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Can someone help me learn to re-size?

Apr 7, 2013 11:37 AM

I am trying to re-size a bar code and I am new to this program. Can anyone help?

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    Apr 7, 2013 11:50 AM   in reply to Bignastytackle

    UPC barcodes should generally NOT be resized.


    However, to resize something in Illustrator, select it, click a corner handle and drag. If you want to maintain proportions, hold the shift key down while you drag.


    The help files will assist in learning basic operations such as this.

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    Apr 7, 2013 12:24 PM   in reply to Bignastytackle



    If you know the final dimensions or the shrink proportion(s), you may also use the W/H values in the Transform palette/panel or Object>Transform>Scale.

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    Apr 7, 2013 5:41 PM   in reply to Jacob Bugge

    Careful Jacob and Scott. Barcodes should never be scaled by more than about 70% depending on printing method.

    Scaling should always be constrained (that is without altering the proportions).


    However they may nearly always be truncated (with or without scaling).

    This can be done either by outlining the barcode font and manually (with the Direct selection tool) moving the top ends of the bars down - or by using a clipping mask.

    There are limits to the amount that codes can be truncated by, depending on how and where they are to be used.


    I always use the outlining method. It is safer.

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    Apr 8, 2013 3:53 AM   in reply to Steve Fairbairn

    Indeed, Steve. I will be good (or at least try to).

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