9 Replies Latest reply: Aug 2, 2012 11:48 AM by sean.mateer RSS

    Need help separating single object based on background objects


      I am working with a vector puzzle file that is going to have a design overlaid on top of it. This puzzle is eventually going to be CNC'd into large wooden pieces with the overlaid design engraved halfway into the wood.


      Each puzzle piece in this vector image is a separate object and I eventually need to pull them all apart with the design that will be engraved on top of them in a different stroke color. In other words, in the attached example image, I would need to eventually be able to pull, say the top right piece away, leaving me with the single puzzle piece in a black stroke, and the small purple part intersecting the piece.


      Is there any easy way to do this? I do not have that much experience with these type of things in illustrator. Any help would be greatly appreciated!