Resizing Shapes

Resizing Shapes

You often need a shape to be an exact size, for instance, 2 x 3 inches. After you create a shape, the best way to resize it to exact measurements is to use the Transform palette, shown in Figure. Have your object selected and then choose Window®Transform to open the Transform palette. Note that on this palette, you can enter values to place an object in the X and Y fields, as well entering values in the Width and Height text fields to determine the exact size of an object.

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Figure: Use this palette to precisely size a shape.

In many of the Adobe Illustrator palettes, you may see measurement increments — points, picas, millimeters, centimeters, or inches — that can be confusing and maybe even intimidating. But you can control which measurement increments to use.

Show Rulers by choosing View®Show Rulers, or press Ctrl+R (Windows) or z+R (Mac). Then right-click (Windows) or Control+click (Mac) on the ruler to change the measurement increment to an increment you’re more familiar with. The contextual menu that appears allows you to change the measurement increment right on the document.

Alternatively, you can simply type the number followed by a measurement extension into the Width and Height text fields in the Transform palette (refer to Figure), and the measurement converts properly for you. The extensions that you can use are shown in the following table.


Measurement Unit

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If you don’t want to bother creating a shape freehand and then changing the size, select the shape tool and click on your page. An options dialog box specific to the shape you’re creating appears, in which you can type values into the width and height text fields.

If you accidentally clicked and dragged, you will have a very small shape on your page. If this happens, don’t fret. Simply get rid of the small shape by selecting it and pressing the delete key, and then try again.

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