Can you program "New Artboard" to actions?

Explorer ,
Sep 14, 2019 Sep 14, 2019

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Hey all,

 

I'm trying to set up an action set to copy and paste something to a new artboard, but it seems as if artboard creation, selection, and deletion are all exempt from actions?

 

Does anyone know if it's supposed to be this way?

 

If it is: is there a workaround?

 

Any insight is greatly appreciated!

 

Thanks!

-K

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Sep 14, 2019 Sep 14, 2019

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Yes, there are or may be workarounds, depending on the specific steps you are going to do.

 

For example: Does your documents (initially) contain just one artboard or multiple artboards? Should the new artboard have the same dimensions (width/height) as the "previous" artboard? Etc.

 

Provide as much details as possible in order to get possible approaches.

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Explorer ,
Sep 14, 2019 Sep 14, 2019

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Document is initially one artboard.

I'm trying to develop shortcuts for screen print preparation.

Ideally the action would be as follows:

Select all
Expand Appearance
Unite
Make Compound Path
Copy
New Artboard (selected)
Paste In Place
Color

I'd like to be able to do this ten times on ten separate layers with one keystroke, locking and unlocking layers in the command line as well, but it would appear layer modifications don't record in actions either.

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Sep 14, 2019 Sep 14, 2019

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Here you can download a sample action that shows one way to create a new artboard with an action:

 

Sample Action: New Artboard

 

To test:

 

- Open a blank document that contains one artboard (any size).

- Load the .aia file.

- Make sure that Align to Artboard is turned on in the Align palette (otherwise the action won't work).

- Play the action.

 

The other things you mentioned may also be automated with a modified action, but to check that I would have to take a look at one of your sample .ai files.

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Explorer ,
Sep 15, 2019 Sep 15, 2019

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That worked perfectly, Thank you.

Unfortuantely it looks like the set of actions I want to create won't be possible until Adobe makes it so layer and artboard selection/visibility can be recorded into actions.

Thank you again for that!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Sep 16, 2019 Sep 16, 2019

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As already mentioned, there may be a way to make an action that does what you describe in post #2 (including layer selection), but I would have to check a sample .ai file from you in order to see what steps may be possible. You may keep in mind: Any Illustrator action that includes more than 10 steps is always a bumpy ride, always. But it may work ...

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New Here ,
Aug 03, 2021 Aug 03, 2021

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Thanks for this action made by you!

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New Here ,
Mar 24, 2022 Mar 24, 2022

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Thank you !!! i was looking for new artbord macro / action / shortcut for years ! litterally 
passing by "convert to arboards" an object was a clever workaround 😄 

 

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