5 Replies Latest reply on Jun 28, 2009 8:11 PM by JETalmage

    Basic questions about this program

    infernosnow

      Can you draw vector art in Illustrator?

       

      Can you import vector art from Illustrator into Flash?

       

      Do scripts pretty much work the same for Illustrator like they do in Photoshop? I have a script that breaks an image into tiles and saves each tile as an individual file and need the same thing done for vector art in illustrator.

       

      Can you copy and paste vector art from Flash directly into Illustrator?

        • 1. Re: Basic questions about this program
          Brad Lawryk Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          Yes x 4

           

          Brad Lawryk
          Community Expert: Dreamweaver
          Usergroup Manager: Northern British Columbia Adobe Usersgroup

          • 2. Re: Basic questions about this program
            Brad Lawryk Adobe Community Professional & MVP

            Should mention that I am not sure if there is a script specifically for that in Illustrator though.

             

            Brad Lawryk
            Community Expert: Dreamweaver
            Usergroup Manager: Northern British Columbia Adobe Usersgroup

            • 3. Re: Basic questions about this program
              infernosnow Level 1

              Thanks for the fast response. One thing though: I just exported vector art from Flash to an eps file then opened it up in Illustrator and the curves weren't very accurate. There were gaps is certain places. Is there any way to fix this? I also tried saving that image as an .ai file and then opening it back up in Flash, but I had a ton of import errors. The end result was an imagine that was missing all kinds of things. So transfering vector art from Flash to Illustrator and then back again seems a bit sketchy. Is there any solution to this?

              • 4. Re: Basic questions about this program
                Wade_Zimmerman Level 6

                You can copy and paste both ways and you might find Object>Path>Simplify useful you can export from Flash as an .ai file nd then open that in Illustrator.

                • 5. Re: Basic questions about this program
                  JETalmage Level 6
                  Can you draw vector art in Illustrator?

                  Yes. That's the main thing it's for.

                   

                  Can you import vector art from Illustrator into Flash?

                   

                  Yes. See the import / export lists for both programs. But realize, the fact that two programs create "vector artwork" does not necessarily mean that their constructs are the same and that translations between the two are perfect. (They usually aren't.) Flash was developed by an entirely different company long before its being acquired by Adobe. Just as when importing / exporting between AI and Corel Draw or FreeHand, or some other vector drawing program, vector paths swapped between Flash and AI have to be converted to the importing program's native objects.

                   

                  Everything in Flash is about optimization for web delivery. So it doesn't understand all the constructs of Illustrator objects (nor vice-versa). The usual way to use them in conjuction is to draw relatively simple paths (not elaborate constructs) with plain fills and strokes. For that, copying via the clipboard usually works fine. Then use the native tools in Flash to complete the artwork. (Ex: if you want a drop shadow on the path, just draw the path, paste it into Flash, and apply the drop shadow there.)

                   

                  Do scripts pretty much work the same for Illustrator like they do in Photoshop?

                  Depends on what kind of script you are talking about. Both programs can be scripted. For a given scripting language, both programs have similar syntax. But the similiarity ends there. Each program has its own set of objects, properties, and methods. As a result, for example, Javascript in Acrobat can be very different from Javascript in Illustrator. So don't expect a script written for one program to also just automatically work in the other. You pretty much have to learn (or at least become familiar with) the "logic" of the scripting model for each program you want to script. That's why each program has its own Scipting Reference.

                   

                  JET