How to Use the Scissors Tool in Adobe InDesign

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In Brief...

The Scissors Tool is used to cut shapes, which are closed paths, and turn them into open-ended paths. The shapes can be created with any of the shape frame tools in Adobe InDesign.


  1. Select the shape to be cut, then go to the Toolbar and choose the Scissors Tool.
    Scissors Tool on Toolbar

  2. Click the locations on the shape where you want to cut it. Two opposing spots have been clicked in this example.
    Shape With Scissor Points

  3. The following image shows the two separate paths moved apart.
    Cut Circle

Author: Kate Cahill

Kate Cahill is a graphic designer, writer, and creative director who has developed content for print and web. As creative director, she has produced award-winning work for agencies focused on the pharmaceutical and health and beauty aid industries. She has also served as production manager, with responsibility for the successful fulfillment of long-run print contracts. Kate has been delivering training for Webucator clients since 2010. Her enthusiasm for cutting-edge technology, combined with hands-on practical experience, brings an added benefit to her classes. Kate teaches real-world techniques and integration of Adobe software, as well as Microsoft PowerPoint, to produce a fully developed and cohesive brand identity.