In Adobe Illustrator How do I divide two overlapping shapes into individual parts so the overlap area is a shape and the non overlap areas are two shapes. So I end up with three shapes that can each stand alone and be colored individually?
There's a couple of possibilities:
- Open the
Window > Pathfinderor Shift+Control / Option+F9) and use the
Divideoption—the first icon on the second line. This makes the three shapes into a group. Ungroup them and you can edit them.
- Select both shapes, choose the
Shape buildertool (Shift+M) and click each of the three shapes once. Then they'll be separate and can be edited as such.