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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.


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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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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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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 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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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

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