Quick Tip: How to scale effects, strokes and patterns in Illustrator
Today we will learn how to scale effects and strokes in Illustrator, with just a few simple steps. It is a very simple trick that will save you a lot of time and effort. It did wonders for me.
Completion time: 2 min
Tools: Illustrator CS3
Open the source file provided from the graphic style and go to Window > Graphic Styles to toggle the Graphic Styles window.
Grab the Selection Tool (V) and select the entire artwork. Hold the SHIFT key and scale down, like I did in the image below. It doesn’t look very good, does it?
You now have two options: either expand the entire artwork (Object > Expand Appearance) and then scale it down or follow the next step and do it the proper way.
After selecting the entire artwork, grab the Scale Tool (S) and hit Enter. In the pop-up window, check the “Scale Strokes & Effects” box and hit OK.
Click-drag with your mouse over the selected artwork or use the Selection Tool (V) to rescale it. Now it looks better, huh?
This also works for patterns, not just graphic styles and strokes.
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