Questions about the automation and extending of functionality through the use of scripts within Adobe Illustrator.

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Outline Dashed Line Stroke: How to order objects?

I'm trying to use Outline Stroke on a dashed line but it creates a bunch of objects that cascade down to both sides, like so: Is there a way to make Outline Stroke follow one direction through the ...
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Illustrator script to add colors from selected object onto artboard as swatches?

I'm looking for a way to add color chips, along with their color name onto the artboard based on a selected object. I work in textile and print design, need to create a mill-sheet listing out every ...
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How to repeat a gradient multiple times in Illustrator and Photoshop?

How to repeat a gradient 'n' times, for example, repeating black to white gradient 5 times (along the path of stroke) like I've done manually in below example image. Is there a way to automate it to ...
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Automatic resize and placement of multiple images in Illustrator

I am looking to place resize and place multiple images side by side inside a file (or multiple .ai files) automatically. Does anyone know of a way to do it?
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Why am I getting dotted grey edges on my batch exported images?

I have created a script which batch exports an ai file into an SVG file and multiple sizes of JPG and PNG files. The script creates three directories in the parent directory of the directory the ai ...
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rotation target and illustrator actions

I'm building a set of actions to help myself create pie charts, one segment create a line segment at a certain point (from the artboard center out), and the attempts to rotate it around the same point ...
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Batch copy/paste of rectangular images in square images?

I have got more than 1000 rectangular images (640x400) with a transparent background that I want to resize (to 600x375) and then copy/paste (centered) in a 600x600 transparent image. In other words, ...
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Create 2 morphable SVGs

I am trying to create 2 SVGs that can be morphed from one another in order to use them in an Android app. However, the requirements are rather strict: The 2 SVGs (from and to) must have the same ...
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Is there a way in Adobe Illustrator to import a path from a list of points?

I want to be able to take a list of point coordinates created by a script and import them as a path. The list would be just be a text document with the coordinates separated by line breaks. Is there a ...
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Illustrator default unit with Applescript

When sketching with Adobe Illustrator thanks to Applescript, I faced a little problem regarding the default document units. Indeed, the default unit with scripts is points but I want to work in ...
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Illustrator action to embed all external objects

To embed all external objects in Illustrator I do this: Open the Links panel Select all the linked objects (select first, shift+clik on last) Select Embed object(s) from the dropdown menu in the ...
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How to batch save data driven graphics with a script in Illustrator?

I build data-driven graphics in Illustrator and am able to run a batch "Save to PDF" action on these graphics. Can I do the batch "Save to PDF" action with a script instead? My thinking is that the ...
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How to wipe the active document clean at the beginning of a script?

I want to have a blank slate at the start of my script. My two current approaches both have downsides. First, I create a new document at the start of the script. However, during development, I test ...
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How to get the coordinates of different points in Illustrator?

While writing a script, I have to go through a lot of trial and error to simply get a text frame to appear where I want it to be. The main hurdle is that I can't tell in advance where a [200, 200] ...
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frame around the selected area to the script in Illustrator

var idoc = app.activeDocument; var sel = idoc.selection; var blk_color = new CMYKColor(); blk_color.cyan = 100; for (i=0; i<sel.length; i++) { var pgItem = sel[i]; var ...
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How to copy illustrator opacity mask via script?

Situation - I have a group that contains some objects partially covered by opacity mask to emulate blurred edge. It is very easy to copy-paste such group in Illustrator - and copied group contais the ...
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Using Paper.js with Illustrator

I've been searching for a way to get the average color of a raster image, to use in a vector grid in front of it to create a mosaic effect - the "Object > Create Object Mosaic..." menu option does not ...
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How to “save for web” multiple Illustrator files with Illustrator script?

I have about 55 ai files and i wanted to save for web for all these files using adobe illustrator script. I wanted to save all of them at 1200 percent size of the document size.
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Does anyonw have a script for adding sequential numbers (as a prefix) to layer names in Illustrator [closed]

I'm looking for a script that can add sequential numbers as a prefix to existing names of layers in Adobe Illustrator. Does anyone here known of one? Or, could you direct me to where I may find one? ...
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How to make random dots in different sizes and spaces between the dots in Illustrator?

I am trying to make something similar to this? Obviously it's possible to make it manually piece by piece, but I am looking for some kind of automated feature in Illustrator to achieve this? Is this ...
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Script to add numbers to end of AI layer names?

I figure this script would be fairly easy to write since its a simple task but I know next to nothing regarding javascript. Essentially all I want to do is add numbers to the layer names, the top ...
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How to change multiple colors in the same text area quickly?

As shown picture, how can I change the color of "Ms" or "Mr" in one go? Any Way or Script?
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illustrator actions - live trace settings

I'm trying to set a macro to batch vectorize png to svg vectors, but i'm stuck at the Live Trace action. Illustrator will only use the default preset, how can overwrite the default preset OR create an ...
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Is there a way to automate reversing the order of artboards in Illustrator?

Is there a way to reverse the order of artboards so that pages 1 2 3 4 become 4 3 2 1 ? I am trying to extract the English pages from a bilingual booklet and changing each artboard manually is not the ...
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Illustrator Scripting - Preference Strings - How to obtain?

This is a followup question to the answer in script-to-automatically-snap-all-points-to-grid-in-adobe-illustrator. In the answer getIntegerPreference is used to find the grid setting. But the question ...
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Script to automatically snap all points to grid in Adobe Illustrator?

How would you write a script to move all points of all selected paths to the nearest (non-pixel grid) grid point? e.g. I want all of the points of each polygon/path to snap to the nearest point on ...
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How to select low resolution images in illustrator?

I am getting EPS/PDF files with lots of tiny images in it an those tiny images are having resolution lesser than 150 dpi and while masked. When it is lesser than 150dpi my preflight server is giving ...
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Illustrator scripting: place image file if it has same name of illustrator file

I'm -slowly- learning how to code using JavaScript in Illustrator, and I'm trying to write a script that automatically picks an image file from a given fixed folder in my hard drive and places it in a ...
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How to set keyboard shortcut to run script in Illustrator

Is there a way to setup a keyboard shortcut to run a custom script in Illustrator? So far I haven't found a way. If this is not possible to do from within Illustrator, is there a 3rd party solution ...
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Embedding data in Illustrator objects

I'm trying to use illustrator to add string or numeric data to various elements (groups,paths, etc.) Is there a way to do this in Illustrator? With inkscape I can use the XML Editor, it's a bit ...
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Is there a script to export illustrator image as multiple file types, colours, sizes?

I have 6 different logos to each be individually saved as Black >> CMYK / RGB >> JPG / TIFF / EPS Colour >> CMYK / RGB >> JPG / TIFF / EPS White >> CMYK / RGB >> JPG / TIFF / EPS Is there a script ...
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How to delete gradient from the swatch

The following is a script that creates a gradient from the fill. However, the gradient is added to the s Swatch. The question is: How to convert this script such that after you apply it, the new ...
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JSX file placing stopped working

I have a .jsx script I'm using to place a set of png files into a clipping group. Was working fine yesterday, today it fails with error code 9080: Unable to set placed item's file, is the file path ...
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Creating a custom Arrowhead [duplicate]

I'm trying to create a custom arrowhead for a set of 500+ pre-made lines. I am currently able to select one of the default arrowheads from the stroke toolbar, but I need to create a cone shaped one (...
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Illustrator Script to Release All Clipping Masks & Groupings, Etc.

Is there a script available for Illustrator that would allow for all clipping masks, groupings and compound paths to be released? Essentially a script that could breakdown a file to it's original ...
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How to bend multiple lines of a graph in AI CS5?

I have created a radar chart with three axes, and I would like to make all the lines in the graph curved instead of straight. I havent found a satisfying way to bend all the paths (i.e. the edges of ...
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Is there a way to import and iterate text data from excel to illustrator? [duplicate]

I am making a card game and I have a spreadsheet with all the data which I need to put on the cards. Is there a way to get it directly from excel to illustrator (or any other vector app)?
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How to add numbers to Adobe Illustrator anchor points?

You know the "connect the dots" books for children where you connect the dots from 1 to 100 and a picture becomes visible? I would love to do the same in Adobe Illustrator. Is there a way (with any ...
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Merge Point Text Objects Into One Text Area In Illustrator

After importing from PDF I have several single line point text objects which I want to convert to one multiline text area object. Currently I have several lines of text represented as separate point ...
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What is the best way to export an artwork in Illustrator?

I have 18 artworks in an .eps file. I wonder what is the best way to extract/export one of those artwork into a .png/.jpg ? Example I'm not sure if this possible, but is there a way to ...
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Morph vector shapes by more than 100% (shape extrapolation)

I'm looking for the tool that can perform blending/morphing of two vector shapes by more than 100%, i.e. extrapolation. Standalone or online tool or plugin/script will work for me. It shouldn't be ...
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Programmatically creating radiating rows of dots

I want to create a speaker hole pattern like this: But I'm not sure where to start. Can this be achieved without laborious positioning in Illustrator or similar software?
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How to do animation frame pngs?

I wonder if there is any automated way of doing animations like on https://www.dropbox.com/ An image is really a set of frames that is cyckled through with javascript. What I would like to know is if ...
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Adobe Illustrator script to walk through layers while exporting

I am trying to loop over 2 different top layers on my .ai file, each top layer contains several sub layers. The 2 top layers are icons (usual ui stuff) and modifiers (like plus and minus symbols). I ...
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How to get the x/y position of multiple points on an artboard

I've got a bunch of objects on an artboard and I'd like to know the X/Y positions of them all. It would be fine to either have pixel values, or a % from the sides of the artboard. Importantly, I don'...
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Illustrator: Edit text in multiple text boxes at the same time

I have two text boxes that I need to have identical text, but in different fonts. Is there any way I can edit only the text content of both at the same time (keeping the fonts different).
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Automated method of setting ideal sizes and positions of symbols or logos of various proportions, when put together (ignoring any text) [duplicate]

I always spend too much time trying to scale symbols or logos that are supposed to look harmoniously next to each other, like below: These seem to be acceptable to me, but I wonder if there is any ...
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Scripting In photoshop and Illustrator

I'm a graphic designer, but I have never been into coding, now I want to learn Scripting for adobe programs like photoshop and illustrator, What would be a good place for a non developer to start ...
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Illustrator: How to draw circles at control points?

I drew a polygon using the pen tool. Now I'd like to draw small circles (illustrating vertices) at the polygon control points.
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Connecting dots on Illustrator

Is that possible to connect dots in Adobe Illustrator, automatically? To do something like this: