I've searched forum and I can't seem to find solution to my problem (or even questions related to it).

I use Illustrator CC and I run into this problem.

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Note: I have used no strokes, only four separate shapes plus another one as a stroke underneath all. Now if I try to scale it down, let's say, four times the size, I get strange results. As if the shapes move around when scaled down.

Then, if I try to fix the problem by scaling down the underlying shape, it snaps way off the desired position.

I have turned off Align new objects to pixel grid.

I apologize if this question was posted earlier.

  • Possible duplicate of How do I stop Illustrator from snapping to pixel increments?
    – Luciano
    Commented Nov 10, 2016 at 10:36
  • ITs not enough to turn " Align new objects to pixel grid" foo you need to also turn it off for allready created objects separately. PS: i never use the align to pixel grid option for anything sincer its more trouble than worth if I want to snap to pixels i can allways adjust my snapping grid.
    – joojaa
    Commented Nov 10, 2016 at 13:14

2 Answers 2


Do you have any effects applied to your artwork: e.g., Roughen, Tweak, Twist?

If so, you may need to expand the original shapes before scaling—Menu > Object > Expand Appearance.


What tool do you use when scaling your illustration?

It might be a "Transform Each" problem. Try these two approaches and see if they make a difference:

  1. Object -> Transform -> Scale...
  2. Object -> Transform -> Transform Each...

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