# Evenly spaced circle grid in Illustrator

## 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.

2013/02/20

### 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.

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

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

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

2013/02/20