CreativePro Tip of the Week: Make Illustrator Do the Math for You

This CreativePro Tip of the Week on making Illustrator do the math for you was sent to CreativeProse email subscribers on February 22, 2017.

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Ever struggle to figure out the exact number to enter in one of Illustrator’s panels because the math is tricky? You don’t have to figure out the correct value to enter in the Transform panel or the Control panel. Instead, make Illustrator do the math for you. Enter * to multiply, / to divide, + to add, and – to subtract. For example, say you had an object 335 pixels wide and were told to make it two and a half times bigger. You could enter 335px*2.5 in the Width Value field and press Return or Enter.


Posted on: March 3, 2017

Mike Rankin

Mike is the Editor in Chief of, InDesign Magazine, and He is also the author of several video training series, including Font Management Essential Training, InDesign FX, and InDesign CC: Interactive Document Fundamentals.

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