This is what I want to create.

This is what I've created so far.

Now I don't know how to merge 6 circles like above. Any ideas, Please?

  • For starters: rotate the clone of original three-circle image 60 degrees around the center
    – Brian Risk
    Apr 11, 2017 at 19:15
  • The shapes are in the Foil family. Apr 11, 2017 at 23:31

2 Answers 2


Select the overlapping shapes and use Divide in the Pathfinder palette to chop the shapes into pieces: enter image description here

That will look something like this: enter image description here

Then select the appropriate pieces and use Unite in the Pathfinder palette to recombine them like this: enter image description here


You can't really have solid shapes like that overlapping above and below different parts of the same shape. What I normally do is simply duplicate the shape. You then have one for the "behind" parts and one for the "in front" parts, and delete, mask or otherwise hide the appropriate areas...

So you start with two shapes like this:

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Duplicate the bottom shape, bring it to the front then simply delete (or mask or whatever) everything except the areas that need to overlap:

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Repeat the process for the next shape:

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