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5656 (TechnicalUser) (OP)
2 Mar 02 1:14
Once a graphic image has been created (I used several layers) how do I go about resizing it smaller or larger ?  Will the image hold it clarity or will I have to recreate ?
Thank you for any help.
CaulX (TechnicalUser)
4 Mar 02 0:00
Clarity depends on how complicated your art work is. You should be able to scale the art work to a point where some of the underlying lines might start showing through. The same goes for scaling it small. You'll have to watch how the lines interact. You could also just export the art work and resize it in Photoshop. It depends on how your going to out put the final production.
askIllustrator (TechnicalUser)
5 Mar 02 12:38
AI is completly based on the french curve so it recalculates the relationship of the points, not their distance from eachother. If your "scale strokes and effects" is checked in your preferences everythink will scale up or down infinatly. Keep in mind if you make it too small your strokes may begin to touch eachother and cover up whatever they are outlining

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5656 (TechnicalUser) (OP)
5 Mar 02 22:24
Thanks CaulX and JAQUAN...but still having problems.
So there is no way to resize an image within AI ?
I exported to Photoshop as a PSD.  When I open in PS and resize smaller the image becomes very pixelated...?  Is there any way around this or should I be doing a different approach to resize ?
Thanks for your help.
askIllustrator (TechnicalUser)
6 Mar 02 12:40
I beleive CaulX and I were trying to tell you that you can resize in AI and not to worry about it.

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CaulX (TechnicalUser)
10 Mar 02 18:32
Like Jaquan was saying, you can scale in AI to a point. Like you said, some of the art work will run together. When you exported to Photoshop. What resolution did you export to, if it was only 72 then it will be pixilated. If the final is for print, I recommend anything over 300 DPI +.

Usually, Photoshop will try and smooth out any pixels when it scales images.
askIllustrator (TechnicalUser)
11 Mar 02 4:27
"Resolution is like hair, you can always cut it off but to add it on you're gonna have to fake it"
-jAQUAN

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5656 (TechnicalUser) (OP)
11 Mar 02 12:45
Ok, so I can make larger in AI...but how?  I'have several letters (that have been converted to curves) and graphics.  How can I enlarge the complete logo ?  I do not see anything as in PhotoShop that allows you to increase Image Size...
Thanks again !
CaulX (TechnicalUser)
11 Mar 02 20:01
Well I don't know how helpful this will be. I don't have the program in front of me so I'm going to do this all by memory. Lets say you want your final out put to be 6in x 4in at 400 dpi. For the best quality, export your Allustrator file at 600 DPI.

Open your exported AI File in Photoshop. The create a new document at 6in x 4in at 400 DPI. In the exported AI file, Select all and drag the AI image to the New Document.

What will happen is that your image will be to big for the view. This is okay. If my memory is right you can go to Edit, tranform, Scale. Then if you hold in the Shift KEY while Scaling the art work it will hold the same proportions.

When you get it to the size you want, simple hit enter and it will apply the anti alise thing it does. Smooths out any kind of rough edges usually.

What you should see is how you will want your file to be printed. This method has worked for me before with no problmems.

5656, you asked how do you resize in photoshop. If my memory is correct, I think there is a menu option for Image, or not, I can't remember, You can resize the w and h. But doing so can works, but can pixilate easily.

Like I said, I haven't worked in AI or PS in a while. SO i'm doing most of this out of memory. I hope that some of the stuff I've said might help.
askIllustrator (TechnicalUser)
11 Mar 02 21:33
I suggest you read up on how vector artwork differs from rasterized. You find that they support two very different sets of needs. AI is a vector based app, and PS is raster based.

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QuarkXS (TechnicalUser)
16 Mar 02 1:49
5656, it sounds like you're just trying to negotiate a simple resize/scale here, but you're trying to do it in a Photoshop-kind-of-way. First, check your defaults and make sure that everything (strokes, fills) is set to scale proportionately. Then select all your artwork (with solid pointer), group all the objects, and as you drag to resize, hold down the shift key to constrain. Your dpi can be changed from the 800 default to 400 in the Document Setup (or thereabouts).

As jAQUAN suggests, study a bit about the differences between vector art and pixel art. If you don't have to rasterize your AI files, then surely preserve their integrity and leave them in AI/eps format.

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