Re: Re-playing a Transform sequence in illustrator

Subject: Re: Re-playing a Transform sequence in illustrator
From: Tony Chung <tonyc -at- tonychung -dot- ca>
To: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:03:44 -0700

Dude. You really need to learn to use Visio and Shape Sheets. A Sr TechCom
at one of my previous jobs showed me SS and I've been hunting for
opportunities to work with them again. Essentially it's example based
programming, but you can also tie it into macros if you really wanted to.

That said, Adobe has a pretty complex Actions feature in PhotoShop that
I've seen do everything from batch resize images to export multiple
versions of the same graphic for different Apple store icons. I'm sure what
you want is possible in Illustrator, but your image would have had to be
set up a specific way for it to work.

Oh. And CS4 should have that feature.


On Thursday, July 31, 2014, McLauchlan, Kevin <
Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com> wrote:

> We have a product, one version of which makes use of several little USB
> devices. They come in basic black, and we provide peel-and-stick labels to
> help identify the role and function to which each is assigned.
> At some point, years ago, I elected to use a suitable photo of a blank,
> black "key" (the USB thingie), and to apply the artwork of each label
> separately, so I'd have an example of each to use as a visual/orientation
> aid in my docs. This involved skewing and rotating the picture of the
> label, in Illustrator, so it fit and looked natural on the blank key.
> Now, a few years later, the labels have been updated.
> I just finished applying various transforms, by trial-and-terror in
> Illustrator, to make one label fit nicely at the jaunty angle of the photo
> of the key.
> Is there any way to capture the sequence that I just went through, so I
> can repeat it on seven more labels that I want to apply to the blank key?
> It wasn't a straightforward set of two or three pre-determined steps. I
> poked and prodded and stretched and rotated and squished many times until
> it finally fit.
> Yeah, yeah, next time I'll write down each change I make until I get it
> right, then just walk through the (amended) list.
> But for now, is there a way to have Illustrator open another label artwork
> and apply the same multi-step kneading to it? And then again for another?
> And another... ?
> I'm not modern. I have a copy of CS4 that I dusted off for the occasion.

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