Category: Ai Scripts

“How do I crop a Photo in Illustrator?” is the All-Time hottest topic in the Adobe Illustrator Forum, there’s a long thread with answers that go from “not possible”, to “use Photoshop”, to “use clipping masks”, to “use Artboards”. The thread also has the real answer to the question, cropping raster images in Illustrator is possible using a “cutter” path with a blending mode other than Normal, then Flattening Transparency. Great answer!! now this script tackles on the same principle as Flattening Transparency, it rasterizes the image within the bounds of the “cutter” path and discards what’s outside of the path bounds.

to use the script to Crop this image

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draw a rectangle on top of the image to use as “cutter” path

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select both, the image and the “cutter” path

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run the imageCrop script

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that’s all, the image gets cropped, embedded, unwanted pixels get discarded. If you don’t want your images to get destroyed, please use the other Masking methods.

 

Script Features

Press Shift Key before running the script to Rasterize using TypeOptimized option otherwise the script will use default ArtOptimized
Press Alt Key before running the script to Rasterize using custom Resolution, otherwise the script will use an average of the base image resolution.

Download imageCrop.jsx script

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textBlock

This script creates a “Block” of text out of Selected Point Text Items, that is, it re-sizes each frame so they all have the same width. Back then when I wrote the script I didn’t know this layout style was called “SlabType”, otherwise I would have picked a more suitable name, anyway, here’s my “textBlock” script. Please note that the final Block of Text is converted to Outlines.

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Download textBlock.jsx

Armature wireframing tool Illustrator

The Armature Drag N Drop Wireframing Tool
for Illustrator

Ready-made Objects for Just About Everything

Conceptualize web and mobile layouts quickly and efficiently by simply adding objects to any artboard. Armature’s well-organized, fully searchable library contains headers, footers, menus, tabs, toggles, tooltips, placeholders, content blocks, form elements and even complete layouts—the list goes on.

I made a video showing how Armature works. The extension is pretty neat and easy to use. I was very pleasantly surprised!
I believe this will be a tool that I will use over and over again to conceptulize web sites I create before going into WordPress and creating them.

 

Here is the front page wireframe I made with Armature.

Frontpage wireframe made in Illustrator with Armature extension

 

Highlights:

  • Easily Build Your Own Wireframes
    No need to purchase a separate wireframing program or hire someone else to handle building out your site’s wireframes. Now with the Armature wireframing extension to Adobe Illustrator, you can create your own wireframes.
  • Simple to Use
    If you’re familiar with Illustrator, creating wireframes will be a snap. Simply add objects to any artboard and you’ll quickly have your wireframes built out. Just use the drag-and-drop functionality to put things in place. It couldn’t be easier!
  • Highly Organized, Resourceful Library
    Armature’s library isn’t just well organized, it’s also highly searchable. You’ll find everything you need to build a website including headers, menus, tabs, footers, placeholders, tooltips, toggles, content blocks, form elements, and more!
  • Web and Mobile
    You can use Armature to build wireframes not just for the Web but for mobile devices as well. The panels include everything you’d need to quickly build mobile views.
  • Complete Layouts
    You’ll get a number of complete layouts to make your wireframing even easier. Take advantage of complete layouts such as blogs, ecommerce, portfolios, sign-ins, calendars, and tables!

 

To get the easy to use Illustrator extension wireframing tool go to getarmature.com