1) Select the Pen Tool, and create a series of anchors by clicking in or around the portion of the image/object that you want to keep. When you click the with the pen tool, it creates an anchor, and when another anchor is created, a line path will be created between the 2 anchor points, and so on. Continue this process until you get back to the original anchor point.

2) Use the Select Tool, and select both the portion you want to keep and the portion you want to cut (does not have to be perfect selection), by clicking and holding and dragging the selection box across both portions.

3) Press Ctrl and X, which is the cutting feature. Of course, there are about 2 other ways to do the same action.


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There are 5 comments for this post.

  1. sybil on October 4, 2010 1:35 pm

    THANK YOU! Easiest explain I’ve received 😀

  2. Googler on April 6, 2011 2:20 pm

    Follow step 1 and 2 as above. After step “2)” Open up the Pathfinder palette (Window-Pathfinder or Shift+Ctrl+F9). Click the button for “Subtract from shape area” (Shape modes, second button from the left) and then click “Expand”.

  3. Googler on February 2, 2012 3:31 pm

    Thank you for giving the advice that everyone was looking for!

  4. fred on February 2, 2013 7:53 pm

    thanks for the answer. i have been working on a logo for 2 months and stopped because i got stuck on this part.

  5. Robert on February 8, 2014 5:32 pm

    Thank you!!

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