Removing a section of a stroked path in Illustrator


I'm creating a shield and have used a few shapes with multiple strokes. See pic below. I'm not sure how to get rid of the indicated part of a stroke. If there is a better way, by not using strokes I'm all ears. enter image description here

Thanks in advance for ideas or assistance.


So, sorry to go AWOL on you all yesterday, I had a few other things to take care of.

here's more detail of how it's set up: enter image description here

What I'm trying to make is something like this: enter image description here

Does that help describe my issue better>?

2/26/2015 3:31:00 PM

Accepted Answer

The only way I can think of to do this while maintaining the outer shield as a stroked path would be with clipping masks, but unless maintaining strokes is a requirement, I believe using masks would be more complicated than necessary.

If it is required to maintain the outer shield's stroke as a stroke, then this answer won't help you.

Personally, I would convert that outer shield's stroke to a compound path with a fill. You should be able to accomplish this by selecting the outer shield, and then going to Object > Path > Outline Stroke. That should create a group containing the fill as its own path, and what was previously the stroke as another path. You'll need to Object > Ungroup (Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+G) those objects so they are each individually selectable before proceeding.

Once this is done, I think you should be able to just use Minus Front from the Pathfinder panel. Do this by following these steps:

First draw a path between your top and bottom horizontal black bars:
Area to be subtracted

Then select both that path, and your outer shield path, and click the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel:
Minus Front

Then you'll have the gap you wanted:
Final result

Repeat those last couple steps on the other side, and I think you'll be done.

2/26/2015 6:26:00 PM

There are plenty of ways of doing this. One is to add anchors to create the segment you want to remove, then delete that segment.

  1. Using the pen tool (P) click on the stroke to add a two new anchors to the path: one at the beginning of the segment you want to remove and one at the end. You have to click on the path guideline, which is in the middle of the stroke.
  2. Using the direct select tool (A), click on the segment you want to delete. It might help to click first on an empty area of the artboard so everything is deselected and then click on the segment.
  3. Press the Delete key to delete that segment. The shape will be now open, missing that one section.

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Mind you, as you can see in my simplified image, the ends of the stroke will be perpendicular to the stroke as opposed to horizontal. I don't know if this will affect your design or not. There is a way of fixing this, but I will keep it simple for now (tend to write treatises).

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