How to overlap multiple objects in Illustrator

Let say I have 3 shapes in illustrator: A, B and C. I would like A to overlap B, B to overlap C and C to overlap A. How can I do that?

Answer

You have to “cheat”. If it’s a simple enough object, I would just duplicate shape C, bring it to the top, and use a Clipping Mask to cover up everything but the intersection.

To do so, create a shape with no fill or stroke around the intersection (can be any shape but I’m using a rectangle for demonstration):

Illustrator Screenshot

Select both your empty shape and the duplicated object that should overlap and do Object → Clipping Mask → Make

Illustrator Screenshot

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Source : Link , Question Author : Flavien , Answer Author : JohnB

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