Could be this effect achieved using a menu command in Illustrator or the only way to produce this it's to rotate each element by hand (which I've tried so far)? enter image description here

  • wow! that makes my brian sting! Mar 12, 2016 at 22:14
  • Have you tried the blend tool?
    – Belian
    Mar 13, 2016 at 4:48
  • Can you please show me in a few print screens or a screen capture? I guess that this is the easiest method. I've figured out creating the square shape but I can't fill the inside area properly. Any thoughts? Thanks
    – user124853
    Mar 13, 2016 at 7:50

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Here's Neondude's answer w/ screen shots

  1. select you object, go to Object->Transform->Transform Each, and move horizontal, in my sample I did 27 pt, then rotate -11.5 and press Copy.

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  1. press Ctrl+D 15 times to complete the top row enter image description here

  2. select all 16 items and go to Object->Transform->Transform Each, and move Vertical 32.2 pt, then rotate 11.5 and press Copy.

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  1. press Ctrl+D 15 times to complete all rows enter image description here

  2. select every other row enter image description here

  3. go to Object->Transform->Move, and move -4 pts enter image description here

  • Except thet Neondude does not tell to use transform each.
    – joojaa
    Mar 14, 2016 at 7:46
  • @CarlosCanto I'll choose your answer because it's the most clear explained and complete solution; I'm sure that will help others as well. Thank you for your time. Kind regards,
    – user124853
    Mar 14, 2016 at 8:27

Sorry, I was wrong with the blend tool.

Another way to do it is:

  • Select your vector object
  • Right click and choose Transform Each...
  • In the open window, go to the Move section and set Horizontal to a value. (I chose .5 in in my screenshot below)
  • Under rotate, enter the degree of rotation you want. (I chose 15 degrees)
  • Hit Copy. The window will close. To repeat the last action you did, hit CTRL+D on Windows or Command+D on a Mac.
  • Do that as many times as you want. (13 times for me)
  • After that, select the entire row and do Transform Each... again.
  • This time, swap the values for Horizontal and Vertical.
  • Hit copy and then CTRL+D again. (15 times for me)

Screenshot below: Transform Each...H

I hope that helps!


One way to make multiple rotations is to duplicate

  • select the object you want to rotate
  • then right-click>transform>rotate
  • enter 'angle' and click copy(not ok)
  • Then press ctrl+D do the rotation multiple times.

This way you will have many objects rotated in the same place.

for moving the objects:

  • select the top object(of those multiple rotated copies)
  • right-click>transform>move
  • enter horizontal distance and click ok
  • Then press ctrl+D to repeat the transformation
  • repeat for each copy of the rotated object
  • It could be a soulution but the second phase it's not so easy (not so sure that I understand the ctrl+d part). could you be so kind and expose a screen capture please?
    – user124853
    Mar 13, 2016 at 14:05
  • @user124853 I have edited the steps. I hope it clears up the confusion.
    – neondude
    Mar 14, 2016 at 13:45
  • I already chose the Carlos 's answer but thank you anyway for your time. kind regards,
    – user124853
    Mar 14, 2016 at 14:15

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