I am trying to create a simple visual, but I can't find a good way to align smaller blue circles within a larger arc. You can tell I've just kind of eye-balled it. Here is what I'm working with: enter image description here I tried using transform distort → transform and that was able to make copies of the circles very quickly, but in the end I couldn't find the "magic" number to move the circles about the arc. So back to square one.


Is there a more precise approach to place the blue circles around the arc at the center of each segment that I can bring to bear with AI? What would that be? I hope there is an easier way than my approach above.

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If the circumference quarter is divided into 8 parts, the whole circle has 32 partitions.

  • Place and select the first blue circle at the center of the first bottom left partition
  • Press R to activate the Rotation Tool
  • Hold Alt and click at the rotation center (the big circle center)
  • At the pop up rotate window, type = -360/32 → Copy
  • Press Cmd + D Mac or Ctrl + D Win to repeat the last transformation

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  • I'm not sure I get it, when I try the circles are copied in place, they only rotate in place. They do not get transformed as in your answer. Also I noticed my transform object toggle is grayed out. Commented Apr 24, 2019 at 9:04
  • Incomplete answer, my mistake. Updated.
    – user120647
    Commented Apr 24, 2019 at 9:09
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    very cool! Any tips for making sure the first circle is in the center of the segment? I noticed if the first circle is off this method will be slightly off too. Commented Apr 24, 2019 at 9:26
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    @ArashHowaida, draw lines from corner to corner diagonally and snap to the object to the center of the X
    – Joonas
    Commented Apr 24, 2019 at 10:21

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