Illustrator Tip #1: Dotted Lines in Illustrator

You can get interesting dotted lines with your Stroke Palette. Open up your Stroke Palette from Window>Stroke. Draw a line and select it. Enter the dash and gap value as shown. Experiment with different dash and gap values for different effects. To create a square dotted line, make sure the dash and weight is the same value.

illustrator stroke tip

So how about circle dotted lines? Here’s the trick. Select the Round Cap and make sure dash is set to 0 pt. For gap enter a value twice the stroke weight. This will give you a nice circle dotted lines.

illustrator dotted line

Bonus Tip: To expand the dotted lines, you realise Object>Expand doesn’t work. Choose Object>Flatten Transparency to expand it. You can now fill each dots with different colors.

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48 thoughts on “Illustrator Tip #1: Dotted Lines in Illustrator”

  1. Daniel Matias

    Amazing! Not only the info, but the way you explain it! Thanks from Madrid!
    All the site…wonderfull!

  2. Gosh! Thank you! I felt like a retard not being able to figure it out. You would think it would just be a line style or some other obvious application considering the simplicity…

  3. How to fill dots with different colors?
    Flatten transparency doesn’t work to me. I make circle with ellipse tools and nothing, all the dots change color

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  6. hi Tony Soh, Thank you for illustrator tutorial. Not only the info, but the way you explain it! All the site…wonderfull ! mukesh sharma

  7. Great teaching. In a glance (which was all I had time for), I understood how to do it. Thanks a million dotted lines!

  8. I have also tried flattening the transparency to change the fill of individual dots and it is not working. What am I missing.

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