I'm trying to figure out how this logo was constructed but I can't make sense of the highlighted (in pink) circles... Can anyone tell me how that was made? I'm looking for an Adobe Illustrator solution, please!!


Notice that, in fact, what I really want to know is how to align the shapes in the manner of the image shown (left side). I think this could be a particular approach in Design because I've seen it in other logos and icons, but my concern here is with the technical aspect of alignment in Adobe Illustrator.


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Something like this.

  1. draw line from opposite small circle to line large circle intersection.

  2. Rotate copy of that line vertical

  3. Make a support snapping line horizontal to the rotated lines end

  4. draw circle form construction line crossing to support line

  5. mirror, cleanup

enter image description here

Alternate construction strategy.

  1. Enable grid
  2. draw a 3 units wide/high circle
  3. draw a 1 unit wide/high circle
  4. draw a 2 unit wide circle
  5. move the circles so the t the 3/1 unit circles share center and center of 2 unit circle is on edge of 1 unit circle

    enter image description here

    Image 2: Circle construction

  6. Rotate entire thing 45 degrees (this helps you optimize point count)

  7. duplicate a 45 degree turn copy of 2 unit circle.
  • Woah! Thanks A LOT. Your first instructions did work but I couldn't manage to snap everything correctly, however the second, with the grid on and grid snapping on, I could FINALLY make it!! XD Thanks a lot, again!! Perfect snapping, no gaps. By the way, how did you figure it out? Do you have any interesting reference where I can learn more about this, please??
    – prubini87
    Commented Dec 3, 2016 at 18:57
  • Actually, with the second technique I can't seem to have a larger circle in the middle... But your direction seems correct! I'll keep working on it!
    – prubini87
    Commented Dec 3, 2016 at 19:02
  • @prubini87 you are snapping to intersections?
    – joojaa
    Commented Dec 3, 2016 at 19:45
  • I'm trying to but how can I click those intersections correctly? My click is always a little off... :/ http://imgur.com/a/wBP6U - Thanks for your time!
    – prubini87
    Commented Dec 3, 2016 at 20:16
  • You need to enable smart guides, and you need to disable grid snapping and pixel snapping
    – joojaa
    Commented Dec 3, 2016 at 20:20

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