5 Replies Latest reply on Aug 16, 2012 2:02 PM by Wade_Zimmerman

    Join a line and circle

    thersher Level 1

      I'm trying to recreate a logo and I want to join a line and circle, so that the outer circle is merged with the top line, as in the figure below. All the pathfinder tools don't give me what I'm after, I know there's got to be a simple way to do this, but I'm stuck.


      How can I accomplish this?

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        • 1. Re: Join a line and circle
          rcraighead Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          Use the "Shape Builder" tool and delete the bottom portion of the circle and the intersecting line, by holding "option" as you click on those areas.

          • 2. Re: Join a line and circle
            Jacob Bugge MVP & Adobe Community Professional



            Or, especially if you have a version without Shape Builder, one (other) way is to (Smart Guides are your friends):


            1) Create the circle,

            2) Create the line,

            3) With the lien still selected, with Scissors Tool cut the line where Smart Guides say intersect, and delete the superfluous part,

            4) Repeat 3) for the circle,

            5) With the Direct Selection Tool select each of the two sets of coinciding end points and Ctrl/Cmd+J to join.

            • 3. Re: Join a line and circle
              EricaLynneLarson Adobe Employee



              Jacob's steps are great. Here are some visuals to go along with his instructions.


              1) Create the circle. I also made a guide to make everything easier for me.


              Screen Shot 2012-08-16 at 9.10.49 AM.jpg

              2) Create the line.


              Screen Shot 2012-08-16 at 9.11.50 AM.jpg

              3) Select the circle and use the Scissors tool to cut the circle at the two intersection points.


              Screen Shot 2012-08-16 at 9.12.10 AM.jpg

              4) Delete the unwanted segment.


              Screen Shot 2012-08-16 at 9.12.17 AM.jpg


              5) Do the same for the unwanted portion of the line.


              Screen Shot 2012-08-16 at 9.18.28 AM.jpg

              6) Direct Select each of the two pairs of end points and Join them with Ctrl/Cmd+J.


              Screen Shot 2012-08-16 at 9.18.37 AM.jpg

              • 4. Re: Join a line and circle
                Tom Usrey Level 3

                Draw the line and circle with Strokes only. Select both; go to Object > Path > Outline Stroke. Select all, go to the Pathfinder and select Divide. With the Direct Select tool, select and delete the sections you don't need. Then select all, go to Pathfinder and select Unite. You're left with one shape.

                • 5. Re: Join a line and circle
                  Wade_Zimmerman Level 6

                  rcraighead has the easiest and probably the most efficient way however it is not complete in that once you ave eliminate the cord and the line segment to make the opening they will be three separate paths two straight lines on either side of the circular arc.


                  You then have to select it all and then use command  or control J to join the three paths as one then you will have what you wish.


                  The shape builder is very cool in case you do not have  version that has this tool.


                  Before you sue the join command


                  Screen Shot 2012-08-16 at 4.47.43 PM.png


                  After you use the join command


                  Screen Shot 2012-08-16 at 4.48.03 PM.png