How can I make an image like this?

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When I try doing this in Adobe Illustrator, it ends up like this. the final few circles overlap with the first few. How do I avoid this?

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    what part of it causes you troubles? – tim human Aug 10 '15 at 7:19
  • I try do the circle colours (Like 2nd image) but the final work appear (like 1st image) I use adobe illustrator CC 2015 – Moath Atwan Aug 10 '15 at 7:32
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    Ordering of the circles is the problem, somehow they would need to under-lap AND over-lap at the same time. I dont think this can be achieved by just arranging circles – Digital Lightcraft Aug 10 '15 at 7:38

Let me suggest a solution with a slightly better workflow. Recognize that the same shape repeats several times so let us first make that one shape. So:

  1. Create a circle.
  2. Rotate circle by 360/8° from a corner point (Alt+LMB click). (replace 8 with any amount of petals you want)

    Rotate from side

    Image 1: Rotate one copy

  3. Use shape builder or pathfinder to carve out the one shape.

    Make one petal

    Image 2: Make one petal with shapebulilder. (or use pathfinder)

  4. Rotate object by 360/8° from corner, then hit ctrl+D repeatedly until you have a full circle.


    Image 3: Replicate by repeating last transform

  5. Change colors.


Alright alright, do it like this:

Step 1: Draw the circles counter clockwise. Step1

Step 2: Arrange the first circle on top of the others (Right click > Arrange > Bring to Front).

Step 2

Step 3: Select the last circle and the first one, click on the shape builder.

Step 4: Click on the last circle, this will cut it.

Step 5: Arrange the first circle to the bottom of the others (Right click > Arrange > Send to Back.

Step 6: You see the last circle will have a cut, it's 2 pieces now.

Step 6

Delete the small piece and there you have it.


  • Thanks for your respond, but i try do it by adobe illustrator but the final work look like that – Moath Atwan Aug 10 '15 at 7:21
  • The problem here is layering, I'm trying to figure this out in my head!!!! – Digital Lightcraft Aug 10 '15 at 7:36
  • This may be one of those cases where shape builder comes in handy. – joojaa Aug 10 '15 at 9:54

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