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.
Draw a circle, and select it
Press R to select the Rotate Tool
Alt+click a centre of rotation
Type in a rotation angle in the Rotate dialog
Hit Ctrl+D repeatedly to duplicate and copy the transform around the circle
A circle with a dashed stroke having rounded caps ....
- 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.
If you then need each "dot" as an individual object...
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.