I don’t know how to ask this question in general form so I will begin with an example. I would like to scale (and/or resize) the orange rectangle, but keep the two blue squares (1) the same size, and (2) anchored to the corners of the orange rectangle.
So, starting from here
resizing the group gives
(note how the blue rectangles got distorted)
when what I really want is
Is there a good way to accomplish this? Of course, if I only wanted to do this once, I can align manually. But I will need to do it often and in more complex cases. So I would like to know if there is a principled way of doing this!
Groups are pretty blunt tools; either things are grouped or they are not. Since all of the objects are part of a group, they will all be treated as a single object.
The only way around this would be to use the direct selection tool (the white arrow, not the black arrow, at the top of the tool bar), drag-select the parts you want to move, and then click+drag them to the desired location.