I have a semi complex (~50 vertices) object that I created at a larger size.
When scaling the graphic down, the vertices start to move in relation to each other. In other words the spacing gets screwed up.
Below is a comparison of what I mean.
I've been using Illustrator for around 7 years and have never run into this issue. I'm assuming there must be a setting that got changed somewhere that would be causing this. I also appear to have issues with points moving when applying a stroke. An octagon turned into almost a triangle after applying a stroke. Even after removing the stroke the vertices remained skewed.
Isn't this why we design in vector? So we don't have scale issues?
Any help you could provide would be great! Thanks.
I think as if someone may have posted something similar sometime in the past. And if memory serves, it was something along the line that the file got corrupted somehow and AI used incorrect/bad data for scaling. And of course the solution was to start it again from scratch.
The design doesn't seem complex you can try recreating it using a new document.
You can also post the file and I'm happy to see if I get the same result. If I do, you definitely have a corrupted file.
I think that file got corrupted. I get the strange scaling issue as well in CS5.
However, if you look at the attached file, I tried to recreate the shape (just quick and dirty very basic) starting from a brand new, fresh document, you can scale it down to a very tiny size without any issue.
I'd recommend starting from scratch using a fresh document (don't use the corrupted one).