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Adding text to shape then how do I split the shape in two, tried using paths

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So I created a somewhat complicated shape using paths and after lots of tweaking. I added my text. And now I realize i would like the shape split in two where half the text is on one side and half is on the other.

I already manually separated the text so copy past into a shape but... I can seem to get my shape to split in two. Even if I delete all the text.

 

i.e simple version, made rectangle, filled rectangle with text , delete text, drew line bisecting rectangle, selected with filled in arrow the path of the rectangle and the line path, clicked divide under path finder and get error "The filter produced no results. Please select two or more filled and overlapping paths." Not sure what to do

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Correct answer by Monika Gause | Adobe Community Professional

What you can do is:

Select just the path of the area text with the group selection tool. Then copy and paste. Then put the divider path on top of it and then divide objects below. Then put the text into it.

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Adding text to shape then how do I split the shape in two, tried using paths

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So I created a somewhat complicated shape using paths and after lots of tweaking. I added my text. And now I realize i would like the shape split in two where half the text is on one side and half is on the other.

I already manually separated the text so copy past into a shape but... I can seem to get my shape to split in two. Even if I delete all the text.

 

i.e simple version, made rectangle, filled rectangle with text , delete text, drew line bisecting rectangle, selected with filled in arrow the path of the rectangle and the line path, clicked divide under path finder and get error "The filter produced no results. Please select two or more filled and overlapping paths." Not sure what to do

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Correct answer by Monika Gause | Adobe Community Professional

What you can do is:

Select just the path of the area text with the group selection tool. Then copy and paste. Then put the divider path on top of it and then divide objects below. Then put the text into it.

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Please show screenshots and/or a sketch.

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Screen Shot 2020-09-22 at 9.39.09 PM.png

The rectangle was filled with text that i deleted

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I believe you are trying to use pathfinder >> Divide on an area text container. You need to outline the type . First.

Screen Shot 2020-09-22 at 2.54.55 PM.pngScreen Shot 2020-09-22 at 2.55.07 PM.png

Or maybe you are trying to split 1 text container into 2. You just need to select hollow arrow tool and drag this bottom of text container up.

Screen Shot 2020-09-22 at 2.59.55 PM.png

Then option drag to duplicate a copy, and remove the type (1st paragraph in this example).

Screen Shot 2020-09-22 at 2.57.03 PM.png

 

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This is super close to what im trying to do. The second method would work if I was just doing a rectangle but my shape is more complicated.  
basically in your first image, if you added text to fill in the area of the word "textsplit" and then did the exact same split. I want to chop that overall shape in half that has words inside. 

 

If the textsplit shape, never had any text in it I can get work, but once I add text within the shape nothing happens or I get that error. 

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Instead of Divide, choose just the line, and use Object > Path > Divide Objects Below. 

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did you try this ? when I do it nothing happens if the box has text in it.  It works on a regular shape

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Please show what you are doing step by step.

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Do it to the empty shape, and add the text afterwards.

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Lol yes I already know that works as I said above. The whole reason I made the post was because I made a complicated shape and added text and decided AFTERWARDS split it.

I wanted to know if it was possible to do this AFTER text had been added.

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What you can do is:

Select just the path of the area text with the group selection tool. Then copy and paste. Then put the divider path on top of it and then divide objects below. Then put the text into it.

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