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Retain Stroke Width While Resizing in Illustrator

Written on February 19, 2014

After you’ve finished your design in Illustrator, you might want to scale down your design to a smaller size. But in doing you might realize that Illustrator is scaling but not scaling the line widths of your design in proportion; so you get something like the gif below.

To fix this and have the line widths scale in proportion to the whole design and retain detail, go to Illustrator > Preferences > General…. Then select the General option in the left column menu and make sure to check Scale Strokes & Effects.

Now when you scale your design, you should see your lines retaining it’s stroke width in proportion.

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