Join Deke McClelland for an in-depth discussion in this video Pasting a dot pattern into editable text, part of Designing Gradient Dot Patterns with Illustrator.
…In this movie, I'll show you how to take these perfectly smooth…vector based dots and place them inside of the letter forms, like so.…So I'll go ahead and switch over to my document in progress here.…And I'll zoom out by pressing Ctrl+0, or Cmd+0…on a Mac, and I'll zoom out even farther…by pressing Ctrl or Cmd minus just so we can take in more of the gray paste board.…And I'll click on a dot pattern to select it.…And what we want to…do is convert this Image Trace object to Static…Path outlines, that'll just make it easier to work with.…
But if I do so now, I'll lose my Image Trace settings, which I don't want to do.…So I'll go ahead and twirl open this…half-tone layer right there by clicking on the triangle.…And I'll grab this image tracing object and I'll alt drag or…option drag upward until I see the fist with the little plus sign.…And watch how fast this happens.…If we avoid the old copy and…paste in front metaphor, if we just go ahead and…alt drag or option drag, we duplicate the object immediately.…And notice that Illustrator doesn't re-render the…
- 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