Illustrator tutorial: Different ways to scale (or not scale) brushstrokes | lynda.com

Illustrator tutorial: Different ways to scale (or not scale) brushstrokes | lynda.com


Here we are with two versions of the same
image that I created. I used a black Calligraphic Brush and a Gray
Art brush and I just need to scale it. So I am going to scale the one on the right. I am going to select it with the Selection
tool and I’m going to grab the Bounding box corner–holding down my Shift key to keep
the proportion intact–and I am going to let go and what a mess. It thickened up everything, it messed up my
brushes, I am not happy at all. So I am going to undo, Cmd+Z, Ctrl+Z. And in order for the brushes to scale properly,
you need to set a setting. They’re a bunch of different places in Illustrator
that toggles this setting on and off, and it toggles it off in all of the instances
when you do it in any one of these places. So the object does not have to be selected,
it’s an application-wide change when you make it. So I like often, making this change from this
button up at the top of the Control panel on the right side that’s called Transform,
and it gives you a little mini version of the Transform panel. It will only be there if you have something
selected because you can’t transform if nothing is selected. So when I open this panel, and again this
is mini version of the Transform panel, which you can get from the Window menu. You see this option, it says, Scale Strokes
& Effects is disabled. In order to scale properly this needs to be
enabled. So I am going to enable it and now I am going
to go back, and now I am going to scale it holding down my Shift key and Voila! It works perfectly. Now there are times when you’re not going
to want to scale properly, and here is for instance; what if I wanted to thin down all
of the strokes in this image. Well, I would make sure that things are enabled
when I scale it down and then disabled when I scale it up. I could of course do it again in the Transform
panel but here’s one more place I can do it. Let’s say if I want to by 50% reduce the thickness
of my brushes. I can Scale it down by 50%, and look here’s
another place where we have that option. It is still enabled, because we enabled it
in the Transform panel. I’m going to scale it down 50%, and now we
are going to is scale it back up so it has to be 200% to restore it to the original,
not 2000, and we are going to disable it, and now I have reduced the brush strokes by
50% numerically. So there are lots of different places in Illustrator
where you can make that adjustment, the toggle holds. Now notice there’s no Transform in the Control
panel, I have to select something for it to be available and note it is deselected here. So it’s a toggle that’s application-wide and
sometimes you will want it off and sometimes you will want it on.

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