# How to scale Faces evenly?

Here I have created a rectangularly-shaped object.

• I applied the scale using Ctrl+A and then selected the bottom face.
• I press E to extrude, tap enter and then S to scale.
• I hold the Shift+Z to scale the face only on the X and Y axis

It doesn't scale evenly (see below):

I have no idea how to get around this problem. Is there a way to scale it evenly, sort of like a reverse inset function?

• possible duplicated? blender.stackexchange.com/q/52308/19287 – Dan Jan 9 '17 at 16:27
• Not quite what I was looking for. I want to scale it to be bigger, while keeping the shape even. – Emerald Eel Entertainment Jan 9 '17 at 16:39
• When u scale press alt+s – atek Jan 9 '17 at 16:40
• I tried that but I still get the same result. – Emerald Eel Entertainment Jan 9 '17 at 16:43

What you need is the "Inset" tool. This tool has an "Outset" option which works for your situation.

• First select the face
• Press I then hit Enter
• Either press F6 to bring up the operator settings or go to the Tool Shelf (if it's not visible bring it up using T)
• Check the Outset option.
• In the operator settings, increase the Depth as desired.

Update

If you don't want the height to change, simply set the snap element to "Vertex" and move the face in the z-axis while holding the Ctrl key.

• Much closer to what I wanted, but I don't wish for the height from where it is scaled to change. – Emerald Eel Entertainment Jan 9 '17 at 19:23
• @EmeraldEelEntertainment You can simply move the extruded face in the z-axis and snap it to one of the vertices – Kidus Jan 9 '17 at 19:28
• I think I figured it out (at least for this kind of model). I changed the snap settings to increment and made sure that absolute grid alignment was enabled; I then shifted it to where the original extrude point was, then extruded down to add the base. – Emerald Eel Entertainment Jan 9 '17 at 19:42
• @EmeraldEelEntertainment, snapping to grid may not always work. It's better to snap to vertex. See the updated answer. – Kidus Jan 9 '17 at 19:58
• Hm, I could have sworn I used that option. I will take this into account the next time. – Emerald Eel Entertainment Jan 9 '17 at 20:10