How to Split a Path Type Object in InDesign

Written by jennifer hearing
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Adobe InDesign is a page layout software that gives designers flexibility and functionality. Paths allow you adaptability in creating text in any shape. The scissors tool and pathfinder panel permit you to adjust paths as necessary for your design. Any path or frame can be split or opened at any anchor point.

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    Use the Scissors Tool to Split

  1. 1

    Select the Direct Selection tool on the Tools panel.

  2. 2

    Click on the path you want to split. Clicking on the path will highlight the current anchor points.

  3. 3

    Select the Scissors tool from the Tools panel.

  4. 4

    Click the path at the point where you want to split it. The split will create two "endpoints."

  5. 5

    Select the Direct Selection tool and adjust the new anchor point if needed.

    Use the Pathfinder Panel to Open

  1. 1

    Select the Direct Selection tool from the Tools panel.

  2. 2

    Click on the closed path.

  3. 3

    Choose the Window menu, then "Object & Layout" and "Pathfinder." This will open the Pathfinder panel.

  4. 4

    Choose the "Open Path" button (under Paths sections) on the Pathfinder panel.

  5. 5

    Choose the Object menu, then "Path" and "Open Path" as an alternate method of opening a path.

Tips and warnings

  • Make sure your text frame or text path is empty. You cannot split or open frames or paths if text is already placed. To create two separate open paths, split the path in two places.

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