Pathfinder (minus front) not working

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May 06, 2018 May 06, 2018

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Hi, so I want to create 7 equal segment of a circle. I used the polar grid tool to find how to split those segments, then superimposed it on a circle I created previously.

Now I want to substract the 7 lines from the circle by using pathfinder tool. I ungrouped the lines, selected both objects, then clicked on minus front, but what happened at that point is that only the 7 lines dissapear from the drawing without substracting from the circle (see image below):

then when i click on minus front

also when i tried to apply other filter such as interesect  a window pops up and says: the filter produced no results. Please select two overlapping paths.

Can someone help? Thanks

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Adobe Community Professional , May 06, 2018 May 06, 2018
Hi cxteamnz​,there are several ways to go.With your drawing: It seems to be only stroked paths. Pathfinder 'only' works with filled paths. Use Menu: Object --> Expand to create filled paths from your stroked paths.After then you can use the pathfinder.Have fun

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Hi cxteamnz​,

there are several ways to go.

With your drawing: It seems to be only stroked paths. Pathfinder 'only' works with filled paths. Use Menu: Object --> Expand to create filled paths from your stroked paths.

After then you can use the pathfinder.

Have fun

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May 06, 2018 May 06, 2018

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Hi @pixxxel schubser ! It worked! thank you so much!

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May 06, 2018 May 06, 2018

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You have to outline the stroke. Pathfinder do not work on the the Stroke. Object: Path: Outline Stroke.

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I had same problem and this solved it... Thanks !

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May 03, 2021 May 03, 2021

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This worked perfect, thank you!

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May 03, 2021 May 03, 2021

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It is an old problem that popped up today.

I saw the answers that Pathfinder only works with outlined strokes.

That's true, but the Pathfinder Effect works different when you first apply an Outline Stroke effect.

I could not resist to create an example with editable strokes.

As long as you don't expand the appearance the strokes remain fully editable.

Live Strokes.png

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