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I am using illustrator CS6 and was wondering if there is a way to duplicate a shape while scaling a shape down to the centre? For example I am making a donut so I want to create a smaller circle in the middle. For other objects/shapes I would hold option+click and drag a duplicate. However I want to using the transform tool, duplicate+scale down+scale from centre.

Otherwise I will just copy shape and paste in place then scale down from centre.

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  • If you use scale tool (S) then it works
    – joojaa
    Aug 16 at 8:50
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  • select object
  • CTRL+C copy to clipboard
  • CTRL+F paste to duplicate in the same location
  • hold ALT and SHIFT and drag any corner handle to scale from center
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I copy, paste in front/back, then scale --
it's just faster using shortcuts. -- c,f/b, e, option-shift-drag.
(e is only necessary because I turn off the bounding box in Illustrator, it's unnecessary)

One could merely double-click the Scale Tool to do it all via a dialog window. Just click the Copy button rather than the OK button.

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