Divide shape with line

Community Beginner ,
Mar 03, 2021 Mar 03, 2021

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Hi all,

haven't been on illustrator in a month or so. Just booted it up and got a new update. Suddenly I can't divide shapes with lines any more. I've tried using both selection tools. What gives?

 

ps the slice tool now makes even less sense than it ever did

 

thanks in advance

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It's working sporadically and I'm not doing anything different when it does or doesn't. Two seconds after posting this it worked. Then it didn't. Then it did. Am I just crazy?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 03, 2021 Mar 03, 2021

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How do you try to divide?

Did you select a single line above a shape and choose: Object > Path > Divide Objects Below?

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draw line over shape > make sure both are selected > click divide in the pathfinder window. That's what I've done in the past without issue. And, as I said, it works once (always when I'm just frantically drawing a line over something and dividing with above mentioned procedure) and then it doesn't (when I draw a dang line to divide the portion I actually want). Maybe I'm crazy.

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I am not qualified to say you are crazy 🙂

Your way should work as well.

Did you restart your computer/Illustrator?

Reset Preferences (using the option in the Preferences or better by making a backup of your old one)? 

https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/user-guide.html/illustrator/using/setting-preferences.ug.html

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