i thought it would be great to add an array tool like in 3ds max.
I use Illustrator to print small things, cards, labels, etc...
With the new "symbols" we can create instances of an object that is great specially for big projects.
Why not expand this idea with an array tool ?
For example you choose an object then the array tool can duplicate it as instances along the two axis, according to the measures entered in a dialog box.
What could be great too is the ability to put one instance normal, then one instance rotated, and again.
The fact is when printing small things, or cutting vinyl, or using a laser to cut material we want to save place to save material.
Perhaps it could calculate and place a maximum of instances into an area (for example a rectangle or the whole document).
If you have to do it manually it is very long and you just can't test all the possibilities.
I don't know if a lot of illustrator users use the soft directly to print or cut series, but this tool could be useful for me
- on a cutting plotter
- on a laser cutter
- on different printers
If it exists I probably use it 50 times a day and save a lot of time.
When the objects to duplicate are so small and you duplicate using cmd+d, you count 1, 2, 3, ... 55, 56, then the phone rings. I experiment this all days !
What do you think about it ?
Thanks it's true that i didn't use this tool.
But perhaps it could be improved.
For example I tried to turn 180° the copys, the fact is the third one went over the first one (see fig1).
Then if you want to have copys along the two axis you must apply the effect 2 times that is not very handy.
If I want to get what's on second picture I must :
- copy the first form to get a "#1 + #2 form"
- do the transform on x
- do the transform on y
The problems are :
- if I want to modify horizontal offset I must change both horizontal offset in the panel and the space betwin forms 1 &2.
- if the available space on the material to cut or print can contain an odd number of copys I must decompose the drawing and manually erase the last copys.
But however that's true we always can get what we want, it is just a question of time and number of operations.
Hi, I just saw this when I searched for "Array Illustrator"...
I like the way Mathieu's thinking. It's great to know that the Transform... effect can help us make arrays of copied art.
I think I'd have made Mathieu's capt2.jpg by copying the symbol once, rotating it 180 degrees, then making a symbol of the 2 copies.
Then I'd use the Transform... effect to make the horizontal array, then the vertical.
Instead, the new options array. It would be enough to add the ability to type percentages in the move.
Two advantages of this solution:
1. quickly moves the object relative to each other
2. scaling of the mother object automatically maintains distanceproportional
You can do this by adding three transformations to the object.
Or if the two transformations we group these two objects in one particularsetting.
6. Do you have an "superArray tool" as you like!
I come from a 3D background as well, and I find it very strange that Illustrator doesn't have some kind of array duplicate tool like Maya or 3DS MAX. You would select an object or group and a duplicate tool would give you options for move, scale, rotate, center point and number of duplicates. 3D animation programs have done this for at least two decades. Why doesn't this, or for that matter, Photoshop? It is a very strange omission. Thanks for the workarounds guys, but it really ought to be much simpler to do things like this.