How to do "Export Selection..." in Illustrator CC scripting?

Community Beginner ,
May 24, 2018 May 24, 2018

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I tried app.activeDocument.selection[0].exportFile(ExportFormat.PNG, File("~/Desktop/temp/1.png"), false);

but it says exportFile is not a function in ExtendedScript.

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Community Expert , May 25, 2018 May 25, 2018

if you're using the latest CC version, use this line

app.activeDocument.exportSelectionAsPNG(File("c:/temp/selection.png"));

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May 25, 2018 May 25, 2018

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function exportFile is only for activeDocument, and yet - swap the format and path

// app.activeDocument.exportFile(exportFile, exportFormat [, options])

app.activeDocument.exportFile(File("~/Desktop/temp/1.png"), ExportFormat.PNG);

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Community Beginner ,
May 25, 2018 May 25, 2018

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I tried this and it exports entire artboard, including all the objects. How do we export only selected object instead?

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May 25, 2018 May 25, 2018

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if you're using the latest CC version, use this line

app.activeDocument.exportSelectionAsPNG(File("c:/temp/selection.png"));

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May 25, 2018 May 25, 2018

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Yes~ it's really a clean way to do it. Thanks 😃

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May 25, 2018 May 25, 2018

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I do export at so:

if (selection.length) {

    // png options

        var ex = new ExportOptionsPNG24(),

            exType = ExportType.PNG24,

            file = new File("~/Desktop/1.png"),

            isReplaceFile = false;

        ex.artBoardClipping = true;

    if (file.exists) {

        isReplaceFile = confirm('Replace file - "' + file.toString().replace(file.path, '').slice(1) + '"');

    }

        else {

            isReplaceFile = true;

        }

    if (isReplaceFile) {

        // run fit artboard to selection

            activeDocument.artboards[activeDocument.artboards.getActiveArtboardIndex()].artboardRect = selection[0].visibleBounds;

        // export

            app.activeDocument.exportFile(file, exType, ex);

        // reset - fit artboard to selection

            app.undo();

    }

}

    else {

        alert('Please select an object');

    }

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