I want to be able to resize editable text (to a precise numerical value) but it goes by the bounding box, which is slightly larger than the text is. The only way to reduce the bounding box on editable text is to convert it to outlines which makes it non editable.

Is there any way I can precisely resize (editable) text in Adobe Illustrator?

Screenshot of problem

See, also, this YouTube video where I explain the problem more.

  • 2
    That link shows video unavailable. Mind uploading a GIF?
    – Welz
    Jan 6, 2019 at 0:27
  • So sorry it should work now, ( it was set to private)
    – Kaled
    Jan 7, 2019 at 5:23
  • I don't think it is possible... aside from expanding the text or just scaling it close enough by eyeing it.
    – Joonas
    Jan 7, 2019 at 13:10
  • Convert to outlines. Calculate exact change percentage. Undo the outlines, and apply the scale percentage.
    – Jongware
    Jan 7, 2019 at 22:37
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    Same method here will work, without creating outlines -- graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/51774/… --- The effect, combined with preference settings, will see the edge of glyphs as the bounding area, same as outlined type, but without outlining.
    – Scott
    Jan 7, 2019 at 22:55

1 Answer 1

  • Make a rectangle the same height as the letter
  • Select the rectangle and the letter
  • Press Cmd + 7 Mac or Ctrl + 7 Win to create a Clipping Mask
  • Change the height value, make sure the Lock proportions icon is checked
  • Press Cmd + Alt + 7 Mac or Ctrl + Alt + 7 Win to release the Clipping Mask
  • Delete the rectangle


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