For some reason the knife tool will not work when I create a shape, no matter how I create it, I can create an ellipse or a rectangle and it still won't cut.
Has anyone else had this issue?
it works fine.
Be carefull and select object you want to cut, start end finish using knife outside the selected object
The knife tool won't cut open, unfilled shapes. Only open FILLED shapes or closed shapes (filled or unfilled).
Is it still true that the knife tool not work on open paths in illustrator?
Finding it hard to believe myself.
If it isn't working, the first step is to confirm that nothing is selected or select the object you wish to cut.
What do you see when you try to cut and it fails?
This is my first post to the community so - Hi!
I'm using illustrator 2020
I'm having the same issue with my knife tool not cutting. I have a shape that was created from a font. I converted the font into outlines, and then changed it into a compound path. I filled this shape with gray. With that new shape selected I grab my knife tool. Holding down alt/option to drag a straight line, and starting off the image, I drag a line but no slicing is happening. I did it with my mouse and with my wacom tablet - same result - no slicing.
Anyone have any ideas?
I created a new shape, a basic ellipse, and the knife worked just the way it's supposed to. The only thing I can imagine is the original shape I was trying to cut up had an issue.
For anyone that finds this in a Google search - I solved the problem.
I was selecting the knife tool, pressing alt for a straight line, making my two cut marks to take out a segement (in my case of a circle), but when I tried to drag the one piece away - I could only move the whole shape, even though I could see the cut marks.
By trial and error I found the solution - select the object, then select the knife tool. Make your cut marks. Then press select again (V). Then double click on the section you want to separate (so it opens the isolated mode with everything else greyed out). Then drag your section away from the whole image and they'll separate. You can then press escape to go back to normal view and you have two objects.
Hope this helps 🙂
"By trial and error I found the solution - select the object, then select the knife tool. Make your cut marks. Then press select again (V). Then double click on the section you want to separate (so it opens the isolated mode with everything else greyed out). Then drag your section away from the whole image and they'll separate. You can then press escape to go back to normal view and you have two objects. "
If you need to enter isolation mode then you need to check the object in the layers panel. Is it really just a simple path?
Thanks Monika. No, not in my case. Which is why I posted this solution. To help anyone who can't get their shape to cut out following the usual route. 🙂
This appears to happen when the object is contained within a clipping mask. I've seen it happen when I have sub-layers and the main containing layer has a clipping mask, which clips everything in the sub-layers too. So try this: create a new layer that is not nested in any other layer. Move your object there. Try the knife tool now. If it works, you'll know it's the clipping mask that's intefering somehow.
Isolation mode also works because somehow it negates the clipping mask bug.