I created this intricate circle object that is made up of a group of objects.

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I want to simply cut the circle and half but can't seem to get what I want.

When I use the knife tool, it kind of works but it adds extra strokes to it and I don't want.

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Then tried using the pathfinder tool (minus) and I'm just I just left with the outside half- moon circle


Don't modify the object, create a Clipping Mask instead.

Illustrator clipping mask example

  1. Draw a shape covering areas of the object you want to show
  2. Select the new shape and the intricate circle objects
  3. Object > Clipping Mask > Make

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