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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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  • Is my answer what you're looking for? If not, please explain your desired effect in more detail.
    – Hanna
    Commented Nov 7, 2012 at 7:41
  • @Johannes Hey, Johannes this isn't quite what I'm after although I did it with circles and manually selecting and creating anchor points to delete sections of the circle.
    – Josh
    Commented Nov 7, 2012 at 8:16
  • As an aside...if you're making this for a logo, note the somewhat related Nickelodeon splat. Commented Apr 23, 2014 at 17:05

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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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  • Nice manual solution. TIL.
    – CU3ED
    Commented Sep 26, 2017 at 2:24
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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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  • Yeah, that's what I'm after. Now to make it look the way I want.
    – Josh
    Commented Nov 7, 2012 at 6:35
  • You seem to be getting it pretty close on your own. Probably some combination of techniques displayed in this thread will be needed to get you exactly what you want.
    – nine9ths
    Commented Nov 7, 2012 at 8:41
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You can do this from within illustrator using the pathfinder tool:

Just draw out your shapes, select them, and unite them. enter image description here

Another example: enter image description here

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