I have managed to create a circle with 12 boxes inside which worked fine. I came to create another but with rounded corners and they don't line up. How would I fix this? I used the rotation tool and put 30 for angle and then duplicated it around. I somehow I need to account for the rounded corners. 360 / 12 = 30

  • I don't understand what you are asking.
    – Scott
    Feb 28, 2018 at 1:10
  • I just want it to all align up. See the ruler on the image how it doesn't align properly?
    – Haz
    Feb 28, 2018 at 1:14
  • I have already created it using the rotation tool. The problem is that because the rectangles have rounded corners/edges. It doesn't line up properly and I am looking for a fix.
    – Haz
    Feb 28, 2018 at 1:19
  • Chances are it's faster to recreate using the effects than it is to try and fix anything you already have.
    – Scott
    Feb 28, 2018 at 2:09

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Uh I'm not sure what you're asking but a way to make a shape repeat is this:

  1. Draw a line, 0 px by 0 px, make it only have a stroke with a rounded cap.
    • Optional: center this dot in the artboard.
  2. Draw the shape you want to repeat. In your case, a rectangle. Place it above the dot.
  3. Group the two shapes
  4. Apply a Transform style to the group (not the individual objects)
    • Set the anchor point to the bottom
    • Set the rotation angle to 360 divided by the number of shapes you want. In your case 360/12=30. Illustrator accepts simple math.
  5. Profit??? Now you can edit the things in the group, add more stuff!

Screenshot - How to repeat a shape radially

Illustrator screenshot - how to repeat a shape radially


  1. Add text
  2. Expand appearance!
  3. Edit text
  4. Add a circle, then the hands (easiest way to do that is to add a cut into the circle and just copy the inner bits.)
  5. Jazz hands, add arrows! enter image description here

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