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Merge color swatch using script

Community Beginner ,
Sep 27, 2022 Sep 27, 2022

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Hi everyone,

How can I use script to merge color swatches in Illustrator? I want to be able to select 1 color, cmd click and send a 2nd (or more) colors and merge it using script.

 

There was an older post about this but the link no longer works. Thanks!

 

 

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Sep 27, 2022 Sep 27, 2022

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Hi @Ekin21787927xsfk, I couldn't find a built-in way to merge swatches. In the absence of a simple API, a script could conceivably iterate over every page item in the document and swap all instances of color A with color B, and then remove color A. It wouldn't be 100% robust though, because we don't have access via scripting API to all the properties of appearance. For simple 1 fill, 1 stroke appearances it would be fine.

 

Instead, perhaps an Action could achieve this?

- Mark

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Sep 28, 2022 Sep 28, 2022

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I was actually looking at the links from the user posted below and it might be a way? But it wouldn't work when I tried it. 

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Thanks for the links. It seems like these were the ones I've looked at and tried. My understanding is that you have to declare the swatch name (ex. var replaceColor = swatches.getByName('PANTONE 101 C').color; ) so it wont work on swatch that does not have a name? 

 

I'm just trying to click any color from my swatch panel and select a 2nd one and merged them together. So I dont think they would have a name or cmyk to hardcode in. 

 

Maybe I need a script to find the selected color swatch and then have a 2nd code block to merge?

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