How to Do a Pringle Circle

How to make a circle with a grid on the outer ring

I did something like this:

I did this with the Ellipse Tool and the Line Tool.

Now the circle is accurate, but the lines in it are very imprecise. Is there another tool that does the same thing but with much greater accuracy?


  1. Draw 2 concentric circles
  2. Draw a connecting line (e.g. with a line tool)
  3. Activate the Rotate Tool (with the line selected) and click on the center of the circle.
    1. Enter a value in degrees that is a divisor of 360 (2, 3, 5, 6, 10, 15, 20, etc.)
    2. Duplicate hit
  4. Press + (repeat last) until you have made a full revolution.

Image 1 : Time lapse of the description above.

Please follow these steps:

  1. Draw a line with the line tool or press

  1. Open or press +
  2. Apply the following setting. This setting arranges the "Polar Array" line. We copy the line over itself and rotate each copy and copy 17 times. You can set the values ​​as you like.
  3. Now we're going to draw two circles for the outer boundaries and one to hide the center of our final array.

That's it

This is not the fastest method, but it is easiest to understand for beginners. And has these additional advantages:

  • You can make both dissimilar and equal parts. Just put different numbers in the pie chart.

  • If you Use divide , you can keep the inner parts if you want to use them in your design later.

  1. Get some cake. Then open that Pie Chart Tool and create a pie chart with the number of 'blocks' you want.

  2. OPTIONAL Create You a duplicate of the pie chart and fade out you the original. This way you have a backup in case something goes wrong later.

  3. grouping of the pie chart cancel (Ctrl-Shift-G).

  4. Create a circle in the size of the wish hole in your future donut chart. Position the center over the center of the pie chart.

  5. Select both the ungrouped pie chart and the circle and use the Pathfinder Dialog box the Minus front . Or use to divide , to the Parts when you want to use them later or when you want more control.

  6. Delete the parts you don't want. Sometimes you have to do a little to clean up .

Another smarter answer (just to enrich the answers) to just use a circle and use the appearance tool.

  1. Draw a simple circle
  2. Open the viewport by going to or simply clicking +
  3. Now select the circle you just drew and make the Herunder adjustment or just make the values ​​you want. Make sure you click the dashed lines and add the values ​​you want.

  1. Add a dash from the control panel by clicking the button and deselecting the dashed button.
  2. If you still cross over and click on the last stroke you did in the Now step, that step will make another stroke exactly over the last stroke you made.

  1. Now we scale the last two dashes to close the dashed lines of the circle.
  2. We select the first line and click and adjust the values ​​as you want.

  1. Repeat the last step of the other line except for this point in time with minus scale values

  1. After all, it's just a circle with three different lines. Go to or just click + to activate Outline view. You will find that it is just a circle.

What about Polar grid ? I was not really surprised when I saw the proposal. Double click the tool and enter the number of radial dividers. Very fast - ungroup a couple of times, split or use the Shapebuilder tool (to remove with Alt) and that's it.

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