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Suppose I have a shape that looks like the top, and I want the bottom: enter image description here

I want to create cuts between the highlighted anchor points. The knife tool would do what I want if I could get it to snap to anchor points, but I can't find a way to do that. Is there a way?

I tried the scissors too, but it always gives me an error saying "Please use the scissors tool on a segment or an anchor point (but not an endpoint) of a path." and I'm not sure what that means.

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As Far as I'm aware, there's no "cut between anchors" command anywhere.

  • Use the Direct Selection Tool (White arrow) to drag and select the angled paths
  • Choose Edit > Cut from the menu (Command/Ctrl+x)
  • Select the two open end anchors on the top portion
  • Choose Object > Path > Join from the menu (Command/Ctrl+j)
  • Select the two open end anchors on the bottom portion
  • Choose Object > Path > Join from the menu (Command/Ctrl+j)
  • Choose Edit > Paste in Front from the menu to paste the angles paths back in place (Command/Ctrl+f)
  • Choose Object > Path > Join from the menu 2 times to join the angled paths and close the shape. (Command/Ctrl+j, Command/Ctrl+j)

enter image description here

(Animation shows CS6, but it's the same procedure in newer versions)

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    You can just select the middle strut cut, paste in front and join, join – joojaa Oct 6 at 16:38
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    Excellent point @joojaa Answer edited. – Scott Oct 6 at 17:54
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Just further to Scott's great advice, you can also:

  1. Select the four centre anchor points of the shape using the Direct Selection Tool (A) + holding shift

  2. Snip all anchors points at once by hitting the scissors tool

scissors

  1. Join the anchor points of the centre (and outer) shapes using the pen tool (P)

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