Scale Object in Adobe Illustrator CS6

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    To begin, you should open Illustrator either from your desktop or by coming down to the bottom-left corner and clicking the Windows icon
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    This will reveal a list of your recently used programs. You may see Illustrator there. It has a brown-and-orange icon with the letters "Ai".
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    If you still can't see it, use your search bar along the bottom and start typing "Adobe Illustrator"
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    Click "Adobe Illustrator CS6"
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    It will immediately start loading and will take us directly to our workspace.
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    Click "File" in the top left-hand corner
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    Click "New..."
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    Alternatively, press "Ctrl" + "N" on the keyboard. You can also open an existing document from here. For more information on these settings, please see the following tutorials: "Use Templates to Create a New Document", "Create a New Document", or "Open Existing Files".
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    Let's click "OK"
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    Create an object
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    This can be done by selecting a fill color and selecting a shape tool. Let's create a rectangle. There are other VisiHow videos on these.
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    Click the "Selection Tool" black arrow in the vertical toolbar
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    You can also use other selection tools for more complicated objects. Once the object is selected, a blue frame will appear, which means that the object is ready to be edited.
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    To make an object bigger, click and drag the corners diagonally away from the object
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    You can also drag the center of the sides of the blue frame. The blue line shows the frame and where the object will be.
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    To avoid changing the proportions of the object, hold "Shift" and then click and drag the corner of the object
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    Now, the shape will stay proportional. Let go of the mouse button, and the object will be placed.
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    To scale the object from the center, press "Shift" + "Alt" and click and drag the corner of the object
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    Now, when we move the mouse, the object expands from the center; so, it moves equally from all edges. Let go of the mouse button to apply your scaling.
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    You can also scale our shape by clicking the "Scale Tool" in the vertical toolbar
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    The tool has the symbol with two rectangles and an arrow.
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    Now, you can rescale the shape as before
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    If you decide to scale with numerical values, double-click "Scale Tool"
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    This brings up a dialogue box.
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    Click and drag the "Scale" window to the side
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    Check the "Preview" box to see what is happening with your shape
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    That changes the shape on the canvas but applies no changes.
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    Clicking the "Uniform" option allows us to keep the shape in proportion
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    Clicking the "Non-uniform" option gives us a horizontal and vertical options
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    You can click those and type numbers.
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    We can also check "Scale Strokes & Effects"
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    Click "OK" to apply the changes to the object
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