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STEP 1: Start with a basic circle. In Adobe  Illustrator, when using the circle shape tool you can hold down the shift key and get a perfect circle.

STEP 2: With the circle selected, copy it (Command C) and paste in front (command F) – this pastes the shape in the exact same place as the first one. If you select the top shape while holding the shift key, it allows you to move the shape exactly horizontal or vertical. In this case move the second circe horizontally so that it barely overlaps the first one.

STEP 3: using the rectangle tool and holding the shift key create a square.

STEP 4: Using the rotate tool and holding the shift key turn the square 45 degrees.

STEP 5: Move the rectangle and place it where the point of the heart will be. You may need to use the scale tool (holding the shift key) to resize it and place it accordingly.

STEP 6: Next use the direct selection tool (white arrow) and select that top point of the diamond. Move this point to inside the heart shape.

STEP 7: Select all of the shapes and using the pathfinder palette, choose the first button which adds shapes, and then choose expand to create the final shape.

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Intro to compound paths and clipping masks in Illustrator.

It’s easy to put an image inside of text using Illustrator.

STEP 1: Start by designing your text. Turn it into outlines.

STEP 2: Import the image you would like to place inside the text. And arrange it to be behind the text in the position you’d like it to be in.

STEP 3: Select the words then go to the Object Menu —–> Compound Path —–> Make. The letters will become clear.

STEP 4: Select the words and the image then go to the Object Menu —> Clipping Mask —-> Make. This will set the image inside of the text.

NOTE: If you would like to put a different image in each letter of a word, instead of turning the words into a compound path you would simply ungroup the letters. Then, one at a time, you would place the image behind the letter, select them both and make the clipping mask until all are done.

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