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I am wanting to create lots of small circles evenly spread to form a circle and am wondering what the best way to go about it is? I am thinking the blend tool? Is there a way to get it to follow a circular path? Otherwise I am just duplicating and using smart guides to align and then copying and mirroring to the other side. Just wondering if there is a more automatic way.

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A circle with a dashed stroke having rounded caps ....

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  • Stroke weight controls the size of the "dots"
    (i.e. an 8pt stoke means the "dots" will have an 8pt diameter)
  • Rounded caps makes them "dots"
  • 0 dash makes the dash not have a length, resulting in "dots"
  • Gap controls the space between "dots"
    (center to center - so gap minus stroke weight = space between dots. In this case 15 - 8 = 7pts)

You can then cut the circle however you need.
Or simply apply the dashed stroke to a path you already have.

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If you then need each "dot" as an individual object...
... choose Object > Expand Appearance, and then Object > Expand from the menu.
You may need to then Object > Ungroup and/or Object > Compound Path > Release as well.

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  1. Draw a circle, and select it

  2. Press R to select the Rotate Tool

  3. Alt+click a centre of rotation

  4. Type in a rotation angle in the Rotate dialog

  5. Hit Copy

  6. Hit Ctrl+D repeatedly to duplicate and copy the transform around the circle

For example

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