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How to repeat a selected object for number of times?

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That's mean how to repeat a selected object in specified number of times and distance in pixels or inches between the centers of repeated images, this for a straight line repeating (left, right, up...). And if it is possible for doing this in angular way, repeating an object around a point in a specified angle for specified number of times or number of degrees? I wonder if there is a plug-in or an easy way to do this instead of copy, rotate and paste? I hope you understood my question because my English is not good , and here are two simple drawings to clear that:

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Here's my favorite way of doing it:

1. Create what you want to rotate. (To ensure that it's in the center, first place a dot in the middle, use moc426's "Align Objects" plugin to center it, and then draw the object up from there)

2. Duplicate the layer. ( :DuplicateLayer: )

3. Go to Layers > Rotate/Zoom. (Or just press Ctrl + Shift + Z)

4. Rotate the image using the ring on the left side, or using the "Angle" entry box beneath it. Hit "Ok" once you've got it the way you want it.

5. Now comes the fun part. Duplicate the layer again. ( :DuplicateLayer: )

6. Run Layers > Rotate/Zoom again. It will remember your settings from last time, so just hit "Ok."

7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 until you have everything placed the way you want it.

Does this make sense?


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