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): enter image description here

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?

  • $\begingroup$ possible duplicated? blender.stackexchange.com/q/52308/19287 $\endgroup$
    – Dan
    Commented Jan 9, 2017 at 16:27
  • $\begingroup$ Not quite what I was looking for. I want to scale it to be bigger, while keeping the shape even. $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 9, 2017 at 16:39
  • $\begingroup$ When u scale press alt+s $\endgroup$
    – atek
    Commented Jan 9, 2017 at 16:40
  • $\begingroup$ I tried that but I still get the same result. $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 9, 2017 at 16:43

1 Answer 1


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.

Outset option


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.

enter image description here

  • $\begingroup$ Much closer to what I wanted, but I don't wish for the height from where it is scaled to change. $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 9, 2017 at 19:23
  • $\begingroup$ @EmeraldEelEntertainment You can simply move the extruded face in the z-axis and snap it to one of the vertices $\endgroup$
    – Kidus
    Commented Jan 9, 2017 at 19:28
  • $\begingroup$ 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. $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 9, 2017 at 19:42
  • $\begingroup$ @EmeraldEelEntertainment, snapping to grid may not always work. It's better to snap to vertex. See the updated answer. $\endgroup$
    – Kidus
    Commented Jan 9, 2017 at 19:58
  • $\begingroup$ Hm, I could have sworn I used that option. I will take this into account the next time. $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 9, 2017 at 20:10

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