What’s an efficient way to align text within the cells of a polar grid?

I’ve got a polar grid with 8 concentric dividers and 24 radial dividers that creates a sort of circular table. I would like to put text into each of the cells and have it centered between each of the radial dividers. So far I am just creating text boxes and “eye balling” the rotation and spacing to place them into each cell as I go around the concentric circles. After straining my eyes and patience, I’ve decided to ask the community to see if there is a more efficient way to do this.

More data: Currently I use Adobe Illustrator, but if there’s a better option I’ll switch. The texts are just numbers, 1-4 digits currently. I would like them to stay editable. They don’t need to curve with the cells but it would be ok if they did.


This method involves a bit of setting up.

  1. Draw the polar grid and lock its layer

  2. For one column, create arcs positioned for the text

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  1. Use the Type on a Path tool to add some text, centre each, maybe reduce the font size on each going towards the centre of the grid.

  2. Select all of the text on paths. Hit R to engage the rotate tool, then Alt+click the centre of the grid. Set the rotation to 15 degrees, and hit Copy.

  3. Press Ctrl+D repeatedly to duplicate and rotate copies all around.


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Source : Link , Question Author : HansW , Answer Author : Billy Kerr

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