I want to split this apple (jpeg) into pieces along the outline I've created over it. I created and edited a pie chart/graph for the lines, then edited it to conform to the apple shape. I want to be able to show one piece of the "pie" at a time as a separate image. I tried path > divide objects below and all of the pathfinder combinations I could. I used the graph tool to create the "pie" and edited it by hand to conform it to the apple shape.

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    Why was my question downvoted
    – Scott
    Jun 3, 2015 at 18:58
  • Sorry - just added the picture :)
    – Megan
    Jun 3, 2015 at 19:10
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    The image helps understand what you are working with but what have you tried? Why is that not working? How are things constructed? I added the Illustrator tag, but I'm guessing since you used the pathfinder tag. Is it all vector or is it raster or a combination? You've left a lot of unknowns in the question.
    – Scott
    Jun 3, 2015 at 19:11
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    Hi Megan, please click the edit link and add information to the question. The more information you can add, the more likely you are to get accurate and helpful answers. Thanks! FYI, Pathfinder will not work with raster images.
    – Scott
    Jun 3, 2015 at 19:22
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    If the image is a JPG, illustrator isn't really the right tool for this. You want to be using a raster tool like Photoshop (or, alternatively, auto-trace the JPG in Illustrator you have vector shapes to work with).
    – DA01
    Jun 3, 2015 at 19:27

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With Adobe Illustrator you can not cut up raster images, such as jpgs. Illustrator just does not work that way.

  • You can use copies of the raster image and create clipping masks or opacity masks.
  • You can use software designed to work with raster images, such as Photoshop
  • You can trace the raster image in Illustrator, converting it to vector and then adjust the vector objects
  • You can use third party ($$) Illustrator plugins like Rasterino

In short, what you are trying to do, you can't if the image is raster. Pathfinder does not function with raster images.


Illustrator is not designed to work with raster images but if you need to cut the image up. You can do like scott said and use a clipping mask.

You can use your existing lines. I used the pen tool to outline the shape.

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I then selected both the apple jpg and the path I just created.

Go to the transparency panel and select clip

apple clip

the end result

clipped apple

This is not the best approach but it is a way to "split" the image.

Note: If doing this, then you would need to copy the original image for each cutout you do.

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