Grid Generator
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Creator:  Shanfan Huang
Date:  4. January 2012, 11:04

This is a very straight forward tool that generates four kinds of grid. You type in the number of rows and columns, and the size of the unit, then click a button.

While those grids might seem basic to mathematicians, I thought it'd be handy to have something like this in AI for graphic artists. Something looking basic at first can be creatively altered and became something interesting. I attached two quick-dirty mockups just to demonstrate some possibilities.

My favorite trick is to use the raster.getAverageColor() function to layout a rich and abstract color combination. If you feel like to try, copy the code below to the end of my scripts:

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// Pickup colors from a raster//
//NOTE: An image must be placed within the artboard and rasterized//

var rasters = document.getItems({
type: Raster,
selected: true

var paths = document.getItems({
type: Path,
selected: true

if(rasters.length >0 && paths.length >0){
var raster = rasters[0];
for(var i=0; i<paths.length; i++) {
var path = paths[i];
var color = raster.getAverageColor(path);
path.fillColor = color;
Dialog.alert('Please select at least one rasterized image and one path overlapping on top.');

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UPDATE: 01/10/2012
I uploaded the above lines as a separate script.

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