How to get black points' coordinates?

Hi everybody

In the picture there is a line with black points. While I know how to get the anchor points coordinates with the mouse cursor, I would love to know how to get the information of the black points' coordinates. An additional goal would be to export the points' coordinates into a text file.

Can someone help me?

Cheers and thanks for any hints, Matt

  • The info window shows the cursor location. Beyond that you'd need to either expand the circles thus giving them each anchor points or add anchor points yourself.
    – Ryan
    Jul 1, 2015 at 20:50
  • I think you need to be specific on the app. Each will have it's own method if possible. Since your screenshot is AI... can you expand the blend?
    – Scott
    Jul 1, 2015 at 20:51

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To help with your additional goal:

I am working on a project that has this requirement, so I put together a small Illustrator script that exports a JSON file including points in each layer. It's pretty basic right now, but you may find it useful: https://github.com/elcontraption/illustrator-point-coordinate-exporter

As of now it only works with polygons, and there is no differentiation between shapes in a layer. It will output an object named for each layer, containing an array of all points within that layer.

  • Update: each path in a layer gets its own array of points.
    – darinreid
    Jan 7, 2016 at 1:17
  1. Select your Path
  2. Object > Path > Outline Stroke

Now all the circles should be Path which you can easily select with the direct selection tool (the white Arrow) getting the exact coordinates for their center points.

Bonus Points: You can also doubling click on the line to go into isolation mode, making it easier to select a single circle. If you have one select you can cut it and if you do Edit > Insert at original position you can isolate it for good.

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