I created a grid and started my design/illustration on it.

Deep in the project I realize that some object are supposed to be bigger in size. So first thought was to scale it up.

The problem is that I can't scale it on grid. It just won't fit anymore.

Any ideas on how I can get this done without having to do it all over again?

This is the original: This is the "original"

And this is after scaling: enter image description here

You can see at the right side that it isn't on grid anymore. No matter how far I scale it just won't fit.

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    Could you possibly include (a) screenshot(s) to better understand what you mean?
    – Welz
    Feb 5, 2018 at 14:39
  • Agree with WELZ.. If you can make an edit with screenshots and how your layers are written someone might know of a suggestion. To mind, I think of scripting this.
    – user9447
    Feb 5, 2018 at 14:39
  • Sorry. Please see my updated question! Feb 5, 2018 at 14:42
  • Are you trying to make it taller, wider or just overall larger?
    – Welz
    Feb 5, 2018 at 15:07
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    With that drawing you will never be able to both scale proportionally and follow the grid, unless you scale by a whole number larger than 1 (2 times is minimum). There are lengths that are only 1 cell wide. They have to be scaled at least 200% so they align to the next grid line and becomes 2 cells wide. So if you want to scale to less than 200%, you will have to change the proportions.
    – Wolff
    Feb 5, 2018 at 16:50

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You would have to do each side manually (especially if trying to make it follow the grid).

What you do is, use the Direct Selection Tool (A) and select all the points that would have to move in that specific direction and then move just those points (it's a bit hard to explain, so I've included a screen capture)

GIF showing the proccess

You see how I selected all the anchor points that would need to move up, and then dragged it up. Followed same approach for sides.

I've made circles and arrows on what I think which Anchor points need to move where in your case etc. Image

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    Ugh... That was what I was afraid of. Unfortunately that is gonna be some night work. Thanks for the excellent answer tho' thumbs up Feb 5, 2018 at 15:33
  • offtopic: how did you get the awesome grid in your first example?
    – spiral
    Mar 13, 2018 at 9:56
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    @spiral I made it myself (don't remember the exact details), though I can't seem to locate it. I will keep you posted.
    – Welz
    Mar 13, 2018 at 11:34
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    @spiral I followed joojaa's (not too clear) tutorial here and then had to fix it up manually... read from this chat... once I had that I made the stroke slightly thicker, transparent and with dashed lines - then I put it on a locked layer on top of the artwork (so I don't accidentally touch it).... here's the .ai file
    – Welz
    Mar 13, 2018 at 11:50
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    ah, just meant that set has an action that generates a grid
    – spiral
    Mar 13, 2018 at 13:27

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