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Lesson 5. Advanced Techniques > Duplicating Objects with the Repeat Command

Duplicating Objects with the Repeat Command

Many times you will find yourself creating copies of an object on a page. For example, if you are creating buttons, you might want them all to be the same size and color, with only the text label different. You also might want them aligned and offset the same amount from one another. Once you’ve created the first one, you can use Copy and Paste, Duplicate, or Clone, or you can hold down Alt (PC) or Option (Mac) and drag to create the remaining buttons.

Although each of these methods results in another object, they all work differently. Using Copy and Paste or Clone puts the duplicate object directly on top of the first, and Duplicate offsets the copy down and to the right. You then have to move the copy to the new location and repeat the process for each new button you want. Then you have to use the alignment commands to make sure that the objects are properly aligned and spaced. When you hold down Alt (PC) or Option (Mac) and drag, the new button is moved, but you must guess the placement and will still need to check the alignment and spacing. The Repeat command makes this process easier.


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