: Convert shapes and lines into a single outline Coming back to Illustrator after many years away, and I seem to have forgotten how to do what seems really elementary. Forgive my quick hand sketches...
Coming back to Illustrator after many years away, and I seem to have forgotten how to do what seems really elementary. Forgive my quick hand sketches... I drew some circles (blue) and lines (black):
I want to convert everything into a single path out of which I can delete specific segments, and end up with this final shape:
What obvious method am I missing, O great hive mind?
Although pathfinder will definitely work, using the Shapebuilder Tool (Shift+M) will probably be much simpler.
Just Select All and Click+Drag over areas to merge. Then select the area to delete and remove it (see included GIF)
One way of doing it is using Pathfinder.
Given your example I would:
Your example [img 1]
Close all the lines into a single shape [img 2]
Use pathfinder to unite the resulted shape with the two farther
circles [img 3]
Use pathfinder with minus front to cut the middle circle out of the
newly created shape [img 4]