I got the following design of the logo made with the pen tool. I want to make the highlighted space perfect between each so it is symmetrical. How can I achieve that?symmetrical

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Simply, you dont use pentool. What you do is you use the offset command, effect or expanded stroke to give you a curve that is offset uniformly. In this case you ofset the lower shape. Then you use this curve in conjunction with shapebuilder, pathfinder, scissors to build the curve you need.

  • Sorry but I don’t follow. What u said. Can u expand on what you said?
    – localhost
    Commented Sep 6, 2021 at 21:22
  • Added an answer with the same solution (and some options) with screenshots – hope this makes it clear... Commented Sep 6, 2021 at 23:56

If you start off with a form like below you have several options to straighten up the margins:.

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You can you alt drag the form, change to white and if needed bring some elements to the front/back.

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Or you can add a stroke to the bottom shape. In the 'stroke panel' select "more options" in the top right and then choose "align stroke to outside"

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Or click bottom element and select "Object / Path / Offset Path" and colour the new form white.

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Clean up

Once you have on of those forms you probably want to clean it up, so you have no white in the logo and a nice transparent background. Either manually using the form as guide enter image description here

Or with the Pathfinder; selecting elements to cut and clicking divide. This splits up overlapping elements allowing you to delete the not needed parts. enter image description here

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    It may be better to teach new users to use shapebuilder over pathfinder in these kinds of cases.
    – joojaa
    Commented Sep 8, 2021 at 4:10
  • Probably true as Pathfinder isn't very intuitive for beginners, though I personally never really used the shapebuilder tool. Commented Sep 8, 2021 at 10:32

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