Join Deke McClelland for an in-depth discussion in this video Converting jagged raster dots to smooth vectors, part of Designing Gradient Dot Patterns with Illustrator.
…All right, I've gone ahead and zoomed in to 2400%,…so that you can clearly see that even though the document…resolution, at least with art raster is concerned is set to…300 pixels per inch, we still have some very jagged results.…What we want of course is nice smooth vector art like these dots right here.…And notice that they remain smooth no matter how far I zoom in.…And incidentally notice, if I hover…over this path outline, not only does it highlight but I…see the word path in green, that's the function of Smart Guides.…
So sometimes they're really useful, other times, they just kind of get in your face.…Which is why I'm going to go up to…the View menu and choose a Smart Guide's command.…Or better yet, I'm going to press the Escape key a couple of times and…press Ctrl+U or Cmd+U on the Mac in order to turn those Smart Guides off.…And notice that we no longer have any flashing on screen.…All right, I'll go ahead and switch over to my document in progress.…So you may wonder what is the solution.…How do you convert this raster graphic into a piece of Vector…
- Using Illustrator's preset gradient dot patterns
- Creating a pattern of custom halftone dots
- Filling editable text with a dot pattern
- Turning circular dots into squares
- Using dynamic rotations to create specialized patterns