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I need to send a vector file to a textile laser cutter. The image size is 521 pixels, and I'm hoping to create a motif that equals 18.75 inches.

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Select your paths, then in the Application bar, make sure "Constrain Width and Height Proportions" is enabled. Then, type in 18.75in in the appropriate dimension field.

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  • Great suggestion! I tried this and it solved the height and width problem, however it kept all the line point widths the same instead of increasing them proportionally. The motif is quite a few circles ("bubbles") that are now all freely floating around instead of being connected to each other. Is there a way to keep the proportions of the paths the same? – Julie Jul 24 '14 at 20:29
  • Btw thank you for the very helpful graphic, that probably saved me a few hours – Julie Jul 24 '14 at 20:30
  • the laser cutter wont care about line widths. Anyway theres an option in the transforms palettes menu for this. – joojaa Jul 25 '14 at 0:51
  • @Julie Select all the stroked paths and use Object > Expand Appearance to turn the strokes into shapes. Then increase the size. I suspect you would need to do this anyway. As joojaa says, NC equipment will follow the path and ignore the width of the stroke unless strokes are converted to shapes. – Alan Gilbertson Jul 25 '14 at 3:03
  • Julie there's a preference in Illustrator that is disabled by default and I've never understood why: Scale Strokes and Effects. Enabling preference will cause the line width (strokes) to scale proportionately. Also, @joojaa is spot on about the cutter not caring about the line width. – TunaMaxx Jul 25 '14 at 8:56

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