I have a little problem with Illustrator CS6. Like the title says, when I intersect two shapes, remains a line between them. How can I fix this problem, because I don't want to use another option from the Pathfinder panel.

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  • Do you want the letter to be cut-out of the circle (so if it is on a yellow background, the letter K would be yellow as well) or it is supposed to be white?
    – Fannie
    Commented Jun 22, 2015 at 15:04
  • do you need the outline?
    – user9447
    Commented Sep 20, 2015 at 23:12
  • Fannie, yea, I want the letter to be cut-out of the circle. Darth_Vader, what outline?
    – Kevin
    Commented Sep 21, 2015 at 7:21
  • Does it look the same when you zoom in? when you export? It might just be an on-screen rendering issue.
    – spiral
    Commented Sep 21, 2015 at 9:27
  • Yes, when I zoom in it looks the same. I verified to an other monitor and it persist the problem.
    – Kevin
    Commented Sep 21, 2015 at 19:16

2 Answers 2


So here's how you go about this:

  1. Create the circle and K (I've set 'Show transparency grid' to on in View, so I'll be able to see the white K better)

Create circle and K

  1. Create outlines of the Type

convert Type to outline

  1. Select both circle and outlined K

  2. Open Pathfinder (Window > Pathfinder) and select 'Minus Front'

Minus front

  1. Done. Now you can use this on any background,


  1. Optional: the figure is now a group. You can make it a compound path if you'd rather have one object to work with. (Object > Compound path > Make)

extend the lines of the 'K' to beyond the boundaries of the circle before intersecting.

this issue is caused because the boundaries of each shape are on top of each other but not quite identical (it would appear the 'K' is fractionally smaller than the circle)

when subtracting from above it's often worth leaving overhang to avoid situations like this :)


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