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Batch export all graphic elements of an AI file

Posted on 2011-03-24
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I own AI CS5, but I'm a total noob.

Is there a way to take an AI document and export ALL of the graphic elements as separate distinct images?


I was given an AI document that I am trying to slice up and convert over to a web page that looks like the AI doc.

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Question by:Tom Knowlton
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by:Sigurdur Armannsson
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There is a tool, Slice-Tool (Shift+K) that you can use to kind of draw boxes that are the slices.
When you are satisfied you can go to the Edit menu and Choose: Save Selected Slices... and it will save your file as slices and an html file along with it.

Make sure you keep a copy of the original in case you want to try a few variations.
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by:Tom Knowlton
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Huh.....I am not sure if this is what I am looking for.

Does the "slice" area pick up the background behind it as well?

I want the discrete images with transparent backgrounds.
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by:David Brugge
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If the objects are on a transparent background AND you export as a png or gif with transparency, the transparency will be preserved.

However, you will be exporting bitmapped images of the objects and not the vector objects themselves.
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Sigurdur Armannsson earned 250 total points
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Ok. Then you might want to do this:

Use the Rectangle tool, M to draw a box arround every item in the artwork. Use no fill for the boxes so you can better see what you are doing.

These boxes may overlap.

Select every box you just made using the black arrow and Shift.

Go to: Object > Artboards > Convert to Artboards.

Go to: File > Export, select PNG as format, Transparent background et al, and at the bottom of this save dialog check Use Artboards and All.

This will export every item as a separate .png file of your choice. Closer?
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by:David Brugge
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knowlton,

Are you familiar with the slice tool in Illustrator? This may be what you are looking for.
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by:Tom Knowlton
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thx.  They eventually sent me the artwork...so I guess this is moot now.

No...not familiar with the slice tool!
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