Splitting an object with the Knife tool

You can split an object in two and completely reshape it by redrawing its path. By default, the Knife tool automatically closes open paths when it cuts them. You can split an object along a straight line, along a freehand line, or by redrawing a path. You can choose to split an object into two subpaths or two objects, and you can specify whether you want to close paths automatically or keep them open.

To split an object along a straight line

Open the Shape Edit flyout, and click the Knife tool. Position the knife cursor where you want to start cutting. The cursor will snap upright when it's ready to cut. Click once.

Move the cursor to where you want to stop cutting. Click again.

To split an object along a freehand line

1 Follow steps 1 and 2 from the previous procedure.

2 Drag the mouse from where you want the cut to start to where you want it to end.

To reshape an object by redrawing a path

1 Open the Shape Edit flyout, and click the Knife tool.

2 Position the knife cursor where you want to start cutting. The cursor will snap upright when it's ready to cut.

3 Drag the mouse from where you want the cut to start to where you want the cut to end.

Do not release the mouse.

4 Press TAB once or twice to choose the cut you want.

Hold down TAB for a second or two each time to view the different cuts.

5 Release the mouse.

To specify that you want to split an object into two subpaths

• Enable the Leave As One Object button on the Property Bar. Disabling this button splits the object into two objects.

To specify whether you want to close paths automatically or keep them open

• Enable the Auto-Close On Cut button on the Property Bar.

Disabling this button leaves new pathe open after splitting an open path.

¿r^s" • Holding down SHIFT while splitting an object with the Knife tool puts you in Bezier curve mode. Holding down SHIFT + CTRL puts you in Bezier curve mode with the curve constrained by increments of 15 degrees.

• Holding down ESC while splitting an object with the Knife tool will undo the Knife operation and return the cursor to the beginning, leaving the object intact. This only works if you have not yet released the mouse button to finish the cut.

• As soon as you use the Knife tool on an object, it becomes a curve object.

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    How divide an object using corel?
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    How to use the knife tool in coreldraw?
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