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Step and repeat around an ellipse?

Jan 22, 2013 4:03 AM

I have an ellipse (blue shape in screen shotScreen Shot 2013-01-22 at 11.57.56.jpg) 120mm tall / 135mm wide;

 

and then I have ELEVENT tabs (magenta in screen shot) that will be attached to this; these tabs need to step and repeat evenly around the ellipse.

 

Any smart suggestions on how I could achieve this effect?

 
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    Jan 22, 2013 4:20 AM   in reply to Paul Stedman

    Paul,

     

    You may:

     

    1) Create the ellipse, copy it and hide the copy;

    2) Cut the ellipse at the top Anchor Point and Object>Path>Add Anchor Points some three or four times;

    3) Create the first rectangle, Object>Transform>Move a copy to the right (horizontally);

    4) Select both rectangles, Object>Blend>Blend Options set Orientation to Align to Path and set Spacing to Specified Steps and insert 11 (steps), then Object>Blend>Make;

    5) Select both the blend and the ellipse and Object>Blend>Replace Spine.

    6) Show the copy of the ellipse (from 1)), and bring it to the front if not already.

     

    If you wish to have independent rectangles, you may then:

     

    7) Object>Blend>Expand, and delete the redundant top rectangle.

     

    The cut is to have a rectangle (set) at the top.

    The adding of anchor points is to make an even distribution.

    The 11 steps are because the last rectangle in the blend will be on top of the first one.

     
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    Jan 22, 2013 5:26 AM   in reply to Paul Stedman

    After all that, you'll probably need to select the spine path and Object>Path>Add Anchor Points a couple of times, in order to get something approximating uniform spacing.

     

    JET

     
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    Jan 22, 2013 5:54 AM   in reply to JETalmage

    After all that, you'll probably need to select the spine path and Object>Path>Add Anchor Points a couple of times,

     

    Only if you underdid (or skipped) it in step 2),

     

    2) Cut the ellipse at the top Anchor Point and Object>Path>Add Anchor Points some three or four times;

     
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    Jan 22, 2013 7:19 AM   in reply to Paul Stedman

    For my part you are welcome, Paul.

     
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    Jan 22, 2013 9:07 AM   in reply to Jacob Bugge

    Minor niggle -- you need to set it to 10 steps, not 11, if you want 11

    rectangles in total.

     

    ...and it's back to the InDesign forums with me.

     

    Ariel

     
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    Jan 22, 2013 12:57 PM   in reply to [Ariel]

    Arïel,

     

    That is far from a minor niggle.

     

    Thank you for the correct correction.

     

    It is a relief to know that at least one here can actually count.

     

    And sorry for misleading you, Paul.

     
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