The Duplicate dialog box lets you copy and paste selected objects, and adjust the distance between the objects. For example, you can create a series of micro-dot marks, and adjust each of these marks individually. If you create a step-and-repeat layout of these marks, you cannot edit them individually because they are treated as one object. You can duplicate artwork and simple and composite marks.
- In the layout view, select the object that you want to duplicate.
- Select Object > Duplicate.
- In the Repeat box of the Duplicate dialog box, type the number of repeats you want on the layout, then select the horizontal or vertical option.
- Select one of the following options:
- Distance: Type the horizontal and vertical distance you want from a point on the first item to the same point on the next item. The distance includes the width or height of the item being repeated, plus the space to allow between repetitions. Positive numbers move the placement up and right. Negative numbers move the placement down and left (see the diagram).
- Gap: Type the distance (gap) that you want between the stepped artwork. Positive numbers move the placement up and right. Negative numbers move the placement down and left (see the diagram).
- Click OK.
The software duplicates the selected object and saves these duplicate settings.
Tip: If you select an object and use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + U, you will duplicate the selection with the last settings that appeared in the Duplicate dialog box.