Questions about scaling; the process of creating different versions of visual objects to adapt them for different display mediums or contexts of use. Other than simple resizing, scaling can include changes in the composition of color, stroke weight, image complexity, and many more. Ask anything ...

learn more… | top users | synonyms

1
vote
0answers
14 views

Uniform Scaling a Grouped Object, Shapes Move Out of Place or Distort. How can I fix this?

Here's my problem: I'm using Adobe Illustrator CC 2014 and I'm trying to scale a grouped object uniformly or proportionately but the shapes that make up the object move out of place. Here's what I'm ...
2
votes
0answers
154 views

Billboard Designing: Why design at higher resolution instead of the actual, lower print resolution?

Perhaps I haven't understood the concept of the "Scaling Workflow" and hence my confusion ... I checked out most of the Q&A for designing large format images on Photoshop (like for huge ...
0
votes
2answers
57 views

How do I scale a screenshot up and down and keep the quality?

For an assignment I would like to show the steps that I took on my pc (with print screens) in PowerPoint. I will show these timeline print screens scaled down but when I upscale them back they become ...
0
votes
0answers
30 views

Illustrator: how to scale strokes proportionally when resizing? [duplicate]

I am working on a logo design project and stuck at a place. I have used some strokes in logo so problem is, strokes size isn't changing when I am resizing an object. Stroke size is 3pt and when I ...
0
votes
0answers
16 views

Border when downscaling bitmaps

Why does this border appear around the edges when I downscale a bitmap and how do I avoid it? It happens in Photoshop but also in a game that I'm developing where the framework resizes the sprite - ...
3
votes
3answers
341 views

Quality Loss When Scaling down SVG's

I'm having a hard time trying to find the best way to produce an SVG that maintains it's quality through scaling. The actual size of the image is the medium one which is pixel-perfect in Illustrator. ...
2
votes
1answer
104 views

scale pattern in illustrator when already applied to object

I have created a pattern by creating 2 rectangles with different colors, selected both and moved them to swatches. After applying pattern to a desired object I would like to scale the pattern ...
0
votes
1answer
97 views

SOLVED: Scaling Issue with Illustrator [duplicate]

I've read a considerable number of responses to this issue but haven't located a straight answer. My problem seems simple enough to solve: When I'm scaling a logo I created, it isn't scaling properly. ...
4
votes
4answers
1k views

Do I need to create my images at twice the pixel dimensions on a retina display?

I just got a new Macbook Pro with Retina and I'm confused about how to attack my PSD's. If I'm designing a site which has 14px font size, should I be creating it at 28px in Photoshop to see what it ...
6
votes
2answers
272 views

How can I reduce the aliasing that occurs around my custom icon web font when it is scaled?

I am trying to make my own icons and embed them in a custom Web font. For that, I'm using Illustrator & Icomoon. I design the icons in a 14x14px square, then I create my Web font using Icomoon ...
0
votes
1answer
42 views

Scaling a photo up in Pixelmator

I just downloaded a set of Glypish icons, however I'm not sure how to scale them up using Pixelmator (my only graphics editor). They give a .psd file with each image as a separate layer...
0
votes
1answer
78 views

Why does InDesign reduce the quality of my screenshots when Word doesn't?

If I take a screenshot and paste it into InDesign it completely destroys the quality. Yet when I print screen and paste it into Word, the image is resized to the page and the quality is kept. What is ...
0
votes
2answers
213 views

Designing scalable graphics without using vectors

I'm working on an mobile phone game, and don't have the luxury of being able to use vector graphics. I'd like the game to be playable on a wide range of devices from 2560x1600 tablets to 320x240 ...
-1
votes
3answers
108 views

Distorted shapes/lines when rescaling - tried previous answers

I am curious as to why when I scale things the general shape changes. The flag in the middle is what I originally started with, and either side is the distorted result of rescaling it. I have read ...
2
votes
1answer
135 views

How to scale arc corners to be equal?

I'm trying to duplicate and scale a rectangle I created with arc corners to create a series of thinner lines inside. The problem is when I start scaling the lines the arcs don't equally line up with ...
1
vote
1answer
430 views

How do you resize an image through pixel scaling?

I use Adobe's Creative Cloud to generally resize images...but I came across a strange use case. I want to resize a graphic of mine...but not using a standard scaling formula. I want to resize my image ...
1
vote
4answers
3k views

Using inkscape to convert scanned color drawings to svg — recommended or no?

I'm an ebook publisher trying to include 10 color illustrations inside an ebook. It's not a fixed layout ebook but a reflowable ebook (i.e., an epub). Graphic example here: ...
1
vote
1answer
62 views

Resized shape becomes semi-transparent?

I have this shape made up of lines (see left side of image). Why is it that when I resize it to a smaller size, it becomes slightly transparent (see right side of image)? Changing it to a smart ...
10
votes
3answers
2k views

How do I figure out the right size font / text for a given read distance?

To avoid printing single letters at varying sizes and measuring how far away I can see it from a distance is there a formula for determining what size font for a particular read distance? Is it better ...
8
votes
2answers
3k views

Difference between None, Linear, Cubic and Sinc(Lanczos3) interpolation in image scaling?

While scaling images in GIMP in the Quality section I was prompted to choose one of the following interpolations: None Linear Cubic Sinc(Lanczos3) What is the difference between these and which ...
2
votes
1answer
2k views

How to shrink logo without losing quality inkscape

I'm really not much of a graphic designer at all (programmer) but I have dabbled in some image editing using GIMP and Inkscape. Here's my situation: I have a nice, sharp image of my logo as an SVG ...
3
votes
1answer
526 views

How can I preserve border width when scaling an object with Inkscape?

I want the borders to stay fixed in Inkscape when I'm resizing an object. I found these buttons in Inkscape v0.48.3.1, but they don't seem to work. Is there any other settings that I should turn on? ...
2
votes
2answers
175 views

Illustrator: Keeping the same scale when updating placed files

I have some placed files in an Illustrator document, linked to the originals. When the originals are changed, Illustrator updates the placed versions. However, it keeps them at the same physical ...
4
votes
1answer
741 views

How to fit svg drawings to their canvas on the command line?

Cropping .svg files on the command line is simple: $ inkscape --verb=FitCanvasToDrawing --verb=FileSave --verb=FileClose *.svg I need to do the opposite. I want to fit the drawing into a 64 x 64 ...
1
vote
0answers
34 views

Scalable Text in Photoshop In a Droplet?

I'm trying to create a droplet for batch image processing that will put a border of 2 px all around, add 30 px to the top, then within that top space place some text that will automatically scale to ...
3
votes
1answer
4k views

Preventing Illustrator CC vector objects distorting when scaled

I'm having some trouble resizing a group of vector objects in an illustration. These objects used to be lines until I expanded them into vector shapes, and before I scale them they look fine: But ...
0
votes
2answers
270 views

Scaling A Simple Image Without Losing Any Quality

I have this image: It's only 19ppi. I want to create a vector from it so that it can scale up up to 11 square inches and retain it's quality. How can I make Illustrator do this? I was trying ...
1
vote
2answers
3k views

Horizontal and Vertical Scaling of One Character in AI

In Photoshop, I've got in my character menu Horizontal and Vertical scaling. In Illustrator I don't have it, but I need it. I know I can stretch the entire text-box in AI to simulate character ...
1
vote
2answers
160 views

How to scale a layer with gradient?

For a web game logo I keep around a Gimp file 1024x1024-logo.xcf which has 3 layers: Text (the game name) Picture of 2 playing cards Blue background as a linear gradient Now I have received a new ...
1
vote
2answers
5k views

How do you resize an existing vector mask in Photoshop CS6?

I have created a vector mask for a layer in Photoshop containing a circle. Now I would like to fine-tune its position and size. I can only move individual or multiple anchor points.
4
votes
3answers
186 views

Should I scale an image first, or index it?

I have an image, it's the Backtrack_5_PitchBlack.jpg found at http://www.backtrack-linux.org/screenshots/, and I'd like to get it down to 640*480 for a Grub4DOS splash screen. Unfortunately, this also ...
1
vote
2answers
1k views

How to extend a texture without quality loss in photoshop

I have this 1754x1240 texture which I use for vintage effect in background images in my iOS app. iPad screen size is quite large 1536x2048 and when I apply this texture directly to an image that size ...
0
votes
2answers
126 views

Iphone: Scaling images down for smaller iphone3 and iphone4

I am completing some design work on my application. Following a few people saying it is best to design for the iphone5 (4inch) screen first I have completed a page design for the retina. The image has ...
5
votes
2answers
5k views

Photoshop: How do I keep 1x and 2x (for retina display) images in the same document?

I just read on an article about designing for iPhone retina display that you can keep the 2x images in the same document and use a Photoshop Action to scale up the 1x to see how the larger version ...
1
vote
2answers
446 views

How do I uniformly scale an elliptical shape with straight sides?

I am interested in taking the gray shapes and creating a uniform border around it; an outline with a white interior. I want to do this by scaling the original shapes and intersecting them ...
2
votes
3answers
5k views

Losing Details when reducing to smaller image

I am designing icons and elements from an android game using Photoshop CS4. If I am designing a character (512x512) and reduce its size to fit the game screen, lots of details, shades and effects are ...
0
votes
2answers
446 views

Why are some details of an icon fuzzy?

I've created an icon in Illustrator for an iPhone app. When the icon is in the size for the iPhone, parts of the graphic fuzzy. How can I improve the details on the icon? My icon is a clock, and it ...
4
votes
4answers
4k views

Scale layers in a psd file by 200% for retina iPad

I have a PSD file that my designer gave me fitted for iPad dimensions. I need to support the retina iPad as well. What's the best way to create the 2x retina images? Should I scale up the layers by ...
0
votes
2answers
425 views

Scaling in Illustrator

I'm just getting started with Illustrator. I've created some artwork I like. I want to press it now for the web. If I click "Save for web", change the size to something small like 30x100 (px) it's all ...
7
votes
1answer
837 views

How to construct “lowercase digits” (i.e. text figures)?

Is there an accepted way to adjust font glyphs in order to simulate text figures? Background Text figures are "lowercase" digits. You normally use lowercase digits where you also use lowercase ...
3
votes
2answers
1k views

Can I reformat an old logo with a higher resolution?

I have 2 logos saved in a PDF file. I sent them to my printer to have a banner printed using those logos. THe printer is saying they are not high enough resolution. How can I reformat them so they are ...
0
votes
1answer
47 views

How to make layer effects following transformations

I'm creating a shape with a simple radial glow effect. Now I want to add some perspective, with Cmd-T, then right clic and "perspective". When I'm done, all layer effects are recalculated and my ...
0
votes
1answer
437 views

GIMP: find midpoint / arbitrary division between two points

How do I find the middle, or n/th division or percentage of distance between two arbitrary points in GIMP? Like, I have an object / a line of arbitrary length / two guides, placed in arbitrary place ...
3
votes
3answers
281 views

What does Scaling mean in this context?

I just got a pre-interview questionnaire for potentially a new job. On it I have to rank certain skills like creativity, attention to detail, photo manipulation.... one of them says "Scaling" Before ...
9
votes
7answers
2k views

Techniques to dramatically scale an image

I have been given an impossible task: Take a picture image (jpg) at 1422 x 1067 px with 100 dpi and scale it to 86400 x 29376 px (that's equivalent to 34ft x 100ft or 30.5 meters x 10.36 meters) ...
1
vote
1answer
101 views

Beginner Question: Is it bad to mix raster photography into vector based print work? Alternative?

I am tasked with creating a vector based print work. And I'm very new to print design. Is it a good idea to include raster photography inside my vector image? It seems to destroy the whole point of ...
0
votes
2answers
4k views

Scaling strokes in Illustrator [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Scale drawings in Illustrator, maintain proportions of line weights and effects When you minimize large vectors that contain outlines & text to a small vector the ...
1
vote
1answer
558 views

Need advice on reducing icon size without loss in detail [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to resize icon sets in Photoshop? I'm redesigning the icon for my Android application. I designed it at 512x512 and then rescaled it to 96x96 and 32x32. However, it ...
2
votes
1answer
2k views

Objects on layer, not uniformly down scaling in Adobe Illustrator; why?

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
1k views

Resizing vector paths to pixel bounds

I have an iOS layout designed for Retina, which means it's double the resolution of the older devices. To create standard-resolution PNGs, I would need to scale down the design by 50%. Problem is, I ...