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.

3 Answers 3


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)

  • 1
    You can just select the middle strut cut, paste in front and join, join
    – joojaa
    Commented Oct 6, 2019 at 16:38
  • 1
    Excellent point @joojaa Answer edited.
    – Scott
    Commented Oct 6, 2019 at 17:54

you could also also draw a line point to point and then selecting the line and object then choose "Divide" from the pathfinder


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


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

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