ALWAYS state the VERSION of Illustrator you are using. No less than SIX DIFFERENT VERSIONS of Illustrator are daily represented in this forum. The functionality differs in certain areas across all of those versions.
Is there a way to easily convert Illustrator's guide marks and control handles to artwork?
Yes. Draw them. Use Symbols, Brushes, Custom Arrowheads, and/or Graphic Styles to store the treatment as a one-click setting. Most expedient method DEPENDS ON VERSION.
I can draw them, I thought there may be a way to flatten them that would save a lot of time.
What would "flatten" mean, in this context?
I need to know because the script adds them as actual objects to your image. (So you might want them to be created on a new layer as well.)
Wow, that would be really cool!
- I was working with a 1pt stroke, with white filled squares for the control points of the bounding box and solid fill squares for the other control points.
Control handles are the same line weight as the bounding box (so 1pt in this instance) with the little round handles on the end of the lines.
Blue would be fine - once the script was run, would I be able to convert the results to normal vector elements? I would put them on a new layer as you also suggested - tidy artwork is a blessing :-)
Sounds like something that would be useful for tracing and other tasks in Illustrator as well!
Okay. I'm running short on time here, but I'll take a look at it to-nite.
Shouldn't be too hard.
Absolutely no pressure at all - when you get time! thank you very much! J
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Well I was at work
The script is a bit too long to comfortably put inside this message, and it seems you still can't attach files, so download it from my site: www.jongware.com/binaries/drawArtHandles.zip
Select one or more objects, and it'll make a layer called "Visible Art" (or use the existing one) and draw all of the handles, anchors, bounding boxes, and whatnot onto it. It 'supports' (i.e., draws handles) text, groups, and simple paths. Everything else -- bitmaps, symbols, graphic effects ... -- gets the I'm Ignoring You treatment.
(I noticed a small bug: sometimes Illustrator doesn't want to cooperate, and refuses to set the color for the "bounding box" frame. What's up with that? I don't know -- everything else seems to be in order.)
Here is what it looks like -- now doesn't that look like you've got all handles selected at the same time?
That is socool!
Of course I could have written the script as well…I mean if I knew how to write a script that is!
Obvious you never sleep.
The sleep I miss throughout the week, well, I make up for that in the weekends -- actually, I'm already looking forward to the next one. (Yawn..) Four down, one day to go.
That is indeed very cool - maybe there's something to this Java business after all
Many, many thanks!