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leandro petreca
when I shrink a object it get distorted
on Feb 15, 2011 at 11:02:57 pm
Last Edited By leandro petreca on Oct 15, 2015 at 11:43:40 am

Hi!
when I shrink a object it get distorted...


Did someone had this problem before?


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les nemeth
Re: when I shrink a object it get distorted
on Feb 16, 2011 at 6:38:25 am

You need to shrink it proportionally. Either use the scale tool dialog box and enter the values for "Uniform" scale, or use the select tool, press Ctrl + Shift + B (latin for View > Show/Hide Bounding Box), hold the shift key down, and resize from one of the corners.


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leandro petreca
Re: when I shrink a object it get distorted
on Feb 16, 2011 at 12:08:21 pm

hi Les,
Thanks for the answer...
This is the way I have done! And still distorting. It goes fine...but When it get too small the anchor points place wrong!


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Christina Rodriguez
Re: when I shrink a object it get distorted
on Feb 16, 2011 at 11:33:26 pm

Do you have any styles applied? What des it show in the appearance panel?

Have you tried creating a compound shape then scaling? Command-8

BTW I downloaded and was able to scale. Perhaps there is something wrong with Illustrator.

C.R.


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leandro petreca
Re: when I shrink a object it get distorted
on Feb 17, 2011 at 2:39:28 am

I'm using CS5... what about you?


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Christina Rodriguez
Re: when I shrink a object it get distorted
on Feb 17, 2011 at 3:59:38 am

I have an old version... so yours may be a problem with one of the newer features.

C.R.


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les nemeth
Re: when I shrink a object it get distorted
on Feb 17, 2011 at 4:14:52 am

I've also tried it in CS5 and yes, I see what you mean now. I didn't check the file before.

When I scale it down to even 15-20% or less it starts to deform. And going below 15% really messes it up. It must be some rounding error in AI because when I copy the path into PS and scale it there even to 2%, the path looks perfect.

You might want to post it on Adobe as a bug...?


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les nemeth
Re: when I shrink a object it get distorted
on Feb 17, 2011 at 4:21:56 am

Oops, no! I take it back.

I don't if you got the file from someone or you created it, but apparently some internal data messed up during creation, because when I recreated the illustration (even in the same document) and scaled it, it worked fine even scaling it down to 2%.

So I recommend to re-create it from scratch. If it happens again, delete your prefs file and then create it again. Sometimes the prefs file gets corrupted for whatever reason and all sorts of stupid things can happen.


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leandro petreca
Re: when I shrink a object it get distorted
on Feb 17, 2011 at 10:57:25 am

Les,

I think I'm understanding why... This object was a line and them I made it (Object --> Path --> outline stroke)... But It shouldn't happen anyway.. :(


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les nemeth
Re: when I shrink a object it get distorted
on Feb 17, 2011 at 6:24:27 pm

No, that has nothing to do with it. That is how I recreated it, yet it had no problems.


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leandro petreca
Re: when I shrink a object it get distorted
on Feb 18, 2011 at 11:51:18 am

I did all this things and still the same... are you using mac? I'm using mac!

Thanks for your attention


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les nemeth
Re: when I shrink a object it get distorted
on Feb 19, 2011 at 3:39:28 am

I'm on PC. Did you try deleting your prefs file?


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leandro petreca
Re: when I shrink a object it get distorted
on Feb 23, 2011 at 10:51:50 am

I reinstall illustrator and delete my preferences.. And now its like you said Les.. Thanks


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wendy wear
Re: when I shrink a object it get distorted
on Jan 28, 2012 at 10:21:56 pm

hoping someone is following this thread..
i have the same issue ..
on a PC, Illustrator CS5 .. have deleted my entire Adobe Illustrator CS5.1 Settings folder and had it regenerated .. but still can't resize a drawn object without it distorting.

text resizes fine, but
i have drawn a circle, using the outline color only, no fill.
i have added some effects .. blur and shadow.
if i try to transform to a smaller dimension (using % or bounding box handles), the circle becomes thicker
i have uploaded a visual showing this..
<a href="http://i1.creativecow.net/u/225849/scale-sample.gif"><img src="//i1.creativecow.net/u/225849/scale-sample.gif" border="0" /></a>

this is driving me crazy :)
any suggestions appreciated.

thank you


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Vincent Rosati
Re: when I shrink a object it get distorted
on Jan 29, 2012 at 5:38:46 am

Are you using a brush?
If so, expand before resizing, or in Preferences enable Scale Strokes & Effects.

Vince

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wendy wear
Re: when I shrink a object it get distorted
on Jan 31, 2012 at 12:09:01 am

THANK YOU Vincent !

I already had 'Scale Strokes & Effects' checked..
but I unchecked and rechecked it .. and it works now.

I'm so thankful for forums like this, and people like you, who take the time to keep me from going more looney than I already am :)

thanks again !

wendy


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Mat Taylor
Re: when I shrink a object it get distorted
on Jul 18, 2012 at 9:48:29 am

I had this problem. The answer is very simple. What is happening is that you have 'snap to pixel' activated for your object. when you scale up or down, the points in the objects are snapping out of position to the nearest pixel. switch the snapping off and itll be ok again.

mat


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Vanessa Sande
Re: when I shrink a object it get distorted
on Apr 15, 2014 at 1:02:54 pm

Thank you Mat, this fixed it. i was getting insane in a whole file i'd only one tiny object with snap to pixel activated and it was messing with everything around. i still dont know how it became activated. Again Thank you very much you saved me from having to start all over again an lose 4 hours of work :)


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Anthony West
Re: when I shrink a object it get distorted
on Oct 8, 2012 at 8:01:31 pm

Thanks Vincent! This solved my issue as well.

Cheers,
Anthony


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Robert Koh
Re: when I shrink a object it get distorted
on Jul 4, 2013 at 11:40:23 pm

I am still having this problem. I've turned off snap to pixel grid. I'm using CS6 on mac. I have no strokes or effects. I've tried it with/without scale strokes effects and still get distortion. Any idea what's going on? I don't ever seem to remember having this problem before cs5...


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Robert Koh
Re: when I shrink a object it get distorted
on Jul 4, 2013 at 11:41:35 pm

I am still having this problem. I've turned off snap to pixel grid. I'm using CS6 on mac. I have no strokes or effects. I've tried it with/without scale strokes effects and still get distortion. Any idea what's going on? I don't ever seem to remember having this problem before cs5...


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Joyce Soo
Re: when I shrink a object it get distorted
on Sep 6, 2013 at 8:32:37 pm

I have the same problem with CS6 too. I figured out the temporary fix, is to restart illustrator, and the problem is gone.


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rossimo
Re: when I shrink a object it get distorted
on Oct 7, 2013 at 5:05:24 pm

Go to Transform Panel > Uncheck ALIGN TO PIXEL GRID.

I was having the same issue in Illustrator CC. This fix will apply to CS5 and CS6. The big pain is that this is on by default and I do not see how to turn if off in the Prefs. I have to manually uncheck this box for each new document I open.

Moooo!
Rossi



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Alex Dickson
Re: when I shrink a object it get distorted
on Dec 3, 2013 at 11:38:50 pm

I had the same problem.

Enable Scale Strokes & Effects.

Worked a treat. Cheers!


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Dibyendu Deb
Re: when I shrink a object it get distorted
on Jul 19, 2014 at 12:24:10 pm

No! I am still having the problem. When I am reducing the object to 23x23 px it gets distorted and remains same even when expanding to the previous size! I have followed all the suggestions you made.
:(


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Adam Ferguson
Re: when I shrink a object it get distorted
on Jan 31, 2017 at 9:36:21 pm

Nice! I have run all over the internet this afternoon trying to figure out what the problem was. This solved it! Thank you!


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Dibyendu Deb
Re: when I shrink a object it get distorted
on Jul 19, 2014 at 12:58:13 pm

Ok I did it! just with one command after using all previous settings suggested by you; it is flatten transparency :)


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Tannie Low
Re: when I shrink a object it get distorted
on Feb 19, 2015 at 11:50:46 pm

I tried everything, but only Rossimo's recent suggestion worked - unchecking Align to Pixel Grid in the TRANSFORM window panel (Window > Transform). I had it disabled everywhere else but here. Thanks!!


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andre van herk
Re: when I shrink a object it get distorted
on Mar 2, 2015 at 1:02:52 pm

To all the quick and dirty solution to this problem
if your artwork is distorted when scaling make a symbol of it and you can scale it to the size of an ant
all will be in place

hope i helped out a lot of you


greetings Andre van Herk


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