7 Replies Latest reply on Jan 22, 2013 12:57 PM by Jacob Bugge

# Step and repeat around an ellipse?

I have an ellipse (blue shape in screen shot) 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?

• ###### 1. Re: Step and repeat around an ellipse?

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.

• ###### 2. Re: Step and repeat around an ellipse?

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

• ###### 3. Re: Step and repeat around an ellipse?

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;

• ###### 4. Re: Step and repeat around an ellipse?

Thanks Jacob and JET.

Much appreciated.

• ###### 5. Re: Step and repeat around an ellipse?

For my part you are welcome, Paul.

• ###### 6. Re: Step and repeat around an ellipse?

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

• ###### 7. Re: Step and repeat around an ellipse?

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.