Join Deke McClelland for an in-depth discussion in this video Making the most of a happy accident, part of Designing Gradient Dot Patterns with Illustrator.
…In this movie, we'll transform the effect so…far, which includes a misregistration of the square…dots that are interfering with the drop shadow,…into this much more interesting happy accident right here.…I'll go ahead and switch back to the infamous document in progress…here, and I'll click on the letters in order to select them.…Now, we're going to have to convert this text…to outlines in order to make this work.…Which means that we want to copy the text, just…in case we want to go back and make modifications later.…
So, I'll go ahead and twirl this clipping group closed right here.…And I will Alt+Drag, or Option+Drag it upward,…just like so, until I see the little…fist with the plus sign, and drop it…into place, and then I'll turn off the original.…Alright, now what we want to do is go up to…the Type menu, and choose Create Outlines in order to convert…the editable text to static path outlines.…And that's when the magic occurs, that's when all of a sudden we get…this, because we've lost the fill of the letters and we're seeing through the fill.…
- 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