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Replicate/Duplicate a shape evenly spaced and aligned

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May 26, 2017 May 26, 2017

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Hello, until a few days ago I was using Serif Draw Plus, so I'm very new to illustrator.

In Serif Draw I could draw a box or a circle (or any shape) then click on 'replicate'. It would ask me how many rows and columns I wanted of the shape and the distance between each row and column of the shape.

Is there are function like this in Illustrator?

I know how to do a basic replicate of a shape, but I still have to then spend time aligning all the objects manually.

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May 26, 2017 May 26, 2017

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Look at Object>Transform or Effect>Transform which will give you a panel with similar options. The first will give multiple objects, the second will give replicas which can be expanded into hard objects.

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May 27, 2017 May 27, 2017

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There are several ways you could do this, but I think that none are as efficient as in SerifDraw.

You may like to use the Blend command. Start by creating two objects.

Select both and choose Object > Blend > Make.

To customize the blend choose Object > Blend > Blend Options. (You can set up blend options either before making the blend or afterwards.)

Illustrator has an Align panel (WIndow > Align). Be sure to show options to Show Options which will allow you to specify spacing.

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There are various Illustrator scripts available for step and repeat…

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