned were getting closer! Now I have anchor points to manipulate each section
I'm just kind of trying things here and their...but thankyou for your help so far
I realize that I can now just use the direct select tool and shift click each anchor point that is on
the desired chunk of the circle i want to manipulate...but that seems a bit tedious at times. I'm going to be using gradients and fills etc... Is there anyway to get a selection box around each chunk of the circle? right now it selects the entire circle and shows all the seperate anchor points for each chunk.