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Simon Collingridge
Using Object and Layer Stack for Overlapping Circles
on Nov 21, 2007 at 11:43:07 am

Hi

I'm trying to create a circle of overlapping circles, where one edge of each circle overlaps the next circle, and the other edge is itself overlapped by the preceding circle.

The issue here is that when using the object or layer stack, when you get to the last circle it is at the bottom of the stack, but half of it needs to overlap the circle on the top of the stack - an example of what I've got so far can be seen in this pdf:


http://www.netsposure.co.uk/images/sample%20circles.pdf

The "Children's Center" circle should be under the preceding "Early Years" circle but overlap the "Leadership Team" circle.

Is there a way this can be achieved without rasterizing any of the objects?

Any help on this would be very much appreciated.

Thanks,
Simon





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Thumbslinger
Re: Using Object and Layer Stack for Overlapping Circles
on Nov 22, 2007 at 9:42:12 pm

hi Simon-
There might be other ways, but what I would do is to:
1. Copy the Children's Centre and Early years circles.
2. Paste in place, then move them both off to the left.
3. Remove the fill from both, then use the Pathfinder palette and select Divide.
4. Delete all the pieces except for the obvious sliver you need.
5. Move it into place (Bring to front if needed) and recolorize that piece to match the gradient.

That will probably be the hardest thing... matching the gradient up nicely, but that will keep everything as an object instead of rasterizing.

kj



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Simon Collingridge
Re: Using Object and Layer Stack for Overlapping Circles
on Nov 23, 2007 at 10:43:39 am

Hi kj

Thanks for the suggestion. As you said, the trick was the gradient fill. After playing around a bit I managed to find away that allowed me to keep the gradient effect intact.

No point trying to explain how in text, so here's another PDF showing the steps I took.

http://www.netsposure.co.uk/images/sample%20circles%20solution.pdf

Of course, I had hoped there was simple answer to this!! :-)

Thanks for your help.
Simon


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Thumbslinger
Re: Using Object and Layer Stack for Overlapping Circles
on Nov 24, 2007 at 4:07:24 am

That's pretty neat. It just dawned on me that perhaps the three circles (the childrens and the one above and below) could have been joined and a multi-gradient applied. Then, just strokes could have been added where needed.

I tried both but this one was easier in Illustrator and then copied into InDesign.

Either way, I'm glad you got it solved!



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