I have 4 circular shapes as shown in the screenshot. I want to remove the area marked A and B that forms around where the 2 small circle touch and the inner and outer circle. How do I do this?

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This is another look of it. To the left is what i have to the right is the final shape i want to obtain.

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    Use shape builder. Although there may be a better way to model this particular shape.
    – joojaa
    Feb 14, 2021 at 15:22
  • I haven't been able to do it with shape builder. See my latest question update. Feb 14, 2021 at 18:18
  • Adjust your gap detection. Anyway you should probably just delete a sector of a circle put a stroke on it and expand. Since then tou wouldnt need to do the rotations that are needed for accurate registration of the shapes. Rembember a bezier circle is only approximate.
    – joojaa
    Feb 14, 2021 at 18:37

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  • Select All
  • Grab the Shape Builder Tool
  • Depress and hold the Option/Alt Key
  • Click A, then click B

More information regarding Shape Builder can be found by reviewing the Help Files.

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Or, simply draw a thick stroke with rounded end caps and then remove part of the circle.

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Use Object > Expand afterwards if you want a shape rather than a stroked path.

  • I couldn't make it happen following this steps. I edited the original question and added another image showing what i have and what the final intended shape is. I appreciate your help. Feb 14, 2021 at 18:18
  • @user2503480 The steps work... not sure why they don't for you. See updated answer with animations.
    – Scott
    Feb 14, 2021 at 18:42
  • @suer2503480 - this does definitely work, I just tested it. Double click your Shape Builder tool and enable Gap Detection.
    – Billy Kerr
    Feb 14, 2021 at 21:15
  • Yes the gap detection trick did it! Thanks Feb 15, 2021 at 0:57

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