does anyone know how to achieve this, a gradient that is created from the different raster/bit map shapes? i am trying to recreate this in illustrator enter image description here

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    Why make clearly raster graphics in illustrator?
    – joojaa
    Apr 6, 2021 at 11:02
  • @Tetsujin but how would you create this, do you think it is a gradient that is then bitmapped? Apr 6, 2021 at 11:21
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    – Tetsujin
    Apr 6, 2021 at 11:21
  • @joojaa would photoshop be more suitable for such a graphic? and traced as a vector at a later stage? Apr 6, 2021 at 11:21
  • It's made entirely out of circles, in only three different sizes. Each 'background is simply a solid last half of each overall shape-set. Dots spaced; Regular dots getting larger; solid; solid. Consider only the left-most segment as one iteration, the rest is the same, repeated. This is the entirety of the 'red' section - i.sstatic.net/3b5Vr.png - BTW the 80's called & want their graphics back ;)
    – Tetsujin
    Apr 6, 2021 at 11:22

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I don't think this is created from a gradient. As mentioned in comments it seems to just be a simple geometric pattern consisting of a lot of circles on top of some rectangles.

You could probably use all sorts of transform magic to make it easier, but here I just want to show you how to draw the pattern with the mouse and keyboard using Ellipse Tool, Rectangle Tool and taking advantage of Smart Guides.

The method

It's easier to show with an animation than to explain in words. The animation is real-time so as you see, it doesn't take long to make.

The result

Duplicate the pattern and change the colors to make something similar to the example you've posted.

  • Magnificent to see it executed in real-time by someone who knows what they're doing. Thank you for filling in the practical from my rough-approximation theory :))
    – Tetsujin
    Apr 6, 2021 at 15:58
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    @Tetsujin, I'm glad you liked it. I must admit I had to practice the routine a few times before being able to record an animation without errors. 😁
    – Wolff
    Apr 6, 2021 at 16:47
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    I had my suspicions, but no-one ever likes to broadcast the out-takes… unless you're going to consider a blooper reel for xmas ;)) Nicely done anyway.
    – Tetsujin
    Apr 6, 2021 at 17:02

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