I tried to create an action to automate "duplicate artboard" in Illustrator CC but it was not possible. I would like to know if there is any script to do this. enter image description here


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Yea the problem is, it's not a recordable action, and while it appears simple on the surface, there's apparently a lot to duplicating an artboard. But, you can augment the code with your needs. This snippet will make a new artboard and use copy/paste to put the items on the new artboard. If the new artboard happens to be off the side of the pasteboard, that's a code edit. If you happen to have 1000 artboards already and adding the next one throws an error or causes a crash, that's a code edit. If you have a problem with how it trashes your existing selection, or clipboard, you better believe that's a code edit!

But here is my simple sample!

#target illustrator
function test(){
    var doc = app.activeDocument;
    var thisBoardIndex = doc.artboards.getActiveArtboardIndex();
    var thisBoard = doc.artboards[thisBoardIndex];
    var thisRect = thisBoard.artboardRect;
    var lastBoard = doc.artboards[doc.artboards.length - 1];
    var lastRect = lastBoard.artboardRect;
    var newBoard = doc.artboards.add(thisRect);
    var offsetH = 20;
    newBoard.artboardRect = [
        lastRect[2] + offsetH,
        lastRect[2] + offsetH + (thisRect[2] - thisRect[0]),
    newBoard.name = thisBoard.name + " copy";
    doc.selection = null;
  • My friend, what you did works perfectly for me. I tried to get the content pasted into a new layer, but it did not work. Do you have a solution for this? If you not have, no problem, you've helped a lot. I added targetLayer = doc.layers.add(); Commented Feb 6, 2018 at 13:14
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    Then you'd have to do a loop and move all of the selection into the new layer, after the pasteFront command runs and before you deselect things. The loop may need to go backwards: for(var i = doc.selection.length - 1; i > -1; i--), and the move command is like this: doc.selection[i].move(targetLayer, ElementPlacement.PLACEATEND);
    – Silly-V
    Commented Feb 6, 2018 at 16:45
  • @Silly-V Throws the following error when I run the script: Error 1200: an illustrator error occured.... Line 13: -> newBoard.artboardRect = [. Is it possible to fix this?
    – Devner
    Commented Jul 25, 2020 at 19:34
  • Sorry, I can't reproduce this error at all. Maybe it's got something to do with the way your document is laid out?
    – Silly-V
    Commented Jul 25, 2020 at 20:37

For Coping the layer as crazy as it is that one is a recordable action so you could use that to copy the layer then run the action as a batch on the needed folder.

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