Questions about methods and scripts for automation and alterations by programming language within Adobe Illustrator.

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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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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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Illustrator script - create objects, rotated and centred with a selected object

Edit: Oops, it's working! It seems that the problem has been solved by loading the updated script via File / Script / Other File... option. Before the stroke width change wasn't affecting the ...
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How can I automatically group each shape with the text inside it for a huge collection of rectangles?

I have a .dwg (AutoCad file) map full of fields (rectangles) that I'm manipulating with Illustrator. Each rectangle has a text inside it that indicates its number. The problem is that there is no ...
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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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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 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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How to repeat the last run script in Illustrator?

If I run a script, is there a way to run it again without doing File|Scripts|My_script?
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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 Javascript 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 HD and places it in a fixed ...
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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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How to set the rotation point and use Transform Each in Illustrator?

I have a triangle I'm trying to rotate in Illustrator using the Object->Transform->Transform Each command, but I can't figure out how to set the rotation point like I can if I just use Free ...
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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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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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Can you pull a spectrum of colors (create a swatch group) from persons face?

I'm trying to do a low poly(gon) of my brothers face. I have his .jpeg in illustrator, I'd like to to try the following with the least amount of energy / time. If .ai can do something that saves me ...
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How to create a vector curve programmatically?

I want to create a vector curve that is symmetric in the top and the bottom. For example, in this baseball icon (How to draw a baseball in Pixelmator?), if I try to write the vector as suggested by ...
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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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Script to nudge by 1/10 in Illustrator

I wrote a script to nudge by 1/10 in Illustrator (like in InDesign). It works, but only for the whole object, even if I only select some anchors. Is there a way for it to work as well when only ...
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Convert text to paragraph text in Illustrator

Is there any quick way to convert text created at point (automatically resizable boundaries) to a area (paragraph) text (with fixed boundaries) in Illustrator CS3?
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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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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 ...
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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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Illustrator - action to adjust line weight

I'm unable to get an action to open the file/select all/adjust line weight/save/close. (for example - .48 to .25) The process works - but the results are the original line weight. Is there a ...
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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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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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scripting: create a user input form? [closed]

I havent been able to find any references that this should be possible, maybe you can assist ? What i would like to do is to add a user interface for our designers when dealing with a specific object ...
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Is there a way to create an action or script to select and embed external file(s) placed in an Illustrator file?

As a follow-up to my question Is there a way to expand linked EPS file placed inside another EPS file in Illustrator? I am now trying to create an action to select and embed external file(s) placed ...
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Connecting dots on Illustrator

Is that possible to connect dots in Adobe Illustrator, automatically? To do something like this:
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Tapering spiral text - tried text on path, art brush, and envelope distort [duplicate]

Using Illustrator CC 2014: I'm trying to create a spiraled text in which the text size decreases as it spirals inward. I've tried putting the text on a path created using the spiral tool and ...
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How to reference a sublayer by name in an Illustrator script?

How can one reference a sublayer in functions like setLayerVisibility, that accept layer names as arguments? I tried setLayerVisibility("MyLayerName.MySublayerName", true) , but that was ...
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Divide a path into equally parts

I'm looking a way or tool to divide a spline or path in equal parts, or, what is the same, equidistant points (anchors). This is a very common question, but i haven't found an answer. Also, is pretty ...
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How to auto fill dates while doing a calendar?

I want to make a useful calendar in AI. Thus far I have made 12 columns, which each stand for a month, and around 31 boxes in each with days and weekdays listed. There has to be a box because I want ...
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How to export large amount of objects to separate images in InDesign?

I have this photo album with two layers, layouted in InDesign (CS6): On the first layer I have all the graphic elements (the gras and the yellow elements) On the second layer are portraits (the ...
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Can I use Illustrator to import text data and populate text boxes?

I have a long list of organizations in one column in my csv. I would like to populate separate text boxes within one Illustrator file with this data. These text boxes are not in a table, but in a ...
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Repeatingly increase an object size with certain amount of px

Fairly new to AI, certainly to scripting. I'm trying to recreate this poster: The problem I'm having is that I want to automate the creation of the large amount of circles. I want to record an ...
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Illustrator: Selecting all objects across x axis

Ok so I got this huge document, about 1.5 x 1.2 metters and because I was working a little bit fast the aligning of some elements wasn't pixel perfect but is more or less accurate. Now that I've ...
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Is it possible to realize this particular type of radial gradient in AI?

I came across a LaTeX package called pst-slpe. It is part of the PSTricks bundle for generating ps graphics in LaTeX. A particular type or gradient, called radslope (or radslopes) is defined in this ...