Trying to cut lines and text so when two puzzles are separated these lines and text are cut in a correct way. How to do it the shortest way?

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I followed your advice but when I try to separate this picture and have this square on top selected I get this message: "The filter can't make this operation because more than one object is selected"

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Before doing it, there are some things to consider:

  • The text must be outlined, with the text selected Cmd + Shift + O Mac or Ctrl + Shift + O Win
  • The big circle must have the stroke aligned outside


  • The circle must be expanded: Menu Object > Expand Appearance

Expand Appearance

  • It's necessary to add the inner circle as a separate shape

Once these steps are completed, select only the path that will make the cut and go to menu Object > Path > Divide Objects Below, ungroup the text, select the elements of each part and separate them.


  • Great, thanks a lot. Just one more thing - how to bring back this puzzle piece afterwards? Eventually I need to have these objects divided + this puzzle shape must stay, too.
    – Ramona
    Jan 5 '19 at 15:24
  • Copy/Paste, duplicate it or keep it in a symbol library
    – user120647
    Jan 5 '19 at 15:25
  • Ok, but when I paste it back it doesn't go to the same place as before. Therefore it's hard to place it exactly in the same spot.
    – Ramona
    Jan 5 '19 at 15:35
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    Instead of paste, use Past in front: Cmd + F mac or Ctrl + F win
    – user120647
    Jan 5 '19 at 15:38
  • Wow, this is magic :) Many thanks. You must be a great company to work with!
    – Ramona
    Jan 5 '19 at 15:43

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