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I'm using Illustrator CC, and have a tear-drop shaped object which has a gradient mesh applied to it. I need to use the pathfinder divide tool in combination with another simple shape to take a chunk out of the teardrop, but the pathfinder tools don't seem to have any effect on an object with gradient mesh applied. Am I missing something obvious, or is this not possible?

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It is simply not possible to use any Pathfinder operation if an object contains a mesh.

You may be able to use a clipping mask or opacity mask to hide a portion of your teardrop rather than trying to remove a portion.

clipping mask

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Ok, so how DO we divide it, or cut it, or scissor it, snip it, or crop it? My mesh shapes throw off all my group dimensions for operation like 3D rotate. – user47073 Jul 21 '15 at 1:14

Maybe you can expand all the gradient and then use pathfinder divide tool to cut what you want. Beware that you won't be able to change the gradient afterwards. (It will transform all the colors in the gradient in objects).

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You can't expand gradient meshes. – Scott Oct 22 '15 at 18:45

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