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I've tried to cut the outline of a circle, by using the knife tool, the shaper tool, all of the pathfinder tools(for example: minus back), and I couldn't find a way, to cut those lines correctly.

And this is the result whenever I try to cut this shape: enter image description here

When I'm using the clipping mark tool, its making the background to be much bigger then it should: enter image description here

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Use clipping mask.

Create a rectangle above the curves, select it together with the curves, open "Object > Clipping Mask> Create Clipping Mask". Problem solved.

enter image description here

  • when i export the picture, to png for example, it has more background then it should have – Argaman Apr 14 '17 at 8:37
  • Use file > save for web, don't use Export – Luciano Apr 14 '17 at 8:38
  • @Argaman put a arboard around the size you need then you can specify export of that. – joojaa Apr 14 '17 at 8:39
  • @joojaa I tested here, it exports the whole object if using File > Export. So it's artboard + save for web – Luciano Apr 14 '17 at 8:41
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One method is to use Object > Expand on the curved sections to turn them into a filled shape. Then you can use the Pathfinder "Intersect" function to trim them.

Screenshot using Pathfinder "Intersect"

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