Adobe Illustrator CC 2014 Reference: AppleScript

Adobe Illustrator CC 2014 Reference: AppleScript
ADOBE® ILLUSTRATOR® CC 2014
ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR CC 2014
SCRIPTING REFERENCE:
APPLESCRIPT
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Adobe Illustrator CC 2014 Scripting Reference: AppleScript
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Contents
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AppleScript Objects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
application . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
artboard, artboards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
AutoCAD export options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
AutoCAD options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
brush, brushes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
character . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
character style, character styles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
CMYK color info . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
color info . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
color management options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
color separation options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
compound path item, compound path items . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
coordinate options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
dataset, datasets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
document, documents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
document preset . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
ellipse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
EPS save options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
Flash export options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
flattening options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
font options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
FreeHand options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
FXG save options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
GIF export options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
gradient, gradients . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
gradient color info . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
gradient stop, gradient stops . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
gradient stop info . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
graph item, graph items . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
graphic style, graphic styles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
gray color info . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
group item, group items . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
Illustrator preferences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
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Illustrator save options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
image capture options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78
ink . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
ink properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
insertion point . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81
job options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83
JPEG export options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
Lab color info . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87
layer, layers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
legacy text item, legacy text items . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
line . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93
matrix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
mesh item, mesh items . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
no color info . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102
non native item, non native items . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103
open options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104
page item, page items . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105
page marks options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108
paper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109
paper options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110
paper properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111
paragraph, paragraphs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112
paragraph style, paragraph styles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122
path item, path items . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130
path point, path points . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132
path point info . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134
pattern, patterns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135
pattern color info . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136
PDF options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137
PDF save options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138
Photoshop export options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144
Photoshop options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146
placed item, placed items . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147
plugin item, plugin items . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148
PNG8 export options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149
PNG24 export options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151
polygon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153
postscript options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154
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PPD file . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155
PPD properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156
print options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158
printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160
printer properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161
raster effect options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163
raster item, raster items . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164
rasterize options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166
rectangle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167
RGB color info . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169
rounded rectangle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170
screen properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171
screen spot function . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172
separation screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173
spot, spots . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174
spot color info . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 176
star . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177
story, stories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178
SVG export options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180
swatch, swatches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183
swatchgroup, swatchgroups . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184
symbol, symbols . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185
symbol item, symbol items . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187
tab stop info, tab stops . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188
tag, tags . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189
text . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 190
text font, text fonts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 192
text frame, text frames . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193
text path item, text path items . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 197
TIFF export options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200
tracingobject, tracings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201
tracing options, multiple tracing options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 202
variable, variables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 205
view, views . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 206
word . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208
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AppleScript Commands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215
Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215
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activate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 216
add document . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 217
add spot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218
add swatch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 219
apply . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 220
apply character style . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221
apply paragraph style . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 222
arrange . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 223
bring in perspective . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 224
capture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225
change case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 226
close . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 227
colorize . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 228
concatenate matrix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 229
concatenate rotation matrix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 230
concatenate scale matrix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 231
concatenate translation matrix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 232
convert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 233
convert area object to point object . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 234
convert coordinate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 235
convert point object to area object . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 236
convert sample color . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 237
convert to paths . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 238
copy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 239
count . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 240
cut . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 241
delete . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 242
delete preference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 243
delete workspace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 244
deselect . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 245
display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 246
do javascript . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 247
do script . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 248
duplicate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 249
equal matrices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250
embed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 251
exists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 252
expand tracing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 253
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export . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 254
export PDF preset . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 255
export perspective grid preset . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 256
export print preset . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 257
export variables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 258
fit artboard to selected art . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 259
get . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 260
get all swatches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 261
get boolean preference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 262
get identity matrix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 263
get internal color . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 264
get integer preference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 265
get perspective active plane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 266
get PPD info . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 267
get preset file of . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 268
get preset settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 269
get real preference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 270
get rotation matrix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 271
get scale matrix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 272
get scriptable help group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 273
get selected . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 274
get string preference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 275
get translation matrix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 276
hide perspective grid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 277
image capture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 278
import character styles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 279
import paragraph styles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 280
import PDF preset . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 281
import perspective grid preset . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 282
import print preset . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 283
import variables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 284
invert matrix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 285
launch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 286
load color settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 287
load preset . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 288
make . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 289
merge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 290
move . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 291
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open . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 292
paste . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 293
print . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 294
quit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 295
rasterize . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 296
rearrange artboards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 297
redo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 298
redraw . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 299
release tracing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 300
relink . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 301
reset workspace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 302
rotate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303
save . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 304
save workspace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 305
scale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 306
select . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 307
select objects on active artboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 308
select perspective preset . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 309
set . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 310
set boolean preference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 311
set integer preference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 312
set perspective active plane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 313
set real preference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 314
set string preference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 315
show perspective grid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 316
show presets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 317
singular matrix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 318
store preset . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 319
switch workspace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 320
trace placed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 321
trace raster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 322
transform . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 323
translate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 324
translate placeholder text . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 325
undo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 326
update . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 327
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AppleScript Objects
This chapter provides a complete, alphaetical reference for the objects and commands in the Adobe®
Illustrator® AppleScript dictionary. For each object, the following information is provided:

Elements that can be contained within the object.

Properties of the object, with read-only status, value type, and a description.

Valid commands, with links to sections in Chapter 2, “AppleScript Commands, which describes all
commands in the Illustrator dictionary.

Notes to explain special issues.

Script examples. These example are intended to illustrate concepts; they do not necessarily represent
the best or most efficient way to construct an AppleScript script. Little error checking was done on
them. They assume that the proper context exists for the scripts to execute in; for instance, that there
is a document open or items selected.
For an overview of the Illustrator object model, see Adobe Illustrator CC 2014 Scripting Guide.
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application
application
The Adobe Illustrator application object, which contains all other Illustrator objects.
application elements
Elements
Refer to by
document
name, numeric index, range of elements, before/after another element, satisfying a test
text fonts numeric index, range of elements, before/after another element, satisfying a test
application object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
best type
type class
Read-only. The best type for the
application object’s value. Always
returns reference.
browser available
boolean
Read-only. If true, a web browser is
available.
build number
string
Read-only. The application’s build
number.
class
type class
Read-only. The object’s class, which is
application.
color settings
list of Unicode text
Read-only. The list of color-settings files
currently available for use.
coordinate system
Valid values:
Coordinate system currently in use.
document coordinate system
artboard coordinate system
current document
document
The active (frontmost) document in
Illustrator.
default color
settings
file specification
Read-only. The default color-settings file
for the current application locale.
default type
type class
Read-only. The default type for the
application object’s value. Always
returns reference.
flattener presets
list of Unicode text
Read-only. The list of flattener style
names currently available for use.
free memory
integer
Read-only. The amount of unused
memory (in bytes) within the Illustrator
partition.
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application
Property
Value type
What it is
frontmost
boolean
Read-only. If true, this is the frontmost
(active) application.
locale
string
Read-only. The application’s locale.
name
Unicode text
Read-only. The application’s name (not
related to the filename of the
application file). Always returns "Adobe
Illustrator CC 2014".
paste remembers
layers
boolean
When true, paste operations maintain
layer structure.
PDF presets
list of Unicode text
Read-only. The list of preset PDF-options
names available for use.
PPDs
list of PPD files
Read-only. The list of PPD files currently
available for use. (A document must be
open or an error is returned).
print presets
list of Unicode text
Read-only. The list of preset
printing-options names available for
use.
printers
list of printers
Read-only. The list of installed printers
currently available for use. (A document
must be open or an error is returned).
properties
record
All the application’s properties returned
in a single record. Properties that are
individually read-only remain so in this
record.
scripting version
Unicode text
Read-only. The version of the Scripting
plug-in.
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application
Property
Value type
What it is
selection
anything
All currently selected objects in the
active (frontmost) document.
Illustrator does not support the select
command to change the application’s
current selection. Use set the
selection to in place of select. See
the examples below.
The application’s selection can be
accessed and modified. When there are
no selected objects, selection contains
an empty list, {}. To deselect all objects
in the current document, set selection
to an empty list.
When there is an active insertion point
in the contents of a text frame,
selection returns a reference to the
insertion point. When characters are
selected in the contents of a text frame,
selection returns a reference to the
range of text.
settings
Illustrator preferences
Read-only. Preferences for the Illustrator
application.
startup presets
list of Unicode text
Read-only. The list of preset
printing-options names available for
use.
tracing presets
list of Unicode text
Read-only. The list of preset
tracing-options names available for use.
user interaction
level
Valid values:
The level of interaction with the user
that is allowed when handling script
commands. Default: interact with all
version
Unicode text
interact with all
interact with local
interact with self
never interact
application commands
activate
convert sample color
copy
cut
do script
delete workspace
get preset file of
get scriptable help group
launch
Read-only. The version of the Adobe
Illustrator application.
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application
paste
quit
redraw
reset workspace
save workspace
switch workspace
Select an object
-- Select the first object in the document
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
-- Make sure there is a page item to select
if (document 1 exists) and (page item 1 of document 1 exists) then
set the selection to page item 1 of document 1
end if
end tell
Copy and paste a selection
You do not need to make objects part of the selection to act on them. Selection is useful for moving
objects to and from the clipboard using the cut, copy and paste commands, which act on the current
selection.
Note that Illustrator must be the front-most application when executing commands that involve the
clipboard. This example brings Illustrator to the front using AppleScript’s activate command.
-- Copy current selection to clipboard then paste into a new doc
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
-- If Illustrator is not the frontmost application, activate it.
if not frontmost then activate
-- Make sure there is a document to copy from
if (count documents) > 0 then
set selectedItems to selection of current document
if selectedItems is not {} then
copy
set colorSpace to color space of current document
make new document with properties {color space:colorSpace}
paste
end if
end if
end tell
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artboard, artboards
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artboard, artboards
An artboard object or list of artboard objects. An artboard object represents a single artboard in a
document. There can be between 1 to 100 artboards in one document. You cannot delete the last artboard
in a document.
artboard object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
artboard rectangle
rect
Size and position of the artboard.
best type
type class
Read-only. The best type for the artboard object’s
value. Always returns reference.
class
type class
Read-only. The object’s class, which is artboard.
container
object reference
Read-only. A reference to the document that contains
this artboard.
default type
type class
Read-only. The default type for the artboard object’s
value. Always returns reference.
index
integer
Read-only. The index of this artboard.
name
text
The unique identifying name of this artboard.
properties
record
The properties of this object, returned as a record.
ruler origin
point
Ruler origin of the artboard, relative to the top left
corner of the artboard.
ruler PAR
number (double) Pixel aspect ratio, used in ruler visualization if the units
are pixels. Range: 0.1 to 10.0
show center
boolean
Show center mark.
show cross hairs
boolean
Show cross hairs.
show safe areas
boolean
Show title and action safe areas (for video).
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AutoCAD export options
AutoCAD export options
Options for exporting to an AutoCAD drawing, used with the save command.
AutoCAD export options object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
alter paths for
appearance
boolean
If true, alter paths if needed to maintain
appearance. Default: false
colors
Valid values:
Number of colors to export into AutoCAD file.
max 8 colors
max 16 colors
max 256 colors
true colors
convert text to
outlines
boolean
If true, convert text to outlines. Default: false
export file format
Valid values:
The format to export to. Default: DWG
dxf
DWG
export option
Valid values:
Whether to preserve appearance or editability
maintain appearance
during export. Default: maximize editability
maximize editability
export selected art
only
boolean
If true, export only selected artwork.
Default: false
raster format
Valid values:
Format in which to export raster art.
PNG raster
JPEG raster
If true, scale line weights by the same scaling
factor as the rest of the drawing. Default: false
scale lineweights
boolean
scale unit
Valid values:
autocad
autocad
autocad
autocad
autocad
autocad
scale ratio
number (double)
AutoCAD version
Valid values:
AutoCAD
AutoCAD
AutoCAD
AutoCAD
AutoCAD
AutoCAD
Measurement units from which to map.
points
picas
inches
millimeters
centimeters
pixels
release
release
release
release
release
release
Ratio by which to scale output.
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14
15
18
21
24
The release of AutoCAD to export to.
Default: AutoCAD release 24
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AutoCAD options
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AutoCAD options
Options for opening an AutoCAD drawing, used with the open command.
AutoCAD options object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
center artwork
boolean
If true, center the artwork that is created on the
artboard. Default: true
container
object reference
Read-only. A reference to the document that
contains this object.
global scale option Valid values:
original size
fit artboard
scale by value
How to scale the drawing on import. Default: fit
artboard
global scale
percent
integer
The value when global scale option is scale by
value, expressed as a percentage. Range: 0.0 to
100.0 Default: 100.0
merge layers
boolean
If true, the layers of the artwork are merged.
Default: false
scale lineweights
boolean
If true, scale line weights by the same factor as the
rest of the drawing. Default: false
scale ratio
integer
The ratio by which to scale while mapping units.
Default: 1.0
scale unit
Valid values:
autocad
autocad
autocad
autocad
autocad
autocad
selected layout
name
The unit to map to. Default: autocad millimeters
points
picas
inches
millimeters
centimeters
pixels
Unicode text
Name of the layout in the drawing to import.
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brush, brushes
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brush, brushes
A brush or list of brushes. Brushes are contained in document objects. Scripts cannot create new brushes.
brush object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
best type
type class
Read-only. The best type for the brush object’s value. Always
returns reference.
class
type class
Read-only. The object’s class, which is brush.
container
object reference
Read-only. A reference to the document that contains this brush.
default type
type class
Read-only. The default type for the brush object, which is
reference.
index
integer
Read-only. The index of this brush.
name
Unicode text
The name of this brush.
properties
record
All properties of this object returned as a record.
brush object commands
apply
count
exists
Apply brushes
-- Duplicate the current selection (if it is a single item)
-- and apply each available brush to the new object
tell application "Adobe Illustrator" to ¬
set selectedItems to selection
-- Check for selection of single non-text object
if class of selectedItems is text or (count items of selectedItems) is not 1 then
display dialog "Select a single path item before running this script"
else
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
set pathItem to item 1 of selectedItems
-- Get the item's position and use it to tile the new items below
set {itemX, itemY} to position of pathItem
-- Get a list of all brushes and apply each brush to the selectec item
set brushList to every brush of current document
-- Get coordinates of upper-left of document
set docLeft to 0
set docTop to height of current document
set brushCount to count items of brushList
repeat with i from 1 to brushCount
set aBrush to item i of brushList
set itemOffset to i * 20 -- use to tile the duplicated items
-- Duplicate the selected path item, tiling them from the
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brush, brushes
-- upper-left of the document
set pathRef to duplicate pathItem to beginning of current document ¬
with properties {position:{docLeft + itemOffset, docTop - itemOffset}}
-- Must clear the document's selection before applying a brush
-- since the duplicate above seems to add to it each time through
set selection of current document to {}
apply aBrush to pathRef
end repeat
end tell
end if
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character
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character
Specifies the properties of a character. The text contained within text frames in Illustrator can be accessed
using the character, insertion point, word, line, paragraph, and text classes. The properties and
valid commands for all these classes are similar, but not identical. For example, while character has a
kerning property, the other text classes do not.
character object elements
Elements
Refer to by
character style
name, numeric index, range of elements, before/after another element, satisfying
a test
character
numeric index, range of elements, before/after another element, satisfying a test
insertion point
numeric index, range of elements, before/after another element, satisfying a test
line
numeric index, range of elements, before/after another element, satisfying a test
paragraph style
name, numeric index, range of elements, before/after another element, satisfying
a test
paragraph
numeric index, range of elements, before/after another element, satisfying a test
text
numeric index, range of elements, before/after another element, satisfying a test
word
numeric index, range of elements, before/after another element, satisfying a test
character object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
aki left
real
The amount of inter-glyph space added
to the left side of the glyph in Japanese
text (in thousandths of an em).
aki right
real
The amount of inter-glyph spacing
added to the right side of the glyph in
Japanese text (in thousandths of an
em).
alignment
Valid values:
The character alignment type.
bottom
center
icf bottom
icf top
roman baseline
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character
Property
Value type
What it is
alternate glyphs
Valid values:
Specifies which kind of alternate glyphs
to use.
default
expert
full width
half width
jis78
jis83
proportional width
quarter width
third width
traditional
jis90
jis04
auto leading
boolean
If true, use automatic leading.
baseline direction
Valid values:
The Japanese text baseline direction.
standard
Tate Chu Yoko
vertical rotated
baseline position
Valid values:
normal
subscript
superscript
The baseline position of text.
baseline shift
real
The amount of shift (in points) of the
text baseline.
best type
type class
Read-only. The best type for the
object’s value.
capitalization
Valid values:
Specifies whether the text is normal, all
uppercase, all small caps, or a mix of
small caps and lowercase.
all caps
all small caps
normal
small caps
character offset
integer
Offset of the first character.
class
type class
Read-only. The object’s class.
connection forms
boolean
If true, use the OpenType® connection
forms.
container
reference
Read-only. The object’ s container.
contents
Unicode text
The text content.
contextual
ligature
boolean
If true, use the contextual ligature.
default type
type class
Read-only. The default type for the
object’s value.
discretionary
ligature
boolean
If true, use the discretionary ligature.
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character
Property
Value type
What it is
figure style
Valid values:
Specifies the figure style to use in an
OpenType font.
default
proportional
proportional oldstyle
tabular
tabular oldstyle
fill color
color info
The color of the text fill.
fractions
boolean
If true, use OpenType fractions.
horizontal scale
real
The horizontal scaling factor for the
character.
index
integer
Read-only. The index of this instance of
the object.
italics
boolean
If true, the Japanese OpenType
supports italics.
kerning
integer
Controls the spacing between two
characters, in thousandths of an em
space.
kerning method
Valid values:
The type of automatic kerning method
to use.
none
Auto
Optical
metricsromanonly
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character
Property
Value type
What it is
language
Valid values:
The language.
Bokmal Norwegian
Brazillian Portuguese
Bulgarian
Canadian French
Catalan
Chinese
Czech
Danish
Dutch
Dutch 2005 Reform
English
Finnish
German 2006 Reform
Greek
Hungarian
Icelandic
Italian
Japanese
Nynorsk Norwegian
old German
Polish
Romanian
Russian
Spanish
Serbian
standard French
standard German
standard Portuguese
Swedish
Swiss German
Swiss German 2006
Reform
Turkish
UK English
Ukranian
leading
real
The amount of space between two
lines of text, in points.
length
integer
The length (in characters). Minimum: 0
ligature
boolean
If true, use the ligature.
no break
boolean
If true, no break is allowed.
ordinals
boolean
If true, use the OpenType ordinals.
ornaments
boolean
If true, use the OpenType ornaments.
overprint fill
boolean
If true, overprint the fill of the text.
overprint stroke
boolean
If true, overprinting of the stroke of the
text is allowed.
properties
record
All properties of this object returned as
a record.
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character
Property
Value type
What it is
proportional
metrics
boolean
If true, Japanese OpenType supports
proportional fonts.
rotation
real
The character rotation angle in
degrees.
selection
text or list of text
Read-only. The selected text.
size
real
The font size in points.
story
story
Read-only. The story that contains the
object.
strike through
boolean
If true, characters use strike-through
style.
stroke color
color info
The color of the text stroke.
stroke weight
real
Line width of stroke.
stylistic
alternates
boolean
If true, use OpenType stylistic
alternates.
swash
boolean
If true, use the OpenType swash
character.
TCY horizontal
integer
The Tate-Chu-Yoko horizontal
adjustment in points.
TCY vertical
integer
The Tate-Chu-Yoko vertical adjustment
in points.
text font
text font
The text font.
titling
boolean
If true, use the OpenType titling
alternates.
tracking
integer
The tracking or range kerning amount
in thousandths of an em.
Tsume
real
The percentage of space reduction
around a Japanese character.
underline
boolean
If true, characters use underline style.
vertical scale
real
Character vertical scaling factor,
expressed as a percentage (100 is
100%).
warichu characters
after break
long
How the characters in Wari-Chu text (an
inset note in Japanese text) are divided
into two or more lines.
warichu characters
before break
long
How the characters in Wari-Chu text (an
inset note in Japanese text) are divided
into two or more lines.
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character
Property
Value type
What it is
warichu enabled
boolean
If true, Wari-Chu is enabled.
warichu gap
integer
The Wari-Chu line gap in points.
warichu
justification
Valid values:
The Wari-Chu justification.
warichu lines
integer
The number of Wari-Chu (multiple text
lines fit into a space meant for one)
lines.
warichu scale
real
The Wari-Chu scale.
auto justify
center
full justify last line center
full justify
full justify last line left
full justify last line right
left
right
character object commands
apply character style
change case
count
delete
deselect
duplicate
exists
make
move
select
Make selected text superscript
-- Make the currently selected text superscript
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
-- Make sure one or more characters of text are selected
set selectedText to selection of current document
if class of selectedText is text or ¬
class of selectedText is character then
-- Adjust the properties of the selected text to superscript it
set fontSize to size of selectedText
set fontBaseline to baseline shift of selectedText
set properties of selectedText to ¬
{size:fontSize / 2, baseline shift:fontBaseline + (fontSize / 2)}
end if
end tell
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character
Stretch characters
This example demonstrates how to use character properties to create unique effects from a script.
--Distort every character in the first text frame of a document
--by decreasing the horizontal scaling of each character to the midpoint
--then increasing from the mid point to the end (a smaller value here
--means more difference between largest and smallest horizontal
--scaling of the characters)
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
-- Is there is a document and a text frame to work with
if (exists text frame 1 of current document) then
-- Make sure the text frame contains some text
set textframe to first text frame of current document
if textframe is not "" then -- contains some text
-- Gather info needed to calculate the scale factor
set characterCount to count characters in textframe
set factor to (characterCount + 1) / 2
-- Iterate over each character, changing its horizontal scale
repeat with i from 1 to characterCount
set hScaling to (factor - i) / factor
if hScaling < 0 then set hScaling to -hScaling
set widthScale to 100 + 100 * hScaling
set horizontal scale of character i of text frame 1 of document 1 to
widthScale
end repeat
end if
end if
end tell
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character style, character styles
character style, character styles
A named style that specifies character attributes.
NOTE: Character attributes do not have default values, and are undefined until explicitly set.
character style object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
aki left
real
The left aki (in thousandths of an em).
aki right
real
The right aki (in thousandths of an em).
alignment
Valid values:
The character alignment type.
bottom
center
icf bottom
icf top
roman baseline
top
alternate glyphs
Valid values:
The alternate glyphs form.
default
Traditional
Expert
jis78
jis83
half width
third width
quarter width
full width
proportional width
jis90
jis04
alternate
ligature
boolean
If true, use the alternate ligature.
auto leading
boolean
If true, use automatic leading.
baseline
direction
Valid values:
The Japanese text baseline direction.
baseline position
Valid values:
standard
Tate Chu Yoko
vertical rotated
The baseline position of text.
normal
subscript
superscript
baseline shift
real
The amount of shift (in points) of the text
baseline.
best type
type class
Read-only. The best type for the object’s
value.
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Property
Value type
What it is
capitalization
Valid values:
The case of the text.
all caps
all small caps
normal
small caps
class
type class
Read-only. The object’s class.
connection forms
boolean
If true, use the OpenType connection
forms.
contextual
ligature
boolean
If true, use the contextual ligature.
container
reference
Read-only. The object’s container.
default type
type class
Read-only. The default type for the
object’s value.
discretionary
ligature
boolean
If true, use the discretionary ligature.
figure style
Valid values:
Specifies which figure style to use in the
OpenType font.
default
proportional
proportional oldstyle
tabular
tabular oldstyle
fill color
color info
The color of the text fill.
fractions
boolean
If true, use the OpenType fractions.
horizontal scale
real
Character horizontal scaling factor
expressed as a percentage (100 = 100%).
index
integer
Read-only. The index of this instance of
the object.
italics
boolean
If true, the Japanese OpenType supports
italics.
kerning method
Valid values:
The automatic kerning method to use.
auto
none
optical
metricsromanonly
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Property
Value type
What it is
language
Valid values:
The language.
Bokmal Norwegian
Brazillian Portuguese
Bulgarian
Canadian French
Catalan
Chinese
Czech
Danish
Dutch
Dutch 2005 Reform
English
Finnish
German 2006 Reform
Greek
Hungarian
Icelandic
Italian
Japanese
Nynorsk Norwegian
old German
Polish
Romanian
Russian
Spanish
Serbian
standard French
standard German
standard Portuguese
Swedish
Swiss German
Swiss German 2006 Reform
Turkish
UK English
Ukranian
leading
real
The amount of space between two lines
of text, in points.
ligature
boolean
If true, use the ligature.
name
Unicode text
The character style’s name.
OpenType position
Valid values:
The OpenType font baseline position.
default
denominator
numerator
subscript
superscript
ordinals
boolean
If true, use the OpenType ordinals.
ornaments
boolean
If true, use the OpenType ornaments.
overprint fill
boolean
If true, the fill of the text should be
overprinted.
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Property
Value type
What it is
overprint stroke
boolean
If true, the stroke of the text should be
overprinted.
properties
record
All properties of this object returned as a
record.
proportional
metrics
boolean
If true, the Japanese OpenType font
supports proportional glyphs.
rotation
real
The character rotation angle in degrees.
size
real
The font size in points.
strike through
boolean
If true, characters use strike-through
style.
stroke color
color info
The color of the text stroke.
stroke weight
real
The line width of the stroke.
stylistic
alternates
boolean
If true, use the OpenType stylistic
alternates.
swash
boolean
If true, use the OpenType swash glyph.
TCY horizontal
integer
The Tate-Chu-Yoko horizontal
adjustment in points.
TCY vertical
integer
The Tate-Chu-Yoko vertical adjustment in
points.
text font
text
The text font.
titling
boolean
If true, use the OpenType titling
alternates.
tracking
integer
The tracking or range kerning amount in
thousands of an em.
Tsume
real
The percentage of space reduction
around a Japanese character (100 =
100%).
underline
boolean
If true, characters use underline style.
vertical scale
real
The character vertical scaling factor
expressed as a percentage (100 = 100%).
warichu
characters after
break
integer
How the characters in Wari-Chu text (an
inset note in Japanese text) are divided
into two or more lines.
warichu
characters before
break
integer
How the characters in Wari-Chu text (an
inset note in Japanese text) are divided
into two or more lines.
warichu enabled
boolean
If true, Wari-Chu is enabled.
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Property
Value type
What it is
warichu gap
integer
The Wari-Chu line gap.
warichu
justification
Valid values:
The Wari-Chu justification.
warichu lines
integer
The number of Wari-Chu (multiple text
lines fit into a space meant for one) lines.
warichu scale
real
The Wari-Chu scale.
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auto justify
center
full justify last line center
full justify
full justify last line left
full justify last line right
left
right
Character styles
-- Create a document with text frames containing text, then create and apply the same
character style to all
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
activate
make new document
make new text frame in document 1 with properties {name:"text 1",
contents:"Scripting is fun!", position:{50, 100}}
make new text frame in document 1 with properties {name:"text 2",
contents:"Scripting is easy!", position:{100, 200}}
make new text frame in document 1 with properties {name:"text 3", contents:"Everyone
should script!", position:{150, 300}}
make new character style in document 1 with properties {name:"Big Red"}
set the size of character style "Big Red" of document 1 to 40
set the tracking of character style "Big Red" of document 1 to -50
set the capitalization of character style "Big Red" of document 1 to all caps
set the fill color of character style "Big Red" of document 1 to {class:RGB color
info, red:255, green:0, blue:0}
-- 'apply character style' is the event.
-- 'character style "Big Red" of document 1' is the style applied.
-- note that character styles must be applied to text ranges.
apply character style character style "Big Red" of document 1 to the text range of
text frame "text 1" of document 1
apply character style character style "Big Red" of document 1 to the text range of
text frame "text 2" of document 1
apply character style character style "Big Red" of document 1 to the text range of
text frame "text 3" of document 1
end tell
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CMYK color info
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CMYK color info
A CMYK color specification, used to specify a CMYK color where a color info object is required. This class
contains the color component values of a CMYK color. Use it to specify and get color information from an
Illustrator document or page items.
If the color space of a document is RGB and you specify the color value for a page item in that document
using CMYK color info, Illustrator translates the CMYK color specification into an RGB color specification.
The same thing happens if the document’s color space is CMYK and you specify colors using
RGB color info. Since this translation can cause information loss you should specify colors using the color
info class that matches the document’s color space.
CMYK color info object properties
This class inherits all properties from the color info class.
Property
Value type
What it is
cyan
real
The cyan color value. Range: 0.0 to 100.0. Default: 0.0.
magenta
real
The magenta color value. Range: 0.0 to 100.0. Default: 0.0.
yellow
real
The yellow color value. Range: 0.0 to 100.0. Default: 0.0.
black
real
The black color value. Range: 0.0 to 100.0. Default: 0.0.
Create a color swatch
-- Make a new CYMK color swatch in the current document
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
if not (exists swatch "Our CMYK Swatch" in current document) then
set swatchColor to {cyan:50.0, magenta:20.0, yellow:20.0, black:0.0}
make new swatch at end of current document with properties ¬
{name:"Our CMYK Swatch", color:swatchColor}
end if
end tell
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color info
An abstract parent class for all color classes used in Illustrator. Subclasses are:
CMYK color info
gradient color info
gray color info
Lab color info
no color info
pattern color info
RGB color info
spot color info
color info
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color management options
color management options
Specifies the color management options when printing a document with the print command.
color management options object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
intent
Valid values:
The color management intent type.
Default: relative colorimetric
absolute colorimetric
perceptual
relative colorimetric
saturation
name
Unicode text
The color management profile name.
profile kind
Valid values:
The color management profile mode.
Default: source profile
custom profile
oldstyle profile
printer profile
source profile
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color separation options
color separation options
Print color separation options when printing a document with the print command.
color separation options object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
convert spot colors
boolean
If true, all spot colors are converted to process
colors. Default: false
inks
list of ink
The list of inks for color separation.
over print black
boolean
If true, black is overprinted. Default: false
separation mode
Valid values:
The color separation type. Default: composite
composite
InRIP separation
host based separation
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compound path item, compound path items
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compound path item, compound path items
A compound path or list of compound paths. Compound paths are objects that contain two or more paths
that are painted so that holes appear where paths overlap.
All paths in a compound path share property values. Therefore, if you set the value of a property of any one
of the paths in the compound path, all other path’s matching property will be updated to the new value.
Paths contained within a compound path or group in a document are returned as individual paths when a
script asks for the paths contained in the document. However, paths contained in a compound path or
group are not returned when a script asks for the paths in a layer which contains the compound path or
group.
compound path item object elements
Element
Refer to by
path item
name, numeric index, range of elements, before/after another element, satisfying a test
compound path item object properties
This object class inherits all properties from the page item class.
Property
Value type
What it is
properties
record
All properties of this object returned as a record.
compound path item object commands
count
delete
duplicate
exists
make
move
rotate
scale
transform
translate
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Get paths
-- get paths in a document that are not part of a compound path or group
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
set docRef to current document
set pathItemList to {}
set layerCount to count layers of docRef
repeat with i from 1 to layerCount
set pathItemList to pathItemList & every path item of layer i of docRef
end repeat
set selection to pathItemList
end tell
get pathItemList
Duplicate and group paths from a compound path
-- Create a group containing a set of paths duplicated from the
-- first compound path item of the document
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
set pathItemList to every path item of compound path item 1 of current document
set groupRef to make new group item at beginning of layer 1 of document 1
duplicate pathItemList to beginning of groupRef
end tell
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coordinate options
coordinate options
The print coordinate options when printing a document with the print command.
coordinate options object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
emulsion
boolean
If true, flip the artwork horizontally. Default: false
fit to page
boolean
If true, proportionally scale the artwork to fit on media.
Default: false
horizontal scale real
orientation
Valid values:
The horizontal scaling factor. 100.0 = 100%.
Range: 1.0 to 10000.0. Default: 100.0.
The artwork orientation. Default: portrait
landscape
portrait
reverse landscape
reverse portrait
auto rotate
position
Valid values:
The artwork position on media. Default: center
bottom
bottom left
bottom right
center
left
right
top
top left
top right
tiling
Valid values:
The page tiling mode. Default: single full page
full pages
imageable areas
single full page
vertical scale
real
The vertical scaling factor. 100.0 = 100%.
Range: 1.0 to 10000.0. Default: 100.0.
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dataset, datasets
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dataset, datasets
An object, or list of objects, that contains variables and their dynamic data.
dataset object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
best type
type class
Read-only. The best type for the dataset’s value. Always returns
reference.
class
type class
Read-only. The object’s class, which is dataset.
container
object
reference
Read-only. A reference to the art item that contains this data set.
default type
type class
Read-only. The default type for the data set. Always returns
reference.
index
integer
Read-only. The index of this data set in the art item.
name
Unicode text
The name of the dataset.
properties
record
All properties of this object returned as a record.
dataset object commands
count
delete
display
exists
make
update
Datasets and variables
-- Activate Illustrator
-- Make a new document
-- Make two variables, one of kind visibility and the other textual
-- Make a rectangle and a text frame, and attach the respective variables
-- Set the color of the rectangle and the contents of the text frame
-- Make the first dataset
-- Change the contents of the text and the visibility of the rectangle
-- Make the second dataset
-- display the two datasets
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
activate
make new document
make new variable in document 1 with properties {name:"RecVariable",
kind:visibility}
make new variable in document 1 with properties {name:"TextVariable", kind:textual}
make new rectangle in document 1 with properties {name:"Rec1", position:{100, 500},
visibility variable:variable "RecVariable" of document 1}
make new text frame in document 1 with properties {name:"Text1", position:{100,
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set the fill color of page item "Rec1" of document 1 to {class:RGB color info,
red:150, green:255, blue:255}
set the contents of text frame "Text1" of document 1 to "Now you see me..."
make new dataset in document 1 with properties {name:"My First Dataset"}
set hidden of page item "Rec1" of document 1 to true
set the contents of text frame "Text1" of document 1 to "Now you don't!"
make new dataset in document 1 with properties {name:"My Second Dataset"}
repeat 3 times
delay 1
display dataset "My First Dataset" of document 1
delay 1
display dataset "My Second Dataset" of document 1
end repeat
end tell
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document, documents
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document, documents
An Illustrator document or a list of documents. Documents are contained in the application object.
The default document settings—those properties starting with the word "default"—are global settings
that affect the current document. Be sure to modify these default properties only when a document is
open. Note that if you set default properties to desired values before creating new objects, you can
streamline your scripts, eliminating the need to specify properties such as fill color and stroked that
have analogous default properties.
A document’s color space, height, and width can only be set when the document is created. Once a
document is created, these properties cannot be changed.
The frontmost document can be referred to as either current document or document 1.
document object elements
Element
Refer to by
artboard
name, index, before/after, range, test
brush
name, index, before/after, range, test
character style
name, index, before/after, range, test
compound path item
name, index, before/after, range, test
dataset
name, index, before/after, range, test
gradient
name, index, before/after, range, test
graph item
name, index, before/after, range, test
graphic style
name, index, before/after, range, test
group item
name, index, before/after, range, test
layer
name, index, before/after, range, test
legacy text item
name, index, before/after, range, test
mesh item
name, index, before/after, range, test
non native item
name, index, before/after, range, test
page item
name, index, before/after, range, test
paragraph style
name, index, before/after, range, test
path item
name, index, before/after, range, test
pattern
name, index, before/after, range, test
placed item
name, index, before/after, range, test
plugin item
name, index, before/after, range, test
raster item
name, index, before/after, range, test
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Element
Refer to by
spot
name, index, before/after, range, test
story
index, before/after, range, test
swatch
name, index, before/after, range, test
swatch group
name, index, before/after, range, test
symbol
name, index, before/after, range, test
symbol item
name, index, before/after, range, test
tag
name, index, before/after, range, test
text frame
name, index, before/after, range, test
variable
name, index, before/after, range, test
view
index, before/after, range, test
document object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
best type
type class
Read-only. The best type for the document object’s
value. Always returns reference.
class
type class
Read-only. The object’s class, which is document.
color space
Valid values:
Read-only. The color specification system to use for
this document’s color space.
RGB
CMYK
crop marks
rectangle
The boundary of the document’s cropping box for
output.
crop style
Valid values:
The style of the document’s cropping box.
standard
Japanese style
current dataset
dataset
The currently active dataset.
current layer
layer
The active layer in the document.
current view
view
Read-only. The document’s current view.
default fill color
color info
The color to fill new paths if default filled is true.
default fill
overprint
boolean
If true, the art beneath a filled object should be
overprinted by default.
default filled
boolean
If true, a new path should be filled.
default stroke cap
Valid values:
Default type of line capping for paths created.
butted
rounded
projecting
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Property
Value type
What it is
default stroke color
color info
The stroke color for new paths if default stroked is
true.
default stroke dash
offset
real
The default distance into the dash pattern at which
the pattern should be started for new paths.
default stroke dashes
list of real
numbers
Default lengths for dashes and gaps in dashed lines,
starting with the first dash length, followed by the
first gap length, and so on. Set to an empty list, {}, for
a solid line.
default stroke join
Valid values:
Default type of joints in new paths.
mitered
rounded
beveled
default stroke miter
limit
real
When default stroke join is set to mitered, this
property specifies when the join will be converted to
beveled (squared-off ) by default. The default miter
limit of 4 means that when the length of the point
reaches four times the stroke weight, the join
switches from a miter join to a bevel join. Values: 1 to
500. 1 specifies a bevel join.
default stroke
overprint
boolean
If true, the art beneath a stroked object should be
overprinted by default.
default stroke width
real
Default width of stroke for new paths.
default stroked
boolean
If true, new paths should be stroked.
default type
type class
Read-only. The default type for the document object’s
value. Always returns reference.
file path
file specification
Read-only. The file associated with the document,
which includes the complete path to the file.
geometric bounds
rectangle
Read-only. The object’s bounds excluding the stroke
width.
height
real
Read-only. The height of the document, calculated
from the geometric bounds.
index
integer
Read-only. The position of this document in the
stacking order of all open documents. The current
(frontmost) document is always document 1.
inks
list of ink
Read-only. The list of inks in this document.
Kinsoku set
list of Unicode text
Read-only. The Kinsoku set of characters that cannot
begin or end a line of Japanese text.
modified
boolean
If true, the document has been modified since the
last save.
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Property
Value type
What it is
Mojikumi set
list of Unicode text
Read-only. A list of names of predefined Mojikumi
sets which specify the spacing for the layout and
composition of Japanese text.
name
Unicode text
Read-only. The document’s name (not the complete
file path to the document).
output resolution
real
Read-only. The current output resolution for the
document in dots per inch (dpi).
page origin
list
The zero-point of the page in the document without
margins, relative to the overall height and width.
print tiles
boolean
Read-only. If true, this document should print as tiled
output.
properties
record
All document’s properties returned in a single record.
Properties that are individually read-only remain so in
this record.
raster effect
settings
raster effect
options
The document’s raster effect settings.
ruler origin
list
The zero-point of the rulers in the document relative
to the bottom left of the document.
ruler units
Valid values:
Read-only. The default units for the rulers in the
document.
unknown
inches
centimeters
points
picas
millimeters
qs
pixels
selection
list of object
references
The list of references to the objects in this document’s
current selection.
show placed images
boolean
Read-only. If true, the placed images should be
displayed in the document.
split long paths
boolean
Read-only. If true, long paths should be split when
printing.
stationery
boolean
Read-only. If true, the document should be saved as
a stationery file.
tile full pages
boolean
Read-only. If true, full pages should be tiled when
printing this document.
use default screen
boolean
Read-only. If true, use the printer’s default screen
when printing this document.
variables locked
boolean
If true, the variables are locked.
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Property
Value type
What it is
visible bounds
rectangle
Read-only. The object’s visible bounds, including
stroke width of any objects in the illustration.
width
real
Read-only. The width of this document, calculated
from the geometric bounds.
XMP string
Unicode text
The XMP metadata packet associated with this
document.
document object commands
arrange
capture
close
convert coordinate
count
delete
duplicate
exists
export
export PDF preset
export perspective grid preset
export print preset
export variables
fit artboard to selected art
get
get perspective active plane
hide perspective grid
import character styles
import paragraph styles
import PDF preset
import perspective grid preset
import print preset
import variables
make
open
print
rasterize
save
select objects on active artboard
select perspective preset
set perspective active plane
show perspective grid
Make sure a document is open
-- Check to make sure a document is open in Illustrator
-- before setting the application's default stroke width to 8 points
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
if not (document 1 exists) then
make new document with properties {color space:CMYK, width:100.0, height:50.0}
end if
set the default stroke width of document 1 to 8.0
end tell
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Make a new document
-- Creates 2 new documents with different default settings
-- the RGB document has the default fill and a 4.0 pt stroke
-- the CMYK document has no fill and a dashed stroke width of 8.0 pt
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
set rgbDocRef to make new document with properties {color space:RGB}
set properties of rgbDocRef to {default filled:true ¬
, default stroked:true ¬
, default stroke width:4.0}
set rgbPropertyRef to properties of current document
set cmykDocRef to make new document with properties {color space:CMYK}
set properties of cmykDocRef to {default filled:false ¬
, default stroked:true ¬
, default stroke width:8.0 ¬
, default stroke dashes:{2.5, 1, 2.5, 1, 2.5, 1}}
set cmykPropertyRef to properties of current document
end tell
Get the file path of a document
This example demonstrates how to use document properties in other applications. In this case, the script
uses the file path property of the active document to open the folder containing the Illustrator
document in the Finder.
-- Reveal and select a document’s file icon in the Finder
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
set filepath to file path of current document
end tell
tell application "Finder"
activate
reveal filepath
end tell
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document preset
document preset
A preset document template to use when creating a new document. See the add document command.
document preset properties
Property
Value type
artboardLayout
Valid values:
grid by
grid by
row
column
rl grid
rl grid
rl row
What it is
row
column
The layout of artboards in the new
document. Default: grid by row
by row
by col
artboardRowsOrCols
long
The number of rows (for rows
layout) or columns (for column
layout) of artboards. Range: 1 to
(numArtboards - 1) or 1 for single
row or column layouts. Default: 1
artboardSpacing
double
The spacing between artboards in
the new document. Default: 20.0
color mode
Valid values:
The color space for the new
document. Default: CMYK
CMYK
RGB
document units
Valid values:
centimeters
inches
millimeters
picas
points
qs
pixels
unknown
The ruler units for the new
document. Default: points
height
real
The height in document points.
Default: 792.0
numArtboards
long
The number of artboards for the
new document. Range: 1 to 100.
Default: 1
preview mode
Valid values:
The preview mode for the new
document.
Default: default preview
default preview
pixel preview
overprint preview
raster resolution
Valid values:
screen resolution
medium resolution
high resolution
The raster resolution for the new
document.
Default: screen resolution
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document preset
Property
Value type
What it is
title
Unicode text
The document title. Default:
Untitled
transparency grid
Valid values:
The transparency grid color for
hide transparency grids
the new document.
light color transparency grids
Default: hide transparency
medium color transparency grids grids
dark color transparency grids
red color transparency grids
orange transparency grids
green transparency grids
blue transparency grids
purple transparency grids
width
real
The width in document points.
Default: 612.0
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ellipse
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ellipse
Used to create an elliptical path in an Illustrator document. This object is available only in the context of a
make command, which creates an instance of the path item class. This special class allows you to quickly
create complex path items. Properties associated with path items, such as fill color and note, can also
be specified at the time of creation.
ellipse object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
bounds
list of points
Write-once. The bounds of the ellipse.
inscribed
boolean
Write-once. If true, the ellipse path should be inscribed (drawn
inside the rectangle described by the bounds).
reversed
boolean
Write-once. If true, the ellipse path is reversed. Default: false
ellipse object commands
make
Create ellipses
-- Embellish a single selected path item by adding a bright red
-- ellipse to each point on the path
set pEllipseScale to 0.1
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
activate
set selectedItems to selection
-- A bit of sanity checking
if (count selectedItems) is not 1 ¬
or class of selectedItems is text ¬
or class of item 1 of selectedItems is not path item then
display dialog "Please select a single path item before running this script"
else
set pathItem to item 1 of selectedItems
-- Set ellipse color based on document color space
set docColorSpace to color space of current document
if docColorSpace is RGB then
set ellipseColor to {red:255.0, green:0.0, blue:0.0}
else
set ellipseColor to {cyan:0.0, magenta:100.0, yellow:100.0, black:0.0}
end if
-- Gather needed info about the path item to be embellished
set itemWidth to width of pathItem
set itemHeight to height of pathItem
set pathPointList to anchor of every path point of pathItem
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ellipse
-- Calculate the position and bounds for each ellipse
repeat with aPoint in pathPointList
set {x, y} to aPoint
set
set
set
set
rectLeft to x - (itemWidth * pEllipseScale)
rectRight to x + (itemWidth * pEllipseScale)
rectTop to y + (itemHeight * pEllipseScale)
rectBottom to y - (itemHeight * pEllipseScale)
set ellipseRect to {rectLeft, rectTop, rectRight, rectBottom}
make new ellipse at beginning of current document with properties
{bounds:ellipseRect, inscribed:true, reversed:false, stroke color:ellipseColor, fill
color:ellipseColor}
end repeat
end if
end tell
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EPS save options
Options that can be supplied when saving a document as an Illustrator EPS file. See the save command for
additional details.
This class is used to define a record containing properties that specify options when saving a document as
an EPS file. EPS save options can only be used in conjunction with the save command. It is not possible
to get or create an EPS save options object.
EPS save options object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
artboard range
string
Optional. If save multiple artboards is
true, this is considered for multi-asset
extraction, which specifies the artboard
range. An empty string extracts all the
artboards. Default: empty string
CMYK PostScript
boolean
Optional. If true, the file should be saved as
CMYK PostScript. Default: false
compatibility
Valid values:
Optional. The Illustrator file format version to
create. Default: Illustrator 17
Illustrator 3
Illustrator 8
Illustrator 9
Illustrator 10
Illustrator 11
Illustrator 12
Illustrator 13
Illustrator 14
Illustrator15
Illustrator16
Illustrator17
Japanese 3
compatible gradient
printing
boolean
Optional. If true, create a raster item of the
gradient or gradient mesh so that PostScript
Level 2 printers can print the object.
embed all fonts
boolean
Optional. If true, fonts used in the EPS file
should be embedded in the file (version 7 or
later). Default: false
embed linked files
boolean
Optional. If true, linked image files are to be
included in the saved document. Default:
false
flatten output
Valid values:
preserve paths
preserve appearance
included document
thumbnails
boolean
Optional. How transparency should be
flattened for file formats before Illustrator 9.
Default: preserve appearance
Optional. If true, the thumbnail image of the
EPS artwork should be included. Default:
true
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EPS save options
Property
Value type
What it is
overprint
Valid values:
Optional. The overprint style. Default:
discarded
preserved
PostScript
Valid values:
level 2
level 3
preview
Valid values:
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preserved
Optional. Specifies the PostScript level to use
when saving the file (level 1 is valid for file
format version 8 or older). Default: level 3
Specifies the format for the EPS preview
none
image. Default: color TIFF
BW TIFF
color TIFF
transparent color TIFF
save multiple
artboards
boolean
Optional. If true, all artboards or range of
artboards are saved. Default: false
Save EPS files
This handler processes a folder of Illustrator files, saving each as an EPS file with level 2 PostScript and
Illustrator CC 2014 compatibility. The files are save to the folder specified in the destinationFolder
parameter. Note that the class property is specified in the record to ensure that Illustrator can determine
the save option class.
------
Opens files from a predefined source folder in Illustrator
then exports them to a predefined destination folder in the chosen format
fileList is a list of file names in the source folder
filePath is the full path to the source folder
destinationFolder is an alias to a folder where the files are to be saved
on ExportFilesAsEPS(fileList, filePath, destinationFolder)
set destinationPath to destinationFolder as string
set fileCount to count of fileList
if fileCount > 0 then
repeat with i from 1 to fileCount
set fileName to item i of fileList
set fullPath to filePath & fileName
set newFilePath to destinationPath & fileName & ".EPS"
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
open POSIX file fullPath as alias without dialogs
save current document in file newFilePath as eps ¬
with options {class:EPS save options ¬
, compatibility:Illustrator 9 ¬
, preview:color TIFF ¬
, embed linked files:true ¬
, include document thumbnails:true ¬
, embed all fonts:true ¬
, CMYK PostScript:true ¬
, PostScript:level 2}
close current document saving no
end tell
end repeat
end if
end ExportFilesAsEPS
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Flash export options
You can supply a number of options when exporting a document as Macromedia® Flash™ (SWF). See the
export command in the command reference for additional details.
This class is used to define a record containing properties that specify options when exporting a document
as a Flash (SWF) file. Flash export options can be supplied only in conjunction with the export
command. It is not possible to get or create a Flash export options object.
All properties are optional.
Flash export options object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
art clipping
Valid values:
How the arts should be clipped during the
output. Default: output art bounds
output art bounds
output artboard bounds
output croprect bounds
artboard range
string
If save multiple artboards is true, this is
considered for multi-asset extraction,
which specifies the artboard range. An
empty string extracts all the artboards.
Default: empty string
background
color
RGB color info
The background color.
background
layers
list of layers
Layers to be included as the static
background in all exported Flash frames.
blend animation Valid values:
in build
in sequence
none
How the blend art objects are animated
when exported to Flash frames.
Default: none
compressed
boolean
If true, the exported file should be
compressed. Default: false
convert text to
outlines
boolean
If true, all text should be converted to
outlines. Default: false
curve quality
integer
How much curve information should be
preserved. Range: 0 to 10. Default: 7
export all
symbols
boolean
If true, export all symbols defined in the
palette. Default: false
export style
Valid values:
How the Flash file should be created
Default: Flash file
Flash file
layers to frames
layers to files
layers to symbols
Artboards to Files
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Flash export options
Property
Value type
export version
Valid values:
SWF
SWF
SWF
SWF
SWF
SWF
SWF
SWF
SWF
version
version
version
version
version
version
version
version
version
What it is
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
The version of the exported SWF file.
Default: SWF version 9
Flash Playback
Security
Valid values:
Security access for playback.
frame rate
real
When exporting layers to Flash frames
Range: 0.01 to 120.0. Default: 12.0
image format
Valid values:
How the images in the exported file should
be compressed. Default: lossless
flash playback local access
Default: flash playback local access
flash playback network access
lossless
lossy
include
metadata
boolean
If true, include minimal XMP metadata in
the SWF file. Default: false
JPEG method
Valid values:
Specifies which method to use.
Default: standard
optimized
standard
JPEG quality
integer
Level of compression. Range: 0 to 10,
Default: 3
layer order
Valid values:
The order in which layers should be
exported to Flash frames.
Default: bottom up
bottom up
top down
looping
boolean
If true, the Flash file should be set to loop
when run. Default: false
preserve
appearance
boolean
If true, preserve appearance. If false,
preserve editability. Default: false
read only
boolean
If true, export as read only file.
Default: false
replacing
Valid values:
If a file with the same name already exists,
should it be replaced. Default: ask
yes
no
ask
resolution
real
Pixels per inch. Range: 72 to 2400.
Default: 72
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Property
Value type
What it is
save multiple
artboards
boolean
If true, all artboards or range of artboards
are saved. Default: false
textkerning
boolean
If true, ignore kerning information in text
objects. Default: false
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flattening options
Specifies transparency flattening options when printing a document with the print command. These
options are used to output artwork that contains transparency into a non-native format.
flattening options object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
clip complex regions
boolean
If true, complex regions are clipped. Default: false
convert strokes to outlines
boolean
If true, all strokes are converted to outlines. Default:
false
convert text to outlines
boolean
If true, all text items are converted to outlines.
Default: false
flattening balance
integer
The flattening balance. Range: 0 to 100; Default: 100
gradient resolution
real
The gradient resolution in dots per inch. Range: 1.0
to 9600.0; Default: 300.0
overprint
Valid values:
Overprint choice. Default: preserve
discard
preserve
rasterization resolution
real
The rasterization resolution in dots per inch.
Range: 1.0 to 9600.0. Default: 300.0
Flattening options
-- Activate Illustrator
-- Create a variable that holds the flattening options
-- Create a variable that holds the print options
-- Print the document
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
activate
set flatOpts to {class:flattening options, clip complex regions:true, gradient
resolution:360, rasterization resolution:360}
set printOpts to {class:print options, flattener settings:flatOpts}
if not (exists document 1) then error "There is no document available to print."
print document 1 options printOpts
end tell
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font options
Font options when printing a document with the print command.
font options object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
download fonts
Valid values:
The font download mode. Default: subset
complete
none
subset
font substitution kind
Valid values:
device substitution
oblique substitution
tint substitution
The font substitution policy.
Default: oblique substitution
Set font options
-- Set the font options to a desired value
-- Print the current document, if available
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
activate
set fontOptions to {class:font options, download fonts:complete, font substitution
kind:device substitution}
set printOpts to {class:print options, font settings:fontOptions}
if not (exists document 1) then error "There is no document available to print."
print document 1 options printOpts
end tell
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FreeHand options
FreeHand options
Options for opening a FreeHand file.
FreeHandFileOptions properties
Property
Value type
What it is
best type
type class
Read-only. The best type for the object’s value.
class
type class
Read-only. The object’s class.
container
object
reference
Read-only. A reference to the document that
contains this object.
convert text to outlines
boolean
If true, converts all text to outlines.
Default: false
default type
type class
Read-only. The default type for the object’s value.
import single page
boolean
If true, imports only the page specified in the page
property. Default: true
page
long
The number of the page to import when opening a
multipage document.
NOTE: Valid only when import single page is true.
properties
record
All properties of this object returned as a record.
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FXG save options
FXG save options
Specifies options which may be supplied when saving a document as an FXG file. All properties are
optional.
FXG save options object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
artboard range
string
If save multiple artboards is true, this is
considered for multi-asset extraction, which
specifies the artboard range. An empty string
extracts all the artboards. Default: empty string
blends policy
Valid values:
The policy used by FXG to expand blends.
Default: autoConvert blends
autoConvert blends
rasterize blends
downsample
linked images
boolean
If true, linked images are downsampled (at 72
dpi). Default: false
filters policy
Valid values:
The policy used by FXG to preserve filters.
Default: keep filters editable
expand filters
keep filters editable
rasterize filters
fxg version
Valid values:
version 1.0
version 2.0
The version of the FXG file format to create.
Default: version 2.0
gradients
policy
Valid values:
The policy used by FXG to preserve gradients.
include unused
symbols
boolean
If true, unused symbols are included.
Default: false
preserve
editing
capabilities
boolean
If true, the editing capabilities of FXG are
preserved. Default: true
save multiple
artboards
boolean
If true, all artboards or range of artboards are
saved. Default: false
text policy
Valid values:
The policy used by FXG to preserve text.
Default: autoConvert text
autoConvert gradients
Default: autoConvert gradients
keep gradients editable
outline text
keep text editable
rasterize text
autoConvert text
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GIF export options
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GIF export options
Options that can be supplied when exporting a document as a GIF file. See the export command in the
command reference for additional details.
This class is used to define a record containing properties that specify options when exporting a document
as a GIF file. GIF export options can only be supplied in conjunction with the export command. It is not
possible to get or create a GIF export options object.
GIF export options object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
antialiasing
boolean
If true, the resulting image should be anti-aliased.
Default: true
artboard clipping
boolean
If true, the resulting image should be clipped to the
artboard. Default: false
color count
integer
The number of colors in the exported color table.
Range: 2 to 256. Default: 128
color dither
Valid values:
The method used to dither colors. Default: diffusion
none
diffusion
pattern dither
noise
color reduction
Valid values:
selective
adaptive
perceptual
web
The method used to reduce the number of colors in
the document. Default: selective
dither percent
integer
How much the colors should be dithered. Range: 0 to
100. Default: 88
horizontal scaling
real
The horizontal scaling factor to apply to the resulting
image. Range: 0.0 to 100.0. Default: 100.0
information loss
integer
The level of information loss during compression (as a
percentage). Range: 0 to 100. Default: 0
interlaced
boolean
If true, the resulting image should be interlaced.
Default: false
matte
boolean
If true, the artboard should be matted with a color.
Default: true
matte color
RGB color info
The color to use when matting the artboard.
Default: white
saving as HTML
boolean
If true, the resulting image is saved with an
accompanying HTML file. Default: false
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GIF export options
Property
Value type
What it is
transparency
boolean
If true, the resulting image uses transparency.
Default: true
vertical scaling
real
The vertical scaling factor to apply to the resulting
image. Range: 0.0 to 100.0. Default: 100.0
web snap
integer
How much the color table should be changed to
match the Web pallet. Range: 0 to 100, where 100 is
the maximum change. Default: 0
Export to GIF
This handler processes all Illustrator files in a specific folder, exporting each as a scaled GIF image. Note
that the class property is specified in the record to ensure that Illustrator can determine the export
option class.
------
Opens files from a predefined source folder in Illustrator
then exports them to a predefined destination folder in the chosen format
fileList is a list of file names in the source folder
filePath is the full path to the source folder
destinationFolder is an alias to a folder where the files are to be saved
on ExportFilesAsGIF(fileList, filePath, destinationFolder)
set destinationPath to destinationFolder as string
set fileCount to count of fileList
if fileCount > 0 then
repeat with i from 1 to fileCount
set fileName to item i of fileList
set fullPath to filePath & fileName
set newFilePath to destinationPath & fileName & ".gif"
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
open POSIX file fullPath as alias without dialogs
export current document to file newFilePath as GIF with options ¬
{class:GIF export options ¬
, color count:256 ¬
, color reduction:adaptive ¬
, information loss:0 ¬
, color dither:none ¬
, dither percent:100 ¬
, web snap:0 ¬
, transparency:false ¬
, interlaced:false ¬
, matte:true ¬
, matte color:{red:128, green:0, blue:60} ¬
, horizontal scaling:50.0 ¬
, vertical scaling:50.0 ¬
, antialiasing:true ¬
, artboard clipping:false ¬
, saving as HTML:false}
close current document saving no
end tell
end repeat
end if
end ExportFilesAsGIF
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gradient, gradients
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gradient, gradients
A gradient definition or gradient definitions. Gradients are contained in documents. Scripts can create new
gradients.
gradient object elements
Element
Refer to by
gradient stop
index, before/after, range, test
gradient object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
best type
type class
Read-only. The best type for the gradient object’s value.
Always returns reference.
class
type class
Read-only. The object’s class, which is gradient.
container
object reference
Read-only. A reference to the document that contains this
gradient.
default type
type class
Read-only. The default type for the gradient object’s
value. Always returns reference.
entire gradient
list of gradient
stop info
All gradient stops in the gradient.
gradient type
Valid values:
The type of the gradient.
linear
radial
index
integer
Read-only. The position of this gradient in the application.
name
Unicode text
The gradient’s name.
properties
record
All properties of this object returned as a record.
gradient object commands
count
delete
duplicate
exists
make
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Create a gradient
-- Create a new RGB gradient with three gradient stops
set pGradientName to "RGB Hot Streak"
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
if not (exists gradient pGradientName in current document) then
set newgradient to make new gradient at beginning of current document Â
with properties {name:pGradientName, gradient type:linear}
-- Since all new gradients are created with 2 gradient stops,
-- create another stop for the 3 stop gradient
make new gradient stop at beginning of newgradient
set properties of gradient stop 1 of newgradient to Â
{midpoint:50.0, ramp point:0.0, color:{red:255.0, green:255.0, blue:0.0}}
set properties of gradient stop 2 of newgradient to Â
{midpoint:50.0, ramp point:50.0, color:{red:255.0, green:127.0, blue:127.0}}
set properties of gradient stop 3 of newgradient to Â
{midpoint:50.0, ramp point:100.0, color:{red:255.0, green:0.0, blue:0.0}}
end if
end tell
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gradient color info
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gradient color info
A gradient color specification, used to specify the color component values of a gradient color swatch. It is
used for specifying and retrieving color information from an Illustrator document or from page items in a
document.
gradient color info object properties
This class inherits all properties from the color info class.
Property
Value type
What it is
angle
real
The gradient vector angle (in degrees). Default: 0.0
gradient
object reference
A reference to the gradient object that defines the gradient to
use in this color definition.
hilite angle
real
The gradient highlight vector angle in degrees. Default: 0.0
hilite length
real
The gradient highlight vector length. Default: 0.0
length
real
The gradient vector length.
matrix
matrix
An additional transformation matrix to manipulate the gradient
path.
origin
fixed point
The gradient vector origin.
Gradient information
-- Set fill color of the first path in the current document
-- to the first gradient in the document
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
set the fill color of path item 1 of document 1 to ¬
{gradient:gradient 1 of document 1}
end tell
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gradient stop, gradient stops
gradient stop, gradient stops
A gradient stop definition or definitions contained in a specific gradient. A gradient stop is a point on a
specific gradient that specifies a color change in the containing gradient.
gradient stop object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
best type
type class
Read-only. The best type for the gradient stop object’s value.
Always returns reference.
class
type class
Read-only. The object’s class, which is gradient stop.
color
color info
The color linked to this gradient stop.
container
object reference
Read-only. A reference to the gradient that contains this gradient
stop.
default type
type class
Read-only. The default type for the gradient stop object’s value.
Always returns reference.
index
integer
Read-only. The position of this gradient stop in the gradient.
midpoint
real
The midpoint of the blend between this stop’s and the next stop’s
colors. Range: 13.0 to 87.0
properties
record
All properties of this object returned as a record.
ramp point
real
The location of the color in the gradient. Range: 0.0 to 100.0
stop opacity
double
The opacity value for the gradient stop. Range: 0.0 to 100.0
gradient stop object commands
count
delete
duplicate
exists
make
Reverse colors in a gradient
-- This script reverses the colors in the first gradient of the current document
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
set gradientRef to gradient 1 of document 1
-- Get a list of the gradient's colors
set colorList to color of every gradient stop of gradientRef
-- Tell AppleScript to reverse the order of the list
set colorList to reverse of colorList
-- Iterate over the gradient resetting its colors
set colorCount to count items in colorList
repeat with i from 1 to colorCount
set color of gradient stop i of gradientRef to (item i of colorList)
end repeat
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gradient stop, gradient stops
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gradient stop info
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gradient stop info
Gradient stop information of a specific gradient, returned by the entire gradient property of a gradient.
The gradient stops for a new gradient can be specified by providing a list of gradient stop info records
in the entire gradient property. The following applies when creating a gradient from a list of gradient
stop info records:

A gradient stop’s location in the gradient is determined by its ramp point value, not the
gradient stop info record’s order in the entire gradient list.

The midpoint value of the last gradient stop info record in the entire gradient list is not used for the
newly created gradient and need not be provided. If it is present, its value must be in the valid range.
gradient stop info object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
color
color info
The color linked to this gradient stop.
midpoint
real
The midpoint of the blend between this stop’s and the next stop’s colors.
Range: 13.0 to 87.0. Default: 50.0
ramp point
real
The location of the color in the gradient as a percentage.
Range: 0.0 to 100.0. Default: 0.0
stop opacity
Double
The opacity value for the gradient stop. Range: 0.0 to 100.0.
Default: 100.0
Gradient stop information
-- Create a new CMYK gradient with 4 gradient stops
set pGradientName to "CMYK Circle"
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
if not (exists gradient pGradientName in current document) then
set entireGradient to {{midpoint:50.0, ramp point:0.0 ¬
, color:{cyan:0.0, magenta:0.0, yellow:0.0, black:100.0}} ¬
, {midpoint:50.0, ramp point:33.3 ¬
, color:{cyan:0.0, magenta:0.0, yellow:100.0, black:0.0}} ¬
, {midpoint:50.0, ramp point:66.7 ¬
, color:{cyan:0.0, magenta:100.0, yellow:0.0, black:0.0}} ¬
, {midpoint:50.0, ramp point:100.0 ¬
, color:{cyan:100.0, magenta:0.0, yellow:0.0, black:0.0}}}
set gradientRef to make new gradient in current document with properties ¬
{name:pGradientName, gradient type:radial, entire gradient:entireGradient}
end if
end tell
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graph item, graph items
graph item, graph items
A graph or a list of graphs.
graph item object properties
This object class inherits all properties from the page item class.
Property
Value type What it is
content variable
anything
The content variable to which this graph item is bound
It is not necessary to set the type of the content variable before
binding. Illustrator automatically sets the type to graph.
properties
record
All properties of this object returned as a record.
graph item object commands
count
delete
duplicate
exists
move
rotate
scale
transform
translate
Rotating graph items
-- Get every page item whose class is graph item
-- For each graph item, rotate it 90 degrees counter clockwise
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
activate
if not (exists document 1) then error "There is no available document."
set graphItems to every page item of document 1 whose class is graph item
if graphItems is {} then error "The document does not contain any graph items."
repeat with currentGraphItem in graphItems
rotate currentGraphItem angle 90
end repeat
end tell
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graphic style, graphic styles
Defines a set of appearance attributes that you can apply non-destructively to page items. Graphic styles
are contained in documents. The graphic styles can be accessed from a script, but cannot be created from
a script. You cannot delete default graphic styles.
graphic style object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
best type
type class
Read-only. The best type for the graphic style object’s value.
Always returns reference.
class
type class
Read-only. The object’s class, which is graphic style.
container
object reference
Read-only. A reference to the document that contains this
graphic style.
default type
type class
Read-only. The default type for the graphic style object, which is
reference.
index
integer
Read-only. The index of this graphic style.
name
Unicode text
The name of this graphic style.
properties
record
All properties of this object returned as a record.
graphic style object commands
apply
count
delete
exists
Applying a graphic style
-- Duplicate and group the selected path items, then apply
-- a random graphic style to the items in the new group
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
set selectedItems to selection of document 1
-- Check for empty selection
if selectedItems is not {} then
-- Create the new group to contain the duplicated items
set groupRef to make new group item at document 1
-- Duplicate the selected items to the new group
set newItemList to duplicate selectedItems to beginning of groupRef
-- Get graphic style names for display in the choice list
set styleIndex to index of every graphic style of document 1
if (count styleIndex) > 0 then
-- select a random graphic style
set chosenStyle to (random number from 1 to (count styleIndex))
-- The randomly chosen graphic style is applied to the list
-- of items returned by the duplicate command,
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-- rather than to the new group itself, because the
-- apply command works on individual path items,
-- not groups of items
apply graphic style chosenStyle of current document to newItemList
end if
end if
end tell
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gray color info
gray color info
A grayscale color specification, used to specify a gray color where a color info object is required.
This class is used to define a record which contains the tint value of a gray color. It is used for specifying
and retrieving color information from an Illustrator document or from page items in a document.
gray color info object properties
This class inherits all properties from the color info class.
Property
Value type What it is
gray value
real
The tint of the gray. Range: 0.0 (white) to 100.0 (black). Default: 0.0
Creating a gray color swatch
-- Create a new gray color swatch (35% black) in the current document
set pSwatchName to "35% Gray Swatch"
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
if not (exists swatch pSwatchName in current document) then
make new swatch at beginning of current document with properties ¬
{name:pSwatchName, color:{gray value:35.0}}
end if
end tell
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group item, group items
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group item, group items
A grouped set of art items. Group items can contain all the same page items that a layer can contain,
including other nested groups.
Paths contained within a group or compound path in a document are returned as individual paths when a
script asks for the paths contained in the document. However, paths contained in a group or compound
path are not returned when a script asks for the paths in a layer which contains the group or compound
path.
A new group can be created that contains the contents of a vector art file if you provide a file specification
to the vector file (EPS or PDF) in the with data parameter of the make command. The resulting group will
be the same object as if the user had placed the file from the user interface using the File > Place
command with the embed checkbox checked.
group item object elements
Element
Refer to by
compound path item
name, index, before/after, range, test
graph item
name, index, before/after, range, test
group item
name, index, before/after, range, test
legacy text item
name, index, before/after, range, test
mesh item
name, index, before/after, range, test
non native item
name, index, before/after, range, test
page item
name, index, before/after, range, test
path item
name, index, before/after, range, test
placed item
name, index, before/after, range, test
plugin item
name, index, before/after, range, test
raster item
name, index, before/after, range, test
symbol item
name, index, before/after, range, test
text frame
name, index, before/after, range, test
group item object properties
This class inherits all properties from the page item class.
Property
Value type
What it is
clipped
boolean
If true, the group item is clipped to the clipping mask.
properties
record
All properties of this object returned as a record.
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group item object commands
count
delete
duplicate
exists
make
move
rotate
scale
transform
translate
Group contents of a vector art file
-- Create a new group whose contents will be the contents of a vector art file
-- fileRef is an alias or file reference to the vector file to be placed
on EmbedVectorFile(fileRef)
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
set groupRef to make new group item in document 1 with data fileRef ¬
with properties {position:{0, 600}}
end tell
return groupRef
end EmbedVectorFile
-- Call handler
set fileRef to choose file with prompt "Select vector file to place"
set groupRef to EmbedVectorFile(fileRef)
Create path items from a group
This script demonstrates how easily new groups can be created and populated with objects.
-- Create a new group, then add rectangles to it using
-- the available placement options
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
set groupRef to make new group item in document 1
set rectRef to make new rectangle at beginning of groupRef with properties Â
{bounds:{150, 550, 350, 350}, fill color:{blue:255}}
make new rectangle after rectRef with properties Â
{bounds:{100, 600, 300, 400}, fill color:{red:255}}
set rectRef to make new rectangle at end of groupRef with properties Â
{bounds:{0, 700, 200, 500}, fill color:{green:255}}
make new rectangle before rectRef with properties Â
{bounds:{50, 650, 250, 450}, fill color:{black:100}}
end tell
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Select items not in a group
-- Select only the page items in a document that are not part of
-- a group and that are not themselves groups
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
-- First deselect everything in the document
set selection of current document to {}
if (count page items of current document) > 0 then
set layerCount to count layers in current document
repeat with i from 1 to layerCount
set layerRef to layer i of current document
if (count page items of layer i of current document) > 0 then
set selected of (every page item of current document ¬
whose container is layerRef ¬
and class is not group item) to true
end if
end repeat
end if
end tell
Making a clipping mask
This example shows how to create a clipping mask using the first path item in a group item. This is the
same effect as you get when you use the Object > Clipping Mask > Make command in the user interface.
-- Create a group of paths, then clip the group to the first path in the group
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
-- Create a group to contain the paths to be clipped
set groupRef to make new group item in document 1
-- Add some path items to the group
make new rectangle at end of groupRef with properties ¬
{bounds:{200, 350, 300, 250}, fill color:{cyan:100}, stroked:false}
make new rectangle at end of groupRef with properties ¬
{bounds:{300, 250, 400, 150}, fill color:{magenta:100}, stroked:false}
make new rectangle at end of groupRef with properties ¬
{bounds:{300, 350, 400, 250}, fill color:{yellow:100}, stroked:false}
make new rectangle at end of groupRef with properties ¬
{bounds:{200, 250, 300, 150}, fill color:{green:255}, stroked:false}
-- Get a little fancy and create a rotated star at the center of the group
set pathRef to make new star at beginning of groupRef with properties ¬
{center point:{300, 250}, radius:25, inner radius:4, point count:4 ¬
, fill color:{black:100}, opacity:40, stroked:false}
set rotationMatrix to get rotation matrix angle 45
transform pathRef using rotationMatrix about center
-- Create the path that the group will be clipped with
-The clipping path must be the first (frontmost) path in the group
make new star at beginning of groupRef with properties ¬
{center point:{300, 250}, radius:80, inner radius:25, point count:4 ¬
, stroked:false, filled:false}
-- Now clip the group to the top path
set clipped of groupRef to true
end tell
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Illustrator preferences
Specifies the preferred options for AutoCAD, FreeHand, PDF, and Photoshop files.
Preference accessor guidelines
Preference accessor commands, such as get boolean preference, should be used only as a solution of
last resort. For information on preference keys that can be accessed, see the AIPreferenceKeys.h header
file in the Adobe Illustrator SDK.
NOTE: Preference keys other than those documented in AIPreferenceKeys.h are subject to change
without notice and should not be used.
Illustrator preferences object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
AutoCAD file options
AutoCAD options
Read-only. Options to use when opening or
placing an AutoCAD file.
best type
type class
Read-only. The best type for the object’s value.
class type
type class
Read-only. The object’s class.
default type
type class
Read-only. The default type for the object's value.
FreeHand file options
FreeHand options
Read-only. Options to use when opening or
placing a FreeHand file.
properties
record
All properties of this object returned as a record.
PDF file options
PDF options
Read-only. Options to use when opening or
placing a PDF file.
Photoshop file options
Photoshop
options
Read-only. Options to use when opening or
placing a Photoshop file.
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Illustrator save options
Options that may be supplied when saving a document as an Illustrator file. All properties are optional.
See the save command for additional details.
This class is used to define a record containing properties used to specify options when saving a document
as an Illustrator file. Illustrator save options can only be supplied in conjunction with the save
command. It is not possible to get or create an Illustrator save options object.
Illustrator save options object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
artboard range
string
If save multiple artboards is true (which is
valid only for Illustrator 13 or earlier), the
document is considered for multi-asset
extraction, which specifies an artboard range. An
empty string extracts all artboards.
Default: empty string
compatibility
Valid values:
Specifies the version of the Illustrator file format
to create. Default: Illustrator 17
Illustrator 8
Illustrator 9
Illustrator 10
Illustrator 11
Illustrator 12
Illustrator 13
Illustrator 14
Illustrator 15
Illustrator 16
Illustrator17
Japanese version 3
compressed
boolean
If true, the saved file should be compressed.
Only for Illustrator 10 or later. Default: true
embed ICC profile
boolean
If true, the document’s ICC profile should be
embedded in the saved file. Only for Illustrator 9
or later. Default: false.
embed linked files
boolean
If true, include linked image files in the saved
document. Only for Illustrator 7 or later.
Default: false.
flatten output
Valid values:
How should transparency be flattened for file
formats before Illustrator 9 or later.
Default: preserve appearance.
preserve paths
preserve appearance
font subset
threshold
real
Include a subset of fonts when less than this
percentage of characters are used. Only for
Illustrator 9 or later. Range: 0.0 to 100.0.
Default: 100.0.
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Illustrator save options
Property
Value type
What it is
PDF compatible
boolean
If true, the file should be saved as a PDF
compatible file. Only for Illustrator 10 or later.
save multiple
artboards
boolean
If true, all artboards or range of the artboards
are saved. Valid for Illustrator 13 or earlier.
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Valid commands
save
Save files in a folder
This handler processes a folder of Illustrator files, saving each with Illustrator 7 compatibility. Note that the
class property is specified in the record to ensure that Illustrator can determine the save option class.
------
Opens files from a predefined source folder in Illustrator
then exports them to a predefined destination folder in the chosen format
fileList is a list of file names in the source folder
filePath is the full path to the source folder
destinationFolder is an alias to a folder where the files are to be saved
on SaveFilesAsIllustrator(fileList, filePath, destinationFolder)
set destinationPath to destinationFolder as string
set fileCount to count of fileList
if fileCount > 0 then
repeat with i from 1 to fileCount
set fileName to item i of fileList
set fullPath to filePath & fileName
set newFilePath to destinationPath & fileName & ".ai"
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
open POSIX file fullPath as alias without dialogs
save current document in file newFilePath as Illustrator with options
{flatten output:preserve appearance, compressed:true}
close current document saving no
end tell
end repeat
end if
end SaveFilesAsIllustrator
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image capture options
image capture options
Options for image capture, used with the hide perspective grid command. All properties are optional.
ImageCaptureOptions properties
Property
Value type
What it is
antialiasing
boolean
If true, the image result is anti-aliased. Default: false
matte
boolean
If true, the artboard is matted with a color. Default: false
matte color
RGB color info
The color to use for the artboard matte. Default: white
resolution
real
The resolution of the captured image file in points-per-inch (PPI),
in the range [72.0 ... 2400.0]. Default: 150
transparency
boolean
If true, the image result is transparent. Default: false
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ink
ink
Specifies the properties of the inks to be used in printing the document.
ink object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
name
Unicode text
The ink’s name.
properties
ink properties
The ink information.
List inks in a document
-- Create a new CMYK document
-- Get the name of every ink in document 1
-- Display the list of ink names in a text frame
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
set inkNames to ""
set theText to ""
if not (exists document 1) then error "There is no available document."
get the name of every item of inks of document 1
repeat with theName in the result
set inkNames to inkNames & theName & return
end repeat
set theText to inkNames
set textRef to make new text frame in current document with properties
{position:{100, 500}}
set contents of textRef to theText
end tell
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ink properties
ink properties
Information about ink use when printing a document with the print command.
ink properties object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
angle
real
The ink’s screen angle in degrees. Range: -360 to 360
custom color
list of real
numbers
The custom color.
density
real
The neutral density. Minimum: 0.0
dot shape
Unicode text
The dot shape name.
frequency
real
The ink’s frequency. Range: 0.0 to 1000.0
kind
Valid values:
The ink type.
black ink
custom ink
cyan ink
magenta ink
yellow ink
printing status
Valid values:
The ink printing status.
convert ink
disable ink
enable ink
trapping
Valid values:
The trapping type.
ignore opaque
normal
opaque
transparent
trapping order
integer
The order of trapping for the ink. Range: 1 to 4 for CMYK
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insertion point
A location between characters, used to insert new text objects.
An insertion point is logically located between two characters in a text frame. Each insertion point is
before the corresponding character in a text frame. Insertion point 1 is before character 1, etc.
The properties of an insertion point are the same as the character at the same position in the text frame.
For example, the font for insertion point 2 of text frame 1 will be the same as the font for character 2 of text
frame 1.
You can set the properties for an insertion point, but setting only the contents property has no affect on
the text frame. The result of setting the contents of an insertion point to a string value is to insert the string
in the text frame at the insertion point’s location. Setting the contents to an empty string has no affect.
An insertion point is contained in an InsertionPoints collection. This is a text object in which
character offset indicates the location of the insertion point and length is 0. This subclass does not
define any additional properties.
insertion point object elements
Elements
Refer to by
character style
name, numeric index, range of elements, before/after another element, satisfying
a test
character
numeric index, range of elements, before/after another element, satisfying a test
insertion point
numeric index, range of elements, before/after another element, satisfying a test
line
numeric index, range of elements, before/after another element, satisfying a test
paragraph style
name, numeric index, range of elements, before/after another element, satisfying
a test
paragraph
numeric index, range of elements, before/after another element, satisfying a test
text
numeric index, range of elements, before/after another element, satisfying a test
word
numeric index, range of elements, before/after another element, satisfying a test
insertion point object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
best type
type class
Read-only. The best type for the object’s value.
class
type class
Read-only.The object’s class.
container
reference
Read-only.The object’s container.
default type
type class
Read-only.The default type for the object’s value.
index
integer
Read-only.The index of this instance of the object.
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insertion point
Property
Value type
What it is
properties
record
All properties of this object returned as a record.
story
story
Read-only.The story that contains the insertion point.
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insertion point object commands
count
exists
Working with insertion points
This example shows several ways of working with insertion points.
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
-- Set insertion point karat to beginning of a text frame
set selection to insertion point 1 of text frame 1 of document 1
-- Add a string to end of a text frame
get insertion point -1 of text frame 1 of document 1
make new word at (item 1 of the result) with properties {contents:"Some new text."}
-- Since the default type of an insertion point is string, asking for
-- a particular insertion point returns its contents. To get a reference
-- to an insertion point you need to ask for a reference
set insertionRef to ¬
insertion point after word 3 of text frame 1 of document 1 as reference
make new word at insertionRef with properties {contents:"more words"}
end tell
Add a word at the insertion point
-------
Make a new document
Make a new text frame with contents "Wouldn't you rather be scripting?"
Change the size of the text frame
Get the insertion points of the last word of the text frame
Add a new word at the first insertion point of the result
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
activate
make new document
make new text frame in document 1 with properties {contents:"Wouldn't you rather be
scripting?", position:{100, 400}}
set the size of the text of the result to 20
delay 1
get insertion points of the last word of text frame 1 of document 1
make new word at (item 1 of the result) with properties {contents:"AppleScript"}
end tell
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job options
job options
The print job options when printing a document with the print command.
job options object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
artboard range
string
The artboard range to be printed if print all
artboards is false. Default: 1-
bitmap resolution
real
The bitmap resolution. Minimum: 0.0.
Default: 0.0
collate
boolean
If true, collate print pages are collated.
Default: false
copies
integer
The number of copies to print. Minimum: 1.
Default: 1
designation
Valid values:
The layers/objects to be printed.
Default: visible printable layers
all layers
visible layers
visible printable layers
file path
file specification
The file to which to print.
name
Unicode text
The print job name.
print all
artboards
boolean
Indicates whether to print all artboards.
Default: true
print area
Valid values:
The printing bounds.
Default: artboard bounds
artboard bounds
artwork bounds
print as bitmap
boolean
If true, the job is printed as a bitmap image.
Default: false
reverse pages
boolean
If true, the pages are printed in reverse order.
Default: false
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Print job options
-- Makes new document containing 3 layers - 1
-- non printable, 1 non visible and 1 visible and printable
-- a text frame is added to each layer
-- Print all layers
-- Print only visible layers
-- Print only visible and printable layer
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
activate
make new document
set the name of current layer of document 1 to "VPL"
make new text frame in document 1 with properties {contents:"Visible and Printable",
position:{200, 600}}
make new layer in document 1 with properties {name:"VnPL", printable:false}
make new text frame in layer "VnPL" of document 1 with properties {contents:"Visible
and Non-Printable", position:{200, 500}}
make new layer in document 1 with properties {name:"nVPL"}
make new text frame in layer "nVPL" of document 1 with properties
{contents:"Non-Visible", position:{200, 400}}
set visible of layer "nVPL" of document 1 to false
set printOptions to {class:print options, job settings:{class:job options,
designation:all layers, reverse pages:true}}
print document 1 options printOptions
set printOptions to {class:print options, job settings:{class:job options,
designation:visible layers, reverse pages:true}}
print document 1 options printOptions
set jobOptions to {class:job options, designation:visible printable layers, reverse
pages:true}
set printOptions to {class:print options, job settings:jobOptions}
print document 1 options printOptions
end tell
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JPEG export options
Options that can be supplied when exporting a document as a JPEG file. See the export command in the
command reference for additional details.
This class is used to define a record containing properties that specify options when exporting a document
as a JPEG file. JPEG export options can only be supplied in conjunction with the export command. It is
not possible to get or create a JPEG export options object.
JPEG export options object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
antialiasing
boolean
If true, the resulting image should be anti-aliased.
Default: true
artboard clipping
boolean
If true, the resulting image should be clipped to the
artboard. Default: false
blur
real
The amount of blurring to apply to the resulting image.
Range: 0.0 to 2.0. Default: 0.0
horizontal scaling
real
The percent horizontal scaling factor to apply to the
resulting image. Range: 0.0 to 100.0. Default: 100.0
matte
boolean
If true, the artboard should be matted with a color.
Default: true
matte color
RGB color info
The color to use when matting the artboard.
Default: white
optimization
boolean
If true, the resulting image should be optimized for web
viewing. Default: true
quality
integer
The quality of the resulting image. Range: 0 to 100.
Default: 30
saving as HTML
boolean
If true, the resulting image should be saved with an
accompanying HTML file. Default: false
vertical scaling
real
The percent vertical scaling factor to apply to the
resulting image. Range: 0.0 to 776.19. Default: 100.0
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Export to JPEG
This handler processes all Illustrator files in a specific folder, exporting each file as a medium-quality JPEG
image. Note that the class property is specified in the record to ensure that Illustrator can determine the
export option class.
------
Opens files from a predefined source folder in Illustrator
then exports them to a predefined destination folder in the chosen format
fileList is a list of file names in the source folder
filePath is the full path to the source folder
destinationFolder is an alias to a folder where the files are to be saved
on ExportFilesAsJPEGMedium(fileList, filePath, destinationFolder)
set destinationPath to destinationFolder as string
set fileCount to count of fileList
if fileCount > 0 then
repeat with i from 1 to fileCount
set fileName to item i of fileList
set fullPath to filePath & fileName
set newFilePath to destinationPath & fileName & ".jpg"
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
open POSIX file fullPath as alias without dialogs
export current document to file newFilePath as JPEG with options ¬
{class:JPEG export options ¬
, quality:60 ¬
, blur:0.5 ¬
, horizontal scaling:50.0 ¬
, vertical scaling:50 ¬
, matte:false}
close current document saving no
end tell
end repeat
end if
end ExportFilesAsJPEGMedium
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Lab color info
Lab color info
A color specification in the CIE Lab color space, used where a color info object is required.
Lab color info properties
This class inherits all properties from the color info class.
Property
Value type
What it is
a
real
The a (red-green) color value. Range -128.0–128.0. Default: 0.0
b
real
The b (yellow-blue) color value. Range -128.0–128.0. Default: 0.0
l
real
The l (lightness) color value. Range -128.0–128.0. Default: 0.0
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layer, layers
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layer, layers
A layer or list of layers. Layers may contain nested layers, which are called sublayers in the user interface.
The layer object contains all the page items in the specific layer as elements. Your script can access page
items as elements of either the layer object or as elements of the document object. When accessing page
items as elements of a layer, only objects in that layer can be accessed. To access page items throughout
the entire document, be sure to refer to them as elements of the document.
layer object elements
Element
Refer to by
compound path item
name, index, before/after, range, test
graph item
name, index, before/after, range, test
group item
name, index, before/after, range, test
layer
name, index, before/after, range, test
legacy text item
name, index, before/after, range, test
mesh item
name, index, before/after, range, test
non native item
name, index, before/after, range, test
page item
name, index, before/after, range, test
path item
name, index, before/after, range, test
placed item
name, index, before/after, range, test
plugin item
name, index, before/after, range, test
raster item
name, index, before/after, range, test
symbol item
name, index, before/after, range, test
text frame
name, index, before/after, range, test
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layer, layers
layer object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
best type
type class
Read-only. The best type for the layer object’s value. Always
returns reference.
blend mode
Valid values:
The mode used when compositing an object. An object is
considered composited when its opacity is set to less than
100.0 (100%).
color blend
color burn
color dodge
darken
difference
exclusion
hard light
hue
lighten
luminosity
multiply
normal
overlay
saturation blend
screen
soft light
class
type class
Read-only. The layer object’s class, which is layer.
color
RGB color info
The layer’s selection mark color.
container
object reference
Read-only. A reference to the document that contains this
layer.
default type
type class
Read-only. The default type for the layer object’s value.
Always returns reference.
dim placed
images
boolean
If true, placed images are to be rendered as dimmed in this
layer.
has selected
artwork
boolean
If true, one or more objects in this layer selected are
selected; setting this property to false deselects all
objects in the layer.
index
integer
Read-only. The position of this layer in the current stacking
order of layers in this document, where layer 1 is always
the topmost layer in the stacking order.
isolated
boolean
If true, this object is isolated
knockout
Valid values:
Is this object used to create a knockout.
unknown
disabled
enabled
inherited
locked
boolean
If true, the layer is editable.
name
Unicode text
The name of this layer.
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Property
Value type
What it is
opacity
real
The opacity of this layer, where 100.0 is completely opaque
and 0.0 is completely transparent.
preview
boolean
If true, this layer should be displayed using preview mode.
printable
boolean
If true, this layer should be printed when printing the
document.
properties
record
All properties of this object returned as a record.
sliced
boolean
If true, slices should be preserved. Default: false
visible
boolean
If true, this layer is visible.
layer object commands
count
delete
duplicate
exists
make
move
Move layers
-- Move the 2nd layer to the top of the stacking order
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
if (count layers of current document) > 1 then
move layer 2 of document 1 to before layer 1 of document 1
end if
end tell
Create a layer
Commands that deal with changes to an object’s reference, including the creation of new objects with the
make command, return a reference to the new or modified object in their result. This example stores the
reference returned for a newly created layer and then creates a new path item in the layer using the
reference.
-- Make a new layer at the top of the layer stack
-- then create a new path in the layer
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
set layerRef to make layer at document 1 with properties {name:"Our Layer"}
make new rectangle at beginning of layerRef
end tell
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Delete layers
This example demonstrates the power of constructing simple tests (with the whose clause) to selectively
delete layers in a document based on their names. In this case, the script deletes all layers in the current
document that have names starting with the word “Temporary.”
-- Delete layers that have a name which begin with a particular string
set partialName to "Temp"
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
delete (every layer of document 1 whose name starts with partialName)
end tell
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legacy text item, legacy text items
A text item from a document in a pre-CS version of Illustrator (version 10 or earlier), or a list of such items.,
which are uneditable until converted. To convert legacy text, see convert.
You can view, move, and print legacy text, but you cannot edit it. Legacy text has an "x" through its
bounding box when selected.
legacy text item object properties
This class inherits all properties from the page item class.
Property
Value type
What it is
converted
boolean
When true, the item has been updated to the current text
format (a text frame). Read-only.
properties
record
All properties of this object returned as a record.
legacy text item object commands
convert
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line
A line or lines of text in a text frame. A document’s text can be accessed using the character, insertion
point, word, line, paragraph, and text classes.
Lines of text cannot be created. When the contents property of a text frame is modified, Illustrator will
create text lines as it reflows the text within the text frame.
line object elements
Elements
Refer to by
character style
name, numeric index, range of elements, before/after another element, satisfying
a test
character
numeric index, range of elements, before/after another element, satisfying a test
insertion point
numeric index, range of elements, before/after another element, satisfying a test
line
numeric index, range of elements, before/after another element, satisfying a test
paragraph style
name, numeric index, range of elements, before/after another element, satisfying
a test
paragraph
numeric index, range of elements, before/after another element, satisfying a test
text
numeric index, range of elements, before/after another element, satisfying a test
word
numeric index, range of elements, before/after another element, satisfying a test
line object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
aki left
real
The amount of inter-glyph space added
to the left side of each glyph in
Japanese text (in thousandths of an
em).
aki right
real
The amount of inter-glyph spacing
added to the right side of each glyph in
Japanese text (in thousandths of an
em).
alignment
Valid values:
The character alignment type.
bottom
center
icf bottom
icf top
roman baseline
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Property
Value type
What it is
alternate glyphs
Valid values:
Specifies the type of alternate glyphs.
default
expert
full width
half width
jis78
jis83
proportional width
quarter width
third width
traditional
jis90
jis04
alternate ligature boolean
auto leading
boolean
baseline direction Valid values:
standard
Tate Chu Yoko
vertical rotated
baseline position
Valid values:
If true, use the alternate ligature.
If true, use automatic leading.
The Japanese text baseline direction.
The baseline position of text.
normal
subscript
superscript
baseline shift
real
The amount of shift (in points) of the
text baseline.
best type
type class
Read-only. The best type for the object’s
value.
capitalization
Valid values:
The case of the text.
all caps
all small caps
normal
small caps
character offset
integer
Offset of the first character.
class
type class
Read-only. The object’s class.
connection forms
boolean
If true, use the OpenType connection
forms.
container
reference
Read-only. The object’s container.
contents
Unicode text
The text content.
contextual
ligature
boolean
If true, use the contextual ligature.
default type
type class
Read-only. The default type for the
object’s value.
discretionary
ligature
boolean
If true, use the discretionary ligature.
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line
Property
Value type
What it is
figure style
Valid values:
Specifies which figure style to use in an
OpenType font.
default
proportional
proportional oldstyle
tabular
tabular oldstyle
fill color
color info
The color of the text fill.
fractions
boolean
If true, use the OpenType fractions.
horizontal scale
real
The character horizontal scaling factor
expressed as a percentage (100 =
100%).
index
integer
Read-only. The index of this instance of
the object
italics
boolean
If true, the Japanese OpenType support
supports the italic style.
kerning
integer
Controls the spacing between two
characters, in thousandths of an em.
kerning method
Valid values:
The automatic kerning method to use.
auto
none
optical
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Property
Value type
What it is
language
Valid values:
The language.
Bokmal Norwegian
Brazillian Portuguese
Bulgarian
Canadian French
Catalan
Chinese
Czech
Danish
Dutch
Dutch 2005 Reform
English
Finnish
German 2006 Reform
Greek
Hungarian
Icelandic
Italian
Japanese
Nynorsk Norwegian
old German
Polish
Romanian
Russian
Spanish
Serbian
standard French
standard German
standard Portuguese
Swedish
Swiss German
Swiss German 2006 Reform
Turkish
UK English
Ukranian
leading
real
The amount of space between two lines
of text, in points.
length
integer
The length in characters. Minimum: 0
ligature
boolean
If true, use the ligature.
no break
boolean
Whether break is allowed.
OpenType position
Valid values:
The OpenType baseline position.
default
denominator
numerator
subscript
superscript
ordinals
boolean
If true, use the OpenType ordinals.
ornaments
boolean
If true, use the OpenType ornaments.
overprint fill
boolean
If true, overprint the fill of the text.
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line
Property
Value type
What it is
overprint stroke
boolean
If true, the stroke of the text may be
overprinted.
properties
record
All properties of this object returned as
a record.
proportional
metrics
boolean
If true, the proportional metrics in
Japanese OpenType may be used.
rotation
real
The character rotation angle.
selection
list of text
Read-only. The selected text.
size
real
Font size in points.
story
story
Read-only. The story that contains the
line.
strike through
boolean
If true, characters use strike-through
style.
stroke color
color info
The color of the text stroke.
stroke weight
real
line width of stroke.
stylistic
alternates
boolean
If true, use the OpenType stylistic
alternates.
swash
boolean
If true, use the OpenType swash.
TCY horizontal
integer
The Tate-Chu-Yoko horizontal
adjustment in points.
TCY vertical
integer
The Tate-Chu-Yoko vertical adjustment
in points.
text font
text
The text font.
titling
boolean
If true, use the OpenType titling
alternates.
tracking
integer
The tracking or range kerning amount
in thousandths of an em.
Tsume
real
The percentage of space reduction
around a Japanese character.
underline
boolean
If true, characters use underline style.
vertical scale
real
Character vertical scaling factor.
warichu characters
after break
integer
How the characters in Wari-Chu text (an
inset note in Japanese text) are divided
into two or more lines.
warichu characters
before break
integer
How the characters in Wari-Chu text (an
inset note in Japanese text) are divided
into two or more lines.
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line
Property
Value type
What it is
warichu enabled
boolean
If true, Wari-Chu is enabled.
warichu gap
integer
The Wari-Chu line gap.
warichu
justification
Valid values:
The Wari-Chu justification.
warichu lines
integer
The number of Wari-Chu (multiple text
lines fit into a space meant for one)
lines.
warichu scale
real
The Wari-Chu scale.
auto justify
center
full justify last line center
full justify
full justify last line left
full justify last line right
left
right
line object commands
apply character style
apply paragraph style
change case
count
delete
deselect
duplicate
exists
make
move
select
Finding lines of text
Lines of text can be located with matching characteristics using the whose clause, as this script
demonstrates.
-- Color red all lines of text containing more than 10 characters
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
if (count text frames in document 1) > 0 then
set textItemCount to count text frames in document 1
repeat with i from 1 to textItemCount
set (fill color of every line of text frame i of document 1 ¬
whose length > 10) to {red:255.0}
end repeat
end if
end tell
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matrix
A transformation matrix specification, used to transform the geometry of objects.
Matrices are used in conjunction with the transform command and as a property of a number of objects.
You can generate an original matrix using the get identity matrix, get translation matrix,
get scale matrix, or get rotation matrix commands.
A matrix is a record containing the matrix values, not a reference to a matrix object. The matrix
commands listed above operate on the values of a matrix record. If a command modifies a matrix, a
modified matrix record is returned as the result of the command. The original matrix record passed to the
command is not modified.
matrix object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
mvalue_a
real
Matrix property a.
mvalue_b
real
Matrix property b.
mvalue_c
real
Matrix property c.
mvalue_d
real
Matrix property d.
mvalue_tx
real
Matrix property tx.
mvalue_ty
real
Matrix property ty.
matrix object commands
concatenate matrix
concatenate rotation matrix
concatenate scale matrix
concatenate translation matrix
equal matrices
get identity matrix
get rotation matrix
get scale matrix
get translation matrix
invert matrix
singular matrix
Getting a matrix for scale transformation
A matrix can be generated to effect a scale transformation using the get scale matrix command.
-- Scale all art in a document to 50% vertical size
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
if (count page items in document 1) > 0 then
set scaleMatrix to get scale matrix horizontal scale 100.0 vertical scale 50.0
transform every page item in document 1 using scaleMatrix
end if
end tell
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Applying multiple transformations
To apply multiple transformations to objects, it is more efficient to use the matrix suite than to apply the
transformations one at a time. The following script demonstrates how to combine multiple matrices.
-- Scale, rotate, and translate all art in a document
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
if (count page items in document 1) > 0 then
set matrixDef to ¬
get scale matrix horizontal scale 100.0 vertical scale 50.0
set matrixDef to ¬
concatenate rotation matrix matrixDef angle -45.0
set matrixDef to ¬
concatenate translation matrix matrixDef delta x 50.0 delta y -50.0
transform every page item in document 1 using matrixDef
end if
end tell
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mesh item, mesh items
A gradient mesh art item or list of gradient mesh art items. Scripts cannot create new mesh items, but can
be duplicate, copy and paste them.
mesh item object properties
This class inherits all properties from the page item class.
Property
Value type
What it is
properties
record
All properties of this object returned as a record.
mesh item object commands
count
delete
duplicate
exists
move
rotate
scale
transform
translate
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no color info
Represents the “none” color. Assigning a reference to a no color object to a document’s default fill or
stroke color, or those of an art item, is equivalent to setting their filled or stroked property to false.
This class inherits all properties from the color info class.
Setting color to none
-- Make a new document
-- Make two overlapping rectangles with different fill colors
-- Set the fill color of the top rectangle to no color
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
activate
make new document with properties {color space:RGB}
make new rectangle in document 1 with properties {position:{200, 500}, width:300,
height:100}
set the fill color of the result to {class:RGB color info, red:255, green:0, blue:0}
make new rectangle in document 1 with properties {position:{150, 550}, width:200,
height:100}
set the fill color of the result to {class:RGB color info, red:0, green:255, blue:0}
delay 1
set the fill color of path item 1 of document 1 to {class:no color info}
end tell
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non native item, non native items
non native item, non native items
A non-native artwork item or a list of those items.
non native item object properties
These classes inherit all properties from the page item class.
Property
Value type
What it is
properties
record
All properties of this object returned as a record.
non native item object commands
count
delete
duplicate
exists
move
rotate
scale
transform
translate
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open options
Specifies options that can be supplied when opening a file.
open options object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
as
Valid values:
Open as an Illustrator library of the given
type. Default: Illustrator artwork
Illustrator artwork
swatches library
brushes library
graphic styles library
symbols library
convert crop area to
artboard
boolean
If true, converts crop areas to artboards
when opening a legacy document in
Illustrator CS4 or later. When false, crop areas
are discarded. Default: true.
convert tiles to
artboard
boolean
If true, converts print tiles to artboards when
opening a legacy document in Illustrator CS4
or later. Default: false.
create artboard with boolean
artwork bounding box
If true, creates an artboard with the
dimensions of the bounding box of the
artwork when opening a legacy document in
Illustrator CS4 or later. Default: false.
preserve legacy
artboard
boolean
If true, preserves legacy artboards when
opening a legacy document in Illustrator CS4
or later. Default: true.
update legacy
gradient mesh
boolean
If true, preserves the spot colors in the
gradient mesh objects for legacy documents
(pre-Illustrator CS4). Default: true
update legacy text
boolean
Read-only. If true, update all legacy text
objects for documents saved with Illustrator
version 10 or earlier. Default: false
Open a file with automatic update of legacy text
---on
This function opens a file passed to it, any
legacy text is automatically updated, fileToOpen
is set by the framework this fragment is tested in
openLegacyFile(fileToOpen)
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
activate
open POSIX file fileToOpen as alias with options {update legacy text:true}
end tell
end openLegacyFile
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page item, page items
Any art item or list of art items. Every art item and group in a document is a page item. You may refer to a
page item as an element of a document, layer, or group item.
The page item class gives you complete access to every art item contained in an Illustrator document. The
page item class is the superclass of all artwork objects in a document. The compound path item,
group item, mesh item, non native item, path item, placed item, plugin item, raster item, and
text frame classes each inherit a set of properties from the page item class.
You cannot create a page item directly, you must create one of the specific page item subclasses, such as
path item.
page item object elements
Element
Refer to by
tag
name, index, before/after, range, test
page item object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
best type
type class
Read-only. The best type for the page item object’s value.
Always returns reference.
blend mode
Valid values:
The mode to use when compositing this object. An object is
considered composited when its opacity is set to less than
100.0 (100%).
color blend
color burn
color dodge
darken
difference
exclusion
hard light
hue
lighten
luminosity
multiply
normal
overlay
saturation blend
screen
soft light
class
type class
Read-only. The page item object’s class, which can be any
one of the specific classes that are children of the page item
class, including compound path item, group item, mesh
item, non native item, path item, placed item, plugin
item, raster item, and text frame.
container
object reference
Read-only. A reference to the layer that contains this page
item.
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Property
Value type
What it is
control bounds
list
Read-only. The bounds of the object including stroke width
and controls.
default type
type class
Read-only. The default type for the page item object’s
value. Always returns reference.
editable
boolean
Read-only. If true, this page item is editable.
geometric
bounds
list
Read-only. The object’s bounds excluding the stroke width.
height
real
The height of the page item, calculated from the geometric
bounds.
hidden
boolean
If true, this page item is hidden.
index
integer
Read-only. The position of this page item in the current
stacking order of the containing layer, where page item 1 is
always topmost.
isolated
boolean
If true, this object is isolated.
knockout
Valid values:
Is this object used to create a knockout.
unknown
disabled
enabled
inherited
layer
object reference
Read-only. The layer to which this page item belongs.
locked
boolean
If true, this page item is locked.
name
Unicode text
The name of this page item.
note
Unicode text
The note assigned to this item.
opacity
real
The opacity of this object, where 100.0 is completely
opaque and 0.0 is completely transparent.
pixel aligned
boolean
True if the item is aligned to the pixel grid.
position
fixed point
The position (in points) of the top left corner of the item in
the format {x, y}. Does not include stroke weight.
properties
record
All properties of this object returned as a record.
selected
boolean
If true, this object is selected.
sliced
boolean
If true, preserve slices.
URL
Unicode text
The value of the Adobe URL tag assigned to this page item.
visibility
variable
anything
The visibility variable to which this page item path is
bound.
visible bounds
rectangle
Read-only. The object’s visible bounds, including stroke
width of any objects in the illustration.
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Property
Value type
What it is
width
real
The width of the page item, calculated from the geometric
bounds.
wrap inside
boolean
If true, the text frame object should be wrapped inside this
object.
wrap offset
number (double)
The offset to use when wrapping text around this object.
wrapped
boolean
If true, wrap text frame objects around this object (text
frame must be above the object).
page item object commands
bring in perspective
count
delete
duplicate
exists
move
rotate
scale
transform
translate
Move a page item
The stacking order of existing page items in a layer can be manipulated using the move command. This
example demonstrates how to move a page item to the top of the stacking order (index position 1) in a
layer.
-- This script moves all objects in a document to the first layer
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
set allPageItems to every page item of document 1
move allPageItems to beginning of layer 1 of document 1
end tell
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page marks options
page marks options
Specifies the page marks options when printing a document with the print command.
page marks options object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
bleed offset
list
The bleed offset rectangle.
color bars
boolean
If true, color bar printing is enabled. Default: false
marks offset
list
The page marks offset rectangle.
page info marks
boolean
If true, page info marks printing is enabled. Default: false
page marks style
Valid values:
The page marks style. Default: Roman
Japanese
Roman
registration marks
boolean
If true, the registration marks are printed. Default: false
trim marks
boolean
If true, printing of trim marks is enabled. Default: false
trim marks weight
real
Stroke weight of trim marks. Minimum: 0.0. Default: 0.125
Print page marks
-- Make sure a document is available
-- Create a page mark options object
-- Print the document with the page mark options
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
activate
if not (exists document 1) then error "There is no available document."
set pageMarkOptions to {class:page marks options, color bars:true, page info
marks:true, registration marks:true, trim marks:true}
set printOptions to {class:print options, page marks settings:pageMarkOptions}
print document 1 options printOptions
end tell
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paper
paper
This class contains information about the paper to be used when printing a document with the print
command.
paper object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
name
Unicode text
The paper name.
properties
paper properties
The paper information.
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paper options
Information about the paper options when printing a document with the print command.
paper options object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
height
real
Custom paper’s height in points. Minimum 0.0. Default: 0.0
name
Unicode text
The paper’s name.
offset
real
Custom paper’s offset in points. Minimum 0.0. Default: 0.0
transverse
boolean
If true, transverse the artwork (rotate 90 degrees) on the custom
paper. Default: false
width
real
Custom paper’s width. Minimum 0.0. Default: 0.0
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paper properties
Information about the paper.
paper properties object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
custom paper
boolean
If true, it is a custom paper.
height
real
The paper’s height in points.
imageable area
list
The imageable area, a rectangle.
width
real
The paper’s width in points.
Paper size
-- Make new document
-- Make a rectangle and apply a graphic style
-- Get the printer name of the first printer
-- Get the paper name of the first paper of the first printer
-- Print the document to the printer using the paper name as its paper option
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
activate
make new document
make new rectangle in document 1 with properties {position:{200, 600}, height:400,
width:100}
apply graphic style 2 of document 1 to path item 1 of document 1
if printers is not {} then
set printerName to (name of item 1 of printers) as string
set printerRef to item 1 of printers
if paper sizes of properties of printerRef is not {} then
set paperName to name of item 1 of paper sizes of properties of (get
properties of item 1 of printers)
set paperOptions to {class:paper options, name:paperName}
set printOptions to {class:print options, printer name:printerName, paper
settings:paperOptions}
print document 1 options printOptions
end if
end if
end tell
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paragraph, paragraphs
A paragraph or list of paragraphs of text in the contents of a text art item. A document’s text can be
accessed using the character, insertion point, word, line, paragraph and text classes. All text is
contained within text frames.
The paragraph class has additional properties that other related classes do not share, including properties
for margins, tab stop settings, hyphenation, and word/letter spacing.
paragraph object elements
Elements
Refer to by
character style
name, numeric index, range of elements, before/after another element, satisfying a
test
character
numeric index, range of elements, before/after another element, satisfying a test
insertion point
numeric index, range of elements, before/after another element, satisfying a test
line
numeric index, range of elements, before/after another element, satisfying a test
paragraph style
name, numeric index, range of elements, before/after another element, satisfying a
test
paragraph
numeric index, range of elements, before/after another element, satisfying a test
text
numeric index, range of elements, before/after another element, satisfying a test
word
numeric index, range of elements, before/after another element, satisfying a test
paragraph object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
aki left
real
The amount of extra space (aki)
added to the left side of each glyph
in Japanese text (in thousandths of
an em).
aki right
real
The amount of extra space (aki)
added to the right side of each
glyph in Japanese text (in
thousandths of an em).
alignment
Valid values:
The character alignment type.
bottom
center
icf bottom
icf top
roman baseline
top
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Value type
What it is
alternate glyphs
Valid values:
The type of alternate glyphs.
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default
expert
full width
half width
jis78
jis83
proportional width
quarter width
third width
traditional
jis90
jis04
auto leading
boolean
If true, automatic leading is used.
auto leading amount
real
The auto leading amount, as a
percentage.
auto TCY
integer
The automatic Tate-Chu-Yoko
amount.
baseline direction
Valid values:
The Japanese text baseline
direction.
standard
Tate Chu Yoko
vertical rotated
baseline position
Valid values:
The baseline position of text.
normal
subscript
superscript
baseline shift
real
The amount of shift (in points) of
the text baseline.
best type
type class
Read-only. The best type for the
object’s value.
BunriKinshi
boolean
If true, BunriKinshi is enabled.
Burasagari type
Valid values:
The Burasagari type which specifies
whether punctuation is allowed to
fall outside of the paragraph
bounding box (not available when
Kinsoku Shori is set to None).
forced
none
standard
capitalization
Valid values:
The case of the text.
all caps
all small caps
normal
small caps
character offset
integer
Offset of the first character.
class
type class
Read-only. The object’s class.
connection forms
boolean
If true, use the OpenType
connection forms.
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Property
Value type
What it is
container
reference
Read-only. The object’s container.
contents
Unicode text
The text content.
contextual ligature
boolean
If true, use the contextual ligature.
default type
type class
Read-only. The default type for the
object’s value.
desired glyph scaling
real
Desired glyph scaling, expressed as
a percentage of the default
character width. Range: 50.0 to
200.0; at 100.0, the width of
characters is not changed.
desired letter
spacing
real
Desired letter spacing, expressed as
a percentage of the default kerning
or tracking Range: -100.0 to 500.0;
at 0, no space is added between
letters; at 100.0, an entire space
width is added between letters.
desired word spacing
real
Desired word spacing, expressed as
a percentage of the default space
for the font. Range: 0.0 to 1000.0; at
100.00, no space is added between
words.
discretionary
ligature
boolean
If true, use the discretionary
ligature.
every line composer
boolean
If true, the Every-line Composer is
enabled. If false, the Single-line
Composer is enabled.
figure style
Valid values:
The number style for OpenType
font.
default
proportional
proportional oldstyle
tabular
tabular oldstyle
fill color
color info
The color of the text fill.
first line indent
real
First line left indent expressed in
points.
fractions
boolean
If true, uses OpenType fractions.
horizontal scale
real
The character horizontal scaling
factor expressed as a percentage
(100 = 100%).
hyphenate capitalized
words
boolean
If true, hyphenation is enabled for
capitalized words.
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Property
Value type
What it is
hyphenation
boolean
If true, hyphenation is enabled for
the paragraph.
hyphenation
preference
real
Hyphenation preference scale for
better spacing (0) or fewer hyphens
(1).
Range: 0.0 to 1.0
hyphenation zone
real
The distance (in points) from the
right edge of the paragraph that
marks the part of the line where
hyphenation is not allowed.
0 allows all hyphenation. Valid only
when every line composer is false.
index
integer
The index of this instance of the
object.
italics
boolean
If true, the Japanese OpenType
support supports the italic style.
justification
Valid values:
Paragraph justification.
center
full justify
full justify
full justify
line left
full justify
left
right
last line center
last line full
last
last line right
kerning
integer
Controls the spacing between two
characters, in thousandths of an
em.
kerning method
Valid values:
The automatic kerning method to
use.
auto
none
optical
Kinsoku
Unicode text
The name of a Kinsoku Shori set (a
set of characters which cannot be
used to begin or end a line of
Japanese text).
Kinsoku order
Valid values:
The preferred Kinsoku order.
push in
push out first
push out only
KurikaeshiMojiShori
boolean
If true, Kurikaeshi Moji Shori is
enabled (controls how repeated
characters are handled in Japanese
text).
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Value type
What it is
language
Valid values:
The language.
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Bokmal Norwegian
Brazillian Portuguese
Bulgarian
Canadian French
Catalan
Chinese
Czech
Danish
Dutch
Dutch 2005 Reform
English
Finnish
German 2006 Reform
Greek
Hungarian
Icelandic
Italian
Japanese
Nynorsk Norwegian
old German
Polish
Romanian
Russian
Spanish
Serbian
standard French
standard German
standard Portuguese
Swedish
Swiss German
Swiss German 2006 Reform
Turkish
UK English
Ukranian
leading
real
Specifies the amount of space
between two lines of text (in
points).
leading type
Valid values:
Auto leading type.
Japanese
Roman
left indent
real
Left indent of margin expressed in
points.
length
integer
The number of characters in the
paragraph. Minimum: 0
ligature
boolean
If true, the ligature should be used.
maximum consecutive
hyphens
integer
Maximum number of consecutive
hyphenated lines.
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Property
Value type
What it is
maximum glyph scaling
real
Maximum glyph scaling, expressed
as a percentage of the default
character width. Range: 50.0 to
200.0; at 100.0, the width of
characters is not changed.
NOTE: Valid only for justified
paragraphs.
maximum letter
spacing
real
Maximum letter spacing, expressed
as a percentage of the default
kerning or tracking Range: -100.0 to
500.0; at 0, no space is added
between letters; at 100.0, an entire
space width is added between
letters.
NOTE: Valid only for justified
paragraphs.
maximum word spacing
real
Maximum word spacing, expressed
as a percentage of the default
space for the font. Range: 0.0 to
1000.0; at 100.00, no space is added
between words.
NOTE: Valid only for justified
paragraphs.
minimum after hyphen
integer
Minimum number of characters
after a hyphen.
minimum before hyphen
integer
Minimum number of characters
before a hyphen.
minimum glyph scaling
real
Minimum glyph scaling, expressed
as a percentage of the default
character width. Range: 50.0 to
200.0; at 100.0, the width of
characters is not changed.
NOTE: Valid only for justified
paragraphs.
minimum hyphenated
word size
integer
Minimum number of characters for
a word to be hyphenated.
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Property
Value type
What it is
minimum letter
spacing
real
Minimum letter spacing, expressed
as a percentage of the default
kerning or tracking Range: -100.0 to
500.0; at 0, no space is added
between letters; at 100.0, an entire
space width is added between
letters.
NOTE: Valid only for justified
paragraphs.
minimum word spacing
real
Minimum word spacing, expressed
as a percentage of the default
space for the font. Range: 0.0 to
1000.0; at 100.00, no space is added
between words
NOTE: Valid only for justified
paragraphs.
Mojikumi
Unicode text
The name of a predefined Mojikumi
set for Japanese text composition.
no break
boolean
If true, a break is allowed.
ordinals
boolean
If true, use the OpenType ordinals.
ornaments
boolean
If true, use the OpenType
ornaments.
overprint fill
boolean
If true, overprint the fill of the text.
overprint stroke
boolean
If true, the stroke of the text may
be overprinted.
OpenType position
Valid values:
The OpenType baseline position.
default
denominator
numerator
subscript
superscript
properties
record
All properties of this object
returned as a record.
proportional metrics
boolean
If true, the proportional metrics in
Japanese OpenType may be used.
right indent
real
Right indent of margin expressed in
points.
roman hanging
boolean
If true, Roman hanging
punctuation is enabled.
rotation
real
The character rotation angle.
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Property
Value type
What it is
selection
list of text
The selected text.
single word
justification
Valid values:
Justification type for a single word.
size
real
Font size in points.
space after
real
Spacing after paragraph in points.
space before
real
Spacing before paragraph in
points.
story
story
The story in the paragraph.
strike through
boolean
If true, characters use
strike-through style.
stroke color
color info
The color of the text stroke.
stroke weight
real
line width of stroke.
stylistic alternates
boolean
If true, use the OpenType stylistic
alternates.
swash
boolean
If true, use the OpenType swash.
tab stops
list of tab stop info
Tab stop settings.
TCY horizontal
integer
The Tate-Chu-Yoko horizontal
adjustment in points.
TCY vertical
integer
The Tate-Chu-Yoko vertical
adjustment in points.
text font
text
The text font.
titling
boolean
If true, the OpenType titling
alternates should be used.
tracking
integer
The tracking or range kerning
amount in thousandths of an em.
Tsume
real
The percentage of space reduction
around a Japanese character.
underline
boolean
If true, characters use underline
style.
vertical scale
real
Character vertical scaling factor.
center
full justify last line center
full justify
full justify last line left
full justify last line right
left
right
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Property
Value type
What it is
warichu characters
after break
integer
How the characters in Wari-Chu
text (an inset note in Japanese text)
are divided into two or more lines.
warichu characters
before break
integer
How the characters in Wari-Chu
text (an inset note in Japanese text)
are divided into two or more lines.
warichu enabled
boolean
If true, Wari-Chu is enabled.
warichu gap
integer
The Wari-Chu line gap.
warichu justification
Valid values:
The Wari-Chu justification.
auto justify
center
full justify last line center
full justify
full justify last line left
full justify last line right
left
right
warichu lines
integer
The number of Wari-Chu (multiple
text lines fit into a space meant for
one) lines.
warichu scale
real
The Wari-Chu scale.
paragraph object commands
apply character style
apply paragraph style
change case
count
delete
deselect
duplicate
exists
make
move
select
Change hyphenation in text
The hyphenation of all text can be quickly changed from a script, as this example shows.
-- Enable hyphenation for every paragraph of the current document
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
if (count text frames of document 1) > 0 then
set itemCounter to count text frames of document 1
repeat with i from 1 to itemCounter
set hyphenation of (every paragraph of text frame i of document 1) to true
end repeat
end if
end tell
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Resize and justify paragraphs
-- Make a new document and a rectangle
-- Make an area-text text frame, assign the rectangle as it's path
-- Set contents of the text frame to text containing three paragraphs
-- Resize and justify the paragraphs
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
activate
make new document
make new rectangle in document 1 with properties {position:{100, 400}, width:400,
height:200}
set areaText to make new text frame in document 1 with properties {kind:area text,
text path:the result}
set theParagraph to "Left justified paragraph." & return & "Center justified
paragraph." & return & "Right justified paragraph."
set the contents of areaText to theParagraph
set the size of the text of areaText to 28
set the justification of paragraph 1 of areaText to left
set the justification of paragraph 2 of areaText to center
set the justification of paragraph 3 of areaText to right
end tell
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paragraph style, paragraph styles
A named style that remembers paragraph attributes.
NOTE: Paragraph attributes do not have default values, and they are undefined until explicitly set.
paragraph style object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
best type
type class
Read-only. The best type for the
object’s value.
class
type class
Read-only. The object’s class.
default type
type class
Read-only. The default type for the
object’s value.
aki left
real
The amount of extra space (aki)
added to the left side of each
glyph in Japanese text (in
thousandths of an em).
aki right
real
The amount of extra space (aki)
added to the right side of each
glyph in Japanese text (in
thousandths of an em).
alignment
Valid values:
The character alignment type.
bottom
center
icf bottom
icf top
roman baseline
top
alternate glyphs
Valid values:
default
expert
full width
half width
jis78
jis83
proportional width
quarter width
third width
traditional
jis90
jis04
Specifies the type of alternate
glyphs.
auto leading
boolean
If true, automatic leading is used.
auto leading amount
real
The auto leading amount, as a
percentage.
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Value type
What it is
baseline direction
Valid values:
Specifies the Japanese text
baseline direction.
standard
Tate Chu Yoko
vertical rotated
baseline position
Valid values:
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The baseline position of text.
normal
subscript
superscript
baseline shift
real
The amount of shift (in points) of
the text baseline.
best type
type class
Read-only. The best type for the
object’s value.
BunriKinshi
boolean
If true, BunriKinshi is enabled.
Burasagari type
Valid values:
The Burasagari type which
specifies whether punctuation is
allowed to fall outside of the
paragraph bounding box (not
available when Kinsoku Shori is set
to none).
forced
none
standard
capitalization
Valid values:
The case of the text.
all caps
all small caps
normal
small caps
connection forms
boolean
If true, use the OpenType
connection forms.
container
reference
Read-only. The object’s container.
contextual ligature
boolean
If true, use the contextual ligature.
desired glyph scaling
real
Desired glyph scaling expressed as
a percentage.
desired letter spacing real
Desired letter spacing expressed as
a percentage.
desired word spacing
real
Desired word spacing expressed as
a percentage.
discretionary
ligature
boolean
If true, use the discretionary
ligature.
every line composer
boolean
If true, the every line composer is
enabled.
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Property
Value type
What it is
figure style
Valid values:
Specifies which figure style to use
in an OpenType font.
default
proportional
proportional oldstyle
tabular
tabular oldstyle
fill color
color info
The color of the text fill.
first line indent
real
First line left indent expressed in
points.
fractions
boolean
If true, use the OpenType
fractions.
horizontal scale
real
The character horizontal scaling
factor expressed as a percentage
(100 = 100%).
hyphenate capitalized
words
boolean
If true, hyphenation is enabled for
the capitalized words.
hyphenation
boolean
If true, hyphenation is enabled for
the paragraph.
hyphenation
preference
real
Hyphenation preference scale for
better spacing (0) or fewer
hyphens (1). Range: 0.0 to 1.0
hyphenation zone
real
Size of the hyphenation zone.
index
integer
Read-only. The index of this
instance of the object.
italics
boolean
If true, the Japanese OpenType
font supports italic text.
justification
Valid values:
Paragraph justification.
center
full justify
full justify last line center
full justify last line left
full justify last line right
left
right
kerning method
Valid values:
auto
none
optical
Kinsoku
Unicode text
The automatic kerning method to
use.
The name of a Kinsoku Shori set (a
set of characters which cannot be
used to begin or end a line of
Japanese text).
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Value type
What it is
Kinsoku order
Valid values:
The preferred Kinsoku order.
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push in
push out first
push out only
KurikaeshiMojiShori
boolean
If true, the Kurikaeshi Moji Shori is
enabled (controls how repeated
characters are handled in Japanese
text).
language
Valid values:
The language.
Bokmal Norwegian
Brazillian Portuguese
Bulgarian
Canadian French
Catalan
Chinese
Czech
Danish
Dutch
Dutch 2005 Reform
English
Finnish
German 2006 Reform
Greek
Hungarian
Icelandic
Italian
Japanese
Nynorsk Norwegian
old German
Polish
Romanian
Russian
Spanish
Serbian
standard French
standard German
standard Portuguese
Swedish
Swiss German
Swiss German 2006 Reform
Turkish
UK English
Ukranian
leading
real
Specifies the amount of space
between two lines of text, in
points.
leading type
Valid values:
Auto leading type.
Japanese
Roman
left indent
real
Left indent of margin expressed in
points.
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Property
Value type
What it is
ligature
boolean
If true, use the ligature.
maximum consecutive
hyphens
integer
Maximum number of consecutive
hyphenated lines.
maximum glyph scaling
real
Maximum glyph scaling expressed
as a percentage.
maximum letter spacing real
Maximum letter spacing expressed
as a percentage.
maximum word spacing
real
Maximum word spacing expressed
as a percentage.
minimum after hyphen
integer
Minimum number of characters
after a hyphen.
minimum before hyphen
integer
Minimum number of characters
before a hyphen.
minimum glyph scaling
real
Minimum glyph scaling expressed
as a percentage.
minimum hyphenated
word size
integer
Minimum hyphenated word size.
minimum letter spacing real
Minimum letter spacing expressed
as a percentage.
minimum word spacing
real
Minimum word spacing expressed
as a percentage.
Mojikumi
Unicode text
The name of a predefined
Mojikumi set for Japanese text
composition.
name
Unicode text
The paragraph style’s name.
no break
boolean
If true, no line break is allowed.
OpenType position
Valid values:
The OpenType baseline position.
default
denominator
numerator
subscript
superscript
ordinals
boolean
If true, use the OpenType ordinals.
ornaments
boolean
If true, use the OpenType
ornaments.
overprint fill
boolean
If true, overprint the fill of the text.
overprint stroke
boolean
If true, the stroke of the text may
be overprinted.
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Property
Value type
What it is
proportional metrics
boolean
If true, the proportional metrics in
a Japanese OpenType font may be
used.
right indent
real
Right indent of margin expressed
in points.
roman hanging
boolean
If true, Roman hanging
punctuation is enabled.
rotation
real
The character rotation angle.
single word
justification
Valid values:
Justification type for a single word.
size
real
Font size in points.
space after
real
Spacing after paragraph in points.
space before
real
Spacing before paragraph in
points.
strike through
boolean
If true, characters use
strike-through style.
stroke color
color info
The color of the text stroke.
stroke weight
real
line width of stroke.
stylistic alternates
boolean
If true, use the OpenType stylistic
alternates.
swash
boolean
If true, use the OpenType swash.
tab stops
list of tab stop info
Tab stop settings.
TCY horizontal
integer
The Tate-Chu-Yoko horizontal
adjustment in points.
TCY vertical
integer
The Tate-Chu-Yoko vertical
adjustment in points.
text font
text
The text font.
titling
boolean
If true, use the OpenType titling
alternates.
tracking
integer
The tracking or range kerning
amount in thousandths of an em.
Tsume
real
The percentage of space reduction
around a Japanese character.
center
full justify last line center
full justify
full justify last line left
full justify last line right
left
right
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Property
Value type
What it is
underline
boolean
If true, characters use underline
style.
vertical scale
real
Character vertical scaling factor.
warichu characters
after break
integer
How the characters in Wari-Chu
text (an inset note in Japanese
text) are divided into two or more
lines.
warichu characters
before break
integer
How the characters in Wari-Chu
text (an inset note in Japanese
text) are divided into two or more
lines.
warichu enabled
boolean
If true, Wari-Chu is enabled.
warichu gap
integer
The Wari-Chu line gap.
warichu justification
Valid values:
The Wari-Chu justification.
auto justify
center
full justify last line center
full justify
full justify last line left
full justify last line right
left
right
warichu lines
integer
The number of Wari-Chu (multiple
text lines fit into a space meant for
one) lines.
warichu scale
real
The Wari-Chu scale.
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Apply paragraph styles
-- Make a new document and a rectangle
-- Make an area-text text frame, assign the rectangle as it's path
-- Set contents of text frame to text containing three paragraphs
-- Resize and justify the paragraphs
-- Make a new paragraph style with a set of options
-- Apply the paragraph style to the text of the text frame
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
activate
make new document
make new rectangle in document 1 with properties {position:{100, 400}, width:400,
height:200}
set areaText to make new text frame in document 1 with properties {kind:area text,
text path:the result}
set theParagraph to "Left justified paragraph." & return & "Center justified
paragraph." & return & "Right justified paragraph."
set the contents of areaText to theParagraph
set the size of the text of areaText to 28
set the justification of paragraph 1 of areaText to left
set the justification of paragraph 2 of areaText to center
set the justification of paragraph 3 of areaText to right
delay 2
make new paragraph style in document 1 with properties {class:paragraph style,
name:"ParSty 1"}
apply paragraph style paragraph style "ParSty 1" of document 1 to text of text frame
1 of document 1 with clearing overrides
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path item, path items
A path or list of paths. A path is an art item such as those created using the Line, Rectangle, or Pen Tools. A
path consists of path points that define its geometry. Path points are defined either as a path point
object or as an x-y page coordinate pair.
The path items class gives you complete access to paths in Illustrator.
path item object elements
Element
Refer to by
path point
index, before/after, range, test
path item object properties
This object class inherits all properties from the page item class.
Property
Value type
What it is
area
real
Read-only. The area of this path in square points. An area may be
negative or even 0. The paths winding order is determined by the
sign of area. If the area is negative, the path is wound
counter-clockwise. Self-intersecting paths may contain sub-areas
that cancel each other out. Therefore, it is possible for a path’s area
to appear as zero even though it has apparent area.
clipping
boolean
If true, use this path as a clipping path.
closed
boolean
If true, this path closed.
entire path
list of path point
All the path item’s path points.
info
evenodd
boolean
If true, use the even-odd rule to determine insideness.
fill color
color info
The fill color of the path.
fill
overprint
boolean
If true, the art beneath a filled object should be overprinted.
filled
boolean
If true, the path should be filled.
guides
boolean
If true, this path is a guide object.
length
real
Read-only. The length of this path in points.
polarity
Valid values:
The polarity of the path, used in the creation of compound paths.
positive
negative
resolution
real
The resolution of the path in dots per inch.
selected path
points
list of object
references
Read-only. All selected path points in the path.
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Value type
What it is
stroke cap
Valid values:
The type of line capping.
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butted
rounded
projecting
stroke color
color info
The stroke color for the path.
stroke dash
offset
real
The default distance into the dash pattern at which the pattern
should be started
stroke dashes list of real
stroke join
numbers
The lengths for dashes and gaps in dashed lines, starting with the
first dash length, followed by the first gap length, and so on. Set to
an empty list, {}, for a solid line.
Valid values:
Type of join for the path.
mitered
rounded
beveled
stroke miter
limit
real
When default stroke join is set to mitered, specifies when the join
will be converted to beveled (squared-off ) by default. The default
miter limit of 4 means that when the length of the point reaches
four times the stroke weight, the join switches from a miter join to
a bevel join. Values: 1 to 500. 1 specifies a bevel join.
stroke
overprint
boolean
If true, the art beneath the stroked object should be overprinted.
stroke width
real
The width of the stroke (in points).
stroked
boolean
If true, the path should be stroked.
path item object commands
count
delete
duplicate
exists
move
rotate
scale
transform
translate
Setting stroke width and color
-- Set the stroke of the first path to a red 4 point line
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
if (count path items of document 1) > 0 then
set properties of path item 1 of document 1 to ¬
{stroke color:{red:255.0}, stroke width:4.0}
end if
end tell
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path point, path points
A point or points on a specific path. Each path point is made up of a fixed point (anchor) and a pair of
handles (left direction and right direction). Any point can considered a corner point. Setting the
point type property of a path point to a corner forces the left and right direction points to be on a straight
line when the user attempts to modify them in the user interface.
path point object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
anchor
fixed point
The position of this point’s anchor point.
best type
type class
Read-only. The best type for the path point object’s
value. Always returns reference.
class
type class
Read-only. The path point object’s class, which is
path point.
container
reference
Read-only. The object’s container.
default type
type class
Read-only. The default type for the path point
object’s value. Always returns reference.
index
integer
Read-only. The position of this path point in the path
item.
left direction
fixed point
The position of the path point’s left direction point
(in position).
point type
Valid values:
Is this a corner path point or a curve path point.
smooth
corner
properties
record
All properties of this object returned as a record.
right direction
fixed point
The position of the path point’s left direction point
(out position).
selected
Valid values:
Specifies which points in this path point are currently
none
selected.
anchor selected
left selected
right selected
left right selected
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path point object commands
count
delete
duplicate
exists
make
Move a path point
-- Move the first point in a path to the same spot as the last point
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
set lastAnchor to ""
if (count path items of document 1) > 0 then
set lastAnchor to anchor of last path point of path item 1 of document 1
set anchor of path point 1 of path item 1 of document 1 to lastAnchor
end if
end tell
Get coordinates for path points
-- Returns the coordinates of each point on a path
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
if (count path items of document 1) > 0 then
set anchorList to (anchor of every path point of path item 1 of document 1)
end if
end tell
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path point info
Path point information for a specific path item, returned by the entire path property of a path item. All
path points in a specific path item can be retrieved and specified using entire path, which returns a list
of path point info records.
path point info object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
anchor
list
The position of a path point’s anchor point.
left direction
list
The position of a path point’s left direction point (in position).
point type
Valid values:
Specifies whether the point is a corner path point or a curve
path point.
smooth
corner
right direction
fixed point
The position of a path point’s left direction point (out position).
Get path point information
-- Returns the path points of the first path
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
if (count path items of document 1) > 0 then
set pointList to entire path of path item 1 of document 1
end if
end tell
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pattern, patterns
pattern, patterns
An Illustrator pattern definition contained in a document. Patterns are shown in the Swatches palette.
Each pattern is referenced by a pattern color info object, which defines the pattern’s appearance.
pattern object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
best type
type class
Read-only. The best type for the pattern object’s value. Always
returns reference.
class
type class
Read-only. The object’s class, which is pattern.
container
object reference
Read-only. A reference to the document that contains this
pattern.
default type
type class
Read-only. The default type for the pattern object’s value.
Always returns reference.
index
integer
Read-only. The position of this pattern in the application.
name
Unicode text
The pattern name.
properties
record
All properties of this object returned as a record.
pattern object commands
count
delete
duplicate
exists
Get the name of a pattern
-- Returns the name of the first pattern
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
set pathname to name of pattern 1 of document 1
end tell
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pattern color info
A pattern color specification, used to specify a pattern color in conjunction with the color property.
Pattern colors are created using a reference to an existing pattern in a document. A matrix may be
specified to further transform the pattern color.
pattern color info object properties
This class inherits all properties from the color info class.
Property
Value type
What it is
matrix
matrix
An additional transformation matrix to manipulate the
prototype pattern.
pattern
object
reference
A reference to the pattern object that defines the pattern to use
in this color definition.
reflect
boolean
If true, the prototype should be reflected before filling. Default:
false
reflect angle
real
The axis (in degrees) around which to reflect. Default: 0.0
rotation
real
The angle (in degrees) to rotate the prototype pattern before
filling. Default: 0.0
scale factor
fixed point
The horizontal and vertical scaling to scale the prototype pattern
expressed as a fixed point. Default: 0.0
shear angle
real
The angle (in degrees) to slant the shear by. Default: 0.0
shear axis
real
The axis (in degrees) to be used for shearing. Default: 0.0
shift angle
real
The angle (in degrees) to translate the unscaled prototype
pattern before filling. Default: 0.0
shift distance
real
The distance to translate the unscaled prototype pattern before
filling. Default: 0.0
Using a pattern color
--Set the default fill of the document to the first pattern
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
set default fill color of document 1 to {pattern:pattern 1 of document 1}
end tell
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PDF options
PDF options
Options that can be supplied when opening a PDF file.
PDF options object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
best type
type class
Read-only. The best type for the object’s value.
class
type class
Read-only. The object’s class.
container
reference
Read-only. The object’s container.
default type
type class
Read-only. The default type for the object’s value.
page
integer
What page should be used when opening a multipage
document. Default: 1
PDF crop bounds
Valid values:
What box should be used when placing a multipage
document. Default: PDF media box
PDF
PDF
PDF
PDF
PDF
PDF
properties
art box
bleed box
bounding box
crop box
media box
trim box
record
All properties of this object returned as a record.
Open a PDF document
----on
This function opens the file passed as
a file reference parameter at page 2, fileToOpen is
a reference to a multi-page PDF file and needs to
be set up before calling this function
openMultipageFile(fileToOpen)
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
set user interaction level to never interact
set page of PDF file options of settings to 2
open POSIX file fileToOpen as alias without dialogs
end tell
end openMultipageFile
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PDF save options
Options that can be supplied when saving a document as an Adobe PDF file. See the save command for
additional details. This class contains properties used to specify options when saving a document to a PDF
file. PDF save options can be supplied only in conjunction with the save command. It is not possible to
get or create a PDF save options object.
Preset options can be exported from and imported to a document; see the export PDF preset and
import PDF preset commands.
PDF save options object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
acrobat layers
boolean
Optional. Create Adobe Acrobat® layers from
top-level layers; Acrobat 6 only option
Default: false
allow printing
Valid values:
Optional. PDF security printing permission.
Default: pdf 128 print high res
pdf
pdf
pdf
pdf
pdf
128 print high res
128 print low res
128 print none
40 print high res
40 print none
artboard range
string
Optional. This is considered for multi-asset
extraction, which specifies the artboard
range. An empty string extracts all the
artboards. Default: empty string
bleed link
boolean
Optional. Link four bleed values.
Default: true
bleed offset
list
The bleed offset rectangle
changes allowed
Valid values:
pdf
pdf
pdf
pdf
pdf
pdf
pdf
pdf
pdf
color bars
128 any changes
128 commenting allowed
128 edit page allowed
128 fill form allowed
128 no changes
40 any changes
40 commenting allowed
40 no changes
40 page layout allowed
boolean
Optional. Which PDF security changes are
allowed. Default: pdf 128 any changes
Optional. Draw color bars. Default: false
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Property
Value type
What it is
color
compression
Valid values:
color
conversion id
Valid values:
color
destination id
Valid values:
color
downsampling
real
Optional. The resolution to which to
downsample color image. If 0, no
downsampling. Default: 150.
color
downsampling
threshold
real
Optional. Downsample if the image’s
resolution is above this value. Default: 450.0
color profile
id
Valid values:
Optional. PDF color profile inclusion policy.
Default: none
color resample
Valid values:
automatic
automatic
automatic
automatic
automatic
automatic
automatic
automatic
automatic
automatic
JPEG high
JPEG low
JPEG maximum
JPEG medium
JPEG minimum
JPEG2000 high
JPEG2000 lossless
JPEG2000 low
JPEG2000 maximum
JPEG2000 medium
repurpose
color conversion to dest
none
color
color
color
color
color
none
dest
dest
dest
dest
dest
doc cmyk
doc rgb
profile
working cmyk
working rgb
include all profiles
include all rgb
include dest profile
leave profile unchanged
none
average downsampling
bicubic downsample
nodownsample
subsampling
integer
compatibility
Valid values:
compress art
boolean
Optional. PDF color conversion policy.
Default: none
Optional. The color destination, when color
conversion is performed. Default: none
Optional. How color bitmap images should
be resampled. Default: nodownsample
Optional. Tile size when compressing with
JPEG2000. Default: 256
color tile size
Acrobat
Acrobat
Acrobat
Acrobat
Acrobat
Optional. How color bitmap images should
be compressed.
Default: automatic JPEG maximum
4
5
6
7
8
Optional. The version of the Acrobat file
format to create. Default: Acrobat 5
Optional. If true, the line art and text should
be compressed. Default: true
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Property
Value type
What it is
document
password
Unicode text
Optional. A password string to open the
document. Default: no string
enable access
boolean
Optional. If true, accessing 128-bit should be
enabled. Default: true
enable copy
boolean
Optional. If true, enable copying of text
128-bit. Default: true
enable copy and
access
boolean
Optional. If true, enable copying and
accessing 40-bit. Default: true
enable
plaintext
boolean
Optional. If true, enable plaintext metadata
128-bit; available only for Acrobat 6.
Default: false
flattener
preset
Unicode text
Optional. The transparency flattener preset
name.
flattener
settings
flattening options
Optional. The printing flattener options.
font subset
threshold
real
Optional. Include a subset of fonts when less
than this percentage of characters are used.
Range: 0.0 to 100.0. Default: 100.0
generate
thumbnails
boolean
Optional. If true, generate thumbnails for
the saved document. Default: true
grayscale
compression
Valid values:
grayscale
downsampling
real
Optional. The resolution to which to
downsample grayscale images. If 0, no
downsampling. Default: 150.0
grayscale
downsampling
threshold
real
Optional. Downsample if the image’s
resolution is above this value. Default: 225.0
grayscale
resample
Valid values:
average downsampling
bicubic downsample
nodownsample
subsampling
Optional. How the grayscale bitmap images
should be resampled. Default: nodownsample
automatic
automatic
automatic
automatic
automatic
automatic
automatic
automatic
automatic
automatic
automatic
none
JPEG high
JPEG low
JPEG maximum
JPEG medium
JPEG minimum
JPEG2000 high
JPEG2000 lossless
JPEG2000 low
JPEG2000 maximum
JPEG2000 medium
JPEG2000 minimum
Optional. How grayscale bitmap images
should be compressed. Default: none
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Property
Value type
What it is
grayscale tile
size
integer
Optional. Tile size when compressing with
JPEG2000. Default: 256
monochrome
compression
Valid values:
Optional. How monochrome bitmap images
should be compressed. Default: none
monochrome
downsampling
real
Optional. The resolution to which to
downsample monochrome images. If 0, no
downsampling. Default: 300.0
monochrome
downsampling
threshold
real
Optional. Downsample if the image’s
resolution is above this value. Default: 450.0
monochrome
resample
Valid values:
Optional. How monochrome bitmap images
should be resampled. Default: nodownsample
offset
real
Optional. Custom offset (in points) for using
the custom paper. Default: 0.0
optimization
boolean
Optional. If true, the PDF file should be
saved for fast web view. Default: false
output
condition
Unicode text
Optional. A comment that describes the
intended printing condition.
Default: no string
output
condition id
Unicode text
Optional. The name of a registered printing
condition. Default: no string
output intent
profile
Unicode text
Optional. The color profile for the intended
output. When CMS is on, this is the same as
the profile selected for Destination in the
Color group box. Default: no string
page info
boolean
Optional. If true, draw page information.
Default: false
page marks
style
Valid values:
Optional. The page marks style.
Default: Roman
PDF preset
Unicode text
CCIT3
CCIT4
none
run length
ZIP
average downsampling
bicubic downsample
nodownsample
subsampling
Japanese style
Roman
Optional. Name of PDF preset to use.
Maximum string length is 255 bytes.
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Property
Value type
What it is
pdfXstandard
Valid values:
Optional. The PDF standard, or none if not
complying with any standard.
Default: PDFX None
PDFX
PDFX
PDFX
PDFX
PDFX
PDFX
None
1a 2001
1a 2003
3 2002
3 2003
4 2007
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pdfXstandard
description
Unicode text
Optional. A description of the selected PDF
standard.
permission
password
Unicode text
Optional. A password string to restrict editing
security settings. Default: no string
preserve
editability
boolean
Optional. If true, preserve Illustrator editing
capabilities when saving the document.
Default: true
printer
resolution
real
Optional. Flattening style printer resolution.
Default: 800.0
registration
marks
boolean
Optional. If true, draw registration marks.
Default: false
require doc
password
boolean
Optional. If true, require a password to open
the document. Default: false
require perm
password
boolean
Optional. If true, a password is required to
edit security settings. Default: false
trapped
boolean
Optional. If true, manual trapping has been
prepared in the document. Default: false
trim mark
weight
Valid values:
Optional. Weight of the trim marks. Default:
trim marks
boolean
Optional. If true, draw trim marks.
Default: false
view pdf
boolean
Optional. If true, view PDF after saving.
Default: false
trimmarkweight0125
trimmarkweight025
trimmarkweight05
trimmarkweight0125
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Save to PDF
This handler processes a folder of Illustrator files, saving each file as a PDF file, with Illustrator editability
and Acrobat® 6 compatibility. Note that the class property is specified in the record to ensure that
Illustrator can determine the save option class.
------
Opens files from a predefined source folder in Illustrator
then exports them to a predefined destination folder in the chosen format
fileList is a list of file names in the source folder
filePath is the full path to the source folder
destFolder is an alias to a folder where the files are to be saved
on SaveFilesAsPDF(fileList, filePath, destFolder)
set destPath to destFolder as string
set fileCount to count of fileList
if fileCount > 0 then
repeat with i from 1 to fileCount
set fileName to item i of fileList
set fullPath to filePath & fileName
set newFilePath to destPath & fileName & ".pdf"
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
open POSIX file fullPath as alias without dialogs
save current document in file newFilePath as pdf ¬
with options {class:PDF save options ¬
, compatibility:Acrobat 5 ¬
, preserve editability:true}
close current document saving no
end tell
end repeat
end if
end SaveFilesAsPDF
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Photoshop export options
Options that can be supplied when exporting a document as a Photoshop file. See the export command
for additional details.
This class contains properties that specify options when exporting a document as a Photoshop file.
Photoshop export options can only be supplied in conjunction with the export command. It is not
possible to get or create a Photoshop export options object.
Photoshop export options object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
antialiasing
boolean
If true, the exported image should be anti-aliased. Default: true
artboard range
string
If save multiple artboards is true, this is considered for
multi-asset extraction, which specifies the artboard range. An
empty string extracts all the artboards. Default: empty string
color space
Valid values:
The color space of the exported file. Default: RGB
Gray
RGB
CMYK
editable text
boolean
If true, text objects should be exported as editable text layers.
Default: true
embed ICC
profile
boolean
If true, an ICC profile should be embedded in the exported image.
Default: false
maximum
editability
boolean
If true, preserve as much of the original document’s structure as
possible. Default: true
resolution
real
Specifies the resolution of the exported image in dots per inch.
Default: 150.0
save multiple
artboards
boolean
If true, all artboards or range of artboards are saved.
Default: false
warnings
boolean
If true, a warning dialog should be displayed because of conflicts
in the export settings. Default: true
write layers
boolean
If true, the layers of the Illustrator document should be preserved
in the exported image. Default: true
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Export to Photoshop format with options
This handler saves all files in a folder as layered Photoshop files. Note that the class property is specified
in the record to ensure that Illustrator can determine the save option class.
------
Opens files from a predefined source folder in Illustrator
then exports them to a predefined destination folder in the chosen format
fileList is a list of file names in the source folder
filePath is the full path to the source folder
destFolder is an alias to a folder where the files are to be saved
on SaveFilesAsPhotoshop(fileList, filePath, destFolder)
set destPath to destFolder as string
set fileCount to count of fileList
if fileCount > 0 then
repeat with i from 1 to fileCount
set fileName to item i of fileList
set fullPath to filePath & fileName
set newFilePath to destPath & fileName & ".psd"
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
open POSIX file fullPath as alias without dialogs
export current document to file newFilePath as Photoshop ¬
with options {class:Photoshop export options ¬
, color space:RGB ¬
, embed ICC profile:true ¬
, resolution:150}
close current document saving no
end tell
end repeat
end if
end SaveFilesAsPhotoshop
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Photoshop options
You can supply options when opening a Photoshop file. See the open command in the command
reference for additional details.
Photoshop options object properties
.
Property
Value type
What it is
best type
type class
Read-only. The best type for the object’s value.
class
type class
Read-only. The object’s class.
container
specifier
Read-only. The object's container.
default type
type class
Read-only. The default type for the object’s value.
layer comp
Unicode text
The name of the layer comp to use when the document is
converted.
preserve hidden
layers
boolean
If true, preserve hidden layers when the document is
converted. Default: false.
preserve image
maps
boolean
If true, image maps should be preserved when the document
is converted. Default: true
preserve layers
boolean
If true, layers should be preserved when the document is
converted. Default: true
preserve slices
boolean
If true, slices should be preserved when the document is
converted. Default: true
properties
record
All properties of this object returned as a record.
Open a Photoshop file
----on
This function opens the passed in Photoshop file with
open options to preserve layers and correct aspect ratio
set to false, fileToOpen is the file reference and needs
to be set up before calling this function
PhotoshopFileOptions(fileToOpen)
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
set user interaction level to never interact
activate
set photoshopOptions to {class:Photoshop options, preserve layers:true,
artboardRowsOrCols:false}
set IllustratorPreferences to {class:Illustrator preferences, Photoshop file
options:photoshopOptions}
open POSIX file fileToOpen as alias without dialogs
end tell
end PhotoshopFileOptions
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placed item, placed items
An artwork item placed in a document as a linked file. Users can place files with the File > Place command
in Illustrator. Placed items can be created in a script using the technique illustrated in the following
example.
placed item object properties
This class inherits all properties from the page item class.
.
Property
Value type
What it is
bounding
box
rectangle
Read-only. Dimensions of placed item regardless of transformations.
content
variable
anything
The content variable to which this placed item is bound.
It is not necessary to set the type of the content variable before
binding. Illustrator automatically sets the type to image.
file path
file specification The file containing the placed artwork.
matrix
matrix
The transformation matrix applied to the placed item.
properties
record
All properties of this object returned as a record.
placed item object commands
count
delete
duplicate
embed
exists
make
move
relink
rotate
scale
trace placed
transform
translate
Place a file in a document
----on
This function adds a new placed item to a document from a file reference,
fileToPlace, which is passed in during the function call, fileToPlace is an
alias or file reference to an art file, which must be set up before calling this
function, itemPosition is a fixed point at which to position the placed item
PlacedItemCreate(fileToPlace)
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
set itemPosition to {100.0, 200.0}
set placedRef to make new placed item in document 1 ¬
with properties {file path:fileToPlace, position:itemPosition}
end tell
end PlacedItemCreate
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plugin item, plugin items
An art item or objects created by an Illustrator plug-in. Scripts cannot create plug-in items, but can
duplicate, copy, and paste them.
plugin item object properties
This class inherits all properties from the page item class.
Property
Value type
What it is
properties
record
All properties of this object returned as a record.
is tracing
boolean
Read-only. If true, this plugin group was created by tracing a raster
art item.
tracing
tracingobject
Read-only. If this object was created by tracing a raster art item, the
tracingobject that associates the resulting vector art with tracing
options. Use the expand tracing and release tracing commands with
this object to convert this plugin group to a group item, or to revert
to the original raster art.
plugin item object commands
count
delete
duplicate
exists
move
rotate
scale
transform
translate
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PNG8 export options
Options that can be supplied when exporting a document as a PNG file with 8-bit color. See the export
command for additional details.
This class contains properties that specify options when exporting a document as a PNG8 file.
PNG8 export options can only be supplied in conjunction with the export command. It is not possible to
get or create a PNG8 export options object.
PNG8 export options object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
antialiasing
boolean
If true, the resulting image should be anti-aliased.
Default: true
artboard clipping
boolean
If true, the resulting image should be clipped to the
artboard. Default: false
color count
integer
The number of colors in the exported color table. This
value can range from 2 to 256. The default value is 128 if
the property is not set explicitly.
color dither
Valid values:
The method used to dither colors. Default: diffusion
diffusion
pattern dither
noise
none
color reduction
Valid values:
selective
adaptive
perceptual
web
The method used to reduce the number of colors in the
document. Default: selective
dither percent
integer
How much should the colors be dithered as a percentage.
Range: 0 to 100. Default: 88
horizontal
scaling
real
The percentage horizontal scaling factor to apply to the
resulting image. Range: 0.0 to 100.0 Default: 100.0
interlaced
boolean
If true, the resulting image be should be interlaced.
Default: false
matte
boolean
If true, the artboard should be matted with a color.
Default: true
matte color
RGB color info
The color to use when matting the artboard.
Default: white
saving as HTML
boolean
If true, the resulting image should be saved with an
accompanying HTML file. Default: false
transparency
boolean
If true, the resulting image should use transparency.
Default: true
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Property
Value type
What it is
vertical scaling
real
The percentage vertical scaling factor to apply to the
resulting image. Range: 0.0 to 100.0. Default: 100.0
web snap
integer
How much should the color table be changed to match the
web pallet as a percentage. Range: 0 to 100. Default: 0
Export to PNG8
This handler saves all files in a folder as 8-bit PNG files in HTML format with dithering and interlacing. The
class property is specified in the record to ensure that Illustrator can determine the save option class.
------
Opens files from a predefined source folder in Illustrator
then exports them to a predefined destination folder in the chosen format
fileList is a list of file names in the source folder
filePath is the full path to the source folder
destFolder is an alias to a folder where the files are to be saved
on SaveFilesAsPNG8HTML(fileList, filePath, destFolder)
set destPath to destFolder as string
set fileCount to count of fileList
if fileCount > 0 then
repeat with i from 1 to fileCount
set fileName to item i of fileList
set fullPath to filePath & fileName
set newFilePath to destPath & fileName & ".png"
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
open POSIX file fullPath as alias without dialogs
export current document to file newFilePath as PNG8 ¬
with options {class:PNG8 export options ¬
, color count:64 ¬
, color reduction:web ¬
, color dither:pattern dither ¬
, dither percent:50 ¬
, interlaced:true}
close current document saving no
end tell
end repeat
end if
end SaveFilesAsPNG8HTML
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PNG24 export options
Options that can be supplied when exporting a document as a PNG file with 24-bit color. See the export
command for additional details.
This class contains properties that specify options to be used when exporting a document as a PNG24 file.
PNG24 export options can only be supplied in conjunction with the export command. It is not possible
to get or create a PNG24 export options object.
PNG24 export options object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
antialiasing
boolean
If true, the resulting image should be anti-aliased. Default: true
artboard clipping
boolean
If true, the resulting image should be clipped to the artboard.
Default: false
horizontal
scaling
real
The percent horizontal scaling factor to apply to the resulting
image. Range: 0.0 to 100.0. Default: 100.0
matte
boolean
If true, the artboard should be matted with a color. Default: true
matte color
RGB color
info
The color to use when matting the artboard.
Default: {255.0, 255.0, 255.0}
saving as HTML
boolean
If true, the resulting image be saved with an accompanying
HTML file. Default: false
transparency
boolean
If true, the resulting image should use transparency.
Default: true
vertical scaling
real
The percentage vertical scaling factor to apply to the resulting
image. Range: 0.0 to 100.0. Default: 100.0
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Exporting to PNG24
This handler saves all files in a folder as 24-bit PNG files in HTML format scaled to 50%. Note that the class
property is specified in the record to ensure that Illustrator can determine the save option class.
------
Opens files from a predefined source folder in Illustrator
then exports them to a predefined destination folder in the chosen format
fileList is a list of file names in the source folder
filePath is the full path to the source folder
destFolder is an alias to a folder where the files are to be saved
on SaveFilesAsPNG24(fileList, filePath, destFolder)
set destPath to destFolder as string
set fileCount to count of fileList
if fileCount > 0 then
repeat with i from 1 to fileCount
set fileName to item i of fileList
set fullPath to filePath & fileName
set newFilePath to destPath & fileName & ".png"
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
open POSIX file fullPath as alias without dialogs
export current document to file newFilePath as PNG24 ¬
with options {class:PNG24 export options ¬
, horizontal scaling:50.0 ¬
, vertical scaling:50.0 ¬
, saving as HTML:false}
close current document saving no
end tell
end repeat
end if
end SaveFilesAsPNG24
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polygon
A class used to create a multi-sided path item in an Illustrator document. This object is available only in the
context of a make command, which creates an instance of the path item class. This special class allows you
to quickly create complex path items using the properties provided. Properties usually associated with
path items, such as fill color, can also be specified at the time of creation.
If you do not specify any properties when making a new polygon, default values are used.
polygon object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
center point
fixed point
Write-once. The center point for the polygon. Default: {200.0, 300.0}
radius
real
Write-once. The radius of the polygon’s points. Default: 50.0
reversed
boolean
Write-once. If true, the polygon path is reversed. Default: false
sides
integer
Write-once. The number of sides for the polygon. Default: 8
(unsigned)
polygon object commands
make
Create a polygon
-- Make an octagon in document 1
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
set pathRef to make new polygon in document 1 with properties ¬
{center point:{200.0, 200.0}, radius:40.0, sides:8}
end tell
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postscript options
Specifies the options for printing to a PostScript language printer or image setter when printing a
document with the print command.
postscript options object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
binary printing
boolean
If true, job is to be printed in binary mode. Default: false
compatible shading
boolean
If true, use PostScript language level 1 compatible
gradient and gradient mesh printing. Default: false
force continuous tone
boolean
If true, force continuous tone. Default: false
image compression
Valid values:
The image compression type. Default: none
JPEG
none
RLE
negative printing
boolean
If true, print in negative mode. Default: false
PostScript
Valid values:
The PostScript language level. Default: level 2
level 1
level 2
level 3
shading resolution
real
The shading resolution in dots per inch.
Range: 1.0 to 9600.0;.Default: 300.0
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PPD file
Associates properties with a PPD file to be used in printing to a PostScript language printer or image setter.
The properties are not available unless a document is open.
PPD file object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
name
Unicode text
The PPD model name.
properties
PPD properties
The PPD file information.
Save to PPD
-- Make a new document
-- Get the PPDs
-- Get the name, PS Level, and file path of the first PPD
-- Make a new text frame with the PPD info as its contents
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
activate
make new document
set PPDFiles to PPDs
set PPDName to name of item 1 of PPDFiles
set PPDProperties to get properties of item 1 of PPDFiles
set PPDLevel to language level of PPDProperties
set PPDPath to file path of PPDProperties
set textContents to PPDName & return & "PostScript Level " & PPDLevel & return & "PPD
Path: " & PPDPath as string
make new text frame in document 1 with properties {contents:textContents,
position:{20, 600}}
end tell
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PPD properties
Specifies information about a PPD file.
PPD properties object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
file path
File object
Path specification for the PPD file.
language level
Unicode text
The PostScript language level.
screens
list of separation screen
List of color separation screens.
spot functions
list of screen spot function
List of color separation screen spot functions.
Using PPD information
-- Make a new document
-- Get the PPD files
-- Get name, PS Level, screens, screen spot functions, and file path of first PPD
-- For each screen, get the name, angle, and frequency
-- For each spot function, get the name and the function
-- Make a new text frame with the PPD info as its contents
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
activate
make new document
set PPDFiles to PPDs
set PPDName to name of item 1 of PPDFiles
set PPDProperties to get properties of item 1 of PPDFiles
set PPDLevel to language level of PPDProperties
set PPDPath to file path of PPDProperties
set PPDScreens to screens of PPDProperties
set screensText to "Screens" & return
repeat with PPDScreen in PPDScreens
set PPDScreenName to name of PPDScreen
set PPDScreenAngle to angle of properties of PPDScreen
set PPFScreenFrequency to frequency of properties of PPDScreen
set screensText to screensText & tab & PPDScreenName & ¬
" - Angle: " & PPDScreenAngle & ", Frequency: " & PPFScreenFrequency ¬
& return as string
end repeat
set PPDSpotFunctions to spot functions of PPDProperties
set PPDSpotFunctionText to "Spot Functions" & return
repeat with PPDSpotFunction in PPDSpotFunctions
set PPDSpotFunctionName to name of PPDSpotFunction
set PPDSpotFunctionTX to spot function of PPDSpotFunction
set PPDSpotFunctionText to PPDSpotFunctionText & tab ¬
& PPDSpotFunctionName & ": " & PPDSpotFunctionTX ¬
& return as string
end repeat
set textContents to PPDName & return & ¬
"PostScript Level " & PPDLevel & return & "PPD Path: " & PPDPath & return &
return ¬
& screensText & return & return & PPDSpotFunctionText as string
make new text frame in document 1 ¬
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with properties {contents:textContents, position:{20, 700}}
end tell
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print options
print options
Collects all print options when printing a document with the print command.
print options object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
color management
settings
color management
options
The printing color management options.
color separation
settings
color separation
options
The printing color separation options.
coordinate settings
coordinate
options
The printing coordinate options.
flattener preset
Unicode text
The transparency flattener preset name.
flattener settings
flattening
options
The printing flattener options.
font settings
font options
The printing font options.
job settings
job options
The printing job options.
page marks settings
page marks
options
The printing page marks options.
paper settings
paper options
The paper options.
postscript settings
postscript
options
The printing PostScript options.
PPD name
Unicode text
The name of the PPD file.
print preset
Unicode text
The name of the printer preset to use.
printer name
Unicode text
The printer name.
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Print with options
-- Make new document. add symbol items
-- Set job options, color management options, coordinate options, flattening options
-- Print the document using these options
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
activate
make new document
repeat with i from 1 to (count of symbols in document 1)
round (i / 2 - (round (i / 2) rounding down)) rounding up
make new symbol item in document 1 with properties ¬
{symbol:symbol i of document 1, position:{100 + (the result * 150), (50 + i *
70)}} ¬
end repeat
set jobOptions to {class:job options, designation:all layers, reverse pages:true} ¬
set colorOptions to {class:color management options, name:"ColorMatch RGB",
intent:saturation} ¬
set coordinateOptions to {class:coordinate options, fit to page:true}
set flatteningOptions to ¬
{class:flattening options, clip complex regions:true, gradient resolution:60,
rasterization resolution:60} ¬
set printOptions to ¬
¬
{class:print options, job settings:jobOptions, color management
settings:colorOptions, coordinate settings:coordinateOptions, flattener
settings:flatteningOptions} ¬
print document 1 options printOptions
end tell
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printer
printer
Associates an installed printer with a printer configuration object.
printer object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
name
Unicode text
The printer name.
properties
printer properties
The printer information.
Listing printers
-- Make a new documet
-- Get the name of every printer
-- Display the list of names
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
set printerList to ""
activate
make new document
set textRef to make new text frame in current document
if printers is not {} then
name of every item of printers as list
repeat with theName in the result
set printerList to printerList & theName & return
end repeat
set theText to printerList
set position of textRef to {200, 600}
else
set theText to "No installed printers"
end if
set contents of textRef to theText
end tell
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printer properties
Specifies configuration information for a printer.
printer properties object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
binary printing
boolean
If true, the printer supports binary
printing.
color support
Valid values:
The printer’s color capability.
black and white output
color output
grayscale output
custom paper sizes
boolean
If true, the printer supports custom paper
sizes.
custom paper
transverse
boolean
If true, the printer supports custom paper
transverse.
default resolution
real
The printer’s default resolution.
Minimum: 0.0
InRIP separation
support
boolean
If true, the printer supports InRIP color
separation.
maximum height offset
real
The custom paper’s maximum height
offset.
maximum paper height
real
Custom paper’s maximum height.
maximum paper width
real
Custom paper’s maximum width.
maximum resolution
real
The printer’s maximum device resolution.
Minimum: 0.0
maximum width offset
real
Custom paper’s maximum width offset.
minimum height offset
real
Custom paper’s minimum height offset.
minimum paper height
real
Custom paper’s minimum height.
minimum paper width
real
Custom paper’s minimum width.
minimum width offset
real
Custom paper’s minimum width offset.
paper sizes
list of paper
A list of supported paper sizes.
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printer properties
Property
Value type
What it is
PostScript
Valid values:
The PostScript language level.
level 1
level 2
level 3
printer type
Valid values:
non PostScript printer
PostScript printer
unknown
The type of printer.
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raster effect options
Specifies raster effects settings for the document. All properties are optional.
raster effect options object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
antialiasing
boolean
If true, the image is antialiased.
Default: false
clipping mask
boolean
If true, a clipping mask is created for the
image. Default: false
color model
Valid values:
The color model for the rasterization.
Default: default rasterization
default rasterization
grayscale rasterization
bitmap rasterization
convert spot colors boolean
If true, all spot colors are converted to
process colors for the image. Default: false
padding
real
The amount of white space (in points) added
around the object during rasterization.
Default: .0
resolution
real
The resolution in dots per inch (dpi).
Range: 72.0 to 2400.0. Default: 300.0
transparency
boolean
If true, the image uses transparancy.
Default: false
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raster item, raster items
A bitmap art item or list of objects. You can create raster items from a script if you use an external file.
You can also create new raster items by duplicating or copying and pasting an existing raster item.
raster item object properties
This class inherits all properties from the page item class.
Property
Value type
What it is
bits per
channel
integer
Read-only. The number of bits per channel.
bounding box
rect
The dimensions of the raster item regardless of
transformations.
channels
integer
Read-only. The number of channels.
color space
Valid values:
Read-only. The color space of the raster item.
Gray
RGB
CMYK
colorants
list of Unicode text
Read-only. The colorant used in the raster art.
colorized
boolean
Read-only. If true, the raster art is a colorized grayscale image.
content
variable
anything
The contents of the variable to which this raster item is bound. It
is not necessary to set the type of the content variable
before binding. Illustrator automatically sets the type to image.
embedded
boolean
If true, the raster item is embedded within the illustration.
file path
file specification
Read-only. The file containing the raster item, if it is stored
externally.
matrix
matrix
The transformation matrix of the raster art item.
overprint
boolean
If true, the raster art is overprinting.
properties
record
All properties of this object returned as a record.
status
Valid values:
Read-only. The status of the linked image, if the image is stored
externally.
no data
data from file
modified data
transparent
boolean
If true, the raster art is transparent.
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raster item, raster items
raster item object commands
count
delete
duplicate
exists
move
rotate
scale
trace raster
transform
translate
Create a raster item
-- This handler accepts filePath as the path to a new
-- raster item and embeds the item in to a new document
on rasterItemCreate(filePath)
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
set myDoc to make new document
set myPosition to {0.0, height of myDoc}
set myPlacedItem to make new placed item in myDoc with properties ¬
{file path:filePath, position:myPosition}
embed myPlacedItem
end tell
end rasterItemCreate
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rasterize options
Specifies options that may be supplied when rasterizing artwork. All properties are optional.
rasterize options object properties
Property
Value type
antialiasing method Valid values:
none
art optimized
type optimized
What it is
The type of antialiasing method.
Default: art optimized
background black
boolesn
If true, the rasterization is done against a
black background (intead of white).
Default: false
clipping mask
boolean
If true, a clipping mask is created for the
image. Default: false
color model
Valid values:
The color model for the rasterization.
Default: default rasterization
default rasterization
grayscale rasterization
bitmap rasterization
convert spot colors boolean
If true, spot colors are converted to process
colors for the image. Default: false
convert text to
outlines
boolean
If true, all text is converted to outlines before
rasterization. Default: false
include layers
boolean
If true, the resulting image incorporates
layer attributes (like opacity and blend
mode). Default: false
padding
real
The amount of white space (in points) added
around the object during rasterization.
Default: .0
resolution
real
The rasterization resolution in dots per inch
(dpi). Range: 72.0 to 2400.0. Default: 300.0
transparency
boolean
If true, the image uses transparency.
Default: false
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rectangle
A class used to create a rectangular path in an Illustrator document. This object is available only in the
context of a make command, which creates an instance of the path item class. This special class allows you
to quickly create complex path items. Properties associated with path items, such as fill color and
note, can also be specified at the time of creation.
A rectangle is stored as a list of four real numbers, where the first item is the leftmost horizontal coordinate
of the rectangle, the second item is the top vertical coordinate of the rectangle, the third item is the
rightmost horizontal coordinate, and the fourth item is the bottom vertical coordinate of the rectangle.
In the Illustrator coordinate system, vertical coordinates increase from bottom to top, which is the
opposite of screen coordinates. This mean that the top coordinate value in a rectangle is larger than the
bottom coordinate value.
rectangle object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
bounds
list
Write-once. The bounds of the rectangle. Default: {100.0, 200.0, 175.0, 100.0}
reversed
boolean
Write-once. If true, the path is reversed. Default: false
rectangle object commands
make
Creating a rectangle
-- Make a square in document 1
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
make new document
set pathRef to make new rectangle at beginning of document 1 ¬
with properties {bounds:{50.0, 200.0, 200.0, 50.0}, note:"square"}
end tell
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Using rectangle values
The values in a rectangle can be used in a number of ways in a script.
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
-- Get the bounds of a page item
set itemBounds to geometric bounds of page item 1 of document 1
--> for example: {100.0, 400.0, 300.0, 200.0}
-- Assigns the four values in a rectangle point to four variables
set {leftBound, topBound, rightBound, bottomBound} to itemBounds
-- or assign to four variables directly
set {leftBound, topBound, rightBound, bottomBound} to geometric bounds of page item
1 of document 1
-- Calculate center of page item from its bounds
set xCenter to ((item 1 of itemBounds) + (item 3 of itemBounds)) / 2
set yCenter to ((item 2 of itemBounds) + (item 4 of itemBounds)) / 2
--> example: xCenter = 200.0, yCenter = 300.0
-- or calculate the center using the individual coordinate variables
set xCenter to (leftBound + rightBound) / 2
set yCenter to (topBound + bottomBound) / 2
-- Change the left value in a fixed rectangle
set item 1 of itemBounds to (item 1 of itemBounds) + 100.0
--> example: {200.0, 400.0, 300.0, 200.0}
end tell
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RGB color info
An RGB color specification, used to specify a RGB color where a color info object is required.
If the color space of a document is CMYK and you specify the color value for a page item in that document
using RGB color info, Illustrator will translate the RGB color specification into a CMYK color specification.
The same thing happens if the document’s color space is RGB and you specify colors using
CMYK color info. Since this translation can cause information loss you should specify colors using the
color info class that matches the document’s color space.
RGB color info object properties
This class inherits all properties from the color info class.
Property
Value type
What it is
red
real
The red color value. Range: 0.0 to 255.0. Default: 0.0
green
real
The green color value. Range: 0.0 to 255.0. Default: 0.0
blue
real
The blue color value. Range: 0.0 to 255.0. Default: 0.0
Set the default stroke color to an RGB color
-- Set the default stroke color of document 1 to yellow
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
set default stroke color of document 1 to {red:255, green:255, blue:0}
end tell
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rounded rectangle
A class used to create a rectangular path with rounded corners in an Illustrator document. This object is
available only in the context of a make command, which creates an instance of the path item class. This
special class allows you to quickly create complex path items. Properties associated with path items, such
as fill color and note, can also be specified at the time of creation.
If you do not specify any properties when making a new rounded rectangle, default values are used.
rounded rectangle object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
bounds
rect
Write-once. The bounds of the rectangle to create. Default: {100.0,
100.0, 150.0, 200.0}
horizontal radius
real
Write-once.The horizontal radius of the rectangle’s rounded
corners. Default: 15.0
reversed
boolean
Write-once.If true, the rectangle path is reversed. Default: false
vertical radius
real
Write-once. The vertical radius of the rectangle’s rounded corners.
Default: 20.0
rounded rectangle object commands
make
Create a rounded rectangle
-- Make a rounded rectangle
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
make new document
set pathRef to make new rounded rectangle in document 1 with properties ¬
{bounds:{50.0, 200.0, 200.0, 50.0}, horizontal radius:20.0, vertical
radius:25.0}
end tell
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screen properties
screen properties
Contains screen information.
screen properties object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
angle
real
The screen’s angle in degrees.
default screen
boolean
If true, it is the default screen.
frequency
real
The screen’s frequency.
Get screen properties
------
PPD Screens
Make a new document, get the PPDs
Get the name, and screens of the first PPD
For each screen, get the name, angle, and frequency
Display the results of the PPD info in a text frame
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
activate
make new document
set PPDFiles to PPDs
set PPDName to name of item 1 of PPDFiles
set PPDProperties to get properties of item 1 of PPDFiles
set PPDScreens to screens of PPDProperties
set screensText to "Screens" & return
repeat with PPDScreen in PPDScreens
set PPDScreenName to name of PPDScreen
set PPDScreenAngle to angle of properties of PPDScreen
set PPFScreenFrequency to frequency of properties of PPDScreen
set screensText to screensText & tab & PPDScreenName & Â
" - Angle: " & PPDScreenAngle & ", Frequency: " & PPFScreenFrequency Â
& return as string
end repeat
set textContents to PPDName & return & screensText
make new text frame in document 1 Â
with properties {contents:textContents, position:{20, 600}}
end tell
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screen spot function
screen spot function
Information about the color separation screen spot function.
screen spot function object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
name
Unicode text
The color separation screen spot function name.
spot function
Unicode text
The spot function in terms of the PostScript commands.
Get screen spot function information
------
PPD Screen Spot Functions
Make a new document, get the PPDs
Get the name, and spot functions of the first PPD
For each spot function, get the name and the function
Display the results of the PPD info in a text frame
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
activate
make new document
set PPDFiles to PPDs
set PPDName to name of item 1 of PPDFiles
set PPDProperties to get properties of item 1 of PPDFiles
set PPDSpotFunctions to spot functions of PPDProperties
set PPDSpotFunctionText to "Spot Functions" & return
repeat with PPDSpotFunction in PPDSpotFunctions
set PPDSpotFunctionName to name of PPDSpotFunction
set PPDSpotFunctionTX to spot function of PPDSpotFunction
set PPDSpotFunctionText to PPDSpotFunctionText & tab ¬
& PPDSpotFunctionName & ": " & PPDSpotFunctionTX ¬
& return as string
end repeat
set textContents to PPDName & return & PPDSpotFunctionText
make new text frame in document 1 ¬
with properties {contents:textContents, position:{20, 600}}
end tell
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separation screen
separation screen
Represents a color-separation screen.
separation screen object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
name
Unicode text
The color-separation screen name.
properties
screen properties
The color-separation screen information.
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spot, spots
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spot, spots
A custom color definition, or list of definitions, contained in a document.
If no properties are specified when creating a new spot, default properties will be provided. If specifying
the color, however, you must use the same color space as the document, either CMYK or RGB; otherwise,
an error will result. When created, the spot is added to the end of the swatches list in the Swatches palette.
spot object properties
Property
Value type
best type
type class
What it is
Read-only. The best type for the spot object. Always returns
reference.
class
type class
Read-only. The object’s class, which is spot.
color
spot color info
The color information for this spot color.
color type
Valid values:
The color model for the spot color.
process color
registration color
spot color
container
object reference
Read-only. A reference to the document that contains this
spot color.
default type
type class
Read-only. Default type for the spot. Always returns
reference.
index
integer
Read-only. The position of this spot in the document.
name
Unicode text
The spot color’s unique name.
properties
record
All properties of this object returned as a record.
spot kind
Valid values:
Read-only. The kind of spot color (RGB, CMYK, or LAB). This
is the name of the color kind contained in the spot object.
spot cmyk color
spot rgb color
spot lab color
spot object commands
count
delete
duplicate
exists
get internal color
make
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Create a spot color
-- Make a new spot with name and color properties
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
set spotColorCount to count of spots in document 1
-- set up the appropriate color record for the document color space
set docColorSpace to color space of document 1
if (docColorSpace is CMYK) then
set newSpotColor to ¬
{cyan:25.0, magenta:75.0, yellow:0.0, black:0.0}
else
set newSpotColor to {red:255.0, green:0.0, blue:25.0}
end if
-- now create the new spot
make new spot in document 1 with properties ¬
{name:"My Spot", color:newSpotColor}
end tell
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spot color info
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spot color info
A spot color specification, used to specify a spot color in the spot object’s color property.
spot color info object properties
This class inherits all properties from the color info class.
Property
Value type
What it is
spot
object reference
A reference to the spot object which defines the color. Must be set to
a reference to an existing spot color definition
tint
real
The tint of the color. Range: 0.0 to 100.0. Default: 100.0
Setting the default stroke color to a spot color
-- Make a new spot color and apply a 50% tint to the default stroke color
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
-- create a document with RGB color space
make new document with properties {color space:RGB}
set spotColorCount to count of spots in document 1
set newSpot to make new spot in document 1 with properties ¬
{name:"Big Blue", color:{red:0.0, green:0.0, blue:255.0}}
set default stroke color of document 1 to {spot:newSpot, tint:50.0}
end tell
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star
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star
A class used to create a star-shaped path in an Illustrator document. This object is available only in the
context of a make command, which creates an instance of the path item class. This special class allows you
to quickly create complex path items. Properties associated with path items, such as fill color and
note, can also be specified at the time of creation.
star object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
center point
fixed point
Write-once. The center point of the star. Default: {200.0, 300.0}
inner radius
real
Write-once. The inner radius of the star. Default: 20.0
point count
integer
Write-once. The number of points on the star. Default: 5
radius
real
Write-once. The radius of the star’s points. Default: 50.0
reversed
boolean
Write-once. If true, the star path is reversed. Default: false
star object commands
make
Create a star
-- Make a 16-pointed star
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
make new star in document 1 with properties ¬
{center point:{200.0, 500.0}, inner radius:70, radius:100, point count:16} ¬
end tell
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story, stories
A contiguous block of text. A story can contain one or more text frames; if more—the multiple text frames
are threaded to form a single story.
story object elements
Elements
Refer to by
character
numeric index, range of elements, before/after another element, satisfying a test
insertion point numeric index, range of elements, before/after another element, satisfying a test
line
numeric index, range of elements, before/after another element, satisfying a test
paragraph
numeric index, range of elements, before/after another element, satisfying a test
text
numeric index, range of elements, before/after another element, satisfying a test
text frame
name, numeric index, range of elements, before/after another element, satisfying a
test
word
numeric index, range of elements, before/after another element, satisfying a test
story object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
best type
type class
Read-only. The best type for the object’s value.
class
type class
Read-only. The object’s class.
container
reference
Read-only. The object’s container.
default type
type class
Read-only. The default type for the object’s value.
index
integer
Read-only. The index of this instance of the object.
length
integer
Read-only. The number of characters in the story. Minimum: 0
properties
record
All properties of this object returned as a record.
selection
list of text
Read-only. The selected text.
text range
text
Read-only. The text in the story.
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Using stories
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Story
Make a new document and two text frames
Set the previous frame of the second text frame to text frame 1
Add a story to text frame 1, long enough to overflow to text frame 2
Count the number of stories
Add a new text frame
Count the number of stories
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
activate
make new document
make new rectangle in document 1 with properties {position:{200, 600}, height:30,
width:50}
make new text frame in document 1 with properties {name:"Text1", kind:area text,
text path:the result}
make new rectangle in document 1 with properties {position:{300, 550}, height:200,
width:50}
make new text frame in document 1 with properties {name:"Text2", kind:area text,
text path:the result}
set previous frame of text frame "Text2" of document 1 to text frame "Text1" of
document 1
set the contents of text frame "Text1" of document 1 to "This is two text frames
linked together as one story"
make new rectangle in document 1 with properties {position:{200, 300}, height:30,
width:150}
make new text frame in document 1 with properties {name:"Text3", kind:area text,
text path:the result}
set the contents of text frame "Text3" of document 1 to "Each unlinked textFrame
adds a new story"
end tell
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SVG export options
Options that can be supplied when exporting a document as an SVG file. See the export command in the
command reference for additional details.
This class is used to define a record containing properties that specify options when exporting a document
as a SVG file. SVG export options can only be supplied in conjunction with the export command. It is not
possible to get or create an SVG export options object.
SVG export options object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
artboard range
string
If save multiple artboards is true, this is
considered for multi-asset extraction, which
specifies the artboard range. An empty
string extracts all the artboards.
Default: empty string
compressed
boolean
If true, the exported file should be
compressed. Default: false
coordinate
precision
integer
The decimal precision for element
coordinate values. Range: 1 to 7 Default: 3
CSS properties
Valid values:
How should the CCS properties of the
document be included in the exported file.
Default: style attributes
entities
style attributes
style elements
presentation attributes
document encoding
Valid values:
ASCII
UTF8
UTF16
DTD
Valid values:
SVG
SVG
SVG
SVG
SVG
embed auto kerning
1.0
1.1
Basic 1.1
Tiny 1.1
Tiny 1.1 Plus
boolean
embed raster images boolean
embed text on path
boolean
How the text should be encoded in the
document. Default: ASCII
The DTD version to which the exported file
conforms. Default: SVG 1.1
If true, SVG automatic kerning is allowed
for the file. Default: false
If true, the raster images used in the
document should be included in the
exported file. Default: false
If true, the SVG text-on-path construct is
allowed for the file. Default: false
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Property
Value type
What it is
font subsetting
Valid values:
Specifies which font glyphs should be
included in the exported file. Default: all
none
all glyphs
glyphs used
common english
glyphs used plus english
common roman
glyphs used plus roman
font type
Valid values:
CEF font
outline font
SVG font
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glyphs
The type of font to be included in the
exported file.
include file info
boolean
If true, the XMP metadata should be
included in the exported file. Default: false
include unused
styles
boolean
If true, unused styles should be included in
the exported file. Default: false
include variables
and datasets
boolean
If true, variables and datasets should be
included. Default: false
optimize for SVG
Viewer
boolean
If true, the Adobe namespace should be
included. Default: false
preserve
editability
boolean
If true, Illustrator editing capabilities
should be preserved when exporting the
document. Default: false
save multiple
artboards
boolean
If true, all artboards or range of artboards
are saved. Default: false
slices
boolean
If true, slice data should be preserved in
exported document. Default: false
Export to SVG
This handler saves all files in a folder as SVG files with linked raster imaged embedded in the exported files.
The class property is specified in the record to ensure that Illustrator can determine the save option class.
------
Opens files from a predefined source folder in Illustrator
then exports them to a predefined destination folder in the chosen format
fileList is a list of file names in the source folder
filePath is the full path to the source folder
destFolder is an alias to a folder where the files are to be saved
on SaveFilesAsSVG(fileList, filePath, destFolder)
set destPath to destFolder as string
set fileCount to count of fileList
if fileCount > 0 then
repeat with i from 1 to fileCount
set fileName to item i of fileList
set fullPath to filePath & fileName
set newFilePath to destPath & fileName & ".svg"
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
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open POSIX file fullPath as alias without dialogs
export current document to file newFilePath as SVG ¬
with options {class:SVG export options ¬
, embed raster images:true}
close current document saving no
end tell
end repeat
end if
end SaveFilesAsSVG
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swatch, swatches
A color swatch or list of swatches contained in a document. The swatches correspond to the swatch
palette in the Illustrator user interface. Additional swatches can be created either manually by a user or by
a script. The swatch can hold all types of color data (such as pattern, gradient, CMYK, RGB, gray, or spot).
swatch object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
best type
type class
Read-only. The best type for the swatch. Always returns reference.
class
type class
Read-only. The swatch object’s class, which is swatch.
color
color info
The color information for this swatch.
container
object reference
Read-only. A reference to the document that contains this swatch.
default type
type class
Read-only. The default type for the swatch. Always returns
reference.
index
integer
Read-only. The position of this swatch in the document.
name
Unicode text
The unique name of the swatch.
properties
record
All properties of this object returned as a record.
swatch object commands
count
delete
duplicate
exists
make
Create a swatch
-- Make a new swatch
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
set swatchCount to count of swatches in document 1
make new swatch in document 1 with properties ¬
{name:"My Swatch", color:{red:175.0, green:50.0, blue:0.0}}
end tell
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swatchgroup, swatchgroups
A group of swatches.
swatchgroup object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
best type
type class
Read-only. The best type for the swatchgroup object’s value. Always
returns reference.
class
type class
Read-only. The swatchgroup’s class, which is swatchgroup.
container
object reference Read-only. A reference to the object that contains this swatchgroup.
default type type class
Read-only. The default type for the swatchgroup.
index
integer
Read-only. The index of this swatchgroup.
name
Unicode text
Read-only. The name of the swatchgroup. Defaults to
New swatchgroup nnn, where n is an integer, starting at 1 and
increasing with each newly created swatchgroup.
properties
record
All properties of this object returned as a record.
swatchgroup object commands
add spot
add swatch
count
delete
duplicate
exists
get all swatches
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symbol, symbols
A symbol or list of symbols. A symbol is an art item that is stored in the Symbols palette, and can be reused
one or more times in the document without duplicating the art data. Symbols are contained in
documents.
symbol object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
best type
type class
Read-only. The best type for the symbol object’s value. Always
returns reference.
class
type class
Read-only. The symbol’s class, which is symbol.
container
specifier
Read-only. A reference to the object that contains this symbol.
default type
type class
Read-only. The default type for the symbol.
index
integer
Read-only. The index of this symbol.
name
Unicode text
Read-only. The name of the symbol. Defaults to New Symbol nnn,
where n is an integer, starting at 1 and increasing with each
newly created symbol.
properties
record
All properties of this object returned as a record.
source art
anything
Read-only. The source art is only used when creating a new
symbol.
symbol object commands
count
delete
duplicate
exists
make
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Using symbols
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Symbol Items
Make a new document
Add rectangles, apply different graphic style to each
Add delay of at least a second (allow UI to catch up to scripting plug-in)
Make a new symbol for each page item, use the page item as the source art
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
activate
make new document
repeat with i from 1 to (count of graphic styles in document 1)
round (i / 2 - (round (i / 2) rounding down)) rounding up
make new rectangle in document 1 with properties ¬
{position:{100 + (the result * 150), (50 + i * 70)}, height:20, width:20}
apply graphic style (i) of document 1 to the result
end repeat
delay 2
repeat with i from 1 to (count of graphic styles in document 1)
make new symbol in document 1 with properties ¬
{name:("symbol" & i as string), source art:page item i of document 1}
end repeat
end tell
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symbol item, symbol items
An instance of a symbol in a document. Symbol items are linked to the symbol from which they are
created and change with any modification of that symbol.
symbol item object properties
This class inherits all properties from the page item class.
Property
Value type
What it is
properties
record
All properties of this object returned as a record.
symbol
symbol
The symbol that was used to create this symbol item.
symbol item object commands
count
delete
duplicate
exists
move
rotate
scale
transform
translate
Create symbol items
-- Symbol Items
-- Make a new document, add symbol items from symbols panel
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
activate
make new document
repeat with i from 1 to (count of symbols in document 1)
round (i / 2 - (round (i / 2) rounding down)) rounding up
make new symbol item in document 1 with properties ¬
{symbol:symbol i of document 1, position:{100 + (the result * 150), (50 + i *
70)}}
end repeat
end tell
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tab stop info, tab stops
Tab stop information for a paragraph. All tab stops in a paragraph can be retrieved and specified using tab
stops, which returns a list of tab stop info records.
tab stop info object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
alignment
Valid values:
The alignment of the tab stop. Default: left
left
center
right
decimal
decimal character
Unicode text
The character to use for decimal tab stops.
leader
Unicode text
The leader dot.
position
real
The position of the tab stop expressed in points. Default: 0.0
Get tab stops
-- Return the tab stops of the first paragraph
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
set allTabs to tab stops of paragraph 1 of text frame 1 of document 1
set docRef to make new document
set textRef to make new text frame in docRef
set sText to "PositionLeader"
repeat with i in allTabs
set curPosition to position of i
set curLeader to leader of i
set sText to sText & return & curPosition & "" & curLeader
end repeat
set contents of textRef to sText
set position of textRef to {100.0, 600.0}
end tell
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tag, tags
A tag or list of tags associated with a specific page item. Tags allows you to assign an unlimited number of
key-value pairs to any page item in a document.
tag object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
best type
type class
Read-only. The best type for the tag. Always returns reference.
class
type class
Read-only. The object’s class, which is tag.
container
object
reference
Read-only. A reference to the page item that contains this tag.
default type
type class
Read-only. The default type for the tag. Always returns reference.
index
integer
Read-only. The index of this tag in the page item.
name
Unicode text
The tag’s name.
properties
record
All properties of this object returned as a record.
value
Unicode text
The data stored in this tag.
tag object commands
count
delete
duplicate
exists
make
Get tags
-- Creates then gets tags for the first page item in the document
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
make new document
set newItem to make rectangle in document 1 with properties {name:"rectPath"}
set myPosition to position of newItem
set myBoundsString to ((item 1 of myPosition) & "," & (item 2 of myPosition) as
string) & ","
set myBoundsString to myBoundsString & ((width of newItem) & "," & (height of
newItem) as string)
set myTag to (make new tag at newItem)
set name of myTag to "MyNewTag"
set value of myTag to myBoundsString
set URL of newItem to "http://www.adobe.com/"
set tempProp to properties of myTag
set myTagPropName to name of tempProp
end tell
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text
Any text in the contents of a text frame. Text can be accessed using the character, insertion point,
word, line, paragraph, and text classes. All text is contained within text frames.
text object elements
Elements
Refer to by
character style
name, numeric index, range of elements, before/after another element, satisfying a
test
character
numeric index, range of elements, before/after another element, satisfying a test
insertion point
numeric index, range of elements, before/after another element, satisfying a test
line
numeric index, range of elements, before/after another element, satisfying a test
paragraph style
name, numeric index, range of elements, before/after another element, satisfying a
test
paragraph
numeric index, range of elements, before/after another element, satisfying a test
text
numeric index, range of elements, before/after another element, satisfying a test
word
numeric index, range of elements, before/after another element, satisfying a test
text object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
best type
type class
Read-only. The best type for the object’s value.
character offset
integer
Offset of the first character.
class
type class
Read-only. The object’s class.
container
reference
Read-only. The object’s container.
contents
Unicode text
The text content.
default type
type class
Read-only. The default type for the object’s value.
index
integer
Read-only. The index of this instance of the object.
kerning
integer
Controls the spacing between two characters, in
thousandths of an em.
length
integer
The length (in characters). Minimum: 0
properties
record
All properties of this object returned as a record.
selection
list of text
Read-only. The selected text.
story
story
Read-only. The story that contains the text object.
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text object commands
apply character style
apply paragraph style
change case
count
delete
deselect
duplicate
exists
make
move
select
Change point size of text
-- Change all 12pt text to 18pt
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
set textArtItemCount to count text frames of document 1
-- Loop through all the text frames
repeat with itemCount from 1 to textArtItemCount
set textRef to text of text frame itemCount of document 1 ¬
as reference
if (size of textRef = 12) then
set size of textRef to 18
end if
end repeat
end tell
text
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text font, text fonts
text font, text fonts
An installed font.
text font object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
best type
type class
Read-only. The best type for the object’s value. Always returns
reference.
class
type class
Read-only. The object’s class, which is text font.
default
type
type class
Read-only. The default type for the object. Always returns reference.
family
Unicode text
Read-only. The font’s family name.
index
integer
Read-only. The index of this object in the art item.
name
Unicode text
The full name of the font.
properties
record
All properties of this object returned as a record.
style
Unicode text
Read-only. The font’s style name.
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text frame, text frames
The basic art item for displaying text. From the user interface, this is text created with the Text tool. There
are three types of text art in Illustrator: point text, path text, and area text. The type is specified by the text
frame’s kind property.
When you create a text frame, you also create a story object (see story, stories); however, threading text
frames combines the frames into a single story object. To thread frames, use the next frame or previous
frame property.
text frame object elements
Element
Refer to by
character
index, before/after, range, test
insertion point
index, before/after, range, test
line
index, before/after, range, test
paragraph
index, before/after, range, test
text
index, before/after, range
word
index, before/after, range, test
text frame object properties
This class inherits all properties from the page item class.
Property
Value type
What it is
anchor
list
The position of the anchor point (start of base line for point text).
antialias
Valid values:
The type of anti-aliasing to use in the text.
crisp
none
sharp
strong
column gutter
real
content variable anything
The column gutter in the text frame (area text only).
The content variable to which this text frame is bound.
It is not necessary to set the type of the content variable
before binding. Illustrator automatically sets the type to be the
same as the page item to which it is bound.
contents
Unicode text
The textual contents of the text frame, represented as a string.
column count
integer
The column count in the text frame (area text only).
end T value
real
The end position of text along a path, as a value relative to the
path’s segments (path text only).
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Property
Value type
What it is
flow links
horizontally
boolean
If true, the text flows horizontally first between linked frames.
kind
Valid values:
The type of text frame.
point text
area text
path text
matrix
matrix
Read-only. The transformation matrix of the text frame.
next frame
text frame
The linked text frame following this one.
optical
alignment
boolean
If true, the optical alignment is active.
previous frame
text frame
The linked text frame preceding this one.
properties
record
All properties of this object returned as a record.
row count
integer
The row count in the text frame (area text only).
row gutter
real
The row gutter in the text frame (area text only).
selection
object
reference
Read-only. The selected text.
spacing
real
The amount of spacing.
start T value
real
The start position of text along a path, as a value relative to the
path's segments.
NOTE: Valid only when kind is path text.
story
story
text orientation Valid values:
horizontal
vertical
text path
list of path
Read-only. The story to which the text frame belongs.
The orientation of the text in the frame.
Read-only. The path item associated with the text frame.
point info
NOTE: Valid only when kind is area text or path text.
text range
Unicode text
Read-only. The text in the text frame.
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text frame object commands
apply character style
apply paragraph style
change case
convert area object to point object
convert point object to area object
convert to paths
count
delete
deselect
duplicate
exists
move
rotate
scale
select
transform
translate
Create and manipulate text frames
-------
Text Frames
Make a new document, one text frame of each type: Area, Point, and Path
Display the count of text frames
Change the contents of each text frame
Delete the point text frame
Display the count of text frames
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
activate
make new document
make new rectangle in document 1 with properties ¬
{position:{100, 700}, height:100, width:100}
make new text frame in document 1 with properties ¬
{name:"AreaText", kind:area text, text path:the result, contents:"Text Frame 1"}
¬
set pathPoint1 to {class:path point info, anchor:{250, 700}}
set pathPoint2 to {class:path point info, anchor:{350, 550}}
make new path item in document 1 with properties ¬
{entire path:{pathPoint1, pathPoint2}}
make new text frame in document 1 with properties ¬
{name:"PathText", kind:path text, text path:the result, contents:"Text Frame 2"}
¬
make new text frame in document 1 with properties ¬
{name:"PointText", contents:"Text Frame 3"}
set the position of text frame "PointText" of document 1 to {400, 700}
set the contents of text frame "AreaText" of document 1 ¬
to "Area Text is cool"
set the contents of text frame "PathText" of document 1 ¬
to "Path Text is cooler"
set the contents of text frame "PointText" of document 1 ¬
to "Point Text is not"
delay 1
delete text frame "PointText" of document 1
end tell
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text frame, text frames
Scale area text frames
-- Scale all area text frames to 50% wide
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
set textArtItemCount to count text frames in document 1
set countOTFChanged to 0
repeat with itemCount from 1 to textArtItemCount
set textKind to kind of text frame itemCount of document 1
if (textKind = area text) then
set curwidth to the width of text frame itemCount of document 1
set width of text frame itemCount of document 1 to curwidth / 2
set countOTFChanged to countOTFChanged + 1
end if
end repeat
end tell
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text path item, text path items
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text path item, text path items
A path or list of paths for area or path text. A path consists of path points that define its geometry.
text path item object elements
Element
Refer to by
path point
index, range of elements, before/after another element, satisfying a test
text path item object properties
This object class inherits all properties from the page item class.
Property
Value type
What it is
area
real
Read-only. The area of this path in square points. An area
may be negative or even 0. The paths winding order is
determined by the sign of area. If the area is negative, the
path is wound counter-clockwise. Self-intersecting paths
may contain sub-areas that cancel each other out. Therefore,
it is possible for a path’s area to appear as zero even though
it has apparent area.
blend mode
Valid values:
The mode to use when compositing this object. An object is
considered composited when its opacity is set to less than
100.0 (100%).
color blend
color burn
color dodge
darken
difference
exclusion
hard light
hue
lighten
luminosity
multiply
normal
overlay
saturation blend
screen
soft light
clipping
boolean
If true, use this path as a clipping path.
closed
boolean
If true, this path closed.
container
reference
Read-only. A reference to the art item that contains this path.
editable
boolean
If true, this path can be modified.
entire path
list of path point
All the path item’s path points.
info
evenodd
boolean
If true, use the even-odd rule to determine insideness.
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Property
Value type
What it is
fill color
color info
The fill color of the path.
fill overprint
boolean
If true, the art beneath a filled object should be overprinted.
filled
boolean
If true, the path should be filled.
guides
boolean
If true, this path is a guide object.
height
real
The height of the path in points. Range: 0.0 to 16348.0
note
Unicode text
The note text assigned to the path.
opacity
real
The object’s opacity, expressed as a percentage. Range: 0.0
to 100.0.
polarity
Valid values:
The polarity of the path, used in the creation of compound
paths.
positive
negative
position
list
The position (in points) of the top left corner of the item in
the format {x, y}. Does not include stroke weight.
resolution
real
The resolution of the path in dots per inch.
selected path
points
list of object
references
Read-only. All selected path points in the path.
stroke cap
Valid values:
The type of line capping.
butted
rounded
projecting
stroke color
color info
The stroke color for the path.
stroke dash
offset
real
The default distance into the dash pattern at which the
pattern should be started
stroke dashes
list of real numbers
The lengths for dashes and gaps in dashed lines, starting
with the first dash length, followed by the first gap length,
and so on. Set to an empty list, {}, for a solid line.
stroke joi
Valid values:
Type of join for the path.
mitered
rounded
beveled
stroke miter
limit
real
When a default stroke join is set to mitered, this property
specifies when the join will be converted to beveled
(squared-off ) by default. The default miter limit of 4 means
that when the length of the point reaches four times the
stroke weight, the join switches from a miter join to a bevel
join. Values: 1 to 500. 1 specifies a bevel join.
stroke
overprint
boolean
If true, the art beneath the stroked object should be
overprinted.
stroke width
real
Width of stroke.
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text path item, text path items
Property
Value type
What it is
stroked
boolean
If true, the path should be stroked.
width
real
The width of the text path in points. Range: 0.0 to 16348.0
text path item object commands
count
delete
duplicate
exists
move
rotate
scale
transform
translate
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TIFF export options
Options that can be supplied when exporting a document as a TIFF file. See the export command for
additional details.
This class contains properties that specify options to be used when exporting a document as a TIFF file.
TIFF export options can only be supplied in conjunction with the export command. It is not possible to
get or create a TIFF export options object.
TIFF export options object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
antialiasing
boolean
If true, the exported image should be anti-aliased. Default:
true
byte order
Valid values:
The byte order to use in the new file.
IBM PC
MACINTOSH
imagecolorspace
Valid values:
The color space of the exported file. Default: RGB
Gray
RGB
CMYK
izwcompression
boolean
If true, use IZW compression in the new file.
resolution
real
Resolution of the exported file in dots per inch (dpi). Range:
72.0 to 2400.0. Default: 150.0
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tracingobject, tracings
Associates source raster art item with a vector-art plugin group created by tracing. Scripts can initiate
tracing using the trace placed command for a placed item or raster item. The resulting plugin item
object represents the vector art group, and has this object in its tracing property.
A script can force the tracing operation by calling the application’s redraw command. The operation is
asynchronous, so a script should call redraw after creating the tracingobject, but before accessing its
properties or expanding the tracing to convert it to an art item group.
The read-only properties that describe the tracing result have valid values only after the first tracing
operation completes. A value of 0 indicates that the operation has not yet been completed.
tracingobject object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
anchor count
integer
Read-only. The number of anchors in the tracing result.
area count
integer
Read-only. The number of areas in the tracing result.
best type
type class
Read-only. The best type for the object’s value. Always
returns reference.
class
type class
Read-only. The object’s class, which is text font.
container
object reference
Read-only. A reference to the object that contains this
tracing group.
default type
type class
Read-only. The default type for the object. Always
returns reference.
image resolution
real
Read-only. The resolution of the source image in pixels
per inch.
original art
placed item or
raster item)
Read-only. The raster art used to create the associated
vector-art plugin group.
path count
integer
Read-only. The number of paths in the tracing result.
properties
record
All properties of this object returned as a record.
tracing options
tracing options
Read-only. The options used to convert the raster
artwork to vector art.
used color count
integer
Read-only. The number of colors used in the tracing
result.
tracingobject object commands
expand tracing
release tracing
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tracing options, multiple tracing options
A set of options used in converting raster art to vector art by tracing.
tracing options object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
best type
type class
Read-only. The best type for the object’s value. Always
returns reference.
class
type class
Read-only. The object’s class, which is text font.
container
object reference
Read-only. A reference to the object that contains this
tracing group.
corner
angle
real
The sharpness, in degrees of a turn in the original
image that is considered a corner in the tracing result
path. Range: 0 to 180
default
type
type class
Read-only. The default type for the object. Always
returns reference.
fills
boolean
If true, trace with fills. At least one of fills or strokes
must be true.
ignore
white
boolean
If true, ignores white fill color.
live paint
output
boolean
If true, result is LivePaint art. If false, it is classic art.
NOTE: A script should set this value only in preparation
for a subsequent expand operation. Leaving a tracing
on the artboard when this property is true can lead to
unexpected application behavior.
maximum
colors
integer
The maximum number of colors allowed for automatic
palette generation. Used only if tracing mode is color
or grayscale. Range: 2 to 256
maximum
stroke
weight
real
The maximum stroke weight, when strokes is true.
Range: 0.01 to 100.0
minimum
area
integer
The smallest feature, in square pixels, that is traced. For
example, if it is 4, a feature of 2 pixels wide by 2 pixels
high is traced.
minimum
stroke
length
real
The minimum length in pixels of features in the original
image that can be stroked, when strokes is true.
Smaller features are omitted. Range: 0.0 to 200.0
Default: 20.0
output
swatches
boolean
If true, named colors (swatches) are generated for
each new color created by the tracing result. Used only
if tracing mode is color or grayscale.
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Property
Value type
What it is
palette
string
The name of a color palette to use for tracing. If the
empty string, use the automatic palette. Used only if
tracing mode is color or grayscale.
path
fitting
real
The distance between the traced shape and the
original pixel shape. Lower values create a tighter path
fitting. Higher values create a looser path fitting.
Range: 0.0 to 10.0
preprocess
blur
real
The amount of blur used during preprocessing.
Blurring helps reduce small artifacts and smooth
jagged edges in the tracing result. Range: 0.0 to 2.0
preset
string
Read-only. The name of a preset file containing these
options.
properties
record
All properties of this object returned as a record.
resample
boolean
If true, resample when tracing. (This setting is not
captured in a preset file.)
Always true when the raster source art is placed or
linked.
resample
resolution
real
The resolution to use when resampling in pixels per
inch (ppi). Lower resolution increases the speed of the
tracing operation. (This setting is not captured in a
preset file.)
strokes
boolean
If true, trace with strokes. At least one of fills or
strokes must be true. Used only if tracing mode is
black-and-white.
threshold
integer
The threshold value of black-and-white tracing. All
pixels with a grayscale value greater than this are
converted to black. Used only if tracing mode is
black-and-white. Range: 0 to 255
tracing
mode
Valid values:
The color mode for tracing.
view raster
Valid values:
bw tracing mode
color tracing mode
gray tracing mode
view
view
view
view
view vector
adjusted image
no image
original image
transparent image
Valid values:
view
view
view
view
no tracing result
outlines
outlines tracing
tracing result
The view for previews of the raster image. (This setting
is not captured in a preset file.)
The view for previews of the vector result. (This setting
is not captured in a preset file.)
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load preset
store preset
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variable, variables
A document-level variable that can be imported or exported.
A variable is a dynamic object used to create data-driven graphics. For an example, see dataset, datasets.
Variables are accessed in Illustrator through the Variables palette.
variable object elements
Element
Refer to by
page item
name, numeric index, range of elements, before/after another element, satisfying a test
variable object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
best type
type class
Read-only. The best type for the variable object’s value.
Always returns reference.
class
type class
Read-only. The object’s class, which is variable.
container
object reference
Read-only. A reference to the art item that contains this
variable.
default type
type class
Read-only. The default type for the variable. Always returns
reference.
index
integer
Read-only. The index of this variable in the art item.
kind
Valid values:
The kind of variable.
graph
image
textual
unknown
visibility
name
Unicode text
The name of the variable.
properties
record
All properties of this object returned as a record.
variable object commands
count
delete
exists
make
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view, views
A document view or list of views in an Illustrator document. The view object represents a window view
onto a document. Scripts cannot create new views, but can modify some properties of existing views,
including the center point, screen mode, and zoom.
view object properties
Property
Value type
best type
type class
What it is
Read-only. The best type for the view object. Always returns
reference.
bounds
rect
Read-only. The bounding rectangle of this view relative to the
current document’s bounds
center point
fixed point
The center point of this view relative to the current document’s
bounds
class
type class
Read-only. The object’s class, which is view.
container
object reference
Read-only. A reference to the document that contains this view.
default type
type class
Read-only. The default type for the view object. Always returns
reference.
index
integer
Read-only. The index of the view in the document.
properties
record
All properties of this object returned as a record.
screen mode
Valid values:
The mode of display for this view.
multiwindow
desktop
full screen
zoom
real
The zoom factor of this view, where 1.0 is 100%.
view object commands
count
exists
Center a view
-- Center the view on the first selected object
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
set selectedItems to the selection
if selectedItems is not {} then
set firstObject to item 1 of selectedItems
set newPosition to position of firstObject
set center point of view 1 of document 1 to newPosition
end if
end tell
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Make a view full screen
-- Fill the entire screen with the first view
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
if (count documents) > 0 then
set screen mode of view 1 of document 1 to full screen
end if
end tell
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word
A string of text in a text frame that is separated by whitespace. A document’s text can be accessed using
the character, insertion point, word, line, paragraph, and text classes. All text is contained within
text frames.
word object elements
Elements
Refer to by
character
style
name, numeric index, range of elements, before/after another element, satisfying a test
character
numeric index, range of elements, before/after another element, satisfying a test
insertion
point
numeric index, range of elements, before/after another element, satisfying a test
line
numeric index, range of elements, before/after another element, satisfying a test
paragraph
style
name, numeric index, range of elements, before/after another element, satisfying a test
paragraph
name, numeric index, range of elements, before/after another element, satisfying a test
text
numeric index, range of elements, before/after another element, satisfying a test
word
name, numeric index, range of elements, before/after another element, satisfying a test
word object properties
Property
Value type
What it is
aki left
real
The amount of extra space (aki) added to
the left side of each glyph in Japanese
text (in thousandths of an em).
aki right
real
The amount of extra space (aki) added to
the right side of each glyph in Japanese
text (in thousandths of an em).
alignment
Valid values:
The character alignment type.
bottom
center
icf bottom
icf top
roman baseline
top
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Property
Value type
What it is
alternate glyphs
Valid values:
Specifies the type of alternate glyphs.
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default
expert
full width
half width
jis78
jis83
proportional width
quarter width
third width
traditional
jis90
jis04
auto leading
boolean
If true, use automatic leading.
baseline
direction
Valid values:
Specifies the Japanese text baseline
direction.
baseline
position
Valid values:
baseline shift
real
The amount of shift (in points) of the text
baseline.
best type
type class
Read-only. The best type for the object’s
value.
capitalization
Valid values:
Specifies whether the text is normal, all
uppercase, all small caps, or a mix of small
caps and lowercase.
standard
Tate Chu Yoko
vertical rotated
The baseline position of text.
normal
subscript
superscript
all caps
all small caps
normal
small caps
character offset
integer
Offset of the first character.
class
type class
Read-only. The object’s class.
connection forms
boolean
If true, use the OpenType connection
forms.
container
reference
Read-only. The object’ s container.
contents
Unicode text
The text content.
contextual
ligature
boolean
If true, use the contextual ligature.
default type
type class
Read-only. The default type for the
object’s value.
discretionary
ligature
boolean
If true, use the discretionary ligature.
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Property
Value type
What it is
figure style
Valid values:
Specifies which figure style to use in an
OpenType font.
default
proportional
proportional oldstyle
tabular
tabular oldstyle
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fill color
color info
The color of the text fill.
fractions
boolean
If true, use the OpenType fractions.
horizontal scale
real
The character horizontal scaling factor
expressed as a percentage (100 = 100%).
index
integer
Read-only. The index of this instance of
the object.
italics
boolean
If true, the Japanese font supports italics.
kerning
integer
Controls the spacing between two
characters, in thousandths of the em
space.
kerning method
Valid values:
The type of automatic kerning method to
use.
auto
none
optical
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Property
Value type
What it is
language
Valid values:
The language.
Bokmal Norwegian
Brazillian Portuguese
Bulgarian
Canadian French
Catalan
Chinese
Czech
Danish
Dutch
Dutch 2005 Reform
English
Finnish
German 2006 Reform
Greek
Hungarian
Icelandic
Italian
Japanese
Nynorsk Norwegian
old German
Polish
Romanian
Russian
Spanish
Serbian
standard French
standard German
standard Portuguese
Swedish
Swiss German
Swiss German 2006 Reform
Turkish
UK English
Ukranian
leading
real
The amount of space between two lines
of text, in points.
length
integer
Read-only. The length (in characters).
Minimum: 0
ligature
boolean
If true, use the ligature.
no break
boolean
If true, no line break is allowed in this
word.
OpenType
position
Valid values:
The OpenType baseline position.
ordinals
boolean
If true, use the OpenType ordinals.
ornaments
boolean
If true, use the OpenType ornaments.
default
denominator
numerator
subscript
superscript
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Property
Value type
What it is
overprint fill
boolean
If true, overprint the fill of the text.
overprint stroke
boolean
If true, overprinting of the stroke of the
text is allowed.
properties
record
All properties of this object returned as a
record.
proportional
metrics
boolean
If true, the Japanese OpenType supports
proportional fonts.
rotation
real
The character rotation angle in degrees.
selection
list of text
Read-only. The selected text.
size
real
The font size in points.
story
story
Read-only. The story that contains the
object.
strike through
boolean
If true, characters use strike-through
style.
stroke color
color info
The color of the text stroke.
stroke weight
real
Line width of stroke.
stylistic
alternates
boolean
If true, use OpenType stylistic alternates.
swash
boolean
If true, use the OpenType swash
character.
TCY horizontal
integer
The Tate-Chu-Yoko horizontal adjustment
in points.
TCY vertical
integer
The Tate-Chu-Yoko vertical adjustment in
points.
text font
text font
The text font.
titling
boolean
If true, use the OpenType titling
alternates.
tracking
integer
The tracking or range kerning amount in
thousandths of an em.
Tsume
real
The percentage of space reduction
around a Japanese character.
underline
boolean
If true, characters use underline style.
vertical scale
real
Character vertical scaling factor. 100 =
100%
warichu
characters after
break
integer
How the characters in Wari-Chu text (an
inset note in Japanese text) are divided
into two or more lines.
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Property
Value type
What it is
warichu
characters
before break
integer
How the characters in Wari-Chu text (an
inset note in Japanese text) are divided
into two or more lines.
warichu enabled
boolean
If true, Wari-Chu is enabled.
warichu gap
integer
The Wari-Chu line gap.
warichu
justification
Valid values:
The Wari-Chu justification.
warichu lines
integer
The number of Wari-Chu (multiple text
lines fit into a space meant for one) lines.
warichu scale
real
The Wari-Chu scale.
auto justify
center
full justify last line center
full justify
full justify last line left
full justify last line right
left
right
word object commands
apply character style
apply paragraph style
change case
count
delete
deselect
duplicate
exists
make
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word
Finding specific words
This example demonstrates how to use the matching abilities of the whose clause in conjunction with
word properties to modify words that match a specific string.
-- Change the color of every occurrence of a specific
-- word in all text frames
set searchString to "the"
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
set textArtItemCount to (count text frames in document 1)
if (textArtItemCount > 0) then
repeat with itemCounter from 1 to textArtItemCount
if (((contents of text frame itemCounter of document 1) as string) ¬
contains searchString) then
set fill color of (words of text frame itemCounter of document 1 ¬
whose contents contains searchString) to {red:255, green:0, blue:0}
end if
end repeat
end if
end tell
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AppleScript Commands
This chapter provides a complete reference for the commands in the Illustrator AppleScript dictionary. The
commands are presented alphabetically.
The commands supported by each object, with links to the detailed descriptions here, are listed in
Chapter 1, “AppleScript Objects.”
Overview
This chapter describes the commands in the Illustrator AppleScript dictionary, as well as some of the
important standard AppleScript commands. The AppleScript dictionary itself shows only that the
command returns an object, or that the command takes an object reference as a parameter; it does not
show the specific objects that can respond to a particular command. Not all Illustrator objects can respond
to all commands; this reference details which objects respond to which commands, and what type of
object each command returns (if any).
The following information is given for each command:
Column heading What it means
Parameters
Constants, keywords, and values needed by the command.

Variable values to be supplied are shown in bold.

Literal terms and constants are shown in plain type.

Items surrounded by brackets [ ] are optional.
What it is
An explanation of the parameters.
Objects
supported
Which objects support the command and/or which objects the command can
operate upon. The document object, for example, supports the command close, but
not the command quit.
Returns
Many commands return values (text, numbers, lists, and object references). This
column shows you what kind of reference you can expect the command to return (if
any).
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activate
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activate
Makes an application active; that is, makes Illustrator the front-most application.
Parameters
none
Notes
What it is
Objects supported
Returns
application
nothing
Illustrator must be the frontmost application when executing any command that deals with the clipboard.
Use this command to ensure this. See the clipboard commands for examples.
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add document
Creates a new document from a preset template.
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported
Returns
using startup preset
The document template.
document
document
[with preset settings]
Document settings with values to
override.
[options dialog boolean]
True to open the Options dialog.
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add spot
add spot
Adds a spot swatch to the swatch group.
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported
Returns
spot spot
The spot swatch to be added.
swatch
nothing
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add swatch
add swatch
Adds a swatch to the swatch group.
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported
Returns
swatch swatch
The swatch to be added.
swatch
nothing
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apply
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apply
Applies a brush or graphic style to one or more page items.
Notes
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported
Returns
object reference
The brush or graphic style to apply to the
referenced objector objects.
graphic style
brush
nothing
to anything
The page item or items to which to apply
abrush or graphic style.
compound path item
group item
mesh item
non native item
page item
path item
placed item
plugin item
raster item
text frame
Use apply to affect one or more page items by applying an existing brush or graphic style. Brushes and
graphic styles can be created in the user interface, but not from a script.
Apply an art style
-- Draws an ellipse in the center of the document
-- and applies a graphic style to it
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
make new document with properties {color space:CMYK}
set docWidth to (width of document 1) / 2
set docHeight to (height of document 1) / 2
set pathItemRef to make new ellipse in document 1 with properties ¬
{bounds:{docWidth - 50, docHeight + 50, docWidth + 50, docHeight - 50}}
apply graphic style 2 of document 1 to pathItemRef
end tell
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apply character style
Applies a character style to a specified text object(s).
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported Returns
character style
The character style object or
objects to be operated upon.
character style
to anything
The text object or objects to
which to apply the style.
text
[clearing overrides boolean] Whether to clear any text
attributes before apply the style.
Default: false
nothing
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apply paragraph style
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apply paragraph style
Applies the paragraph style to text object(s).
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported Returns
paragraph style
The paragraph style object or
objects to be operated upon.
paragraph style
to anything
The text object or objects to which text
to apply the style.
[clearing overrides boolean]
If true, text attributes are cleared
before apply the style.
Default: false
nothing
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arrange
arrange
The style in which to arrange multiple documents in the main window.
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported
Returns
layout style
Valid values:
document
boolean
cascade
horizontal tile
vertical tile
float all
consolidate all
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bring in perspective
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bring in perspective
Places art object(s) in a perspective grid at a specified position and grid plane.
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported Returns
page item
The page item object or objects to page item
be operated upon.
position x real
Horizontal coordinate at which to
place art on grid plane.
position y real
Vertical coordinate at which to
place art on grid plane.
[perspective grid plane
floorplane/leftplane/
noplane/rightplane]
Type of perspective grid plane.
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capture
capture
Captures the current document window to the target TIFF image file.
Parameters
What it is
to file specification
The TIFF file to which the captured image should
be written.
size point
The size to make the window before capture.
Objects
supported
Returns
document
nothing
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change case
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change case
Changes the capitalization of the selected text.
Parameters
What it is
Objects
supported
text
The text object or objects to be operated upon.
text
to lower case/
sentence case/
title case/
upper case
The type of case.
Returns
nothing
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close
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close
Closes a document.
Parameters
What it is
Objects
supported
document
The document to close.
document
[saving yes/no/ask]
Whether to save the document before closing.
Close a document
-- Close the first document and prompt the user with a "Save as" dialog
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
activate
close document 1 saving ask
end tell
Returns
nothing
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colorize
colorize
Colorizes a raster item.
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported
Returns
object reference
The raster item to colorize.
raster item
nothing
raster color
color info reference
The color to use when coloring the
TIFF image.
CMYK color info
gradient color info
gray color info
pattern color info
RGB color info
spot color info
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concatenate matrix
concatenate matrix
Concatenates two transformation matrices to form a single resulting matrix.
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported
Returns
matrix
The first matrix.
matrix
matrix
with matrix
The second matrix.
matrix
Concatenate matrices
-- This script concatenates 2 matrices
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
set someMatrix to get identity matrix
set anotherMatrix to get rotation matrix angle 30.0
set newMatrix to concatenate matrix someMatrix with anotherMatrix
end tell
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concatenate rotation matrix
concatenate rotation matrix
Concatenates a rotation angle together with a matrix and returns the resulting matrix.
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported
Returns
matrix
The matrix.
matrix
matrix
angle real
Rotation angle in degrees.
Concatenate rotation matrix
-- This script adds a 45 degree rotation to an existing matrix
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
set someMatrix to get identity matrix
set newMatrix to concatenate rotation matrix someMatrix angle 45.0
end tell
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concatenate scale matrix
concatenate scale matrix
Concatenates a horizontal and/or vertical scaling with a matrix to form a new, rescaled matrix.
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported Returns
matrix
The matrix.
matrix
matrix
[horizontal scale real] Horizontal scaling factor, 100.0 is 100%.
Default: 100.0
[vertical scale real]
Vertical scaling factor, 100.0 is 100%.
Default: 100.0
Concatenate scale matrix
-- This script combines a 75% horizontal and 25% vertical scaling with an existing
matrix
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
set someMatrix to get identity matrix
set newMatrix to concatenate scale matrix someMatrix ¬
horizontal scale 75 vertical scale 25.0
end tell
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concatenate translation matrix
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concatenate translation matrix
Concatenates a positional translation factor (specified by a horizontal and/or vertical offset) with a matrix
to form a new, repositioned matrix.
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported
Returns
matrix
The matrix.
matrix
matrix
[delta x real]
Horizontal translation offset. Default: 0.0
[delta y real]
Vertical translation offset. Default: 0.0
Concatenate translation matrix
--This script combines a 25 point horizontal offset with an existing matrix
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
set someMatrix to get identity matrix
set newMatrix to concatenate translation matrix someMatrix delta x 25.0
end tell
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convert
convert
Converts the legacy text item to a text frame and deletes the original legacy text item.
Parameters
What it is
legacy text item The legacy text item object or objects to
be operated upon.
Objects supported
Returns
legacy text item
group item
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convert area object to point object
convert area object to point object
Converts an area-type text frame to a point-type text frame.
Parameters
none
What it is
Objects supported
Returns
text frame
text frame
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convert coordinate
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convert coordinate
Converts the coordinates of a single point from one coordinate system to another. Returns the modified
coordinate list.
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported
Returns
document
The document object or objects to be
operated upon.
document
list
coordinate list
The coordinates of the point to be
converted.
source
The current coordinate system. Valid values:
artboard coordinate system
document coordinate system
destination
The system to which to convert. Valid
values:
artboard coordinate system
document coordinate system
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convert point object to area object
convert point object to area object
Converts a point-type text frame to an area-type text frame.
Parameters
none
What it is
Objects supported
Returns
text frame
text frame
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convert sample color
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convert sample color
Converts a sample-component color from one color space to another.
Parameters
What it is
Objects
supported
source color space image
color space
The source color space.
application
source color color
components
The color to convert, a color sample
object. The first location should
contain alpha if source has alpha
is true.
destination color space
image color space
The destination color space. The
first location should contain alpha if
dest has alpha is true.
color convert purpose
color conversion purpose
The purpose of conversion. Valid
values:
default purpose
dummy purpose option
export purpose
preview purpose
[source has alpha
boolean]
True if the alpha channel is present
in the source color. Default: false
[destination has alpha
boolean]
True if the alpha channel is present
in the destination color.
Default: false
Returns
array of
ColorComponents
An array of color
components(e.g.
R,G and B value)
which constitute
the color. First
location of
returned array will
contain alpha
value if
destination-has-al
pha is true.
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convert to paths
convert to paths
Converts the specified text to path items.
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported
Returns
text frame
The text frame object or objects to be
operated upon.
text frame
group item or null
Create outlines from text
--This script converts all text art to path art
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
convert to paths (every text frame of document 1)
end tell
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copy
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copy
Copies the selection in the current document to the clipboard.
Parameters
What it is
none
Notes
Objects supported
Returns
compound path item
group item
mesh item
non native item
path item
placed item
plugin item
raster item
text frame
nothing
Commands that manipulate the clipboard (cut, copy, and paste) require that Illustrator be the frontmost
application during these operations. Use activate to bring Illustrator to the front before executing the
copy command. No error is returned if there is no selection to copy. If the application is not frontmost, an
error is returned.
Copy selected objects
--This script copies the selected objects (if any) to the clipboard
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
activate
copy
end tell
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count
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count
Counts the elements of a specified type contained in a specified object.
Notes
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported
count reference
The object or list of objects whose graphic style
brush
elements are to be counted.
[each type class]
The class of the objects to count.
[whose property is value]
A condition that objects must
meet to be counted.
Returns
integer
character
compound path item
document
gradient
gradient stop
group item
insertion point
layer
line
mesh item
non native item
page item
paragraph
path item
path point
pattern
placed item
plugin item
raster item
spot
tag
text frame
view
word
With the optional each/every term, use the singular form for the object type to be counted; for example,
brush rather than brushes. Otherwise, you can use the singular or plural form.
Count filled path items in a document
-- This script stores the total path items in pathCount and
-- the total filled path items in numberFilled
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
set pathCount to count every path item of document 1
set numberFilled to ¬
count (path items of document 1 whose filled is true)
end tell
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cut
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cut
Cuts the current selection from the current document and places it in the clipboard.
Notes
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported
Returns
none
nothing
compound path item
group item
mesh item
non native item
path item
path point
placed item
plugin item
raster item
text
text frame
nothing
Commands that manipulate the clipboard (cut, copy, and paste) require that Illustrator be the frontmost
application. Use activate to bring Illustrator to the front before executing the cut command. No error is
returned if there is no selection to cut. If the application is not frontmost, an error is returned.
Cut selected objects to the clipboard
--This script cuts the selected objects (if any)
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
activate
cut
end tell
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delete
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delete
Removes one or more elements from a container, or deletes one or more objects.
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported
Returns
object reference
Contained object or objects to delete
or remove.
artboard
compound path item
gradient
gradient stop
group item
layer
mesh item
non native item
page item
point
pattern
placed item
plugin item
raster item
spot
swatch
tag
text
text frame
text path
nothing
You cannot remove the last artboard
in a document.
[of object reference]
Container object. If supplied, removes
the specified object or objects from
this container. If not supplied, deletes
the specified object or objects.
Delete a layer
-- This script deletes the second layer in the document
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
if (count layers of document 1) > 1 then
delete layer 2 of document 1
end if
end tell
document
group
layer
compound path item
path item
story
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delete preference
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delete preference
Removes the application preference key. See “Preference accessor guidelines” on page 74.
Parameters
What it is
Illustrator preferences
The Illustrator preferences object
or objects to delete.
key
The preference key
Objects supported
Returns
nothing
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delete workspace
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delete workspace
Removes the given workspace.
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported
Returns
workspaceName string
The name of the workspace to delete.
application
boolean
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deselect
deselect
Deselects a text range.
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported
text
The text object or objects to be deselected. text
Returns
nothing
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display
display
Displays the dynamic data that has been captured in a dataset object.
.
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported
Returns
dataset
The dataset object or objects to be displayed.
dataset
boolean
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do javascript
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do javascript
Executes a JavaScript script and returns the result of execution.
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported Returns
javascript
The JavaScript code to execute.
N/A
[with arguments
list of anything]
A list of suitable arguments to pass to the
Javascript routine.
[show debugger
before running/
never/
on runtime error]
When a debugger should be shown. Default:
never
Unicode
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do script
do script
Plays an action from the Actions palette.
Notes
Parameters
What it is
Objects
supported
Unicode text
The name of the action to play. Case-sensitive.
N/A
from Unicode text
The name of the Action Set containing the action.
Case-sensitive.
[dialogs boolean]
If true, dialog boxes should be associated with the
action presented to the user. Default: true
Returns
nothing
If the action is selected in the Actions palette in the Illustrator user interface, this command returns an
error.
Execute an action
-- This script executes an action in the default set without displaying any dialogs
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
do script "Opacity 60 (selection)" from "Default Actions" without dialogs
end tell
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duplicate
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duplicate
Duplicates an object or objects.
Notes
Parameters
What it is
Objects
supported
object reference
The object or objects to duplicate
all objects except:
[to location reference]
The location for the new object or
objects
application
mesh item
plugin items
[with properties record]
New values for specified properties
of the new object or objects
Returns
object
reference or
list (of object
references)
You can duplicate page items from one document to another. This is equivalent to setting the selection,
performing a cut or copy, bringing another document to the front, and then pasting. When duplicating
objects from one document to another, you must specify the location reference.
Duplicate to another document
-- Duplicate the first page item in document 1 to document 2
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
set pageItemRef to duplicate page item 1 of document 1 to beginning of document 2
end tell
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equal matrices
equal matrices
Compares two matrices for equality.
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported
Returns
matrix
The first matrix for the comparison.
matrix
boolean
with matrix
The second matrix for the comparison.
Compare matrices
-- This script compares 2 matrices and beeps if they are equal
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
set someMatrix to get identity matrix
set anotherMatrix to get identity matrix
if (equal matrices someMatrix with anotherMatrix) then beep
end tell
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embed
embed
Embeds linked art in a document. Applied to a placed item, it converts the art to art item objects as
needed and deletes the placed item object.
Parameters
What it is
object reference The placed item to embed.
Objects supported
Returns
placed item
nothing
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exists
exists
Determines whether an object exists.
Parameters
What it is
object reference The object to test for existence.
Check if a document exists
-- Check if a document exists and beep twice
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
if exists document 1 then beep 2
end tell
Objects supported
Returns
Any object except application boolean
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expand tracing
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expand tracing
Converts the vector art associated with a tracingobject into a new group item. The new group item
object replaces the plugin item object in the document. Deletes this object and its associated plugin
item object. Any group-level attributes that were applied to the plugin item are applied to the top level of
the new group item.
Parameters
What it is
tracingobject The tracingobject object to operate on.
Objects supported Returns
tracingobject
group item
object reference
[with viewed] By default the new group contains only the
tracing result (the filled or stroked paths). If
with viewed is specified, the new group
retains additional information that was
specified for the viewing mode, such as
outlines and overlays.
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export
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export
Exports the specified document to a specified file type.
Parameters
What it is
Objects
supported
object reference
The document to export.
document
to file
specification
The file to export to, specified as a string containing
the full file path or an alias.
as JPEG/Photoshop/
SVG/PNG8/PNG24/
GIF/AutoCAD/
Flash/TIFF
The file type to which to export the document.
[with options]
object reference
The export options for the specified file type.
Export a document to JPEG
---on
This script exports the current document as JPEG to the
destinationFolder passed in as a parameter, destinationFolder
is set by the framework this fragment is tested in
exportFile(destinationFolder)
set destinationPath to destinationFolder as string
set newFilePath to destinationPath & "Sample.jpg"
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
export current document to newFilePath as JPEG with options ¬
{class:JPEG export options, quality:60}
end tell
end exportFile
Returns
nothing
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export PDF preset
export PDF preset
Exports PDF presets for a document and saves them to a file.
Parameters
What it is
Objects
supported Returns
document
The document object or objects to be operated on.
document
to file specification The file to export to, specified as a string containing
the full file path or an alias.
nothing
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export perspective grid preset
export perspective grid preset
Saves all perspective grid presets to a file.
Parameters
What it is
document
The document object or objects to be operated
upon.
to file specification The file to export to.
Objects
supported Returns
document
nothing
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export print preset
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export print preset
Exports Illustrator print presets for a document to a file.
Parameters
What it is
Objects
supported Returns
document
The document object or objects to be operated on.
document
to file specification The file to export to, specified as a string containing
the full file path or an alias.
nothing
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export variables
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export variables
Saves datasets containing variables and their associated dynamic data into an XML library.
Parameters
What it is
Objects
supported
document
The document object or objects to be operated on.
document
to file specification
The file to export to, specified as a string containing
the full file path or an alias.
Returns
nothing
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fit artboard to selected art
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fit artboard to selected art
Resizes the artboard to the bounds of the currently selected art.
Parameters
What it is
Objects
supported
document
The document object or objects to be operated on.
document
index
The index of the artboard to update.
Returns
boolean
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get
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get
Gets data from an object.
Notes
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported Returns
object reference
or property
The object or property to get a
reference to or data from.
Any object
[as class or list
(of classes)]
The type of data to retrieve.
The property value or
object reference as the
specified type.
This standard AppleScript command is included because it illustrates AppleScript’s ability to coerce values
from one value type to another. You do not need to use get to assign values to variables.
Using the get command
-- This script gets the contents of a text frame both as a string and as a reference
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
set textString to contents of text frame 1 of document 1
set textRef to text of text frame 1 of document 1 as reference
end tell
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get all swatches
get all swatches
Gets a list of all swatches in the swatch group.
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported
none
Nothing
swatchgroup
Returns
swatchlist (list of selected
swatches)
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get boolean preference
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get boolean preference
Gets the value of the application preference key as boolean. See “Preference accessor guidelines” on
page 74.
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported
Illustrator
preferences
The Illustrator
preferences object or
objects to be operated on.
Illustrator preferences The value of the
key as Unicode text The type of data to retrieve.
Returns
application
preference key
as boolean.
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get identity matrix
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get identity matrix
Returns an identity matrix.
Notes
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported
Returns
none
nothing
matrix
matrix
The identity matrix is a transformation matrix that causes no transformation. Use it to get a base matrix to
use with the matrix concatenation commands.
Using an identity matrix
-- This script gets the identity matrix,
-- combines with rotation and scale and applies to an object
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
set transformMatrix to get identity matrix
set transformMatrix to concatenate scale matrix ¬
transformMatrix horizontal scale 60
set transformMatrix to concatenate rotation matrix ¬
transformMatrix angle 45.0
transform page item 1 of document 1 using transformMatrix
end tell
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get internal color
get internal color
Gets the internal color of a spot.
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported Returns
none
nothing
spot
color components
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get integer preference
get integer preference
Gets the value of the application preference key as an integer. See “Preference accessor guidelines” on
page 74.
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported Returns
Illustrator
preferences
The Illustrator
preferences object or
objects to be operated upon.
Illustrator
preferences
key as Unicode text The type of data to retrieve.
The value of the
application preference
key as an integer.
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get perspective active plane
get perspective active plane
Retrieves the active plane of the active perspective grid of the document.
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported
Returns
document
The document object or objects
to be operated upon.
document
floorplane
leftplane
noplane
rightplane
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get PPD info
get PPD info
Gets detailed file information for a specified PPD file.
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported
Returns
name Unicode text
The model name of the PPD file
application
PPD properties
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get preset file of
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get preset file of
Returns the full path to the application's default document profile for the specified preset type.
Parameters
What it is
preset type
The name of the preset type. Valid application
values:
basic CMYK document
basic RGB document
print document preset
mobile document preset
video document preset
web document preset
Objects supported Returns
file
specification
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get preset settings
get preset settings
Retrieves the tracing-option settings from the template with a given preset name.
Parameters
What it is
preset Unicode text The name of the preset
Objects supported
Returns
application
document preset
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get real preference
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get real preference
Gets the value of the application preference key as a real number. See “Preference accessor guidelines” on
page 74.
Parameters
What it is
Illustrator
preferences
Illustrator
The Illustrator
preferences
preferences object or
objects to be operated upon.
key as Unicode text The type of data to retrieve.
Objects supported Returns
The value of the
application preference
key as a real number.
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get rotation matrix
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get rotation matrix
Returns a rotation matrix based on a specified rotation angle.
Notes
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported
Returns
[angle real]
The rotation angle in degrees. Default is 0.0,
which returns the standard identity matrix.
matrix
matrix
Requires a value in degrees. 30 rotates the object 30 degrees counterclockwise; -30 rotates the object 30
degrees clockwise.
Get a rotation matrix
-- Get a 30-degree rotation matrix
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
set rotateMatrix to get rotation matrix angle 30.0
end tell
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get scale matrix
get scale matrix
Returns a scale matrix based on specified horizontal and vertical scaling factor.
Parameters
What it is
[horizontal scale real] The horizontal scaling factor as a percentage.
Objects
supported
Returns
matrix
matrix
Default is 100.0, which is 100%
[vertical scale real]
Notes
The vertical scaling factor.
Default is 100.0, which is 100%
If no parameters are supplied, returns the standard identity matrix.
Requires a value in percentage. 60 scales the object to 60% of its original size; 200 doubles the objects
bounds.
Get a scale matrix
-- This script gets a scale matrix
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
set scaleMatrix to get scale matrix horizontal scale 100.0 vertical scale 50.0
end tell
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get scriptable help group
get scriptable help group
Gets the scriptable help group object that represents the search widget in the app bar.
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported
Returns
application
variant (app bar help group live object)
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get selected
get selected
Gets the selected swatches in a document.
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported
Returns
swatches
swatchlist (list of selected swatches)
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get string preference
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get string preference
Gets the value of the application preference key as string type. See “Preference accessor guidelines” on
page 74.
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported
Returns
Illustrator
preferences
The Illustrator
preferences object or
objects to be operated upon.
Illustrator
preferences
The value of the
application preference
key as string type.
key as Unicode text The type of data to retrieve.
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get translation matrix
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get translation matrix
Returns a translation matrix based on a single movement with horizontal and vertical offsets.
Notes
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported
Returns
[delta x real]
The horizontal offset. Default: 0.0
matrix
matrix
[delta y real]
The vertical offset. Default: 0.0
If no parameters are supplied, returns the standard identity matrix.
Requires a value in points. {100,200} moves the object 100 pt. to the right and 200 pt. up; a minus (-) before
each number moves the object left and down.
Get a translation matrix
-- This script gets a translation matrix
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
set translateMatrix to get translation matrix delta x 10.0 delta y 100.0
end tell
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hide perspective grid
hide perspective grid
Hides the current active perspective grid for the document, if one is visible.
Parameters
What it is
document
The document object or objects to be operated
upon.
Objects
supported
Returns
document
boolean
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image capture
image capture
Captures the artwork content within the clipping boundaries in this document as a raster image, and
writes the image data to a specified file.
Parameters
What it is
to file specification
The file to which the captured image should be
written.
[inside rect]
The rectangular region of the artwork for image
capture. If omitted, captures the entire artwork.
[with options image
capture options]
The object describing the image-capture options.
Objects
supported
Returns
document
nothing
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import character styles
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import character styles
Loads character styles from a file.
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported Returns
document
The document object or objects to be
operated on.
document
from file specification File from which to import.
nothing
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import paragraph styles
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import paragraph styles
Loads paragraph styles from a file.
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported
Returns
document
The document object or objects to be
operated on.
document
nothing
from file specification File from which to import.
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import PDF preset
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import PDF preset
Loads all PDF presets from a file.
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported Returns
document
The document object or objects to
be operated on.
document
from file specification
File from which to import.
[replacing preset boolean] Whether existing editable presets
should be replaced. Default: false
nothing
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import perspective grid preset
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import perspective grid preset
Loads a specified perspective grid preset, or all presets, from a specified file.
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported Returns
document
The document object or objects to
be operated upon.
document
from file specification
File to import from.
[perspective preset text]
Name of a perspective grid preset. If
not supplied, loads all presets from
the file.
nothing
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import print preset
import print preset
Loads a print preset from a file.
Parameters
What it is
document
The document object or objects to be
operated on.
print preset Unicode text
The name of the print preset to
import.
from file specification
The file to import from, specified as a
string containing the full file path or
an alias.
Objects
supported
Returns
document
nothing
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import variables
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import variables
Loads a library from a file that contains datasets, variables, and the associated dynamic data. The imported
data overwrites any existing variables and datasets.
Parameters
What it is
document
The document object or objects into which to
import variables
from file specification
The file from which to import variables,
specified as a string containing the full file
path or an alias.
Objects
supported
Returns
document
nothing
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invert matrix
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invert matrix
Returns an inverted matrix.
Notes
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported
Returns
matrix
The matrix to invert.
matrix
matrix
A singular matrix cannot be inverted. Use the singular matrix command to test if a matrix is singular.
Invert a matrix
-- This script gets the inverse matrix of a 50% vertical scale matrix
-- When applied, the inverse matrix scales the object 200% vertically
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
set transformMatrix to get scale matrix vertical scale 50.0
set transformMatrix to invert matrix transformMatrix
transform page item 1 of document 1 using transformMatrix
end tell
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launch
launch
Launches Illustrator.
Parameters
none
What it is
Objects supported
Returns
application
nothing
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load color settings
load color settings
Loads color settings from specified file, or, if file is empty, turns color management off.
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported
Returns
from file specification
The color-settings file
application
nothing
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load preset
load preset
Loads a set of preset tracing options from a file into a tracing options object.
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported Returns
tracing options
The tracing options object to
operate on.
tracing options
presetname Unicode text
The preset name, as found in the
application tracing presets list.
boolean
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make
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make
Creates a new object and returns a reference to newly created object. To place new art in a document, use
this command to create a placed item, then use the embed command on the resulting placed item
object to convert it to embedded art items.
Parameters
What it is
Objects
supported
new type class
The class of object to create. The term
new is optional.
all objects except: object
reference
at location reference
Location at which to insert new object. mesh item
[with properties record]
Any property of the object you wish to
set at creation.
[with data anything]
Any data needed for creation that is
not a property.
application
plugin item
Create layers
An open document must exist before this script is executed.
-- Make 2 layers, one at the top and one at the bottom
-- demonstrating the power of location references like beginning and end
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
set topLayer to make new layer ¬
at beginning of document 1 with properties {name:"Top Layer"}
set bottomLayer to make new layer ¬
at end of document 1 with properties {name:"Bottom Layer"}
end tell
Returns
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merge
merge
Merges this style into the current style(s) of the specified items.
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported
Returns
graphic style
The graphic style to be merged.
The merged style
graphic style to
anything
The object or objects to merge
the style into.
compound path item
group item
mesh item
non native item
page item
path item
placed item
plugin item
raster item
text frame
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move
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move
Moves one or more objects to a new location; returns references to the moved object or objects at the new
location.
Notes
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported
Returns
object reference
Object or objects to move.
to location
reference
New location of the object or
objects.
compound path item
group item
layer
mesh item
non native item
page item
path item
placed item
plugin item
raster item
text frame
object reference or list
(of object references)
Objects cannot be moved between documents.
Move objects to a layer
-- This script moves all objects in a document to the first layer
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
set allPageItems to every page item of document 1
move allPageItems to beginning of layer 1 of document 1
end tell
Move layers
-- This script moves the bottommost layer to after the first layer
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
tell document 1 to move last layer to after first layer
end tell
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open
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open
Opens one or more specified documents.
Parameters
What it is
Objects
supported
file specification
The file to be opened.
N/A
[forcing RGB/CMYK]
Pre-Illustrator 9 files only.
Opens the document using the specified color
space, converting if necessary. If not supplied,
and the document contains both color spaces,
displays a dialog for the user to choose one.
[dialogs boolean]
If true, show warning and error dialogs when
opening the file or files. Default: true
[with options anything] Options for opening a particular type of file.
Open a PDF file
----on
This function opens the file passed as
a file reference parameter, fileToOpen is
a reference to a PDF file and needs to
be set up before calling this function
openFile(fileToOpen)
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
set user interaction level to never interact
open POSIX file fileToOpen as alias without dialogs
end tell
end openFile
Returns
nothing
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paste
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paste
Pastes the clipboard contents into the current layer of the current document.
Parameters
What it is
none
Notes
Objects supported
Returns
compound path item
group item
mesh item
non native item
path item
path point
placed item
plugin item
raster item
text
text frame
nothing
Commands that manipulate the clipboard (cut, copy, and paste) require that Illustrator be the frontmost
application. Use activate to bring Illustrator to the front before executing the paste command. No error
is returned if there is no selection to paste. If the application is not frontmost, an error is returned.
Paste from the clipboard
-- Paste the contents of the clipboard into the current document
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
activate
paste
end tell
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print
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print
Prints one or more documents or files.
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported
Returns
anything
Document(s) or file(s) to be printed.
document
nothing
[options print options]
A print options object.
print options
Print a document
-- Print the current document without displaying a dialog
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
print document 1 without dialog
end tell
Print with options
-- Make new document. add symbol items
-- Set job options, color management options, coordinate options, flattening options
-- Print the document using these options
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
activate
make new document
repeat with i from 1 to (count of symbols in document 1)
round (i / 2 - (round (i / 2) rounding down)) rounding up
make new symbol item in document 1 with properties ¬
{symbol:symbol i of document 1, position:{100 + (the result * 150), (50 + i *
70)}} ¬
end repeat
set jobOptions to {class:job options, designation:all layers, reverse pages:true} ¬
set colorOptions to {class:color management options, name:"ColorMatch RGB",
intent:saturation} ¬
set coordinateOptions to {class:coordinate options, fit to page:true}
set flatteningOptions to ¬
{class:flattening options, clip complex regions:true, gradient resolution:60,
rasterization resolution:60} ¬
set printOptions to ¬
¬
{class:print options, job settings:jobOptions, color management
settings:colorOptions, coordinate settings:coordinateOptions, flattener
settings:flatteningOptions} ¬
print document 1 options printOptions
end tell
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quit
quit
Forces Illustrator to quit.
Parameters
What it is
none
Objects supported
Returns
application
nothing
Quit Illustrator
-- Quit Illustrator after clearing the clipboard and closing documents
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
activate
set the clipboard to {}
close every document saving no
quit
end tell
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rasterize
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rasterize
Rasterizes the source art(s) within the specified clip bounds. The source art(s) is disposed of as a result of
the rasterization.
Parameters
What it is
Objects
supported
Returns
SourceArt variant
The page item(s) to be rasterized.
document
page item
ClipBounds rect
The rectangular region of the artwork for
the rasterization. If this parameter is
omitted, the bounds of the source art(s) is
used instead.
Options rasterize options Describes the rasterization options.
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rearrange artboards
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rearrange artboards
Rearranges artboards in a document.
Parameters
What it is
document
The document object or objects to
operate on.
[artboardLayout column/grid by
column/grid by row/rl grid by
row/rl row/row]
The layout style to use. Default is
grid by row.
[artboardRowsOrColumns integer]
The number of rows or columns,
as appropriate for the chosen
layout style, in the range
[1..docNumArtboards-1], or 1
(the default) for single
row/column layouts.
[artboardSpacing real]
The spacing betweeen artboards.
A number of pixels, default 20.0
[artboardMoveArtwork boolean]
When true (the default), artwork
is moved with the artboards.
Objects
supported
Returns
document
boolean
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redo
redo
Redoes the most recently undone transaction.
Parameters
none
What it is
Objects supported
Returns
application
nothing
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redraw
redraw
Forces Illustrator to redraw its window or windows.
Parameters
none
What it is
Objects supported
Returns
application
nothing
Redraw
-- This script redraws all windows in Illustrator
tell application "Adobe Illustrator" to redraw
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release tracing
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release tracing
Reverts vector artwork in the document that was created by tracing to the original source raster art, and
removes the traced vector art. Returns the original object used to create the tracing, and deletes the
tracingobject object and its associated plugin item object.
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported
Returns
tracingobject
The tracingobject object to
operate on.
tracingobject
placed item or raster
item object reference
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relink
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relink
Relinks placed art in a document with the file that defines the content. Applied to a placed item, it
associates the placed item object with the specified file.
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported
file
specification
The file to be linked with the placed placed item
art.
Returns
nothing
Relink
-- This script relinks all placed art in the current document to a specific image file
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
activate
set replacefile to (my (path to desktop folder) as string) & "replace.jpg"
set placedItemList to every placed item of current document
repeat with placedItemPath in placedItemList
relink placedItemPath from replacefile
end repeat
end tell
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reset workspace
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reset workspace
Resets the current workspace.
Parameters
none
What it is
Objects supported
Returns
application
boolean
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rotate
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rotate
Rotates one or more page items counterclockwise by a specified rotation angle.
Notes
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported
Returns
page item
The page item object or objects to
rotate.
nothing
angle real
The rotation angle in degrees.
Rotation is counterclockwise.
[transforming objects
boolean]
If true, the page item positions and
their orientations are affected.
Default: true
[transforming fill
patterns boolean]
If true, the fill patterns assigned to
paths are affected. Default: true
compound path item
group item
mesh item
non native item
page item
path item
path point
placed item
plugin item
raster item
text frame
[transforming fill
gradients boolean]
If true, the fill gradients assigned to
paths are affected. Default: true
[transforming stroke
patterns boolean]
If true, the stroke patterns assigned
to paths are affected. Default: true
[about
document origin/
top left/
left/
bottom left/
top/
center/
bottom/
top right/
right/
bottom right]
The point on the bounding box to
which the rotation is applied.
Default: center
The rotate command provides many variations when used with the about parameter. Experiment with
different choices for about to see what the results are for each setting.
Rotate about the bottom left corner
-- Rotate the first page item by 45 degrees using the
-- bottom left corner as the rotation pivot point
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
rotate page item 1 of document 1 angle 45.0 about bottom left
end tell
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save
save
Saves an Illustrator document. Returns a reference to the saved document.
Parameters
What it is
Objects
supported
document
The document to save.
document
[in file specification]
The file to save to, specified as a string
containing the full file path or an alias.
Returns
object
reference
If not specified, the document is saved to its
existing file.
[as
Illustrator/
eps/
pdf/
fxg]
The file type to which to save.
[with options anything]
The save options for the specified file type.
Save PDF files
This example shows to batch process folders of Illustrator documents, saving each as a PDF file with
specific settings.
-----
Save each Illustrator file as a PDF file.
fileList is a list of aliases to Illustrator files
filePath is the path to the folder containing the files
destFolder is an alias to a folder where the PDF files are to be saved
on SaveFilesAsPDF(fileList, filePath, destFolder)
set destPath to destFolder as string
set fileCount to count of fileList
if fileCount > 0 then
repeat with i from 1 to fileCount
set fileName to item i of fileList
set fullPath to filePath & fileName
set newFilePath to destPath & fileName & ".pdf"
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
open POSIX file fullPath as alias without dialogs
save current document in file newFilePath as pdf ¬
with options {class:PDF save options ¬
, compatibility:Acrobat 5 ¬
, preserve editability:true}
close current document saving no
end tell
end repeat
end if
end SaveFilesAsPDF
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save workspace
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save workspace
Saves a new workspace.
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported
Returns
workspaceName string
The name of the new workspace.
application
boolean
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scale
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scale
Scales one or more page items by the specified horizontal and vertical amounts.
Notes
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported
Returns
page item
The page item object or objects to scale.
horizontal scale
real
The horizontal scaling factor. 100.0 is 100%
vertical scale real
The vertical scaling factor. 100.0 is 100%
[transforming
objects boolean]
If true, the page item positions and their
orientations are affected. Default: true
[transforming fill
patterns boolean]
If true, the fill patterns assigned to paths
are affected. Default: true
compound path item nothing
group item
mesh item
non native item
page item
path item
path point
placed item
plugin item
raster item
text frame
[transforming fill
gradients boolean]
If true, the fill gradients assigned to paths
are affected. Default: true
[transforming stroke
patterns boolean]
If true, the stroke patterns assigned to
paths are affected. Default: true
[line scale real]
The amount that line widths are to be
scaled. 100.0 is 100%. Default: 100.0
[about
document origin/
top left/
left/
bottom left/
top/
center/
bottom/
top right/
right/
bottom right]
The point in the bounding box of the page
item or items to which the scaling is
applied. Default: center
The scale command provides many variations when used in conjunction with the about parameter.
Experiment with different choices for the about parameter to see what the results are for each setting.
Scale a page item
-- Scale a page item by 50% horizontally resizing to the right
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
tell document 1
scale page item 1 horizontal scale 50.0 vertical scale 100.0 about left
end tell
end tell
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select
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select
Selects the text range.
Parameters
What it is
Objects
supported Returns
text
The text object or objects to select.
text
[extending selection
boolean]
If true, the text range is added to the document’s
existing text selection. Default: false
nothing
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select objects on active artboard
select objects on active artboard
Selects all art objects on the currently active artboard.
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported
Returns
document
The document object or objects
to be operated upon.
document
boolean
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select perspective preset
309
select perspective preset
Selects a predefined perspective grid for the current document.
Parameters
What it is
document
The document object or objects to be operated
upon.
perspective preset text
Name of a perspective grid preset.
Objects
supported Returns
document
boolean
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set
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set
Changes the value of a variable or an object’s property or data. This is a standard AppleScript command
used to assign values to variables and object properties.
Parameters
What it is
property or variable The object property or script variable to modify.
to anything
Any valid value.
Set a property
-- Set the zoom property of the frontmost view window to 100%
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
set zoom of view 1 of document 1 to 1.0
end tell
Objects
supported
any property
or variable
Returns
nothing
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set boolean preference
set boolean preference
Sets the value of the application preference key as boolean. See “Preference accessor guidelines” on
page 74.
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported
Returns
Illustrator
preferences
The Illustrator
preferences object or
objects to be operated on.
Illustrator
preferences
The boolean value of
the preference key.
key as Unicode text The type of data to retrieve.
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set integer preference
set integer preference
Sets the value of the application preference key as an integer. See “Preference accessor guidelines” on
page 74.
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported
Returns
Illustrator
preferences
The Illustrator
preferences object or
objects to be operated on.
Illustrator
preferences
The integer value of the
preference key.
key as Unicode text The type of data to retrieve.
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set perspective active plane
set perspective active plane
Sets the active perspective plane for the active grid of the document.
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported
document
The document object or objects to document
be operated upon.
Returns
boolean
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set real preference
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set real preference
Sets the value of the application preference key as a real number. See “Preference accessor guidelines” on
page 74.
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported
Returns
Illustrator
preferences
The Illustrator
preferences object or
objects to be operated on.
Illustrator
preferences
The real value of the
preference key.
key as Unicode text The type of data to retrieve.
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set string preference
315
set string preference
Sets the value of the application preference key as string type. See “Preference accessor guidelines” on
page 74.
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported
Returns
Illustrator
preferences
The Illustrator
preferences object or
objects to be operated on.
Illustrator
preferences
The string value of the
preference key.
key as Unicode text The type of data to retrieve.
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show perspective grid
show perspective grid
Shows the current active perspective grid for the document, if any; otherwise, shows the default
perspective grid.
Parameters
What it is
document
The document object or objects to be
operated upon.
Objects
supported
Returns
document
boolean
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show presets
317
show presets
Returns presets from a file as a list of Unicode text items.
Parameters
What it is
from file
specification
The file to import from, specified as a string
containing the full file path or an alias.
Objects
supported
N/A
Returns
list (of Unicode
text)
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singular matrix
singular matrix
Tests an existing matrix to see if it is singular. A singular matrix cannot be inverted.
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported
Returns
matrix
The matrix to test.
matrix
boolean
Invert a matrix
-- This script gets an identity matrix and then
-- test to see if it can be inverted (if not singular)
-- If it can, then it inverts it
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
set someMatrix to get identity matrix
if (not (singular matrix someMatrix)) then
set someMatrix to invert matrix someMatrix
set testResult to true
else
set testResult to false
end if
end tell
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store preset
319
store preset
Saves a set of preset tracing options from a tracing options object. For an existing preset, overwrites an
unlocked preset and returns true. Returns false if the preset is locked.
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported Returns
tracing options
The tracing options object to
operate on.
tracing options
presetname Unicode text
The preset name. Use a name found
in the application object’s tracing
presets list, or a new name to create a
new preset.
boolean
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switch workspace
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switch workspace
Switches to the given workspace.
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported
Returns
workspaceName string
The name of the workspace to switch
to.
application
boolean
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trace placed
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trace placed
Converts the raster art for the art item to vector art, using default options. Reorders the placed art into the
source art of a plugin group, and converts it into a group of filled and/or stroked paths that resemble the
original image.
Creates and returns a plugin item object that references a traceobject object.
Parameters
What it is
placed item object The object to operate on.
Objects supported
Returns
placed item
plugin item object
reference
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trace raster
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trace raster
Converts the raster art for the art item to vector art, using default options. Reorders the raster art into the
source art of a plugin group, and converts it into a group of filled and/or stroked paths that resemble the
original image.
Creates and returns a plugin item object that references a traceobject object.
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported Returns
raster item object
The object to operate on.
raster item
plugin item object
reference
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transform
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transform
Transform one or more page items by a specified matrix.
Notes
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported
Returns
page item
The page item object or objects to
transform.
nothing
using matrix
The matrix to use for the transformation.
[transforming
objects boolean]
If true, the page item positions and their
orientations are affected. Default: true
[transforming fill
patterns boolean]
If true, the fill patterns assigned to paths
are affected. Default: true
compound path item
group item
mesh item
non native item
page item
path item
path point
placed item
plugin item
raster item
text frame
[transforming fill
gradients boolean]
If true, the fill gradients assigned to
paths are affected. Default: true
[transforming stroke
patterns boolean]
If true, the stroke patterns assigned to
paths are affected. Default: true
[line scale real]
The amount that line widths are to be
scaled. Default: 100.0, which is 100%
[about
document origin/
top left/
left/
bottom left/
top/
center/
bottom/
top right/
right/
bottom right]
The point in the bounding box to which
the transformation is applied. Default:
center
This command can be used to generate any combination of transformations contained in a matrix, making
it possible to skew objects among other modifications. The command provides many variations when
used with the about parameter. Experiment with different choices for about to see what the results are for
each setting.
Transform an object
-- This script skews an object 45 degrees to the right horizontally
-- by generating a rotation matrix and setting the appropriate matrix values
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
set baseMatrix to get rotation matrix angle 45.0
set mvalue_b of baseMatrix to 0
set startGeoBounds to geometric bounds of page item 1 of document 1
transform page item 1 of document 1 using baseMatrix
end tell
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translate
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translate
Moves one or more page items from their existing position in a document to a new position defined by
relative coordinates.
Notes
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported
Returns
page item
The page item object or objects to
translate.
[delta x real]
The horizontal coordinate of the new
position. Default: 0.0
[delta y real]
The vertical coordinate of the new
position. Default: 0.0
[transforming
objects boolean]
If true, the object positions and
orientations are affected. Default: true
compound path item nothing
group item
mesh item
non native item
page item
path item
path point
placed item
plugin item
raster item
text frame
[transforming fill
patterns boolean]
If true, the fill patterns are affected.
Default: true
[transforming fill
gradients boolean]
If true, the fill gradients are affected.
Default: true
[transforming stroke
patterns boolean]
If true, the stroke patterns are affected.
Default: true
Use translate to move objects relatively from their existing position. Set the position property of an
object to move the object to absolute coordinates.
Move an item to a new position
--This script moves the first page item to new relative coordinates
tell application "Adobe Illustrator"
set startGeoBounds to geometric bounds of page item 1 of document 1
tell document 1 to translate page item 1 delta x 20.0 delta y -10.0
end tell
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translate placeholder text
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translate placeholder text
Translate the placeholder text to regular text. This allows you to enter Unicode characters as hex values.
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported Returns
Unicode text
The placeholder text to be translated.
text
Unicode text or null
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undo
undo
Undoes the most recent transaction.
Parameters
none
What it is
Objects supported
Returns
application
nothing
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update
update
Reapplies the dynamic data of the active dataset to the artboard.
Parameters
What it is
Objects supported
Returns
dataset
Dataset to be updated.
dataset
dataset
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