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When resizing a vector group in Illustrator CS5.5 with a custom made symbol in the group I get distortion of the proportion of the shape.

Before and after distortion

I've tried

  • Tried resizing with selection tool holding down shift or option
  • Turning off align to pixel grid in the transform panel
  • Turning off align to pixel grid in the symbol option
  • Checking Enabled Guides for 9-slice scaling is turned on
  • Checking Scale Stroke & Effects is turned off in preferences

Can you help me resize this without the distortion?

  • Do you get distortion if you turn off the 9-slice scaling? Do you have the object selected when verifying the Align to Pixel Grid setting? – Scott Apr 18 '13 at 21:41
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Have you tried grouping first? Maybe clear everything in the appearance panel?

If the curve is corrupt somehow, maybe running a path>simplify (with the settings turned down where it doesn't change the shape) will redraw the shape? Long shot, but it may un-corrupt it...

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Thanks so much for your help. The problem was that 9-slice scaling and align to pixel grid had to be turned off for the symbol that wasn't resizing correctly. We'd turned it off for the objects but not the symbol - hence the distortion.

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