So, I've been making geometric text using a grid and circles to form letters, but I was wonsering what the best way to actually cut and merge the paths to form the letters. For example, this 's' letter:

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So what would be the best way to end up with the above result? I've been using the shape builder tool (Shift+M) but sometimes it won't work and other times it will. enter image description here

I know this isn't the best way to achieve what I am trying to achieve, so what is the best way? I'm looking for a geometrically perfect shape, so, not using the pen tool. Any advice on the best and most efficient method would be appreciated, thanks!

  • Try doubleclicking on the tool and adjust the options. – joojaa Dec 12 '16 at 5:33

Since this is a pretty straightforward geometric pattern, the simplest approach may be to use the Direct Selection Tool A and select the individual anchor points and/or line segments you want to eliminate:

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To clean things up after deleting undesired portions of the shape, use the same Direct Selection Tool A to select two anchor points you want to join and Command + J to connect those two points to create one cohesive shape or, in this case, a letterform.

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Note: This is a similar approach to using the Shape Builder Tool but it will give you a little more control and precision.


use the pathfinder tool. much easier and simpler to use.

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    Except that pathfinder will not work in this case. – joojaa Dec 12 '16 at 5:30

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