I would like to draw a few short lines, each of them rotated from the previous one of 20°, to do a knob graduation (here only 9 ticks). How to do this in Photoshop?

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RotateMe script (Link to the script website)


Basically, RotateMe is a script that makes desired amount of clones for selected layer and places all copies around a cricle

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Alternative method

Using Transform again, Edit → Transform → Again ( Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + T )

If you add Alt to the shortcut keys, it does "Duplicate again".

I'm pretty sure I've used this since at least cs3.

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  1. Free transform the object
  2. Move reference point outside: hold down Alt (this allows to move the reference point) and Shift (this allows to stay on a grid)
  3. Rotate the amount you want
  4. Undo
  5. Transform again with Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + Alt + T. Repeat as many times as is needed.

Remark about step 2: Once the reference point has been moved at least once, then the black dot disappears in this 3x3 matrix, and then it's possible to use the input field to set a precise position for the reference point:

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  • Seems wonderful, unfortunately, it doesn't work with my CS5 (even if it is reported to work with this version on the page!) – Basj Oct 4 '16 at 22:01
  • @Basj Added a second way to do it. – Joonas Oct 5 '16 at 7:12
  • Thanks a lot @Joonas, that's wonderful! I edited and added a few remarks about shortcuts, and a way to set precise coordinates for the reference point. Last thing: what soft/what format (gif?avi?gifv) do you use for such easy-to-do animated screenshots / gif ? – Basj Oct 5 '16 at 8:55
  • @Basj Good. --- I didn't exactly make it easy for myself this time. I've been using Gif Recorder when I know that I'm going to record a simple gif. It's just that this time I decided to add the annotations. So... I imported the gif to Photoshop, converted to timeline animation, added the annotations and saved as gif. There is also GiFox. More advanced settings, but doesn't record clicks (yet). I could have also just used QuickTime to record the screen. You can't add annotations directly with it. It also doesn't – Joonas Oct 5 '16 at 10:34
  • export to gif, so you need to use a third party application to convert to gif (like PS for instance). There are a few easy to use gif converters on mac: Gif Brewery and Gif Rocket. You can also use ffmpeg to convert video files to gif. Perhaps the quickest/simplest workflow would be to use Screenflow 6. SF6 supports gif export. --- I've fallen out of touch with many Windows applications, but maybe Camtasia studio or SnagIt. – Joonas Oct 5 '16 at 10:35

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