When I use the "Start Angle" tool to cut a circle, Illustrator draws the radius lines to the centre. I just want a space cut from the circle, without leaving a "Pacman" Shape.

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    Could you elaborate? Cutting a piece from the pie always leaves you with a Pacman shape, no?
    – PieBie
    Dec 7, 2015 at 7:50

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You could look into the Pie Graph Tool: create a pie, select Direct Selection Tool (white arrow), select the part you don't want, hit delete.

  1. Select the pie chart tool

Select Pie Graph Tool

  1. Create the pie by dragging across the artboard. Enter the data you need (e.g. 60 and 40). Don't forget to click the check mark when done to commit the data.

Create pie

  1. Get the Direct Selection Tool (A), select the part you don't need. Hit delete.

Delete the part you don't want

  1. Optional: Rotate and color it. Give it a color by selecting the part and setting the fill color. Make the Stroke color blank (white box with red line). Rotate by Right-click > Transform > Rotate.

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  • In Inkscape, I am able to choose between "Arc" and "sector". I want to do the same thing in Illustrator. Sorry if my original question wasn't clear enough.
    – hgg ohh
    Dec 9, 2015 at 3:23
  • It's still not clear to me. I'm not familiar with Inkscape very much. I know hat an arc is, but what does 'sector' do if not the above?
    – PieBie
    Dec 9, 2015 at 11:06

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