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 6 comments for this post.

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

    THANK YOU! Easiest explain I’ve received :D

  2. Steve on January 10, 2011 11:16 pm

    WTF. yeah so that doesn’t work at all. it just deletes my whole image.
    I’m not saying I’m doing it right, but something is missing or I have misunderstood this tutorial answer.
    I have a black object, I want to make an odd shaped hole in it. What to do,… what to do?
    Pathfinder told me to go #%$$ myself, Clipping mask said ^%$# OFF. Now here I am lost in the proverbial sauce.

  3. celo on April 1, 2011 11:09 pm

    um complete bullshit answer. doesnt work for shit

  4. Googler on April 6, 2011 2:17 pm


  5. 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”.

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

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

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