I have created a design in Illustrator and am having difficulty combining the shapes/paths.

The goal is to make this:

Interlocking Circles

...which I have essentially made, but the pieces won't connect properly. When I use the pathfinder, it doesn't follow the contour and connects points that cut through the image like this:

enter image description here

Here's the AI file:


Any tips/help would be greatly appreciated!


2 Answers 2

  • Make a Blend using two circles > Specified Steps = 4
  • Make a Blend using two horizontal paths > Specified Steps = 6
  • Select both blends and go to the Menu Object > Blend > Expand
  • Select both blends and go to the Menu Object > Ungroup

  • Select all and use the Shape Builder Tool holding Alt to drag over the surplus segments and delete them


  • Select the main paths, change the colors and delete the rest


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    OMG, this is amazing! My approach was totally wrong and this method makes it so simple! Thank you!!!
    – Rob Blaze
    Jan 1, 2019 at 18:28

Use the Shape Builder Tool instead (Shift+M)

Select all the areas you want to connect, and then using the tool Click + Drag on the areas to connect.

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