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How do I place 3 stars on each side inside a donut shape aligned to the text

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method 1

Add a star with many points as helper object, align with donut center. Activate snapping, move stars to snap onto helper star.

remove helper object when done

Method 2

use power duplicate

  1. mark center point of donut (e.g. use guides)
  2. activate move tool
  3. select first star
  4. move rotation anchor to donut center
  5. duplicate
  6. rotate (transform panel) by e.g. 10 degree
  7. duplicate 4 times
  8. Select 3 of 6 stars and rotate further to final position

Method 3

use path text, paste star into text use spaces or tabs to align stars. I often struggle to get the paste working.

Method 4

create a triangular shape (no stroke / no fill) in size of a slice, and nest star to it. Duplicate, and align based on triangle box.

method 5

use symbol of triangle with nested star


Bonus question: should the stars stay upright, or rotate according to their position (always pointing to the outside)?

PS some more inspirations can be found here


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There are several ways to do that, aka many ways lead to Rome. - Some possible ways ...

  1. You can use rounded/curved text with stars from the Glyph panel (Wingdings1-3, Zapf Dingbats, ... etc. fonts) to arrange them equally.
  2. You should use help guides, grids, snapping ... to position them accordingly manually.
  3. Make manually an equal distributed/arranged group of 3 stars, copy and flip it horizontally, then arrange via the point 2 on the donut.
  4. ... and so on ...

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Another way to do it:
Place a star at the top, move its "Transform Origin" to the centre of the circle, "Ctrl/Cmd + J", type 360/24 (so that the central stars are aligned with the centre of the circle) in the "Rotation" window of the "Transform" tab. Then delete the unnecessary stars.


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