I'll apologize upfront if there is a better place to post this question. I've completed the Adobe classroom in a book and know just enough to be dangerous, but not enough to actually accomplish anything...I'm just trying to create a simple label for a candle. I've purchased a vector border from a website and am trying to resize it, but I can't seem to figure out how to resize without losing the perspective of the elements in the border. The original border is designed to fit a standard 8 1/2 x 11 page, but I want to resize it to fit a label that is about 6" wide and 3.5" tall. I'm so confused about all the combinations of shift+drag and shift+option+whatever+whatever - - - I can't keep them all straight. If anyone can help I would be so grateful. I'll hush up now and go try and find a cheat sheet or something that would make me even more dangerous...thank you thank you thank you if you've even read this blasted post!
In the Transform Panel, make sure the height and width are linked (see screen capture below, circled in red). If you dont see the little black brackets above and below the link symbol, then click on the symbol. Then you can enter either a height or width, and the other dimension will scale in proportion.
What I beleive you are looking to do is called sclae in proportion, to do that hold down shift.
Your 2 sizes are not a perfect scale or proportionate of each other. What you want to do is get one dimension correct, and then you can with the direct slect tool move and copy elements to the get the oether dimension.
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I'm sorry to bother you again! My screen doesn't look quite like that? I have CS6 and the link doesn't show brackets. When I tried to make the change I wanted it resized the border for me just fine (YAY! I only spent two hours last night trying to figure this out) but it didn't seem to keep the elements in perspective? They look a little warped? What did I do wrong? Thank you!