4 Replies Latest reply on Feb 25, 2010 6:35 PM by JETalmage-71mYin

    scale inset in area text


      How do I scale an area text object so that the inset also scales? e.g. I start with a 6" square box with 20pt text and .25" inset. If I scale it to 50%, I get a 3"square box with 10 pt type, but it still has a .25" inset. The problem is that the type doesn't fit anymore. I need the inset to scale to .125" so the type still fits.

        • 1. Re: scale inset in area text
          Scott Falkner Level 5

          Illustrator’s transform tools are incomplete. Many attributes are not affected, such as drop shadows when rotating or, as you have discovered, text inset when scaling. Some earlier versions didn’t scale tabs or indents when text was scaled, either. This is because Illustrator is effectively in early Beta mode, has been for over a decade, and will probably always be before it is eventually (and none-too-soon) killed.

          • 2. Re: scale inset in area text
            joeleymans Level 1

            Ooooh. None too helpful. Does this mean it can't be done?

            • 3. Re: scale inset in area text
              Scott Falkner Level 5


              Edit: You could make the text object into a Symbol, then scale the symbol. Kind of a pain to edit, and if you need to do this with multiple text frames, then you end up with multiple symbols. If you use Break Link to Symbol the original text inset is restored, just like scaling it. This is a bug. If it weren’t for all the bugs, Illustrator CS4 could probably fit on a floppy disk.

              • 4. Re: scale inset in area text
                JETalmage-71mYin Level 3

                Ridiculous workaround:


                Select the textframe object.

                Symbol Palette: New Symbol.

                Scale the object; the inset value will scale with it.

                To edit the text, doubleClick it to edit the Symbol.

                When done editing, doubleClick outside it. The Symbol Instance returns to its scaled size.


                Release the Symbol Instance, however, and the inset value returns to its original size.