Remember spirographs? I used to love making them—it was one of my favorite toys as a kid. I stumbled into a neat tutorial on making spirographs that's different from just doing step and repeat in Illustrator. Here's my summary:

  1. Open a new document in Illustrator. Set your stroke color to black, point size to 0.5, and your fill color to none.
  2. Draw a shape (star, circle, spiral, rectangle, etc). While still holding down on the mouse button, hold down the ` key (it's right next to the 1 on a standard US keyboard).
  3. Now, move your mouse around—play with zooming out, zooming in, moving it in circles, etc. The direction and speed you move the mouse determines the size of the copied shape and space between the copies. Faster = further apart. Have fun!

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