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Divide objects below fails to produce its magic?

Enthusiast ,
Dec 06, 2023 Dec 06, 2023

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Sometimes, the command works but more often than not, the command does not work? 
As in this example :

Divide.png

I want for the circle to "cut" the series of 1 pt black strokes "BELOW" it. But it produces no result?
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Dec 06, 2023 Dec 06, 2023

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The command does not work in conjunction with open stroked paths.

 

Guess you know alternative ways, don't you?

 

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Dec 06, 2023 Dec 06, 2023

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Well, I swear it worked once, on the same collection of stroked paths. I swear.

And I'm ve used it many times on simple lines...
I'm baffled.
I guess I have to dig the Documentation?

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Dec 06, 2023 Dec 06, 2023

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The Split Paths script from Sergey Osokin may help:

https://github.com/creold/illustrator-scripts/blob/master/md/Path.md#splitpath

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Dec 20, 2023 Dec 20, 2023

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Thank you, Ton! I might give this script a trial at some point.

But I am more concerned with understanding the programmatic nature of the underlying command.

This morning, for example, I had a shape behind a line. The shape was a closed surface. I selected the line and activate the Divide object below command and it worked!! Similarely, I guess, along the lines of the Pathfinder > Divide command, with which I think it shares some similarities. 

So I think we can safely establish that the command works best on closed surfaces. 

How it can work on line segment, I'll come back at some point when I run across a situation which warrants its use. But for the moment, I thought I'd pass this out.

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