I know the setting Edit > Preferences > General > Check "Scale stroke & effects".

But this setting is changing outline setting for all objects in illustrator. Does anybody know setting for only selected objects? I am CorelDraw user previously and this is very easy to do in CorelDraw.

Thanks in advance.


You can not.

Strokes either scale globally or not. There is no object-specific setting.

You need to toggle that preferences item if you want to change the behavior at any time.

The Scale Strokes item is also seen on the Transform panel - which may be easier to get to if you use it often.

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I agree with @Scott. There is no way to specify this on a per object basis.

There is, however, a workaround but you'd need to separate the stroke from the fill.

Try this:


You should then be able to scale the object as needed and what was a stroke (now a filled path) will scale.

  • Semantics, but once expanded, there is no longer a "stroke". Everything becomes a shape. So, stroke options will no longer be available for any existing strokes. – Scott May 8 '14 at 19:45
  • Yes, but as a shape, it will scale. Not saying it's the perfect solution but if you are set with the stroke you need and just need to scale it, this does the job. – Pdxd May 8 '14 at 19:57
  • Agreed :) As posted, it was mere semantics :) – Scott May 8 '14 at 19:57

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