Join Deke McClelland for an in-depth discussion in this video Expanding and ungrouping dynamic effects, part of Designing Gradient Dot Patterns with Illustrator.
…In this movie, I'll show you how to create this square gradient dot…pattern, that drifts from black to white in the middle, and back to black.…And despite its complicated experience, it remains absolutely dynamic.…I'll go ahead and switch over to my document in progress, and…I'll click on this square right here to select the entire grid.…Because bear in mind, that's where the only real object is.…Everything else is being invented by Illustrator…on the fly.…Now I don't want to lose my dynamic transform setting.…
So I want to create a copy of this object.…I'll go ahead and twirl this layer open right here.…And I'll Alt+drag or Option+drag the path up until I see the fist…with the plus sign, drop it into place, and turn off the original.…Now I need to go ahead and expand the effect by…going up to the Object menu and choosing Expand Appearance, which will…convert the dynamic effect to a total of 2,301 static squares.…All right, now, notice that they're all…grouped together, which I know because I can…see the word Group over here on the far left side of the control panel.…
- 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