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I have created a very complex map in Illustrator. I am trying to cut out smaller areas of the map for use in other SketchUp. Neither pathfinder nor Divide Below gives me predicted results. I turn off layers I don't need, then flatten the whole thing which gets rid of alot of stuff. The resulting file is not that complicated. I then draw a square (1-point stroke, no fill). I want to keep everything inside the square get rid of everything outside. When I perform Pathfinder > Divide I get a big mess that makes no sense. Divide Below doesn't seem to work either.

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    Hi there! Can you upload some screenshots? – Yisela Jul 22 '14 at 1:14
  • hey @Yisela I got Divide to work, sort of, but can't put a screenshot in comments – clarkland Jul 31 '14 at 22:29
  • you can edit you question to incorporate screenshots. – Vincent Feb 17 '15 at 10:04
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Pathfinder doesn't understand strokes very well.

Set your rectangle to a solid fill and no stroke.

Then select the rectangle and artwork and click the Crop button on the Pathfinder Panel.

  • Thanks, I did get Divide below to work when I made the rectangle solid. And you are right, not all the strokes were properly cut. I had to do that by hand. But mostly it worked ok. – clarkland Jul 31 '14 at 22:00
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    You can always outline the strokes so everything is a filled shape. – plainclothes Aug 21 '14 at 16:04
  • Agree with plainclothes, some pathfinders remove the stroke. Also, I don't know a thing about SketchUp, but you could try to make a clipping mask with the rectangle on top of the mask, go to Objects > Clipping Mask > Create. It will just hide the map, don't know if it helps. – Fannie Apr 18 '15 at 19:56
  • For what its worth strokes cannot be cut because it wouldn't work out anyway as the strike would lose the info on how it was cut – joojaa Nov 14 '15 at 12:29

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