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My problem is that when I scale down my drawing, the line weights stay the same, blotting out the artwork. If I scale up, the line weights become too thin. I've noticed that parametric effects don't scale together with the drawing.

How do I scale drawings in Adobe Illustrator and still maintain the proportions of line weights, gradients, and effects such as offset path?

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In the "Preferences -> General" area, make sure "Scale Strokes & Effects" is selected.

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After you have finished the drawing, select it and go to "object -> expand. This will mantein the same proportions you have when you scale it.

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Actually, it won't. If your line weights aren't scaling the lines won't scale - if you started with 1 px wide lines and you scale your drawing to 200% you'll still have lines that are 1 px wide (in other words, your lines will now be half the weight but twice the size). –  lawndartcatcher Jun 10 '11 at 12:59
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Another option is to select the object and go to Object->Path->Outline Stroke. Of course this is only for paths. And btw I would go with lawndartcatcher on this one, my proposal is just another option to have in mind.

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