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How can I make a logo in Adobe Illustrator like the AntiParticle logo below, from http://www.graphicdesigninspiration.net/2012/08/15/70-awesome-logo-designs-for-your-inspiration/?

It is a large number circles of different, varying sizes, which form the shape of a text character.

http://www.graphicdesigninspiration.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/AntiParticle.png

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My example is not a perfect, but you can take it as guideline for your logo-training. I hope this help you.

1) Create a new text layer

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2) Take a pen tool and draw two lines so together they are looking like "a"

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3) Turn text layer off, we don't need it anymore

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4) Take "Ellipse Tool" and draw some ellipses. Now turn brushes window on. Select all the ellipses and drag it to the brushes window.

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5) A new scatter brush created

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6) Apply this brush to the "a" lines

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7) Finnaly adjust the brush settings like this

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My guess is that the above steps are exactly the steps involved in the original. One possible optimization that the creator of the original work may have done: a (step 8+) to render or commit the result so that the shapes where then editable. This way they can be adjusted/tweaked/removed manually... –  horatio Dec 27 '12 at 16:55
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Which could be done by going to Object -> Expand Appearance –  Johannes Dec 27 '12 at 17:16
    
I would simply start with taking the font (a)... then, outline the font... and follow the remainder of the steps as suggested.. –  Digital Plumber Nov 13 at 5:05

Aside from placing the objects by hand, @mast0r has the normal solution to this problem.

For those who aren't afraid of Scriptographer...

And aren't running CS6. Here are further options for producing nice randomized effects.

Bubbel Bubbling
This is an interactive tool that places the bubbles as you draw with the Scriptographer tool.

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Bubbel Bubbling stroke
A modification of the script to apply the effect to a selected path.

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Randomdistribute
This tool just randomizes a selection of objects.

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Variator
Randomize with control over hue, saturation, brightness, size and opacity.

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Maybe I'm old fashioned, but to add an answer that contrasts with the more scripted/automated suggestions, I'd suggest drawing a circle. Then duplicate it a bunch of times. And resize them. And then lay them out on the shape of a letter until it looks good to you.

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one could incorporate a layer mask to help maintain the shape. –  horatio Dec 27 '12 at 21:08
    
True, though that's still maybe overkill as the initial image doesn't show any cropped edges. –  DA01 Dec 27 '12 at 22:37
    
thanks for your ans but it takes a lot of time –  Sumann Dec 28 '12 at 3:16
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Sometimes graphic design takes a lot of time. It's all in the details. ;) –  DA01 Dec 28 '12 at 4:14
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Not only do I earn my living with "graphic design", most things I design (most non-designers would say "make" or "print") receive big "wow!" responses, especially when compared to what the non-designers make in Word with crappy clip-art. My designs take significantly longer than their Word-made stuff because I typically modify everything I use. I might require "twice as long" to design something, and that is significant to them. They make their stuff in ten minutes, my designs take "significantly" longer. –  TomUnderhill Jan 9 '13 at 0:15

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