I have an image in Illustrator that I've made, but I made it at 2500% zoom. How do I scale the image back up so that it is normal size when it's at 100% zoom? Or at the very least, how do I export it to InDesign at a decent size so I can work with it effectively? I can always zoom in to 2000% and then take a screenshot, but that feels like a workaround (because it is a workaround).

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    This question doesn't make a great deal of sense. Is the image 2500% larger than you want or did you zoom in to 2500%? Basically, if you Choose View > Actual Size how does what you have differ from what you want?
    – Scott
    Commented Jan 23, 2015 at 7:40
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    It's a vector item. Select all and resize it to whatever size you like relative to the artboard. Commented Jan 23, 2015 at 10:45

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IF you produced your artwork (use term 'image' for pixelbased documents) at a zoom level of 2500% it still is artwork. Means, you can save your file as .ai (.pdf, .eps) file and import it in InDesign. While it is vectorbased the actual dimensions don`t matter - it is scaleable to any size.

For future work it is better to produce artwork at reasonable zoom-levels. Use high zoom only to edit details, like points on a path.

Anyhow you can scale in many ways but be sure to group your whole artwork. You could scale with the mouse (hold down the shift-key) clicking on the edge of the group, use the real numbers like @Tom suggested, use the transformation window, or use the scale tool.

  • Open your doc and zoom in to 2500% so that your image appears normally.
  • Open Preferences > Units and change the General units to whatever you are using in InDesign. Pixels, Millimeters, Inches, Points, etc.
  • Open the Transform panel (Window > Transform).
  • Select your image. See how the width & height (W: and H: in the Transform panel) show the image’s dimensions? With the image selected, and the chain link icon to the right of the W & H activated (looks like a complete chain, not a broken chain), change the width & height values to approximately the size the image will be in InDesign.
  • The image will take up the whole window (if you're zoomed in @ 2500%), so Zoom Out a bunch or view the Actual Size (View > Actual Size).
  • If you need to adjust your Artboard Size to fit around your new, normal image, do that in File > Document Setup.

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