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.
You could try Live Paint.
Only 3 lines?
And what Ton said, of course.
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 🙂
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.
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:
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.
Wow look at that. Thanks! I'm going to play around with that too and learn it.