I want to make a field of dots.
- Dots should be randomly placed
- I want to specify the density of dots (e.g. 10 dots per inch, 40 dots per inch, or 20%, 60%)
- Dots should not touch
- I can replace dot with other shapes.
Essentially I am looking for an equivalent of the scatter brush for fill.
Best approach so far
- Make a grid of dots in Illustrator, using ⌘ + D to accelerate the grid-building.
- Select all and use Transform Each: set the horizontal and vertical movement to half the gap between dots (so that the dots can never overlap, and tick Random on.
This generates a somewhat random field of dots (or any other object) but isn't entirely successful:
- The result is still very grid-like. The dots (pips?) aren't perfectly aligned, but they are still in loose rows and columns. (If I loosen my requirement that dots don't touch, I can set a movement radius larger than the gaps and these columns disappear.)
- Also, while the math is pretty simple to determine the density of dots, ideally I would only have to enter my desired density and the computer would do that math. This would allow for more experimentation.
I have also tried the Symbol Sprayer but this is even less precise.
I am hoping to do this in Illustrator; SVG or any other free vector approach would also work.