Looking to replicate this dial (see link below) in illustrator, can someone point me in the direction of a tutorial or give me some ideas on how to do this? Many thanks!

It's really just the orange segmented circle that I'm interested in.

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    There should be tutorials about these things. Probably too long to answer here.
    – Lucian
    Jun 15, 2017 at 8:45
  • I've been looking for a tutorial and can't find one.
    – Rico Shaft
    Jun 15, 2017 at 8:46
  • Hopefullly somebody finds time to write one here, because that's what you're asking. There is no short answer for this.
    – Lucian
    Jun 15, 2017 at 8:47
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    Try googling something along the lines of 'Illustrator tutorial volume dial', there will be some relevant knowledge in the 1.5 million results ;)
    – Vincent
    Jun 15, 2017 at 8:54
  • The please add that information to your question with an edit. You can click that link right there in this comment or the one under your post. Thanks!
    – Vincent
    Jun 15, 2017 at 8:55

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You could use a transform effect (Effect → Distort & Transform → Transform...) on a single rectangle to create the bars. Set a stroke on the rectangle for the spacing (you can uncheck "Scale Strokes & Effects" to keep the strokes at the same size then...

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Expand the result (Object → Expand Appearance). Then drag it to the brushes panel and select "Art Brush" from the new brush dialog...

You can then use your brush on an ellipse (and delete a segment thereof)...

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Another option is to use a dashed stroke... unfortunately Illustrator only lets you set a limited number of distinct dashes through the GUI, you can write it manually with an SVG though.

This for example...

(The important part of which being stroke-dasharray which is just a comma separated list of dash and gap lengths.)

<svg width="600px" height="600px" viewBox="0 0 600 600">
<circle cx="300" cy="300" r="257.586"
        fill="none" stroke="#F7931E" stroke-width="50"
        stroke-dasharray="40,10,60,10,80,10,100,10,120,10,140,10,160,10,180,10,200,10,220,100000" />

Gives us this...

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