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The artboards.setActiveArtboardIndex(index) method makes the specified artboard active in the document and available for operations in the script. The user identifies the active artboard in Illustrator by:

  • black pixel frame,
  • highlighted in the Artboards panel,
  • Artboard Tool (Shift+O) shows the artboard name in the Control panel.

Running setActiveArtboardIndex has an…

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The app.activeDocument.swatches.getSelected() method gets an array of selected colors in the Swatches panel of the document. What happens when you apply colors from the array to selected objects? If you select one path in the document and apply a color to it, all swatches remain selected.

Applying colors to one selected path

If many paths are selected, applying a swatch to any path resets the color selection. If you create a script to paint objects with selected colors, it makes the user’s job more difficult. To run the script again, the user has to select the swatches again.

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Sergey Osokin. I’m a illustrator & Script Developer (Ai, Ps). Writing about bugs and tricks.