I have a single shape in PhotoShop, and I need to detach the shape from itself without affecting the rest of the shape. No matter how many anchor points I add, I still can't get it to separate while remaining one shape.

What I have:

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What I want:

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  • Hi and welcome to GD.SE. The question is unclear (and the question is about the get closed because of this), what exactly do you want to separate. please edit the question so its understandable.
    – joojaa
    Sep 22, 2015 at 18:14
  • I added more detail and pictures now to help explain what I am trying to do
    – Niahc
    Sep 22, 2015 at 18:45
  • In general, you use the Direct Selection tool and the Pen tool to remove portions of paths and then click anchors to reconnect where you've removed pieces. It's fairly impossible to give exact direction without seeing the actual paths and anchors of the shape. The letter notations are no help.
    – Scott
    Sep 22, 2015 at 20:08
  • Do you want to make them separate shape layers? ...separate them within that one shape layer? ...or maybe you just want to get rid of one of them?
    – Joonas
    Sep 22, 2015 at 20:19
  • Okay I changed the image again to a simpler image that shows what I am trying to do better
    – Niahc
    Sep 22, 2015 at 20:44

1 Answer 1


I'd say you just need to subtract another shape.

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Add or draw a shape in the same shape layer and subtract it from the front. So it goes from something like this:

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To this:

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If you want you can then use that little menu again and Merge Shape Components to leave you with a single shape again.

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