I have an illustrator file (actually it's a map) which has lines, polygons and some patterns. I would like to scale the stroke width of all lines (also lines inside patterns) by 80% without altering the patterns or the size of the objects.

When using the Scale tool I must chose one of "transform objects" and "transform patterns" but I don't want to scale any of those, only Strokes.

I could first scale everything by 80%. Then I could scale it by 133.333333% and leave out "strokes & effects". The problem is that lines in patterns stay the same.

When I toggle "transform patterns" the size of the patterns changes including the stroke widths, but I only want the stroke widths to be altered.

So does anyone know how to solve this?

I do not want to have to select individual objects since there are thousands of them.


You can try this: Open your text editor (the best is ExtendScript Toolkit, installed with Illustrator by default), then past in new document the text below.

//here you can change the stroke percentual
var myA = prompt("Choose your %","80","Change width stroke");
var myPercentile = myA/100;


    // choose all page elements
    for (var i=0;i<app.activeDocument.pageItems.length;i++){
        var myLayer = app.activeDocument.pageItems[i];

        //if element is compound make a new loop for pathItems
            for(var u=0;u<myLayer.pathItems.length;u++){

                //take actual stroke size
                var myPath = myLayer.pathItems[u];
                var myMeasure = myPath.strokeWidth;

                //transform the stroke width into % choose at start
                myPath.strokeWidth = myMeasure*myPercentile;


                var myMeasure = myLayer.strokeWidth;
                myLayer.strokeWidth = myMeasure*myPercentile;

Save the doc wherever you want with .jsx extension. Back in Illustrator and open the file to change, in File menu, choose Script > another script... and choose the file .jsx

Hope it works for you

  • 1
    +1 Nice, that's a really useful script! One slight problem for the original question though: it doesn't apply to strokes within patterns, and it doesn't work from within the pattern editor, so to use it with patterns they'd have to use it on the original tiles the pattern was created from, then re-create the patterns. Still very useful. – user56reinstatemonica8 Oct 8 '13 at 11:44
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    Just noticed the asker said the file was created outside of illustrator: assuming the patterns are interpreted by Illustrator as normal pattern swatches, (in CS6) for each pattern they could double-click the swatch, select all, copy, exit pattern editor, paste, run script on this pasted tile (replace-all pageItems for selection in the script and it will apply only to selected items), then copy the adjusted tile back into the pattern editor to update the pattern. – user56reinstatemonica8 Oct 8 '13 at 11:52
  • Hi, I don’t understand the new Illustrator pattern, so I can’t test the script on it. maybe if I have a pattern example I can adjuste this script. Thanks – steguozzo Oct 8 '13 at 13:29
  • To comment so the asker gets notified, comment on the question (or, if they're involved in a comments discussion, with @theirUsername like above) – user56reinstatemonica8 Oct 11 '13 at 8:48
  • Hello @OskarKarlin, have you tried this? Please give a feedback. Thanks – steguozzo Oct 11 '13 at 12:31
  • Select one object with a stroke.

  • Choose Select > Same > Stroke Weight

  • Enter the value for the stroke you want.

  • Choose Object > Hide

  • Repeat until all objects are hidden.

  • Choose Object > Show All

There is no built in way to independently scale strokes of different weights which I'm aware of.

  • Sorry but there are too many different objects with different strokes so that would take forever I'm afraid. Also, when selecting same stroke weight i will not get the strokes in patterns, right? – oskarlin Sep 27 '13 at 16:05
  • Nothing selects strokes within patterns, except the pattern editor. Sorry you feel this won't work. There's no other method I'm aware of. – Scott Sep 27 '13 at 16:06
  • If you had the foresight to use Graphic Styles or Symbols, you could easily update the Graphic Styles and/or Symbols, that would alter all associated objects. – Scott Sep 27 '13 at 17:22
  • The problem is that it's not Illustrator which creates the files. It's the mapping software OCAD... – oskarlin Sep 30 '13 at 8:41

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