#1. Original Illustration

The grey circles are ~ 15 × 15 pt.

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#2. Scaled Together

The grey circles are resized to ~ 25 × 25 pt.
They're all selected or grouped together, and values collectively changed in the Properties panel, or stretched using the mouse (alt+shift | + to maintain centre & constrain proportions).
Single operation.

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#3. Scaled Individually

The grey circles are resized to ~ 25 × 25 pt.
Each object maintains its own unique centre point.
Same method as before, but this time each one was resized individually.
Fifteen operations.

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note: text objects were scaled & moved separately.

The Question:

Quick and easy is #2, but the gaps between the objects increase and the objects fall out of bounds. The desired result is #3, but it gets monotonous fast and can be time-consuming. Is there a shortcut, or key combination, etc. or some quick, cohesive way to get the same result?

  • Transform each. But yes you are using a direct modeler after all.
    – joojaa
    Commented Dec 17, 2018 at 5:54

1 Answer 1

  • Select the circles
  • Menu Effect > Convert to Shape > Ellipse...
  • Set the new size, with Absolute checked > Ok
  • Menu Object > Expand Appearance

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  • Great, thanks. I didn't even know that was an option. It's weird because there's also Object > Shape > Convert to Shape which seems to do nothing. Anyway, why Expand Appearance at the end?
    – voices
    Commented Dec 16, 2018 at 20:59
  • To get the vector anchor points if necessary but it's not obligatory.
    – user120647
    Commented Dec 16, 2018 at 21:04
  • I know you shouldn't say it, but this is an incredibly useful answer. I had literally hundreds of points I needed to resize to make a diagram consistent. This saved my life!
    – David
    Commented Nov 11, 2020 at 10:12

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