I want to achieve a pattern around a circle. Consider the petals of a flower. I want to repeat the petal around the circle's center, with gradually increasing size. The increase in the size would be radially outwards. It is quite easily achieved in Photoshop, but I'm facing problems in replicating the same over in Illustrator.

Please, can anyone let me know how to do the above? In positive anticipation, many thanks!

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Actually, this is rather easy in Illustrator. This is one of the possible methods:

  1. Select your first petal with the black arrow selection tool (V);
  2. Select Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform...;
  3. Set the number of copies to your desired amount of petals and check the 'preview' box;
  4. Set a value slightly above 100% for both Horizontal and Vertical scale;
  5. Set a value for the angle, eg. 10°;
  6. Play around with the 'Move' values until your copies line up nicely the way you want them to.

Since this produces an effect on a single object, you can still edit the original petal (and that one only), and all others will follow suit. In case you'd want to manipulate the petals separately, you'll have to Object > Expand Appearance first, turning all copies into separate objects.

  • How does he then get them to rotate around the circle with their inside edges all at the same distance from the centre? – Confused Jun 30 '15 at 15:21
  • @Confused Read step 6. – Vincent Jun 30 '15 at 15:22

This is a common technique in Illustrator called "Step and Repeat".

The trick is to transform an object once using the "Transform Each" option, making sure to hit "Copy" instead of just hitting "Ok". Then you use the "Transform Again" option to repeat your procedure over and over for each consecutive object.

This technique is broken down into detail with this tutorial: http://www.ehow.com/how_4430827_step-repeat-illustrator.html

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