Illustrator: How to merge to circles and rectangle in illustrator from this sketch to make a blob?


Question

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How to merge to circles and rectangle in illustrator from this sketch to make a blob?

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Now I'm trying to get this logo (using these shapes). Should I use the Metaball tool to create the one shape or another way?

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Trying to get this shape happening (see left)

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11/7/2012 8:15:00 AM

Accepted Answer

Like this?

metaball script

If so then this should do the trick: http://shspage.com/aijs/en/#metaball

metaballing technique

Note that you might want to play with the metaball parameter and interior circle size to get a smoother curve on the ends.

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4/22/2014 8:36:00 PM

This is actually something which the Shape Builder Tool makes very easy and you can use the circle configuration you already have....

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Without the need to draw any more paths.

  • Simply select the circles and grab the Shape Builder Tool
  • Click and drag on the areas you wish to combine.
  • To remove an area hold the Option/Alt key and click-drag.

This makes it a matter of seconds to get from the circle configuration to the desired end shape.

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Note: This assumes the original circle configuration has the circles actually touching one another. If there's a slight gap between circles it may result in uneven curves in the final shape.


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