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?

logo example

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I think you are probably wasting your time trying to line those up. Time to try a simpler technique.

  1. Switch on Smart Guides

  2. Place a vertical and horizontal guide to give you a guide to centre everything on.

  3. Draw a circle with the centre at the intersection of the guides, add a blue stroke, no fill.

  4. Then choose the line tool, draw a horzontal line through the centre from one side of the circle to the other.

  5. Do Object > Transform > Rotate, set it to 45 degrees

  6. Copy, then Paste in Front.

  7. Do Object > Transform > Rotate, set it to 90 degrees.

  8. Select all, then do Object > Live Paint > Make.

  9. Use the Live Paint Bucket, select a colour, fill in the segments.

The result is pretty good, and the lines are perfect.

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Not only that, but since the Live Paint object is "live" - you can set the stroke to any size you want.

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    This is The Right Answer, but I think you left out a 45° rotation somewhere. :-) Commented Aug 16, 2017 at 18:55
  • @JanusBahsJacquet I just drew the the first straight line by eye at approx 45 degrees, but of course you could draw a horizontal line using the guides and rotate to 45 degrees for an exact angle. But you're right, I edited the steps.. Thanks for spotting it.
    – Billy Kerr
    Commented Aug 16, 2017 at 18:57
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    If you hold shift down it will align drawing to 45 degree increments ;)
    – joojaa
    Commented Aug 16, 2017 at 19:09
  • @jooja , yup, that too!
    – Billy Kerr
    Commented Aug 16, 2017 at 19:10
  • I draw a line, horizontal or vertical, copy, paste it in place, rotate 90, select Both lines and rotate 45 to get the perfect X shape. I would use this to Divide the circle above to achieve the result the poster asked for.
    – Webster
    Commented Aug 16, 2017 at 19:38

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


  1. Draw a circle
  2. Draw a line at 45 degress from the center of (and slightly overshooting) the circle
  3. Draw the other line
  4. Select all
  5. Pathfinder Divide

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You can adjust the stroke to change the "gap" between segments and outline that stroke (Object → Path → Outline Stroke) if needs be.

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