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I'm trying to add a grouped pair of rectangles to many different radially ordered lines. Each line has a slightly different angle. I'm trying to have the center of the gray rectangle vertically aligned and matching the angle of the line. Is there a way to do this without painstakingly trying to match the black line's angle with the grouped rectangles by eye? I'm doing this for 728 lines arranged in a circle for a scientific figure.

The gray rectangles need to be aligned vertically with its corresponding black line and it also needs to match the angle of the line

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  1. Create a circle that is in the middle of your chart
  2. Make sure 1 set of the 2 rectangles is on the X axis
  3. Press "R" to select the Rotate Tool, with both the 2 rectangles and the rotate tool selected, hold the "Alt" key and left click the center of the circle you created. You will rotate around that pivot point.
  4. A popup will open, put 360/728 in the angle box.
  5. Click on the "Copy" button, press CTRL (Windows) / CMD (Mac) + D to repeat the last transform action.

Example Gif

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  • I have a Mac, does the alt key change? Is it option? – JennaM Feb 4 at 15:02
  • @JennaM Use the "Command" (CMD) key + D to repeat the rotate transform. – AndrewH Feb 4 at 15:05
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    Well I was referring to the "alt" key when using the rotate tool, which seemed to work if I selected "option" instead. This worked! Thank you SO MUCH! Literally hours of work done in seconds--mind blown! – JennaM Feb 4 at 15:31

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