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I always bump into this problem of distorting a logo when I shrink it in illustrator. I have expanded the object and converted all outlines.

I tried 'simplify' and 'clean up' the anchor points, and I was holding down shift key when I resize the object.

I've looked at a few online forums and no one seem to ask this question so I'm not sure if I'm just doing anything wrong.

Thanks.

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Can you post what the distortion your experiencing looks like? –  Ryan Jul 20 '12 at 18:58
    
Did you select all points when resizing? If it's expanded and all outlines converted it shouldn't distort. –  kamalo Jul 20 '12 at 19:04

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Things to check....

  • Is Align to Pixel Grid checked on the Transform Panel when the artwork is selected? If so.. turn it off unless you are create web images where it may be beneficial.

  • Is Scale Strokes and Effects Checked? (Transform Panel or Preferences in CS6, Only preferences in previous versions) If so, you may want to uncheck that option before scaling.

Beyond this, you'll need to define "Distort" far more than you have.

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The strokes not scaling down was my first thought. I wasn't aware there was a way to have them stay relative to the object size. Thanks for the info. –  John Feb 27 at 14:25

In addition to Scott's answer (which contains good things to check), Illustrator only has a certain internal resolution. That means if you're editing things at a very small size, you may see some rounding, which will bump points around.

If that's the reason why, you'll need to edit at a larger size.

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Using Illustrator - select the entire vector image and then go to Object - Paths - Outline Paths. Once you have done this, you can resize any vector image as small as you need it. This is an additional step past converting all outlines.

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In my case, I had drawn a larger artwork than artboard. So when I wanted to scale it down to fit it inside the artboard, its strokes became bold.

I went to Edit > Preferences > General, then turned Scale Strokes and Effects on. Now the strokes are normal.

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I had the same issue when designing icons!

To get rid of distortion, go to: Transform Panel and click on the additional preferences button (that button in the top right of the Transform panel with additional options) and make sure "Align New Objects to Pixel Grid" is NOT CHECKED.

That way, when you combine shapes together or move stuff around, it doesn't distort them to the pixel grid. Alternatively, just make sure "Align to pixel grid" in the Transform panel is unselected too before scaling and it should be all good!

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