Images unleashed through your imagination

Take control and extend Illustrator’s power

The Adobe Illustrator CC 2017 SDK and scripting interface let you extend and enhance Illustrator to give users power and control over their vector image projects: create custom filters and effects, manage and manipulate image projects, organize layers, optimize point data, and automate tasks. Import and export custom file formats and process images in bulk. Build custom workflows that cross application boundaries. 

You can also sell and distribute your extensions to the entire Creative Cloud install base using Adobe Exchange, which is integrated with Illustrator.

The guides, documentation, and sample code in the Adobe Illustrator SDK lead you through the plug-in development process and show you how to build scripts and actions that leverage every aspect of Illustrator’s power. Open the heart of Illustrator up to your users’ control and let your imagination do the rest.

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Code the way you know

Build panels in HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Build plug-ins in C++ in your favorite Windows or MacOS development tools. Build scripts in JavaScript, AppleScript, or VBScript. 

Connect across the web

HTML-based panels for Illustrator can integrate across Creative Cloud apps and with any web service API from Adobe or third-parties.

Enhance and extend

The Illustrator API opens the entire application to your control. Your extensions can add new functions, automate workflows, and drive Illustrator the way you want.

Edit art directly

Parse and manipulate image data to apply custom effects. Select, manipulate, edit and enhance text. Even generate art automatically from point data and layers.

Enhance the UI

Add your own custom tools to the toolbar and functions to the menus. Create HTML-based panels that offer new capabilities and connect to other apps across the web.

Embed native controls

Leverage native components of MacOS or Windows in your plug-ins and panels.

Roll your own file formats

Add support for specialized file formats to import and export. Parse and process files in bulk.

Use callback functions, timers, and events

Use both scripting and actions to build automations, respond to events, and implement custom call-back functions.  

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