Evenly spaced circle grid in Illustrator


Question

On an 8" x 8" artboard, how do I evenly place 8 1" circles to make a circular grid? They should be overlapping by 1 pt.

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2/20/2013 3:45:00 AM

Accepted Answer

You realize that 16, 1" circles will not fill an 8x8" artboard, right? You need 16, 2" circles to fill 8x8" or 32, 1" circles.

  • draw a rectangle, 8" x 8" and center on the 8x8 artboard.
  • choose Object > Path > Split into Grid
  • enter 4 rows and 4 columns for 16, 2" circles (enter 8 rows 8 columns for 32, 1" circles). Make certain the Gutter values are set to zero and click Ok.

split into grid

  • choose Effect > Convert to Shape > Ellipse
  • tick "Absolute" and enter either 1" or 2" into the width and height fields and click OK

ellipse

  • Lastly, choose Object > Expand Appearance to get the circles as objects rather than squares with effects applied.

circles

These are 2" circles, not 1" in order to fill the 8"x8" area.

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2/20/2013 1:56:00 AM

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