How to Scale and Resize Objects in Adobe Illustrator
Welcome to another installment of LabelValue.com’s Design Mini-Series. These design-focused blog posts are designed (see what we did there) to give you tips, tricks and valuable insight from our team of graphic designers here at LabelValue.
Want to go back and see our previous design-focused posts? You can view them here:
- Week 1: How to Trace Objects with the Pen Tool
- Week 2: How to Equally Duplicate a Shape Around A Circle
- Week 3: How to Link and Embed Images
- Week 4: How to use the Align Tool in Adobe Illustrator
- Week 5: How to Set up Document Bleeds in Adobe Illustrator
- Week 6: How to Create a Clipping Mask using Adobe Illustrator
- Week 7: How to Type on a Circle Using the Path Tool in Adobe Illustrator
- Week 8: How to Use the Shape Builder Tool in Adobe Illustrator
Our design-focused tutorials are all about learning the “ins-and-outs” of the Adobe Creative Suite. Be sure to check back frequently, as we are always adding new design oriented content and posts.
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How Do I Scale and Resize Objects in Adobe Illustrator Illustrator to a specific size?
In this tutorial, we will be going over one of the basic functions of Adobe Illustrator – scaling an object, image or artwork to a specific size. Adobe Illustrator is a vector-based design software. Meaning you can infinitely scale vector artwork without any loss in quality or resolution.
This differs from raster-based artwork like images, as these are pixel based. Pixel-based objects degrade in quality as they are enlarged, because you are stretching each pixel. Vector objects are created by using 2D points connected by paths, lines and curves. Each of these points are then plotted along an X and Y axis, which allows for the infinite scaling of the object.
We will show you a quick and easy way to either enlarge or shrink artwork proportionate to the ratio of the original object. When scaling objects, you want to avoid skewing, or changing the original width x height ratio – unless absolutely necessary, as this changes the look and overall shape of the object from the original size.
While somewhat basic, knowing how to properly scale objects and artwork within Adobe Illustrator to a specific size is extremely important. It allows you to maintain your artwork’s original width and height proportions regardless of size without skewing or affecting the final design.
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