I want to divide a circle into 5 equal segments such that each segment will be on it's own layer. In general I want to create a loading animation that would consist of 5 images with number of visible segments increasing in each of them.

So far I've managed to draw a segmented circle following this question: How do I divide a circle into equal parts like a pie chart with Adobe Illustrator? but I have no idea how to split segments into layers.

  • Try making four new layers, and then cut and paste in front (Ctrl/Cmd + F) each segment in its own layer.
    – Vincent
    Apr 17, 2015 at 10:52
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    You could try Release to Layers in the Layer Panel Menu.
    – Scott
    Apr 17, 2015 at 15:51

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Basic steps...

Create the divided circle with the Polar Grid Tool

Use the Live Paint Bucket Tool to fill the wedges (this turns the shapes into objects rather than a circle with lines through it)

Expand the Live Paint Group by clicking the Expand button on the Control bar

Object > Ungroup several times so that everything is ungrouped.

Then Release to Layers in the Layers Panel Menu to create a layer for each wedge.

Here's an animation of this (1MB)
Purposefully not posted inline due to file size

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