How to quickly and easily scale any object using percentages using the Scale Tool.
When to use
If you wanted to add some depth or perspective to a shape or text, the Free Transform Tool would be the best tool for the job.
- Begin by opening the Scaling Objects - Exercise.ai file
- Select your text with the Selection Tool (V) and then locate the Scale Tool in the toolbar to the left side of the interface and double click on it.
- Once the dialog box appears, check off the preview box and the option that says 'Uniform' to ensure that your type will be scaled proportionally.
- Enter a value somewhere around 2-300 and apply the changes.
- Select your text again and then press 'D' on the keyboard to give it a white fill with a black stroke.
- Open the Stroke Panel to the right and increase the weight of your stroke to about 8-10.
- Double click on the Scale Tool once again, and then make sure that the preview box is still checked.
- Leave the 'Scale Strokes & Effects' box UN-checked and then apply a uniform scale of about 20%.
- Notice how when your text is reduced, the stroke dominates and you can barely see the white fill color.
- If you go back and check the 'Scale Strokes & Effects' box before you apply the transformation, the strokes and effects will be scaled accordingly and in proportion to your type.
- If you select your text and go to the Effect Menu and choosing Stylize>Drop Shadow you can check off the preview box and apply a quick Drop Shadow.
- Now if you attempt to apply another scale change without checking the 'Scale Strokes & Effects' box you will see the effect it has on your text with the shadow applied.
- The keyboard shortcut for the Scale Tool is 'S' on the keyboard.
- Any time that you want to use the Scale Tool on text that has an effect or an outline applied, it's a good idea to leave the 'Scale Strokes & Effects' box checked off to ensure consistency.
- If you want to modify or remove a drop shadow or other effect from the Effect Menu you can do so by opening the Appearance Panel from the Window Menu and then double clicking on the effect to change the parameters, or by clicking on the eye icon to turn the visibility of the effect on and off.
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