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I want to connect a grid of dots using connectors. Right now, I am creating the connector separately from the dots. Is there a quicker way to recreate this effect in Illustrator?

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The effect I am trying to achieve Text

Separate connectors Text

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What you need is the Metaball script created by http://shspage.com/

Simply go here: http://shspage.com/aijs/en/#metaball

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    I propose we universally change the name of this effect to meatball – makes way more sense than metaball anyways. ;)
    – dom
    Aug 27 at 7:35
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    Funny @dom I've always referred to it as "meatball" :) It wasn't until your comment I that I looked more closely :) Meatball makes sense.. what the heck is a "metaball"? Can you be dyslexic regarding just one single word?
    – Scott
    Aug 27 at 7:36
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Paste it to Photoshop and apply Filter > Noise > Median:

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If it must be vector trace it.

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