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How to or tips on creating concentric circles of shapes?

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Can anybody tell me any tricks or tips on how to make concentric circles of a shape? (actually its a curve not a shape). Basically I want expanding rings but I don't want to change the size of the shape. I tried using power duplicate but I'm finding it impossible to get the exact rotation degree needed to match up.


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Butrflied, I tried using the dashed line.   But it's hard to get the dots to line up.  If that isn't critical, you want to try using a 0.05 in the first field will give a round dot.  Then using a decimal like 1.8 in the second field.  The phase can help try to get them to line up.


I also tried creating a vector brush, but found the dots didn't maintain being round.



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This gives me headache, I've tried the best I can.. I too get wonky results :wacko: I'm thinking "bug" cause no matter what I try Designer distorts the shape, no matter if it's a shape, or a stroke.

I really don't hope this is by design.

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Hey guys,


I tried the dashed line technique as well, but I could not overcome the problems. Better dashed line support was already requested here:




But here’s another idea. Go for the Text on a Path option:

  • Create a circle.
  • Use the Artistic Text Tool to put text on the circle.
  • Select a font and type <Bullet Glyph> <Space> …, until you have the desired number of circles on your path. Then select Justified All, adjust the red wedges and the baseline offset. I used the bullet glyph of Arial in my example file, but be aware, that these glyphs are usually not perfect circles. For perfect results you may have to create a custom font of your own.
  • Copy the circle, scale it and remove unwanted glyphs.
  • Repeat and adjust.
  • When you’re done, you can convert your text to curves.

Not the perfect method, but the only one I can think of …  :)






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Thanks of your help everyone .. I think I'm going to have to do the math and try A_B_C's method.. my rings are a little more complicated then the dot example I posted .. but I'll let you know if I figure it out.


I attached the real image I'm trying to add extra rings to :)


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