How to cut a circle in half in Illustrator tutorial

Learn how to cut a circle in half in Illustrator CC 2018 2017 2015 CS6 etc tutorial. There are many ways to cut a circle into halves in Illustrator.

Cut a circle in half in Illustrator

how do you cut a circle in half in illustrator
  1. Select the ellipse tool in Illustrator toolbar

  2. Draw circle (you need a circle to cut in half) by holding shift key down

  3. View menu and smart guides ON

  4. Draw a rectangle using the rectangle tool bigger than the circle

  5. Shift the rectangle to cut the middle of circle (intersect will appear in the smart guide)

  6. Pathfinder panel and divide

  7. Object menu and ungroup

  8. Delete remaining rectangle

Divide objects below / cut circle in half in Illustrator

divide objects below cut circle in half in Illustrator
  1. Split into grid

  2. Ellipse tool

  3. Create a circle holding the shift down

  4. Create a line using line segment tool top - down and bigger than the circle

  5. Set line weight to 0 / stroke to no color

  6. Select both paths using selection tool

  7. Horizontal align center

  8. Vertical align center

  9. Keep line selected (de-select the circle)

  10. Object menu

  11. Path

  12. Divide objects below

Circle has now been cut in half in Illustrator and can be moved apart by using the selection tool

Sources and references

1. Cut and divide in Illustrator on Adobe.com

2. Shapes such as circles on wikipedia

3. Circles on Adobe.com

Circle shapes

1. Circle fonts for Photoshop, psp etc

Other tutorials

1. Eraser tool in Illustrator

 

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