I'm making images that need a whole of that image, and then a "cracked" version of that image. I've been creating the original image but then have been painstakingly dividing that image into two "halves" by adding anchor points, and drawing zig-zag lines. This is a ton of work for more detailed designs

Is there a way to "group" an image of multiple items and then just divide that in half?

example below: cracking this simple owl is easy, but cracking the boombox would be a ton of individual path manipulation. enter image description here


Best solution is to place the object into a clipping mask.

  1. Draw shape that you want the artwork to be inside of (can be any color, should be a closed shape).

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  1. Select TWO objects only. Meaning your complicated shape should be grouped for this to work. The shape that you want your illustration to be within has to be on top.

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  1. Go to object>clipping mask>make and this is what you will get! If you need to edit an object that is in a clipping mask, you have to double click the shape to edit it in isolation mode.

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Hope this helps!

  • wow man that's wonderful! One last question if I could. On different shapes, I like to keep the thick stroke on the outside. Is there a way to have the stroke follow through the zig-zag, connected to the stroke of the rest of the object? – Jay_Jordz Mar 13 '17 at 0:17
  • Sorry, I'm not following... You want the thin blue line seen in the last step to be a stroke? If yes, you may have to double click that portion and edit it in isolation mode, then add the stroke there. If no, then I'm confused on what you're asking. – CmdZzz Mar 13 '17 at 0:21
  • I think that would work! Thanks a lot, you've saved me a ton of time (and hassle)! – Jay_Jordz Mar 13 '17 at 0:29
  • You're welcome! If you could mark the answer as correct that'd be awesome! – CmdZzz Mar 13 '17 at 0:29
  • hey man I just made a couple of my images and this cut my time in like 1/5. Just wanted to thank you again, this is a total game changer for me. You da man! – Jay_Jordz Mar 17 '17 at 3:06

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