I have a large number of ellipses in my project, and I wish to draw a (straight) line from each ellipse center to a single shared origin. Doing this manually would be very inefficient. Is there an automatic way to do this in one go?

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    The only possibility I can think of is scripting. – Scott Oct 2 '19 at 16:36
  • Illustrator is a direct modeler, so yes doing manually is what it is meant for. – joojaa Oct 3 '19 at 5:23

Unfortunately, we have to make it manually.

You made think the best way to achieve this.

So here we go:

  • Select copy and lock the circles.
  • Paste in front and convert the curves to straight lines using the Simplify Panel.
  • Make all the circles(now squares) to 1% using the Transform Each Panel.
  • Drag each point and align them. Remember each line is actually four anchor shape.

This is the best way I could think of.

The animated image below:

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  • You can replace the individual dragging with scale tool! – joojaa Oct 5 '19 at 15:11
  • I don't think so. Because those little anchors are actually squares. So we're dragging one of four anchors. – LeoNas Oct 7 '19 at 11:27
  • after the selection step obviously, just click on all of them once and scale to zero – joojaa Oct 7 '19 at 13:43
  • After the selection. Now I got it. – LeoNas Oct 7 '19 at 13:58

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