I am using Adobe Illustrator (CS4). I have a document with artboards of various sizes to place the same image, an icon, on these artboards before exporting. I create the image on the artboard with the largest size before tying to fit it/place it onto the other artboards of smaller size.
I am not aware of many options for doing this. From the comments on this question link to question, there was mention of using the
Align to Artboard button, but this did not actually perform any scaling or intelligent placement of both the x/y positioning. The second recommendation was to add a transparent container of some kind to be placed on the first artboard. I created a transparent rectangle on the bottom layer of the artboard where the image is originally created (largest). Then I position the container's left and top borders to align with the rulers of the target artboard of a smaller size. I then go to
Scale and select 20%. To my surprise, I see that the objects have not preserved their relative sizes. A star has part of its side outside the transparent container, a circle is closer to another object than previously in terms of relative positioning, two objects touch where they were separated, etc.
What is the cause for this behavior that the scaling is not an exact proportion preserving action? Can this be done? Or is there another method of transferring work on one artboard to another smaller one to be a scaled version?