Retain Stroke Width While Resizing in Illustrator

Written by Michael Lee 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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