Simply set the stroke weights the same for an ellipses and a line. Don't use a "rectangle" anywhere.
Then select all and use Object > Expand to create shapes, then use the Shape Builder tool to merge/remove portions as necessary.
Rotate each circle 45° (causing them to have an overlapping anchor point)
Use the Direct Selection Tool (White arrow) to click anchors and delete them, leaving appropriate segments.
Select the middle 2 anchor points and join them (Object > Path > Join)
Rather than rotating the circles, you could also use Object > Path > Add Anchors to create ...
The reality is that it honestly doesn't matter what anyone sees in the shapes. There's no rule or "law" stating logos must be literal as they relate to the company when viewed. Ambiguity is not always a bad thing. If it is a strong, striking, mark, it's good. I mean, the Amazon smile looks like borderline profanity to me...
Eventually people will see ...
I also saw a heart, breaking up at the bottom.
I would suggest not breaking the B, and containing the mountains within it.
A quick and dirty redraw below. I's advise also to keep working on the mountains, they're not all that obvious.
People will probably keep seeing a heart also, but that's not really a problem, since that's a positive symbol of 'liking'...
Instead of creating multiple pipe segments you could use a clipping mask on your snake pipe:
Just create a shape (or a compound shape, it doesn't matter) that covers the area you want to stay visible, then select it together with your snake shape, Object > Clipping Mask > Make.
I'd use rectangles for the clipping mask, it's quick/easy enough to create and ...
If the shape you are trying to fill is a compound path, use the Knife Tool to make cuts in it so that it is no longer a compound path. Then you can use the Area Type tool by clicking on the path. Then copy and paste some text into it.
You want to create whatever you want to be linked as a Symbol. Open the Symbols Panel, then select your object and drag it over to the Symbols Panel. Choose a "Graphic" unless you're doing this for Adobe Flash, either Dynamic or Static.
Static would make every instance of that symbol exactly the same
Dynamic would be like if you had a hat, but you have a ...
Simple half-circle Pattern Brush.
Then if you want the actual path, Object > Expand Appearance. This will leave all the individual semi-circles. If you want a single path, select them and choose Object > Path > Join.
This is quick and dirty using AI CS6. However, it shows the methodology and procedure, which is the same for pretty much any version ...
Use Illustrator's 3D Extrude and Bevel effect. Give the shape a thick coloured stroke and no fill, then apply Effects > 3D > Extrude and Bevel, and use similar settings as shown below. Tweak as necessary.
Here I added a white fill to the shape, and a second new light in the 3D Extrude and Bevel options.
Make a pattern brush like this from alternating 2 black filled rectangles, and 4 rectangles with no fill and no stroke.
Here's an example of the brush with settings, which I then applied to a path.
For the corner settings, make sure to select "Auto-Slice".
The background there is simply a radial gradient white to blue
If you want a bit more control and a smoother "fade", which is not necessarily elliptical, you can use a Gradient Mesh. Set the outer points to a color and the center point to white. Then adjust the mesh handles/points.
First, create a Gradient:
You can get hard edges in a gradient by placing color stops at the same location. For example, above there is a red and an orange color stop both at 15%, then an orange and a yellow color stop both at 30%, then repeated for yellow/green, green/blue, blue/purple.
Then, draw one shape. Duplicate and move it. Use the Shape Builder ...
It's caused by anti-aliasing, used by Illustrator to display graphics without pixelated edges. However, anti-aliasing causes display artefacts when two colours butt up against each other. The problem doesn't only affect Illustrator, but also other similar vector image editors.
You can eliminate the problem by selecting the text box, open the Appearance ...
The example logo is made of simple geometric shapes - a circle, equilateral triangles, and rectangles.
Draw something like this: Here I have a circle, two equilateral triangles and a line - all have a thick stroke.
Convert the strokes to paths by doing Object > Expand
Draw an additional rectangle along the top of the shapes
Hold down Alt/Option and click ...
You should really ask the print shop about how to set up your file. They should be able to send you a template of the punch form used and give you some guidance.
That said, a PDF can only ever be rectangular.
My guess would be that the print shop needs a file where the irregular shape touches the sides of the rectangle. The bleed is added all around the ...
You can create stuff like this in Illustrator using a blend
The example below is just a very quick example. I'm sure with some time and care you could create something much better.
It's constructed from some sheared text, which has been rotated, and converted to outlines.
I then stacked 3 copies and filled them with different colours - black on the ...
I can suggest a method to make the cone, but I think the gradients will probably have to be created manually. I can't really think of a quick way of doing them. Sorry about that.
Anyway, here goes:
Select the circle and squish it into an oval
Copy it, paste in front, and group the copy
Hide the group
Use the Lasso Tool to select the middle anchors
The clipping is the minor part of the whole problem. The major part is to get the right shading. Your gradient approach isn't plausible.
Illustrator's 3D cannot make it because 3D helix is unknown for Illustrator. Of course it's possible is to crib or export the right shading from a real 3D program.
Only seeing it somewhere and then making a copy from ...
Option One: An Effect
Draw one path.
Select it and choose Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform from the menu.
Tweak the values there. (Note the settings in the screenshot below)
Then, if you need or want direct access to each iteration, choose Object > Expand Appearance from the menu and you will be left with a collection of individual ...
(I didn't download anything.. but it is simple identification merely looking at the posted image.)
That is a mesh object. Either a gradient mesh or an envelope mesh. There's nothing "wrong" with the shape. Meshes merely aren't "simple" objects and don't behave like simple objects. "Anchors" in mesh objects not only serve as ...
Use a step blend instead.
Create a star with a stroke and no fill, then do Object > Transform > Scale. Make sure to uncheck "Scale Strokes and Effects", increase the scale as required, then hit Copy to create a larger star.
Select both stars, and do Object > Blend > Make
Do Object > Blend > Blend Options. Choose "Specified Steps". Apply the number of steps ...
You could use a Scatter Brush in Illustrator rather than a pattern brush.
Simply draw one shape... however you want no gradients or effects though, simple fills and strokes. And choose Scatter Brush after dragging the art to the Brush Panel. From there, it's a matter of adjusting the brush options.
Be certain to set the Rotation Relative To: to path rather ...
Pathfinder actually offers a couple things over Shape Builder, but they are essentially the same operations.
You can use Pathfinder to keep things "live" and editable further. This is not possible with Shape Builder.
Although, admittedly, I think this aspect is overlooked by most
Pathfinder allows you to perform one action in one click. Shape Builder may ...
Contrary to popular belief, blends can contain more 'key' objects than just a start and an end. Adding new objects to an existing blend might allow you to achieve the effect you are looking for:
Make a blend as you are used to. For the example, I used a red and a yellow circle and specified 3 steps.
Double-click the blend with the Move tool to enter its ...
In this case you might not need to make a blend. Just use a Gradient on a stroked circle.
Select the circle and set the stroke width as desired.
In the Gradient panel set Type to Linear Gradient and Stroke to Apply gradient along stroke.
Setup the gradient so the first and last color stop is the same color.