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Scaling or resizing artwork


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Illustrator CS5 Essential Training

with Mordy Golding

Video: Scaling or resizing artwork

One of the most common types of transformations that you'll be applying on a day-to-day basis inside of Illustrator is scaling or resizing your artwork. Now in reality, there are many ways to resize artwork inside of Illustrator, and as you perform a variety of tasks throughout the day, you might find that some work better than others for your particular need. For example, if I select this artwork right here, since I have my bounding box option turned on, again, in my View menu here, I see that it now shows Hide Bounding Box that means it's currently visible, I can click on any of these handles and hold down the Shift key to constrain proportion to resize my artwork.
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  1. 3m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. What is Illustrator CS5?
      1m 46s
    3. Using the exercise files
      31s
  2. 12m 37s
    1. What are vector graphics?
      6m 3s
    2. Path and appearance
      3m 42s
    3. Stacking
      2m 52s
  3. 32m 6s
    1. The Welcome screen
      2m 23s
    2. Creating files for print
      6m 7s
    3. Creating files for the screen
      2m 55s
    4. Using prebuilt templates
      2m 40s
    5. Adding XMP metadata
      4m 18s
    6. Exploring the panels
      6m 33s
    7. Using the Control panel
      3m 11s
    8. Using workspaces
      3m 59s
  4. 43m 44s
    1. Navigating within a document
      9m 15s
    2. Using rulers and guides
      7m 26s
    3. Using grids
      3m 6s
    4. Using the bounding box
      3m 37s
    5. Using Smart Guides
      5m 56s
    6. The Hide Edges command
      3m 22s
    7. Various preview modes
      3m 47s
    8. Creating custom views
      4m 3s
    9. Locking and hiding artwork
      3m 12s
  5. 28m 46s
    1. Using the basic selection tools
      8m 50s
    2. Using the Magic Wand tool
      5m 22s
    3. Using the Lasso tool
      2m 28s
    4. Selecting objects by attribute or type
      3m 37s
    5. Saving and reusing selections
      2m 15s
    6. Selecting artwork beneath other objects
      2m 13s
    7. Exploring selection preferences
      4m 1s
  6. 1h 16m
    1. The importance of modifier keys
      1m 52s
    2. Drawing closed path primitives
      11m 38s
    3. Drawing open path primitives
      5m 47s
    4. Understanding anchor points
      3m 43s
    5. Drawing straight paths with the Pen tool
      7m 37s
    6. Drawing curved paths with the Pen tool
      9m 47s
    7. Drawing freeform paths with the Pencil tool
      5m 33s
    8. Smoothing and erasing paths
      3m 8s
    9. Editing anchor points
      7m 21s
    10. Joining and averaging paths
      10m 9s
    11. Simplifying paths
      4m 55s
    12. Using Offset Path
      2m 17s
    13. Cleaning up errant paths
      2m 32s
  7. 48m 26s
    1. The Draw Inside and Draw Behind modes
      7m 34s
    2. Creating compound paths
      5m 56s
    3. Creating compound shapes
      8m 0s
    4. Using the Shape Builder tool
      10m 28s
    5. Using Pathfinder functions
      8m 6s
    6. Splitting an object into a grid
      1m 16s
    7. Using the Blob Brush and Eraser tools
      7m 6s
  8. 49m 5s
    1. Creating point text
      4m 2s
    2. Creating area text
      8m 13s
    3. Applying basic character settings
      7m 44s
    4. Applying basic paragraph settings
      4m 28s
    5. Creating text threads
      8m 25s
    6. Setting text along an open path
      6m 29s
    7. Setting text along a closed path
      6m 24s
    8. Converting text into paths
      3m 20s
  9. 18m 55s
    1. Create a logo mark
      11m 26s
    2. Add type to your logo
      7m 29s
  10. 42m 42s
    1. Using the Appearance panel
      8m 21s
    2. Targeting object attributes
      4m 42s
    3. Adding multiple attributes
      4m 25s
    4. Applying Live Effects
      5m 18s
    5. Expanding appearances
      4m 42s
    6. Appearance panel settings
      4m 33s
    7. Copying appearances
      4m 51s
    8. Saving appearances as graphic styles
      5m 50s
  11. 34m 0s
    1. Applying color to artwork
      5m 57s
    2. Creating process and global process swatches
      8m 54s
    3. Creating spot color swatches
      3m 19s
    4. Loading PANTONE and other custom color libraries
      4m 49s
    5. Organizing colors with Swatch Groups
      3m 31s
    6. Finding color suggestions with the Color Guide panel
      4m 24s
    7. Loading the Color Guide with user-defined colors
      3m 6s
  12. 50m 23s
    1. Creating gradients with the Gradient panel
      8m 12s
    2. Modifying gradients with the Gradient Annotator
      4m 37s
    3. Applying and manipulating pattern fills
      5m 33s
    4. Defining your own custom pattern fills
      9m 13s
    5. Applying basic stroke settings
      5m 22s
    6. Creating strokes with dashed lines
      3m 41s
    7. Adding arrowheads to strokes
      2m 45s
    8. Creating variable-width strokes
      4m 35s
    9. Working with width profiles
      2m 36s
    10. Turning strokes into filled paths
      3m 49s
  13. 32m 46s
    1. Creating and editing groups
      8m 18s
    2. Adding attributes to groups
      12m 17s
    3. The importance of using layers
      5m 9s
    4. Using and "reading" the Layers panel
      7m 2s
  14. 12m 13s
    1. Creating and using multiple artboards
      7m 52s
    2. Modifying artboards with the Artboards panel
      2m 2s
    3. Copy and paste options with Artboards
      2m 19s
  15. 31m 10s
    1. Moving and copying artwork
      3m 55s
    2. Scaling or resizing artwork
      6m 47s
    3. Rotating artwork
      2m 44s
    4. Reflecting and skewing artwork
      2m 34s
    5. Using the Free Transform tool
      2m 15s
    6. Repeating transformations
      3m 39s
    7. Performing individual transforms across multiple objects
      2m 10s
    8. Aligning objects and groups precisely
      4m 27s
    9. Distributing objects and spaces between objects
      2m 39s
  16. 35m 40s
    1. Placing pixel-based content into Illustrator
      5m 14s
    2. Managing images with the Links panel
      4m 49s
    3. Converting pixels to paths with Live Trace
      8m 44s
    4. Making Live Trace adjustments
      6m 9s
    5. Controlling colors in Live Trace
      6m 4s
    6. Using Photoshop and Live Trace together
      4m 40s
  17. 14m 42s
    1. Managing repeating artwork with symbols
      4m 38s
    2. Modifying and replacing symbol instances
      3m 8s
    3. Using the Symbol Sprayer tool
      6m 56s
  18. 16m 57s
    1. Cropping photographs
      1m 59s
    2. Clipping artwork with masks
      3m 22s
    3. Clipping the contents of a layer
      3m 31s
    4. Defining masks with soft edges
      8m 5s
  19. 26m 2s
    1. Defining a perspective grid
      7m 48s
    2. Drawing artwork in perspective
      8m 46s
    3. Moving flat art onto the perspective grid
      9m 28s
  20. 25m 8s
    1. Printing your Illustrator document
      3m 26s
    2. Saving your Illustrator document
      6m 39s
    3. Creating PDF files for clients and printers
      7m 30s
    4. Exporting Illustrator files for use in Microsoft Office
      1m 4s
    5. Exporting Illustrator files for use in Photoshop
      2m 31s
    6. Exporting artwork for use on the web
      3m 3s
    7. Exporting high-resolution raster files
      55s
  21. 2m 18s
    1. Additional Illustrator learning resources
      1m 36s
    2. Goodbye
      42s

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Illustrator CS5 Essential Training
10h 37m Beginner Apr 30, 2010

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In Illustrator CS5 Essential Training, author Mordy Golding explains the core concepts and techniques that apply to any workflow in Illustrator, whether designing for print, the web, or assets for other applications. This course includes a detailed explanation of the elements that make up vector graphics—paths, strokes, and fills—and shows how to use each of Illustrator's drawing tools. Also demonstrated are techniques for combining and cleaning up paths, organizing paths into groups and layers, text editing, working with color, effects, and much more. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Setting up a new document based on the output destination
  • Using rules, guides, and grids
  • Making detailed selections
  • Drawing and editing paths with the Pen and Pencil tools
  • Creating compound vector shapes
  • Understanding the difference between point and area text
  • Applying live effects
  • Creating color swatches
  • Transforming artwork with Rotation, Scale, and Transform effects
  • Placing images
  • Working with masks
  • Printing, saving, and exporting artwork
Subject:
Design
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Mordy Golding

Scaling or resizing artwork

One of the most common types of transformations that you'll be applying on a day-to-day basis inside of Illustrator is scaling or resizing your artwork. Now in reality, there are many ways to resize artwork inside of Illustrator, and as you perform a variety of tasks throughout the day, you might find that some work better than others for your particular need. For example, if I select this artwork right here, since I have my bounding box option turned on, again, in my View menu here, I see that it now shows Hide Bounding Box that means it's currently visible, I can click on any of these handles and hold down the Shift key to constrain proportion to resize my artwork.

However, if I need to be very precise I am just going to press Undo to go back to where it was before. I can come up over here and click on the word Transform to open up the Transform panel. By the way, if you don't see the word Transform here, it could be that your resolution on your monitor is little bit different than what I have here. So you can always find any panel underneath the Window menu. But for now, I am going to go ahead and open up Transform panel here, and if I wanted to change my width of my object, I can type in a very specific width. Let's say, for example, I know this artwork needs to be 150 points in width.

Well before I do that, you can see that there is an icon here with a link. If I click on that link, I can toggle whether or not those proportions are constrained. So, for example, now that that link icon is turned on, I could specify for a width 150 points and when I hit Return or Enter, Illustrator will automatically figure out the new height for that object as well in order to constrain the proportions. I'll press Undo because I want to show you that there is a specific scaling tool inside of Illustrator. In fact, if I come over here to the Tools panel, I can double-click on this Scale tool, and it brings up the Scale tool dialog box.

What's great about this dialog box is that I can enter specific percentages of how much I want to scale my artwork. I can do so uniformly or non- uniformly, and it has a Preview option. But perhaps more importantly are these settings here down on the bottom where it says Options. I have the ability to Scale Strokes & Effects along with the artwork, and if I have just a single object selected, I can also choose whether or not I want to scale the Objects or just the Patterns inside those objects. Perhaps the most important setting here though is this one, Scale Strokes & Effects, only because it really changes how your artwork appears after you perform a scale. For example, if I have an object that has a one-point Stroke width applied to it, and I then scale it up 200%, with this check box turned on my Stroke Weight would now have a two-point width.

However, if I turn this option off, even though my object itself was scaled 200%, the Stroke Weight would remain at one-point. Just as in the move dialog box, I can click OK to accept this scale option, or I can click on the Copy button to have a copy of my artwork scaled instead. But for now, I am going to click on the Cancel button because I want to show you a way to scale art work in a very powerful fashion, in a way that you have a lot more control than what we've seen before. When I have my Scale tool selected, you'll see that an icon now appears on the center of my artwork.

It looks like a circle with little cross hairs through it. That little icon right now in the center my artwork identifies what we call the origin point of the scale, meaning when I scale my artwork, everything scales out from that one point. By default, Illustrator, of course, puts this origin point at the center of my artwork. However, there are ways that I can change that origin point. First of all, if I go back to my Transform panel, you'll see to have something called a nine-point proxy. If I click on the upper left-hand corner, you notice that I have the ability to scale my artwork from that upper left-hand corner.

However, even with this reference point, I only have nine possible positions that I can scale my artwork from. So I am going to click over here just to remove the Transform panel for now. And I'll come back in the artboard and what I can do now is choose to scale my artwork by eye directly on artboard. I'm going to position my cursor right about over here in the middle down Y. And I'm now going to click and then drag in one motion. I am going to hold down the Shift key to constrain proportions, but as I drag out, you can see that my artwork is getting larger by growing out from that center origin point.

If I drag towards the origin point itself, my artwork is now getting smaller. Again, it's shrinking in size but towards that single origin point. I release the mouse, and then I'll let go the Shift key on my keyboard, and we could start to see now how this origin point can be somewhat helpful. I am going to press Undo and using that same Scale tool, I'm now going to click right about over here. Notice that right now I've changed the position of that origin point. I just clicked once to release the mouse. Now if I move my cursor let's say about over here and I started to drag, you can see that the art is scaling from that origin point, even though the origin point itself is not touching the artwork.

This is something that I can't do when using Transform panel, or anything else for that matter. Now for a moment, I am going to press Undo. I want to discuss the difference between the origin point and where my cursor is. You see if I click once over here to the find an origin point at this point, I don't want to click anywhere to start dragging and scaling the artwork from here because I don't really have any leverage. I would like to actually move as far away from that origin point as possible and then start clicking and dragging to then perform that scale. I'll just have that much more control when I do so. I am going to press undo, and I want to share with you one great tip about combining the ability to define your own origin point but at the same time also perform very precise and numerical transformations.

We know that when I had the Scale tool selected, I can click in any area and release the mouse to redefine the origin point. I know that if I start clicking and dragging I can resize that, but I'm doing it by eye. Let's say I know that I want to scale this exactly 128% from a very specific point. Well what I'll do there, I am just going to click once here to cancel that action, is I'll position my cursor where I want to scale to originate from, which is to say right about over here. And I'll hold down the Option key on my keyboard. Notice I have a little dotted line appears now next to that cursor.

Now if I click and release the mouse, two things happen. First of all, I've defined my own custom origin point, and second of all, the Scale dialog box now appears where I could type in a specific value for that scale. If I type in 128, which is the value that I wanted, and click OK, I'm now able to get the best of both worlds. I can define my own origin point, and I can get a very precise and numeric scale.

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Q: Despite clicking the rectangle icon on the toolbar, as shown in the video, the other tool shapes are not accessible in Illustrator. The rectangle is usable, but the star, ellipse, etc. are not, and do not appear anywhere in the toolbar. What is causing this problem?
A: These tools are grouped together, so to access them, click and hold the mouse for a second until the other tools appear. If that isn't happening, reset the Illustrator preferences file. To do so, quit Illustrator and then relaunch the application while pressing and holding the Ctrl+Alt+Shift keys. Once the Illustrator splash screen appears, release the keys and that will reset the preferences file.
Q: In the video “What are vector graphics,” the author states that if he creates a 1 inch x 1 inch Photoshop file at 300ppi image, there are 300 pixels in that image. Is that correct?
A: This statement is by the author was not totally correct. If the resolution is 300ppi, it means that there are 300 pixels across one inch, both vertically and horizontally. That would mean you'd have 90,000 pixels in a 1 inch x 1 inch image at 300 ppi.
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