I'm having an issue re-spacing the dots on the map below evenly. I created the whole thing in Illustrator and somehow missed that spacing issue in the early stages. Needless to say the issue repeats throughout my final product. I was hoping to fix for equal space between all of the dots without having to start from scratch with the blend tool.

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The shapes are irregular and I need the dots to all be complete on the map (no half dots on the edges).

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Here's the actual AI file if anyone wants to give her a looksie:


Thank ya!

  • Hi @Belinda Wellcome to GDSE Can you show what you have tried so far when trying to reach that effect and explain the steps you used. the file you post it don not explain how did you get that effect? it is not possible to draw a circle filling the map one by one.
    – hsawires
    Dec 27, 2015 at 10:08
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    Are you sure its not just a moire effect of your chosen spacing and screen
    – joojaa
    Dec 27, 2015 at 11:20
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    Couldn't you just use a pattern fill? If half circles at the boundaries are a problem either adjust the path or expand and delete any circles that aren't completely within the boundary
    – Cai
    Dec 27, 2015 at 18:25
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    This question may help: graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/25365/…
    – Cai
    Dec 28, 2015 at 12:07
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    Thank you all for the discussion. Indeed the final answer was the script and the SVG save at 3 decimal spaces as addressed in Cal Morris' reply. This enabled me to not have to scrap it all and start from beginning. Because of this fix, we were able to trudge on with this already set piece and reset the full alignment to perfection. Dec 29, 2015 at 16:48

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Actually recreating this effect is fairly easy, all you need to do is: 1- import your map (as image) 2- go to Object>create object mosaic (set your desired sizes and spacing).

The result will be a pattern of squares. If you want circles pattern, simply select all squares and increase the corner radius.

Voila! you have your map created from small circles and with the right spacing.

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