Join Deke McClelland for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating the base shapes for your square dots, part of Designing Gradient Dot Patterns with Illustrator.
…In this movie, I'll show you how to…achieve what might seem like a drab effect.…We're going to create a grid of 59 by 39 squares.…But it sets the stage for the next movie…in which we'll create this square gradient dot pattern.…Now the number of squares 59 by 39 is important.…You don't have to create that exact number of squares but…you do need an odd number of squares in each direction.…And that's because we need…a column over here on the left hand side. And a column on the right hand side.…And then we need another column.…
Right here down the middle. So lets see how it works.…I'll go ahead and switch over to my document in progress.…I'll turn off this half-tone layer.…I'll go ahead and select the text layer at the bottom of the stack.…I'll press the alt key or the option key on a MAC.…And I'll drag that layer to the top of the stack.…And when I see my fist with the little…plus sign, I'll drop it into place and then I'll…turn that layer on and I'll go ahead and double click…an empty portion of the layer to bring up the layer options…
- 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