# Illustrator: create four double sided arrows to form a circle

I'm a little bit newbie to Illustrator, so sorry if my question is pretty banal.

Following art work is what I'd like to design:

This is the plan (that doesn't work!):

1 - Draw an empty circle with required stroke. (A ring, namely)

2 - Erase some part of that ring and divide to to four parts.

My main problem is conversion of a circle to its corresponding ring. Here is a question, which might be similar to my problem, but it didn't work. I think I should transform the shape (circle) to a path, then it will become a ring and applying steps 2 and 3 would be possible. Even this video didn't help too much because I can't modify the tickness of the final ring by `Stroke > Weight`

Could you give me some advice to find the steps?

Your original thinking works. Here it is tried.

• Oh this one is more accurate. Thank you! I am also learning something new. Did you turn your arrow into a brush like I did? Commented Jan 20, 2017 at 5:23
• Amazingly expressive... Much appreciated for your contributed.
– user83441
Commented Jan 20, 2017 at 5:28
• Keeps the correct form of the circle, easy to repeat and remember, and quick to execute. Very nice answer. Commented Jan 20, 2017 at 5:29

Make your basic shape with arrow headed Go to the brush tab or Press F5 click on new brush

Select Pattern Brush and press ok Name the brush as you wish In the spacing 25 and Fit options Add space to fit and press ok Make a circle remove the color and just apply the stroke.

1. Draw your circle and ensure it's selected.
2. Go to Object > Path > Add Anchor Points, and repeat it another 2-4 times (this part, you might need to judge with your own eyes; I did it a total of four times in my example). I get this:

1. With the white arrow tool, click the top anchor point and delete it.

1. Repeat step 3 with the right, bottom, and left anchor points, leaving this:

You can now select each path to add the correct stroke and arrowheads as desired.

• No problem. Having seen user287001's answer, I think it's the better choice in this particular case, but it's always nice to have multiple approaches to things. Commented Jan 20, 2017 at 5:28
• You are considerably right. Under the aegis of you guy's kindness, I've just learnt a lot of things from Illustrator.
– user83441
Commented Jan 20, 2017 at 5:30
• This approach is very useful when I like to have a non-symmetric formation of the arrows with unbalanced coverage of the shape's boundary... Really useful...
– user83441
Commented Jan 20, 2017 at 5:35
• @Roboticist using dashed strokes isntead? Commented Jan 20, 2017 at 11:25

I'm pretty sure there's plenty of other ways to do it but I would take my arrows and turn them into an art brush and then, I'll make a circle and make sure it has no fill and has an outline and use that art brush I just made that way the arrows will follow the outline of the circle.

Here are screenshots on how I did it:

Basically, during the first step, I made 4 arrows all in all.

Make sure you make 4 arrows in the beginning. I initially started with 2 and it didn't quite work.