4 Replies Latest reply on Nov 21, 2014 10:17 AM by dissidently

    How to open or cut a closed mask/path?

    dissidently Level 2

      If a Mask or Path is closed, how do I open it with something like the tools in Illustrator or other vector editing apps that are able to do this?

        • 1. Re: How to open or cut a closed mask/path?
          Todd_Kopriva Level 8

          Select a segment between two vertices on the path.

           

          Choose Layer > Mask And Shape Path > Closed.

          • 2. Re: How to open or cut a closed mask/path?
            dissidently Level 2

            If you're reading this, Todd's inability to explain himself and the software is probably causing you to instantly think "how could closing something possibly open it, surely he's not read the question correctly..."

             

            Well, turns out there's one little thing missing from Todd's "answer".

             

            Closed, as it is in this menu item, is a SWITCH. So you're unchecking this switch to "Open" the path.

             

            Yes, bit of a head scratcher as to why there's no cut tool been added to the Pen Tool's functionality, or a right click feature to access a cut operation from a drop down menu whenever clicking on a vertex or line segment.

             

            But that would be far to considerate and consistent with how other software works, and how people might think about using it.

            • 3. Re: How to open or cut a closed mask/path?
              Todd_Kopriva Level 8

              > bit of a head scratcher as to why there's no cut tool been added to the Pen Tool's functionality, or a right click feature to access a cut operation from a drop down menu whenever clicking on a vertex or line segment.

              The same command is available from the context menu when right-clicking.

              • 4. Re: How to open or cut a closed mask/path?
                dissidently Level 2

                The point remains... why no "traditional" cut tool for masks and paths?

                 

                A "cut at this vertex" tool would be very useful, don't you think?

                 

                It's a head scratcher.

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