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Use the Cookie Cutter to Split Area Features on Your Map

Need a quick way to split existing objects (like states) into sections? You can do it with the Cookie Cutter operation. Find out how…

Draw Clipping Shape

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In this example, we want to split the three orange colored states into east-west sections. We start with the United States template file (choose File > New From Template from the main menu). On the states layer, draw a clipping shape (shown in gray). We draw the shape to extend outside the edges of the shapes to be clipped.

Cookie Cutter

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Select the states to be split and the clipping shape and choose Graphic > Combine > Cookie Cutter from the main menu.

Results of Cookie Cutter

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The Cookie Cutter operation will use the top clipping polygon to slice the selected polygons below it – just like a cookie cutter ;). The result is the states are split where the polygon intersected it.

Select and Symbolize as Desired

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The states are now split into sections that are individual polygons. Select and choose from the Symbols palette to symbolize as desired.