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How do you get objects to scale proportionally?

Jun 15, 2012 8:17 AM

Hi

 

InDesign CS4.

 

I can't get objects to scale proportionally using the scale tool.

The usual holding the shift key doesn't work.

 

So how do I grab a corner drag it to a new proportionate size?

 

Mike

 
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    Jun 15, 2012 8:42 AM   in reply to Nohjekim

    Be more specific. What kind of object are you trying to scale? If you want content to scale, you also need to hold down the Cmd/Ctrl key as well as the Shift key.

     
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    Jun 15, 2012 9:28 AM   in reply to Nohjekim

    Personally, I never got into the habit of using the Scale tool as it seems superflous. If you use the Selection tool (Black arrow) and hold Cmd or Ctrl (press the key first on Windows before you click) then drag, tthe conten of the frame will resize with the frame. Add the Shift key to resize proportionally.

     
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    Jun 15, 2012 11:26 AM   in reply to Peter Spier

    I've been using InDesign for years and never knew that. Aaargh!

    THANK YOU!!!!!

    :-)

     
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    Jun 15, 2012 11:42 AM   in reply to Nohjekim

    Waht's differnt is something happened in Windows so that scaling only works right if you press the Ctrl key before you click the mouse. If you don't it gets ignored and the content doesn't resize. I reported the bug at the time, but it lives on.

     
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    Jul 21, 2012 5:15 PM   in reply to Peter Spier

    Hi Peter,

    Do you know where I can set the reference point for the scale proportional command? I upgraded from CS4, where I could drag a corner to scale proportionally. However, in CS6, when I hold down Cmd+Opt+Shift (Mac), it is only allowing me to scale from the center. I haven't been able to find any preferences to set this -- nor does it respond to when I set the "reference point" in the upper left of the tool bar. Any help would be appreciated.

     

    Cheers,

    Jessica W.

     
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    Jul 21, 2012 5:53 PM   in reply to JWyman

    Adding the Option key when scaling always scales from the center. Just use Cmd+Shift on the Mac to scale proportionally.

     
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    Jul 21, 2012 6:04 PM   in reply to Steve Werner

    Thank you Steve! I don't know where that extra +option came from, but you just saved me a lot of sanity!

    Cheers,

    Jessica W.

     
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