I'm working on a special project for my college, and saw this pretty cool background in our newsletter. I would like to use it for my project, but I can't seem to create it right.

Any help would be nice.

I've tried just making a square and using Pattern/Make and adjustments. But mine comes out too large.

Pattern Background

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For Illustrator....

Create a square and circle, centered...

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Remove the stroke and fill from the square and move the square behind all other objects....

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Select all that and drag it to the Swatches Panel to create a pattern swatch.

Draw a new rectangle and apply the new pattern you created as a fill...

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If it's not the size you want... choose Object > Transform > Scale... from the menu.

Tick the Transform pattern box. This should UNtick the Transform Objects box. If it doesn't untick the transform objects. Then just enter a percentage of reduction to resize the pattern....

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@Cai pointed out that the dots are staggered... easily done...

Double-click the new pattern in the Swatches Panel. When the Pattern Options Panel pops open, select Brick By Row from the Tile Type drop down, then just exit pattern editor choosing to save the edits.

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Illustrator screenshots from AICS6 because I'm not a big fan of CC.... but it's the same basic thing.

--- Ooops original answer failed to realize this was an AI question.... below is Photoshop... -----

It's just a dot....

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You can create the pattern then apply it as a pattern overlay then adjust scale to your liking...

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  • OPs pattern dots are offset so you'd need two dots in your square, but yeah 'tis just a dot
    – Cai
    Sep 19, 2016 at 21:50
  • Oops missed that.. but updated answer to address it.
    – Scott
    Sep 19, 2016 at 22:00
  • Ah yes, pattern offset makes much more sense.
    – Cai
    Sep 19, 2016 at 22:02
  • The OP tagged with InDesign as well so perhaps not strikethru your PhotoShop answer after all -- 😀
    – Jongware
    Sep 19, 2016 at 22:27
  • Also possibly useful youtube.com/watch?v=T9VsygMMz80
    – Lucian
    Sep 20, 2016 at 7:48

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