I'm trying to create something like this using Illustrator CC 2015. I know that I can just create an circle and use the scissor tool to break the circle apart.

I'm just wondering how I can move all the parts away from each other equally to create that gap.

Any ideas?

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To create a diagram like this, you can make use of Dashed Strokes in the Stroke panel. However, if your diagram needs dashes of different lengths, this method can only adjust up to 3 segment sizes.

Step 1: Draw an ellipse with the Circle tool and add a stroke.

Step 2: Using the Dashed Stroke feature, start by setting the gap size you desire. Note: This gap size will remain consistent regardless of circle size provided your scale strokes settings haven't been changed from default.

Step 3: You can now use the first dash size box to adjust the size of the dashes. This will decide how many segments you want in your diagram.

Note: If you resize your circle after setting the gap size, you can readjust your segments with the dash size box until your segments are divided consistently.

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    The only problem with this is you can only set 3 dash lengths in the stroke panel and the example image has different sized segments – Cai Jul 25 '16 at 12:21
  • Ah, well spotted @Cai, didn't think of that! – johnp Jul 25 '16 at 12:22
  • @Cai Oh yea, thanks for noticing. Just needed equal parts this time around. I'll remember this for next time. – Peekay Jul 25 '16 at 12:29

The easiest way would be to separate your circle segments with stroked paths originating from the center of your circle.

You can then outline your strokes (Object → Path → Outline Stroke) and use the Pathfinder panel to cut out the segments from your circle.

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  • thanks for the answer. I think adding a dashed stroke is the easiest option here. Appreciate it. – Peekay Jul 25 '16 at 12:21
  • The only problem with a dashed stroke is that you can only set 3 dash sizes in the stroke panel (and your example image has different sized segments), if that isn't a problem then it is definitely easier to use a dashed stroke yes. – Cai Jul 25 '16 at 12:23

Instead of using the Scissor tool, you can just create a circle then add dashed Stroke to it and adjust the gap.

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