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Resizing a graph?

Sep 27, 2011 7:19 AM

Tags: #illustrator #graph #scale

Hi,

Can anybody tell me if there is a way to resize a graph non-uniformly and still have the category and value text labels scale correctly?

 

For instance if I want to scale the graph to be twice as wide, the text inside will be distorted.

 

thanks

/Ludde

 
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    Sep 27, 2011 8:44 AM   in reply to myrslok

    One way to repair the distortion is to scale the graph object, then hit Shift Cmd X

     
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    Sep 27, 2011 9:35 AM   in reply to Kurt Gold

    Kurt, what does shift-command-X do? In which AI version?

     
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    Sep 27, 2011 9:53 AM   in reply to myrslok

    Just resize the graph the normal way. Then adjust the type to its normal size and proportions.

    You only need do this once with the whole graph selected if all the type is the same size and font.

     
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    Sep 27, 2011 9:58 AM   in reply to Doug Katz

    It's the default shortcut for the Uniform Text command (see Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts > Other Text). It has been availabe for more than one decade.

     

    To test, just create a graph, scale it horizotally, leave it selected and hit the shortcut. You could also take a normal text object, stretch it and then hit the shortcut.

     
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    Sep 27, 2011 10:03 AM   in reply to Doug Katz

    or right click on the graph: transform: scale select your preferences for the scale and enter.

    G

     
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    Sep 27, 2011 2:41 PM   in reply to Kurt Gold

    Thank you, Kurt. Never had reason to use it so never knew about it. It could have been available for two decades, and I would be just as ignorant….

     
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    Sep 27, 2011 4:27 PM   in reply to Doug Katz

    It's a bad solution though, especially for graphs. If you scale the graph you will also scale the type.

    Cmd+Shift+X only normalizes the type to 100% vertical and horizontal.

    This means that it will usually be either too big or too small after scaling, despite the Cmd+Shift+X.

     
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    Sep 28, 2011 2:09 AM   in reply to myrslok

    The best solution would be to be able to select whether type in graphs should scale uniformly, non-uniformly or not at all.

    Excellent thinking! Often graphs are done in a series, for annual reports and that sort of thing; so it's necessary to use a standard type size in all of them.

    Non-scaling type would be a brilliant idea.

    You might like to make a feature request of the idea. :-)

     
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