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Chad Fitzgerald
07-15-2014, 6:56 PM
I know it can be done, just cant remember how.

16" circle. I need to evenly space 48 small circles around the perimeter of the 16" one. 7.5 degrees.
Can someone tell me how to easily do this.
thanks for the help

Gary Hair
07-15-2014, 7:25 PM
Several ways to do it, one would be:
1. Draw a circle at the top and bottom of the 16" circle.
2. Group the two circles
3. Double click the two circles and change the anchor/origin point to the center of the 16" circle
4. Copy and paste the two grouped circles
5. Rotate the newly pasted circles 7.5 degrees
Rinse, lather and repeat

To save a few steps you could draw circles at all 4 quadrants and then group, copy, paste, etc.

Kev Williams
07-15-2014, 10:25 PM
Another reason I'll never give up my Casmate: Circular multicopy.

Just draw a 16" circle, center at zero, then draw the smaller circle, put it on the perimeter of the big circle, tell circ-multicopy you want 48 of them, center the copies at zero, done... takes about 1 minute.

As far as I know there's no way to do this easily in Corel. Or Gravostyle. The makers of these programs seem to go out of their way to make hard stuff easy, but forget about making EASY stuff easy... ?


Dan Hintz
07-16-2014, 6:01 AM
Sorry, Kev, it is that easy in CorelDraw ;)

[1] Make a big 16" circle. (this will be the path for your blend.)

[2] Make yourself a small circle at 12:00 of the big one.

[3] Open your Blend Docker (Window/Dockers/Blend)

[4] Select the small circle you made....................and in the Blend Docker, hit Apply.

[5] Select Path/New Path (3rd icon at the bottom on the first page of the Docker) and point to the big circle you made. Apply.

[6] Almost there..........Now go back and check the box that says Blend Along Full Path. Apply.

[7] Adjust the number of steps to 48. Apply.

Glen Monaghan
07-16-2014, 10:05 AM
I guess it depends on what you think is easy but it takes a fair bit less than a minute in CorelDraw because it has a tool for that, called Transformations/Rotate...

Draw your 16 inch circle and take note of the center coordinates (x,y).
Draw your smaller circle at top dead center (12 o'clock) on the 16 inch circle.
With the smaller circle still selected, click Window/Dockers/Transformations/Rotate
For the rotation angle, enter 7.5 (this is how much you are going to rotate the selected object)
For the center, enter the 16 inch circle's x,y (this is the center about which you are going to do the rotation)
Uncheck relative box (this says you want the center of rotation to be page coordinates, not relative to the object being rotated)
For copies, enter 47 (you already have 1, just need 47 more)
Click Apply and done!

Chad Fitzgerald
07-16-2014, 11:38 AM
Gary, i was doing something similar but knew there was a quicker way. thanks
Kevin I dont have that, thank
Dan, I tried but it wasnt working, not sure if i missed a step, but thanks
Gary, that is what i was looking for, been a while, thanks.
Appreciate everyones help.

Chad Fitzgerald
07-16-2014, 11:41 AM
OOps, i meant, Glen, thats what i was looking for. thanks.
One last question though, I couldnt find (copies) so i just hit duplicate 47 times. Where do i find the "copies" button

Kev Williams
07-16-2014, 1:17 PM
Ok, if that's you guys's idea of "easy" ... ;)

My problem with Corel is it does 60,000 things- Now, IF you can find the right "thing", then it becomes easy. I've only done about 59,985 things with Corel. Like, "blend"- never touched it, have no idea what it does...

But bear in mind, most of my work deals with ROTARY TOOL engraving, NOT laser engraving (although that ratio is fast changing!), and much of Corel's capabilities are overkill for toolpath creation...

Dan Hintz
07-16-2014, 4:31 PM
My problem with Corel is it does 60,000 things- Now, IF you can find the right "thing", then it becomes easy. I've only done about 59,985 things with Corel. Like, "blend"- never touched it, have no idea what it does...

Agreed, 100%. Coreldraw is one of those software packages that becomes an indispensable tool... when you learn all of the minor nooks/crannies. Until then, it can seem like a plodding beast. Thank God for Google, that's all I can say.

Glen Monaghan
07-16-2014, 4:34 PM
When you are looking at the Rotate panel of the Transformations docker (where I described entering the rotation angle, center, and unchecking the relative box), Copies is the box just above the Apply button.