I am trying to change the path of a two anchors. I have tried grouping the two anchors I do not want connecting together and goto Object>Path>Divide Objects Below, but nothing happens. I get the message, "The filter cannot complete because more than one object is selected." I only have the two anchors from the object selected, so I am lost.

I do not want to remove the anchors, just have the path of two between removed, and reconnect to a different anchor. This This image shows what I want to do in illustrator CS6.

Thank You

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It's pretty difficult to make heads or tales of your image. The general procedure to remove a section of a path is as follows....

  • Deselect all Command/Ctrl+Shift+A
  • Select the Direct Selection Tool (the White Arrow) a
  • Click the section of the path you want to remove
  • hit the Delete key

The Pathfinder operation are for shapes, not anchors or paths, but full shapes. And they only work when more than one shape is selected. The name "pathfinder" is a bit misleading. In reality Pathfinder is more "shapefinder" than anything.

  • The problem is when I delete the two anchors the entire object gets filled- starting to think photoshop will be the easy way out .
    – Tryah85
    Aug 7, 2013 at 22:46
  • The steps I provided above will not delete anchors. It will delete the path section connecting those anchors, but leave the anchors. And honestly, for path operations Photoshop is never an easier solution.
    – Scott
    Aug 7, 2013 at 22:47
  • Thank you! I am so foolish. I was zoomed into my object and I assumed the whole object disappeared. Thank you for the assistance!
    – Tryah85
    Aug 7, 2013 at 23:12
  • While you must use the Pathfinder tools with at least with one shape, you can use them with paths in some useful ways. For example, draw a straight line across a circle, select both the line and the circle, then use the Pathfinder->Divide tool. You'll be left with two parts of a circle and no line. Very useful! (For anybody who comes across this, not necessarily directed at you.)
    – user53083
    Feb 25, 2017 at 1:21
  • It isnt obvious that the path is selected when you select the path (at least in CS3), but if it's on a curve you'll see the bezier handles appear on the anchors.
    – bwoogie
    Jul 16, 2017 at 1:28

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