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What I've been doing is copying each stroke, selecting the end anchor point and moving it using the arrow keys.

Is there an easy way to do the following "semi-circle ray effect" in Illustrator show below?

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Just a few simple rotate and duplicate steps. Working from the center point and rotating around it, starting with a line segment on either the left or right.

  1. The longest line would be drawn as a horizontal then rotated and duplicated at 45° four times. For precision, make the two dots on the first line, then delete the extra for the two diagonals.
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  2. The medium length line would be drawn horizontally then rotated 22.5° to get it in the first position. Then rotate and dupe 45° three more times for the remainders.
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  3. The shortest line would again be drawn horizontally, then rotated 11.25° to it's first position. Rotate and dupe at 22.5° seven more times for the rest.
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Ah! I didn't think of doing it that way. Appreciate the tutorial! – Chris Burton May 7 '13 at 5:09
My pleasure. I'll take any excuse to build simple graphics that remind me of my first computers ;) – plainclothes May 7 '13 at 5:13

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