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I need to create something resembling a clock dial. How can I create the hour/minute tick marks on a circular clock face easily?
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There are a few ways to do this:

1. Rotate the object around the center point while duplicating
  • Create your object to duplicate
  • While it is selected, click it once again to show its rotation handles. You should also see the center of rotation control (see the attached image #1)
  • Move the center of rotation to the point you want to use as the center of your dial.
  • Grab the rotation handle and drag. This will start duplicating the object (pic #2).
  • While dragging, click and release your right mouse button (while continuing to hold the left one depressed). This will allow to make a copy of the original object while rotating it.
  • Now you should have rotated and duplicated object. It is better if you rotate by a degree which can divide the full circle (360°) in whole number of degrees. For example, use 15° to create 24 duplicates
  • Finally press Ctrl-R or go to Edit>Repeat rotate to duplicate once more using the same parameters.
  • Keep pressing Ctrl-R until you have the full circle covered
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2. Use blend on path
  • Make one copy of it (press Ctrl-D)
  • Create a blend between the two objects
  • Create a circle of the size of the clock face
  • Select the blend and drag it with your right mouse button over the circle. When done, you'll see a pop-up menu with a few options. Select "Fit Blend To Path"
  • Now open the Blend docker (Effects>Blend) and specify "Blend along full path" and "Rotate all objects" options
  • Now you can change the number of objects on the circle by just changing the number of steps in the blend docker.
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