The Artwork Tree¶
The content of an Illustrator document is called the artwork tree. Artwork is represented by the following objects:
compound path item
legacy text item
non native item
symbol item(see Dynamic Objects)
Your scripts can access and manipulate art objects through collections in the document and layer objects.
There are two types of art-object collections:
Collection objects that correspond to each individual artwork object type, such as the
graph itemsobject or the
page itemsobject, which includes art objects of all types.
Also, you can use the group
item object to reference a grouped set of art items.
You can create new art objects using the
make command (AppleScript) or add method of an artwork item collection object. For example, to create a new
path item object:
The following artwork collections do not allow the creation of new objects using the
make command or add method:
legacy text itemsobject
For details on creating objects of these types, see the Adobe lllustrator CC Scripting Reference for your language.
Your script can apply a graphic style to artwork using the
graphic style object. To apply a graphic style, use the
graphic styles property of the
document object to access the
apply to method of the
graphic style object.
brush object allows you to specify the brush to apply to artwork. You access any brush through the
brushes collection object, which is a property of the
Your script can apply a color, pattern or gradient to a
path item object, using the
fill color or
stroke color properties:
Scripts can define new color swatches using the
makecommand or add method of the
swatchesobject. Your script also can create a new spot color, using the
addproperty of the
You can define the attributes of an ink object using the
ink infoobject, which is an
inkobject property. You access
inkobjects through the
ink listproperty of the
The following objects allow you to create colors within defined color spaces:
RGB colorobject, using the range 0.0 to 255.0 for the each of the three individual color values.
CMYK colorobject, using the percentage values 0.0 through 100.0 for each of the four individual color values.
LAB colorobjects, using the same range and number of values that you use in the Illustrator application.