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I am trying to create the same infinity symbol like in this video.

I know how to use the width tool, but I don't know to create that path that the presenter of that video has already created in that document of Illustrator CS6.

How to create the path for the infinity symbol shown in the video?

EDIT: After following the steps in @Bart Arondson answer, this is my result. By the way, I am using Adobe Caslon Pro font.

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After getting a flat outline, use the width tool – user568458 Feb 5 '13 at 15:48
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In your Illustrator document first type the infinity symbol with the Type tool.

Typing infinity symbol: easy way

  1. Type an 8.
  2. Rotate it 90 degrees.

Typing infinity symbol: elaborate way

  1. Go to Type -> Glyphs.
  2. Scroll through all the symbols to find the infinity symbols
  3. Double click it.

Creating path from text

  1. Type the infinity symbol using the above method. I used the second method and typed the infinity symbol from the Arial font. On a mac there is a keyboard shortcut for the symbol (Option+5), don't know if Windows has an equivalent. I arbitrarily chose a font size of 350pt

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  1. Select the text and make an outline of it (Type ->Create Outline`) enter image description here

  2. Keeping the outlines selected make the fill transparent and give the stroke a colour. enter image description here

  3. In the Layers panel unfold the layer and the group and select the Compound Path by clicking on the circle next to it. enter image description here

  4. Go to Object -> Compound Path -> Release

  5. Delete the two inner circles. enter image description here

  6. Select the remaining outer path.

  7. Go to Object -> Path -> Offset Path and fill in the values shown below. Keep in mind that this is valid for the Arial infinity symbol at a size of 350pt. Another font and size might need other setting, you can play around with it. enter image description here

  8. In the Layers panel drag your newly created offset shape out of the group and delete the remaining path. Now you have the infinity symbol path.

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Note: If you use the simple method of typing the infinity symbol you will need to manually adjust the path after step 8 such that the middle point becomes one. This is very easily done.

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I will not have the good path of that "8" because it won't look as the one in the video... – Victor Jan 15 '13 at 16:28
Can you post your result so that the people can see what is different? – Saaru Lindestøkke Jan 15 '13 at 17:09
ok. I will post it right now – Victor Jan 15 '13 at 17:22

I'm not sure what I'm missing here ...

Just draw a path, apply a stroke and set the fill to none.

If you want to follow the general proportions of an existing infinity symbol, place that on a locked layer and trace over it. Is there some reason that's not working for you.

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I managed it by creating two circles, cutting them at facing points, then manually joining the cut ends to each other in an overlapping fashion. The downside is that with this method you need to re-adjust the handles on the top and bottom anchor to restore a circular shape to each loop.

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