Join Deke McClelland for an in-depth discussion in this video Precisely aligning dots to letterforms, part of Designing Gradient Dot Patterns with Illustrator.
…In this movie, I'll show you how to…resolve a problem associated with our effects so far.…So, in a previous movie, I was telling you how ducky it is…that we can edit our letters even though they're filled with these static dots.…However, it's equally awful that our dots…don't exactly line up with the letter forms.…And to show you what I mean, I'll press the Ctrl+spacebar keys.…That's Cmd+spacebar on a Mac in order to get my zoom tool on the fly.…And then I'll marquee around this region right there.…And you can see what I mean.…Notice that the dots shift down and to the right outside the letters.…
They shift down and to the right inside the left edges as well.…That's ultimately a bug.…Illustrator's misinterpreting the location of the letter forms,…when assigning those letter forms as a clipping mass.…The solution is to go ahead and select that text with…a black arrow tool, and then go up to the type menu…and choose create outlines which converts the letter forms to path outlines.…The problem is, of course, you lose your right to edit this text in the future.…
- 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