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.


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. 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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