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How to go from SVG to format for PathItem

Participant ,
Aug 11, 2022 Aug 11, 2022

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Hi, all!

Asking for scripting advice. I’m working on a javascript for adding fake negative borders to photos in Photoshop. A crucial step for me is to be able to convert a SVG from a common vector illustration app to a format I can use with Document.pathItems, to add to the document collection of PathItems, then change it to a working path and then convert that to a selection.

 

What would you say the easiest way to get from a SVG to a format a could use for a PathItem?

I have a little bit of experience with coding, but none with scripting PS...

 

Thank you in advance!

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Aug 13, 2022 Aug 13, 2022

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Funny, search results seem to indicate that most people want to go the »other way«. 

 

Quite frankly I would rather open the svg-file in Illustrator and collect the points there (or copy/paste them to Photoshop and collect there). 

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Aug 13, 2022 Aug 13, 2022

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Yeah, I abandoned this approach and went with drawing paths directly in PS and exporting them from there, as in that other script you've been helping me with!

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Aug 13, 2022 Aug 13, 2022

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It should be possible to read the svg to extract the information, but svg seems to represent a path’s points in a rather different way than Photoshop. 

So unless it is a very frequent task it might not be worth the trouble. 

https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/SVG/Tutorial/Paths

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