I have a small problem in QGIS layout view that I couldn't find any answers or solutions. I have a polygon shapefile that I used simple fill with dotted fill style as in the screenshot. In map view it shows great, but when I export to pdf from layout view it looks so dense that I cant even see the dots without zooming in. How can I change the scale of dots in fill color in layout view?

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You can create the desired dot pattern.

Start with a solid simple fill, then add a second style symbol layer as a point pattern fill. Set up the horizontal/vertical spacing as desired.

Don't forget to set the point marker size. In this example, I have set it to .3

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    To better tune it to the desired look in the PDF output I suggest to use "Meters at Scale" or "Map Units" rather than "Millimeter"
    – J.R
    Sep 9, 2019 at 11:48

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