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Chapter 9. The Magic of Transformations ... > Making Objects Bigger and Smaller

Making Objects Bigger and Smaller

Let's start things off with a bang by talking about scaling. In case you're unclear on the concept, scaling means enlarging or reducing something, or making it thinner or fatter or taller or shorter. Put a fellow on the rack, and you're scaling him.

The Scale Tool and the Origin Point

After selecting one or more objects—paths, text, or imported images; it matters not—drag with the scale tool in the drawing area. Illustrator enlarges or reduces the selection with respect to its center. If you drag away from the center of the selection, as in Figure 9.1, you enlarge the objects. If you drag toward the center, you reduce them. It's so simple, a child could do it. (And no doubt many have.)


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