I have a large print job. The design is sized at 36" by 72" with 1" bleed. The printer is asking that I set the file at 10% scale. How do I do that???

  • Illustrator does not provide a direct method to "work at scale" if that is what you are seeking.
    – Scott
    Commented Jun 10, 2014 at 15:39
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    As a person in the print industry, find a new printer. They shouldn't have to ask you to do such a simple task.
    – Logarr
    Commented Jun 10, 2014 at 17:20

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This is very simple to do:

  1. Open the Transform palette
  2. Lock the width and height
  3. In the W: input add "/10" (after the current value in the box in mm/inches/etc).

This will divide the value by 10 and will therefore downscale everything to 10% of its original size.

  • you're welcome ) inputs in transform panel accept some math operations and it is really handy..
    – Vnovak
    Commented Jun 11, 2014 at 15:30
  • I will add to this comment that it's incredibly useful to know you can do basic math in the width and height values (and a few others). Resist the temptation to do the math in other software or on paper and try it in illustrator instead. Commented Aug 22, 2017 at 11:51
  • As a shortcut, instead of toggling the width and height lock, you can simply hold CTRL (or Command) down when you hit "enter" and the transform will happen proportionately.
    – 13ruce
    Commented Aug 22, 2017 at 13:30

Method 1:

Resize your artwork:

  • (With everything selected) go to Object > Transform > Scale
  • In the Uniform box, enter 10%
  • Ensure that everything under Options is checked
  • Click OK

Then resize your Artboard:

  • (With everything still selected) go to Object > Artboards > Fit to Artwork Bounds

Method 2:

Create a new document with your desired dimensions (10% of your current ones) and copy the artwork to that one, scaling it down to fit.

  • Good suggestions, however a lot more work is involved for multiple artboards.
    – Rob
    Commented Nov 19, 2014 at 16:39

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