3 Replies Latest reply: Feb 2, 2012 9:54 AM by Monika Gause RSS

    using pathfinder>divide

    JimVag1947 Community Member

      I following this tutorial here.http://www.vectordiary.com/illustrator/illustrator-tutorial-wooden-frame/


      At some point it says to use pathfinder>divide to break the shape into pieces so as to manipulate/paint them easier.


      Well, i followed the tutorial either i am doing sth wrong either i did not understand well what the outcome of the above will be.


      As I see it, dividing the shape(with all the rectangles and lines in it ) will give me more pieces-more precisely i assume that i should get

      also the very thin rectangles that are formed between the inner one and the middle(there are 3 rectangles-all created using offset technique.)


      The above does not happen-and maybe it cannot be done either way-not that i am doing something wrong. As i said

      earlier maybe i did not understood quite well what the tutorial means by saying "breaking into pieces".


      See the attached picture-it has an arrow that pinpoints what piece i would expect to break and it does not, the shape has 4 sides, with the arror i am just pinpointing

      one of them. After the divide action i just get 3 rectangles and 4 lines(the ones in the corners of the shape).





        • 1. Re: using pathfinder>divide
          Monika Gause MVP

          Difficult to say what should happen and what actually happened. Without seeing the layer panel you can't tell which objects are there. Maybe you should ask the author of that tutorial.


          It would also help if you don't just click here and click there but use this tutorial together with the manual and try to understand what happens and how Illustrator works.

          • 2. Re: using pathfinder>divide
            JimVag1947 Community Member

            Nevermind, i found out what am i going to do.


            I have 1 last question though.


            In Fw when you create a rectangle or other shape, you can take the paint bucket tool afterwards and fill the with a color.


            Is there available a similar option with AI-the brush is not what i need, as it cannot fill a shape with a color with a click of a button.

            • 3. Re: using pathfinder>divide
              Monika Gause MVP

              Try Live paint. It should do what you need. You need to select all the objects and then you cann fill the areas surrounded by paths. Consult the manual concerning the options, especially how to handle gaps