I have made the outline for a shoe and i wish to separate the top tongue rectangle from the sole of the shoe. I am not sure how to individually separate each intersection of the shape.

The square displays the editing area I wish to use and separate from the sole of the  shoecdesign.


You can copy the image twice and put each one on a new layer then delete / erase / cutout the bits you don't need. There are a few ways to do this.

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I do not know the construction of your paths but I think this one can make it:

select the objects (not the dashed line), and go to Pathfinder Panel and hit Trim.

See the picture below:

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