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yereen kim
Automated Actions in Illustrator CS6
on Jul 12, 2015 at 12:56:44 pm

I don't know how versed people here are with Actions in Illustrator CS6, but I'm trying to sort out a batch operation that involves Image Trace, and I can't figure it out.

The short of it is: I've exported clips through AE that I intend to break down into sequential still frames, so I can use Illustrator's "Actions" functionality to batch the "Image Trace" function. (I intend to re-combine the finished stills and re-composite into a sort of poor man's rotoscope effect.)

Everything is working as it should, except "Image Trace" when I attempt to program it as an Action. I've created a preset that uses my desired settings, but the programmed Action invariably uses the default behavior (a B+W color reduction) instead of the custom preset I wanted to apply.

I can't seem to find a way to force Illustrator to use my custom preset in my Actions set. Applying it manually just isn't an option, since there are several thousand frames. Has anyone dealt more with Actions and scripting in AI? Thanks to anyone who can help.

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Dave LaRonde
Re: Automated Actions in Illustrator CS6
on Jul 12, 2015 at 4:43:53 pm

Unless you have a reason for "poor man's rotoscope" based on artistic taste or delivery requirements, why not use AE's Rotobrush tool? Don't assume you can use it intuitively -- you can't Go to the Adobe web site and search for Rotobrush Resources and get some proper training.

Dave LaRonde
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KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA

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