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Creating Small Shapes from Larger, Overlapping Paths

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Oct 25, 2020

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I'm a beginner in Illustrator, but after testing out all the different Pathfinder options I could not quite see if this is possible.

 

I've created a wagon wheel shape using circles and lines. Now I'd like to consider each section of the overlapping paths a different shape that can be filled with different colors. Is this possible?

 

The image blow is made of:

1 rectangle, 2 circles, and 3 lines. This was the easiest way I could think to draw a perfect wagon wheel quilt design. But now I cannot quite figure out how to get each area to be considered a different shape.

 

Gizerd_0-1603627981755.png

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Creating Small Shapes from Larger, Overlapping Paths

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I'm a beginner in Illustrator, but after testing out all the different Pathfinder options I could not quite see if this is possible.

 

I've created a wagon wheel shape using circles and lines. Now I'd like to consider each section of the overlapping paths a different shape that can be filled with different colors. Is this possible?

 

The image blow is made of:

1 rectangle, 2 circles, and 3 lines. This was the easiest way I could think to draw a perfect wagon wheel quilt design. But now I cannot quite figure out how to get each area to be considered a different shape.

 

Gizerd_0-1603627981755.png

Thanks!

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You could try Live Paint.

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Gizerd,

 

Only 3 lines?

 

And what Ton said, of course.

 

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Hah! Four lines obviously. :)--Thank you for pointing out my typo.

 

I will try live paint. Thank you for the feedback.

 

What I ended up doing in the meantime was using a rectangle to cut out an arch and then copy-paste-rotate them as 8 (16 total) different objects. With some fiddling I was able to get it quite precise--but it was a lot more work than just drawing the lines 🙂

 

--Elizabeth

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Ok, so I solved my own problem with the Shape-Builder tool.

 

1. Create the shape using the circles and lines.

2. Select the whole pattern.

3. Use Shape-Builder and click inside a single shape.

4. Direct select the shape and move it off the original pattern.

5. I chose to go around the circle and remove each shape like a puzzle piece. I suppose there's nothing wrong with copy-paste-rotate either.

 

FYI:

 

Live Paint did color in each section--but I also needed the "puzzle" pieces. What a cool tool for me to have learned!! Thank you Ton and Jacob.

 

This is what I ultimately did with the graphic (and four others) for a digital interactive elementary lesson in case anyone is interested:

 

Gizerd_1-1603724949519.png

 

 

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There are always many ways to get to the end result.

You could also have done it with Pathfinder panel Divide.

I filled the lines, ovals and rectangle with white, set the Pathfinder panel Precision in the Pathfinder Options to the smallest value. Used Divide and ungrouped the result.

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Wow look at that. Thanks! I'm going to play around with that too and learn it.

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