I divided the circle below using the following steps:

  1. made a perfect circle
  2. created two lines at 75 and 105° rotation
  3. used the pathfinder divide tool to separate the circle.

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I want to know (how to calculate) the positions I would have to move each part of the circle to create an 80px gap. I would like to move each of them by an equal distance to create the 80px gap, as in the image. How can I find the new positions?

  • Each of the intersections is at an angle of 15° from vertical. At 45°, you'd move it as far down as sideways, so 45° = 100% and 15° is then 33.3%. Shouldn't this just be moving the side bits 80px to the side and then 1/3 of 80px (26.6px) downwards? (Disclaimer: IANAM!) Edit: Actually, easier way. Just rotate the whole thing -15°, move side bit 80px to the side, rotate whole thing 30°, move other side 80px to the side, and rotate whole thing -15° to get back to starting point. Aug 16, 2017 at 21:56

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Use the Offset Path feature (Object → Path → Offset Path...) on both line segments.

If those segments are already part of a larger path then just select the segments you need with the Direct Selection tool, then copy paste them... Run the Offset Path on both...

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Then delete the parts you don't need...

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