I'm new to Adobe Illustrator. I'm trying to recreate a logo in vector graphics. The logo has a circle background and 4 sectors overlaid kind of like below. I've created the four sections by using the ellipse tool and creating a section at 45 degree angles but I can't seem to get them to line up, the cross going through the middle tapers towards the outside and it looks terrible. How would I get the sections to line up so that it looks like there's a perfect X going through the centre of the circle?
I think you are probably wasting your time trying to line those up. Time to try a simpler technique.
Switch on Smart Guides
Place a vertical and horizontal guide to give you a guide to centre everything on.
Draw a circle with the centre at the intersection of the guides, add a blue stroke, no fill.
Then choose the line tool, draw a horzontal line through the centre from one side of the circle to the other.
Do Object > Transform > Rotate, set it to 45 degrees
Copy, then Paste in Front.
Do Object > Transform > Rotate, set it to 90 degrees.
Select all, then do Object > Live Paint > Make.
Use the Live Paint Bucket, select a colour, fill in the segments.
The result is pretty good, and the lines are perfect.
Not only that, but since the Live Paint object is "live" - you can set the stroke to any size you want.
You can draw that in a few seconds pretty easily...
- Smart Guides (View → Smart Guides) will allow you to snap to the center of objects
- Holding alt while creating shapes will allow you to draw those shapes from their center
- Holding SHIFT while drawing will constrain the drawing to 90 and 45 degree angles
- Draw a circle
- Draw a line at 45 degress from the center of (and slightly overshooting) the circle
- Draw the other line
- Select all
- Pathfinder Divide
You can adjust the stroke to change the "gap" between segments and outline that stroke (Object → Path → Outline Stroke) if needs be.