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Rotation by the Numbers

To rotate and copy an object a specific number of times so you end up with even angles between objects, let Illustrator figure it out for you. Select your object, then with the Rotate tool (R), press-and-hold the Option key (PC: Alt key), and click on the bottom of the object. In the Rotate dialog, enter 360/x, with x being the number of objects you want. Then click Copy. The object will be copied and rotated the correct number of degrees. Then press Command-D (PC: Control-D) x-2 times (with x being the number you used before) to complete the effect. For example, for eight objects you’d enter 360/8 in the Rotate dialog, click Copy, and then press Command-D six times (since you already have the original and the first copy).

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