Is there anyway to make Adobe Illustrator not scale up the stroke when I zoom in? Basically I want Illustrator to scale the strokes incorrectly so a 1px stroke will still actually look like a 1px on my screen even when I zoom in 500%.

If there's no way to make Illustrator do this then is there some other piece of software that will do this?

  • Just for editing purposes?
    – JohnB
    Commented Aug 8, 2014 at 22:49
  • 2
    You can scale up with "scale strokes and effects" unchecked and then scale back down. I know that's not what you're asking for, but it might be a workaround - I doubt you'll be able to do it with just a zoom - zooming in or out is usually a very specifically defined process that typically isn't open to customization like that.
    – TMobotron
    Commented Aug 8, 2014 at 23:32
  • Autocad, or you could use the outline mode.
    – joojaa
    Commented Aug 9, 2014 at 0:11
  • Not sure why you would need this. If you want 1 pixel to always be 1 pixel, what's the purpose of zooming then?
    – Scott
    Commented Aug 9, 2014 at 18:56
  • I know what you mean. Freehand had something called "hairline" width that was always as thin as possible. really useful for editing.
    – spiral
    Commented Aug 11, 2014 at 11:30

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The closest thing would be to choose: View->Outline. But, none of the colors, multiple strokes or styles that have been applied will show in this mode.

Here's an example of the standard view (Preview):

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And the same graphic in Outline Mode:

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  • Lovely photos on your site by the way. Feel free to hang around in the chat sometimes! Commented Mar 9, 2015 at 1:52
  • @ZachSaucier thanks man! I'll have to tryout the chat, I've never really figured it out...
    – Circle B
    Commented Mar 9, 2015 at 14:50

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