Step 1: Select the Scissor Tool
To use the scissor tool, you first need to select it from the toolbar. You can find it under the Eraser Tool or by pressing ‘C’ on your keyboard.
Step 2: Select the Object to Cut
Once you have the scissor tool selected, click on the object you want to cut. This will create anchor points on the object where you can make your cuts.
Step 3: Make Your Cut
To make a cut, click on the anchor point where you want to start your cut. Then, click on the anchor point where you want to end your cut. This will create a new anchor point on the object, and it will be divided into two separate pieces.
Step 4: Repeat as Needed
You can use the scissor tool to make as many cuts as you need on an object. Simply click on the anchor points where you want to make your cuts, and continue until you have the desired number of pieces.
Step 5: Adjust Your Cuts
If you need to adjust your cuts, you can use the Direct Selection Tool to move the anchor points and reshape your object. This will allow you to create precise cuts and shapes in your artwork.
Step 6: Use the Scissor Tool on Lines
The scissor tool can also be used on lines to create breaks and gaps. Simply click on the line where you want to make your cut, and it will be divided into two separate pieces.
Step 7: Clean Up Your Object
After you have made your cuts, you may need to clean up your object. You can use the Direct Selection Tool to remove any unwanted anchor points or adjust the shape of your object.
What is the difference between the Scissor Tool and the Knife Tool in Illustrator?
The Scissor Tool is used to make cuts on objects and lines, while the Knife Tool is used to cut through objects and create new shapes.
Can I use the Scissor Tool to cut text in Illustrator?
Yes, you can use the Scissor Tool to cut text in Illustrator. Simply select the text and follow the same steps as cutting an object.
How do I merge objects after using the Scissor Tool?
To merge objects after using the Scissor Tool, use the Direct Selection Tool to select the anchor points you want to connect. Then, go to Object > Path > Join to connect the anchor points.
The Scissor Tool in Illustrator is a simple yet powerful tool that can help you create clean and precise cuts in your designs. By following these steps, you can easily use the Scissor Tool to divide and reshape objects and lines in your artwork.