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How to scale line thickness?

New Here ,
Jan 29, 2018 Jan 29, 2018

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I don't know what I'm doing, but I need to create an animation for college. So far I've designed some characters but have hit a bit of an issue which is that I drew them too small and can't upscale them without it all going horribly wrong. I've searched around a bit and Illustrator's "scale strokes and effects" seems to be what I want, but there is no such option in Animate and attempting to copy the layers into Illustrator results in a bitmap.

I've attached an image of one of my characters as its original scale, then an enlargened version and then a copy which has been converted to a symbol before being scaled. As you can see, neither of those options work too well. And yes, there are better ways of doing things than colouring things in the old-fashioned way, but I couldn't get anything else to work.

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Any ideas on how to scale line thickness with the rest of the content as well then? Seems like a weird limitation.  😕

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LEGEND , Feb 05, 2018 Feb 05, 2018

How is that different from Modify -> Shape -> Expand Fill?

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LEGEND ,
Jan 29, 2018 Jan 29, 2018

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firstl17723917  wrote

I've searched around a bit and Illustrator's "scale strokes and effects" seems to be what I want, but there is no such option in Animate...

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Jan 29, 2018 Jan 29, 2018

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Tried changing that setting with the whole character selected but it didn't make any difference. Will try again tomorrow - maybe I was doing something wrong.

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LEGEND ,
Jan 29, 2018 Jan 29, 2018

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By "the whole character selected" do you mean the clip containing it, or every actual individual stroke of the character? Because the latter is how you change a stroke's render settings.

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New Here ,
Jan 30, 2018 Jan 30, 2018

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Probably the latter. All layers to do with each character are grouped into a folder, and so if I select the character, I do so by selecting the folder. Changing scale doesn't make any difference, except "none" which results in slightly thinner lines when scaled.

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Feb 05, 2018 Feb 05, 2018

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LEGEND ,
Feb 05, 2018 Feb 05, 2018

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You asked how to set scaling of lines. That question was answered.

If you want to avoid this issue entirely, try redrawing your character using only fills, and/or the brush tool.

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Feb 05, 2018 Feb 05, 2018

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I did only use the paint brush for drawing. I guess I'll resort to zooming in with the camera since it doesn't matter that much.

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LEGEND ,
Feb 05, 2018 Feb 05, 2018

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I said the brush, not the paint brush. Different tools. Paint brush creates lines. Brush creates fills.

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Feb 05, 2018 Feb 05, 2018

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The only way you could increase the size of your already drawn brush line is to copy the black line, paste it again in place and then offset it but one pixel. Do that 1 pixel up, one pixel down, one pixel left and one pixel right (four times) and your line will be four times as wide. It's a cheat but I do it all the time.

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LEGEND ,
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How is that different from Modify -> Shape -> Expand Fill?

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Feb 05, 2018 Feb 05, 2018

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Ya know what? It's not! Your way is actually easier! Lesson learned!

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Feb 06, 2018 Feb 06, 2018

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Ah, that Shape menu has a Convert Lines to Fills option which partially works for being able to then scale the character. Might do that if necessary.

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Feb 06, 2018 Feb 06, 2018

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Yes - the convert strokes to shapes feature is what you want. You can eve paint as fill using the new brush tool.


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LEGEND ,
Feb 06, 2018 Feb 06, 2018

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I think the key takeaway here should be don't use lines as fills.

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Feb 06, 2018 Feb 06, 2018

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ClayUUID  wrote

I think the key takeaway here should be don't use lines as fills.

Probably. Couldn't get the fill bucket to work though. Ugh, Animate is a pain to use. 

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LEGEND ,
Feb 13, 2018 Feb 13, 2018

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The Paint Bucket tool is perfectly straightforward to use: You draw an enclosed area, then click inside it on the same layer to fill it. If it doesn't work, you didn't enclose the area. If you can't or won't enclose the area, adjusting the gap size setting can sometimes allow it to work anyway.

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Try using symbols instead of groups when organizing your drawing.  For example, if you have a man, and you group his legs, arms, torso, head, mouth, etc.. use symbols instead of groups.  Then you can scale all you want.  It will preserve the line weight.  If you want to go in and adjust or create more lines, just go in the symbol and it will preserve the correct line weight info.  Thats how I do it.. hope this helps.

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