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Cannot step and repeat in Illustrator CC

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Aug 15, 2016

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Hi. Since downloading the last two updates to Illustrator CC I have been unable to use 'command D' to step and repeat for multiple objects.

I can copy and paste using shortcuts and also use 'Object>Transform' but whenever I use 'command D' it just doesn't step and repeat, the duplicated shape doesn't move.

Any thoughts?

Thanks in advance.

Is Object > Transform > Transform Again indeed set to the shortcut Command-D?

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Cannot step and repeat in Illustrator CC

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Hi. Since downloading the last two updates to Illustrator CC I have been unable to use 'command D' to step and repeat for multiple objects.

I can copy and paste using shortcuts and also use 'Object>Transform' but whenever I use 'command D' it just doesn't step and repeat, the duplicated shape doesn't move.

Any thoughts?

Thanks in advance.

Is Object > Transform > Transform Again indeed set to the shortcut Command-D?

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Mentor ,
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Is Object > Transform > Transform Again indeed set to the shortcut Command-D?

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Aug 15, 2016

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Gah. It was deselected! As were a couple of other shortcuts I need to switch back on. Thanks for your help!

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Advisor ,
Aug 15, 2016

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Have you tried using the Menu>Effect>Distort & Transform>Transform? This allows you to step out art as an effect.

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Mar 23, 2020

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Thank You. it helped.

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Explorer ,
Feb 01, 2018

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Mine is not - How do I change it?

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Feb 01, 2018

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Go to Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts.

Select 'Menu Commands' from the drop-down tab.

Reset the desired commands from the list.

Here's a screen-grab of my list.

Hope that helps? Apologies for the naming of my custom set - all my Adobe products have similar descriptions

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Engaged ,
May 15, 2018

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Sorry to hijack this thread, but I found it while searching - is there really no proper step and repeat in Illustrator?

Sorry if this is easy, it's always bugged me.

Cheers

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Advisor ,
May 15, 2018

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I like to use the Transform Effect, Menu>Effect>Distort and Transform>Transform.  In the Transform Dialog you can set the distance of the step and the number of copies. This way you can take one object and repeat horizontally apply the effect, then apply the effect again for vertical repeat using the copy field to enter the amount of repeats you want. The program will ask if you want to apply the second effect, just say yes. Use the Preview check box to see your step before it is applied. Even after it is applied to the object you can still change the Effect by going to the Appearance Panel and double clicking on the Transform Effect you wish to modify.

Hope this helps

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May 15, 2018

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Once you have the step you want you can also Expand Appearance Menu>Object>Expand Appearance, to make all repeats individually editable.

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May 15, 2018

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As far as "Proper" step and repeat, I'm not sure what you would be calling Proper. If you simply select an object and hit the return key you get the Move Dialog and can enter in the Hor. or Ver. movement. Once you move an object with this Move Dialog you can hit Command "D" which will duplicate this last move. This might be closer to what you are referring to as a Proper Step.

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Engaged ,
May 15, 2018

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By proper I mean:

- Select an object to be repeated

- Set  transformation by the numbers (no clicking, dragging, rulers etc)

- Set the amount of duplications

- Hit enter

Sounds like this is the best option: Menu>Effect>Distort and Transform>Transform

After all these years, I  don't understand why Illustrator is so backwards, it's like Adobe wears it as badge of honour or think we actually like it that way.

Cheers and thanks for the help.

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May 16, 2018

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cmscss  schrieb

Sounds like this is the best option: Menu>Effect>Distort and Transform>Transform

This is actually really not backwards at all, because it is editable. You can make up your mind 3 years later and then change it without a hassle.

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Engaged ,
May 16, 2018

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Having it be non-destructable/editable is an awesome feature. But call it 'Step and repeat' and put it next to Duplicate (or similar) under the edit menu. The underlying concept is not new (even if it is non-destructable) so why not make it logical and easy to find?

This is a classic example of Illustrator's logic that yes, I feel is backwards. Powerful features can also be logical and simple, that's the recipe for awesome, and why not make Illustrator awesome?

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 17, 2020

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Perfect. Thanks. Always annoyed me that there is not simply a 'step-and-repeat' command like InDesign (since this is supposed to be a creative suite). Never realised it was right there in a separate command.

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Thank you so much, i was beating my head to it. 

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