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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