I am going to try and explain this as best as I can.
Image you carve out white wax letter and put them in a cereal bowl and then roll a couple of really small balls in there, they will shape around the text.
I am trying to create a graphic that makes use of circles to wrap around text and form the text.
I want the balls to form the letters, and not just use a mask, because I don't want to cut any balls.
What is the best way of doing this?
I attached an example of what I am talking about. Hope it makes it clearer. I am a total newbie with illustrator and just have the picture in my head that I want to create.