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I want to cut this rectangle border shape(Picture below) into 4 pieces without affecting the gradient color but cannot figure out how. I have tried pathfinder tool, scissors tool, removing anchors. Does anyone have any idea how?

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  • First you have to copy the gradient 4 times and re-spread it. – joojaa Apr 20 at 7:22
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    You could try making four copies and using clipping masks. Kind of a hacky approach, but should work. – Wildcard Apr 20 at 8:00
  • @Wildcard - actually, not just hacky but possibly the only approach that would really work. If the closed path were cut into separate lines, the mitre joins would not survive – Billy Kerr Apr 20 at 8:31
  • @BillyKerr isn’t there some tool to outline a path or convert a path to an object? – Wildcard Apr 20 at 8:47
  • @Wildcard, yes, you can expand the stroke to outlines using Object > Expand – Billy Kerr Apr 20 at 8:57
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Copy the object in place four times, and put a different clipping mask on each of the four copies. Voila.

As discussed in comments, this may actually be the only way to accomplish this outcome without manually recreating the gradient.

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