I am trying to make something similar to this?

Obviously it's possible to make it manually piece by piece, but I am looking for some kind of automated feature in Illustrator to achieve this?

Is this possible?

Thanks man in advance!

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Colliderscribe is a great option. Another method of doing it is through the "transform each" feature.

  1. Make several copies of the object you want to create a background of. Select them all.
  2. Select Object>Transform>Transform Each
  3. Type a number of pixels to move the objects horizontally and vertically
  4. Type a percentage to scale the objects
  5. Tick the "random" option

The results will not be as good as Colliderscribe, but it works.


There is a plugin called ColliderScribe of Astute Graphics which is the direct answer of your question. Its a paid plugin but you can download its trial version which is for 14-15 days and use it. you can use the Space Fill Feature to achieve your goal.

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You can google for its functionality and tutorial. There are lots of tutorial on this.


I believe the tool that would suit you best for this effect is a scatter brush. You can learn more about the scatter brush here: http://abduzeedo.com/illustrator-quick-tips-2-scatter-brushes

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    – Luciano
    Commented Jun 20, 2018 at 10:39

In Illustrator you can try this way:

  1. Create small white circle
  2. Make this circle a symbol (just drag it to symbol panel)
  3. Spray this symbol everywhere you need with symbol sprayer tool
  4. Change sizes of some of this symbols (circles) with symbol sizer tool
  5. Change colors of some symbols with symbol stainer tool

i fake particles making a scatter brush, then i apply it to a line whitout fill around the area i want to fill with the particles. i find this way the easier, sorry for my english.

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