I want to move a set of objects towards a central point. Think moving objects that are outlining a circle towards the middle. I know you can do this through the bounding box, but that results in the objects being resized and I don't want them resized.

The effect that I have in mind is like the Symbol Scruncher tool except that I want to move the objects at a specific distance.

I also won't be able to use the Scruncher because I didn't spray my symbols randomly.


If you wish to move a group of all objects to a center pint, without resizing them, you'll have to do it manually or in specific groups (left, top objects - right, bottom objects, etc).

There is no method to concentrate objects around a given point without resizing.

Scripting may be able to do this. But I'm not certain.


This might work:

  1. Turn each object independently into a symbol.
  2. Select them all (the bounding box
  3. Re-size them all together so they are closer to the center point (as you indicated, each object will get re-sized)
  4. With all the symbols still selected, right click and select "Reset Transformation". The symbols will recover their original size but stay in the new spot.

How about bounding box and then offset path to restore the size?

  • Would you mind fleshing out your answer a little more to add some clarity for people who don't know how to do that?
    – JohnB
    Apr 14 '13 at 1:25

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