How do I enlarge a pattern that I have imported without increasing the size of the objects in the pattern?

Asked by Debby Holda on 2018-04-07

How do I enlarge a pattern that I have imported without increasing the size of the objects in the pattern? It is an AI file if that makes any difference. I import files of multiple patterns from Freepik and I need to enlarge the small portion that comes with but I don't want objects in the pattern to get any larger.

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Hachmann (marenhachmann) said : #1

Can you share a link to an uploaded file and some kind of drawing that explains what exactly you mean?

I can think of these meanings:

- you want to increase the distances between the objects in your pattern
- you want to change the size of the patterned object, but the pattern should remain the same

Debby Holda (debbyholda) said : #2

for instance this download on Freepik shows a choice of three patterns:

What you get in the AI download is a small piece of the three choices of patterns. They each need to be enlarged if you want the pattern to cover a large paper.

So moving the handles of the pattern on your computer screen in order to enlarge it enough to cover an 8 X 10 inch area if you printed it out, then the patterns objects enlarge also. I don't want them to. I want them to stay the same size but create more of those shapes in the newly acquired empty space from the enlarging.

Like a piece of paper you design for scrapbooking. Then you take just a piece of the actual pattern and put it in a download that other people can utilize. You have to make that small piece larger to get the original paper design. But I don't want any of the items in the pattern to change. I just want the whole paper design.

Hachmann (marenhachmann) said : #3

Works for me with the linked file (ai) in Inkscape 0.92.3, using the internal import.

The eps file gives single tiles that are not patterned objects (and is a lot slower, too). They can be converted to a pattern by doing Object > Pattern > Object to Pattern.

However, I get three patterned objects from the ai file, so it's not needed.

Did you use the ai file?
Which import settings did you use?
Which Inkscape version are you using?

Hachmann (marenhachmann) said : #4

Oh, and switch to node tool to edit the size of the object.

Or deactivate the option to 'move patterns along with objects' when you use the selection tool - it's on the far right of its tool controls bar.

Debby Holda (debbyholda) said : #5

Yes, I use the AI file. It always worked before and just stopped for some reason. It seems there was a setting in preferences that made it work but don't know why it stopped all of a sudden. I import by just opening up Inkscape>File>open and then clicking on the AI file I want.

Debby Holda (debbyholda) said : #6

I uninstalled Inkscape and reinstalled. I have the latest version.

Hachmann (marenhachmann) said : #7

Can you try the things described in comment #4 for possible solutions, Debby?

Debby Holda (debbyholda) said : #8

Yes it works and thank you ever so much for your time and help!!!