I started with the full letter S and wanted to split it into three but when getting just the middle part no matter how I do it (with scissors, closing the end with pen, deleting anchors then moving the ends down ect) I always end up with the image below:

section of letter s with white segment through it

Is there a way to make the middle segment of the S fully black? I am using an opensourced font that I am editing in illustrator.

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In the left there's an outlined S and 2 red lines:

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One line at a time: Select the line and apply Object > Path > Divide Objects Below.

In the right both divisions are done, the result is ungrouped and the unwanted slices are moved a little to show they are now separate.

I guess your attempts are failed because you have not succeeded to make a single closed shape, but that's already said by others.


Type glyphs are compound shapes when outlines are created.

Compound shapes mean that overlapping parts become "holes" or reversed out of the main shape.

Release the compound path via Object > Compound Path > Release then the shape will behave like all standard shapes.

Or.. select all the parts and click the Unite button on the Pathfinder Panel.

Although it somewhat appears as though you have two open paths there, not a single closed shape. Use the Selection Tool (black arrow) to select both parts, then choose Object > Path > Join twice. The first join will connect the two parts, the second join will close the path creating a closed shape.

  • Hi, thanks for replying, sadly this didn't work. I tried it on the multiple ways I had made the segment.
    – Izzy
    Apr 15 at 10:16

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