How to make dot patterns in illustrator

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How to make dot patterns in illustrator
Create reusable dot patterns in Adobe Illustrator. (Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Adding dot patterns to an illustration provides textures that are often found in the real world, such as textured walls, polka dot clothing and spotted animals. Because dot patterns involve many small, repetitive features, drawing each dot by hand would quickly become tedious. Instead, use the blend tool in Adobe Illustrator to make the repetitive features automatically. After creating the dot pattern, define the pattern as a swatch to reuse it on any object instantly.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Select the "Ellipse" tool. Set the fill colour to the desired colour of the dot and remove the stroke.

  2. 2

    Choose the "Selection" tool. Hold down the "Shift" key as you click and drag inside the artboard to create the first dot.

  3. 3

    Duplicate the dot by holding down the "Shift" key and the "Alt" key as you drag the dot to the right.

  4. 4

    Select both dots. Click on the "Object" menu and hover over "Blend." Select "Make."

  5. 5

    Hold down the "Shift" key and the "Alt" key as you drag the blended dots down.

  6. 6

    Select both groups of blended dots. Click on the "Object" menu and hover over "Blend." Select "Expand."

  7. 7

    Select the top row of dots. Click on the "Object" menu and select "Group." Group the bottom row of dots the same way.

  8. 8

    Select both grouped dots. Click on the "Object" menu and hover over "Blend." Select "Make."

  9. 9

    Select all the dots. Click on the "Edit" menu and select "Define Pattern." Give the pattern a name and select "OK."

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