Is there a way to do this without it changing the shape of the graphics? I just used the method suggested on this post and it worked however it distorted some of the images. I have 5 images which are military emblems in the shape of circles and 5 stars. It distorted all the circle graphics.

Also, the graphics are already vector images if this matters. I am a rookie to Illustrator so all help is appreciated.

This is how they go using the rotate method on this other post:

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The images need to be straight up and not distorted.

  • Hi Scott, it is just a circle path with all the images equally spaced. Mar 17, 2014 at 2:13
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    See here create equally spaced circles around a sphere object -- You don't want to use brushes if you want to avoid distortion.
    – Scott
    Mar 17, 2014 at 2:22
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    Scott, the issue with that post is that they are creating circles and not using graphics. Would it work with vector images? Mar 17, 2014 at 2:31
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    The use of circles is irrelevant. It's the theory need to read. Graphics, circles, triangles, doesn't really matter at all. Don't get hung up looking for a very specific step by step tutorial which reflects exactly what you are working on. Read the method, try it a couple times, then translate that knowledge to your specific needs.
    – Scott
    Mar 17, 2014 at 2:47
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    Hi Scott, following the theory however since this rotates the object itself and not just its position around a path, my pattern/image rotates. I need all them which are different to stay upright, just for their position to move along the circle path and equally spaced. I uploaded it here for you to see. test.coindisplays.com/test.html Mar 17, 2014 at 11:22

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Two simple ways, depending on how many things you need to place.

Step one for both is using the above linked questions to get circles in place. Then it's a case of swapping the circles for your objects.

If there's only a few of them, and/or they're already the right size:

Use the Align window (after hitting 'show options' on the flyout menu) like this:

  • Bring all the circles to the front so they're all in front of the graphics you want to replace them with
  • Select a circle and one of your shapes (if it has lots of parts, make sure it is grouped)
  • Set the Align window "Align to" option to "Key object"
  • Hit the "Align horizontal centre" and "Align vertical centre" buttons
  • Delete/hide the circle, and repeat

If there are loads of them, and/or you also need auto sizing:

Try the Copy to multiple objects script.

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