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How to Divide a Circle or a Pie in Equal Parts using Illustrator CS3

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I have used Adobe lllustrator CS3 in my workplace for a few years now and for both the Apple Mac and PC users, the tip below is really quite applicable to both platforms.

It was until recently after much research on Google and exchanging ideas with fellow designers that I stumbled upon how to perfectly create a divided circle or pie into equal parts. Believe it or not, this Adobe Illustrator CS3 tip is really is quite simple! I look forward to your feedback.

Skill level: Basic to Intermediate.

Illustrator CS3 Resource

Select Pie Chart Tool

Select Pie Chart Tool


STEP 1 Select the Pie Graph Tool.

Hover your mouse over the Column Graph Tool, click once with your mouse, holding it down. You will see a fly out menu. Select the Pie Graph Tool.

Type in measurements

Type in measurements

STEP 2 Type in your Measurements

Click once on the Artboard. The Pie Chart Tool pane appears. Type in the measurements of your circle.


Graph Data Window

Graph Data Window

STEP 3 Graph Data Window

Graph Data Window appears.Enter data for the graph in the Graph Data window.

Enter Data

Enter Data

STEP 4 Enter Data

Enter data for the graph in the Graph Data window. Enter '1.0' value in the cells on top horizontal row for one equal wedge in your circle. If you enter seven '1.0' in those cells, you will reap a circle with seven parts. Click the Apply button to view your circle. Close your Graph Data Window.

By arranging your values vertically, you will get a very different result. For those who are curious, give it a go and have fun discovering the varied options you can have by entering different values!

7 Equal Part Circle

7 Equal Part Circle

STEP 5 Almost There!

Here we are - a perfectly divided 7 equal part circle. Simple, no fuss. You might want to consider putting colours in into the segments, if so follow the next few steps.

Click on The Direct Selection Tool

Click on The Direct Selection Tool

STEP 6 Direct Selection Tool

Click on the Direct Selection Tool. This tool will pick the segments directly without selecting the whole pie chart.

Coloured Pie Chart

Coloured Pie Chart

STEP 7 Colour It!

With your Swatch Panel open, select the colour you wish to use. That's all there is to it!



Illustrator CS3 is an illustration and graphic design software that allows you to create accurate vector artwork for any project. Photoshop on the other hand is recognised as the industry's leading software in digital image correction and is pixel-based.

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Was this tip helpful?

Connor W. on September 18, 2012:

This saved me on my logo I just made and was too easy... like cheating!

Shanon on August 28, 2012:

Very helpful thank you!!

Mamoun on January 18, 2012:

Vary helpful I loved it and I hope...... Never mind

Ljgu on January 18, 2012:

Love it

leslei f on October 17, 2011:

very helpful thanks!

May PL (author) from Melbourne, Australia on June 11, 2011:

Glad to be of help. Just putting my bit back in into the community.

kc on June 10, 2011:

Yeah just superb...lots of crazy workarounds out there but this is so easy...cheers

May PL (author) from Melbourne, Australia on February 12, 2011:

No probs.

Richard of melbourne on January 01, 2011:

Thanks for the tip.

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