Extendsript - Adobe Illustrator - Change Character Font Family/Style for each word inside TextFrame

I'm new to AI and scripting. I have a template I'm starting with. Inside this template, there is a TextFrame (called CITIES_1). Inside here is template text like:

CITY 1 123 Address Rd. MyCity, MyState MyZip

CITY 2 567 Address Rd. MyCity2, MyState2 MyZip2

The CITY 1 header is Helvetica Neue LT Std / 75 Bold The rest of the info is Helvetica Neue LT Std / 55 Roman

I'm trying to dynamically change this content to city information I have in a file.

I've tried changing the TextFrame.contents but it uses the first font family/style for the whole thing. Any idea on how to change the data while keeping the same "formatting"?

TIA!

var helBold = app.textFonts.getByName("HelveticaNeueLTStd-Bd");
var helRoman = app.textFonts.getByName("HelveticaNeueLTStd-Roman");
var bold = myDoc.characterStyles.add({ name: "HelveticaNeueLTStd-Roman" });
var roman = myDoc.characterStyles.add({ name: "HelveticaNeueLTStd-Roman" });
var currTF = templateLayer.textFrames.getByName("CITIES_1");
currTF.contents = "MYCITY\r123 MyAddress Dr.\rMyCity, ST 12345\r555.555.5555\r";
bold.applyTo(currTF.words[1]);

1 answer

  • answered 2022-01-06 15:57 Yuri Khristich

    From your code I suppose you have a city name on every second row (starts from the first row):

    MYCITY

    123 MyAddress Dr.

    MyCity, ST 12345

    555.555.5555

    And you want to apply some style on every first word of each second row. Something like this:

    MYCITY

    123 MyAddress Dr.

    MyCity, ST 12345

    555.555.5555

    It can be done with this code:

    var doc = app.activeDocument;
    
    // pick the text frame and fill it with the text
    var curTF = doc.pageItems.getByName('CITIES_1');
    curTF.contents = 'MYCITY\r123 MyAddress Dr.\rMyCity, ST 12345\r555.555.5555';
    
    // make two styles
    var roman = make_style('roman', 'ArialMT', 10);
    var bold = make_style('bold', 'Arial-BoldMT', 14);
    
    // apply style 'roman' on the text
    roman.applyTo(curTF.textRange, true);
    
    // loop through the text and apply the style 'bold'
    // on the first word of every second paragraph
    var paragraphs = curTF.textRange.paragraphs;
    for (var i = 0; i < paragraphs.length; i += 2) {
        bold.applyTo(paragraphs[i].words[0], true);
    }
    
    function make_style(style_name, font_name, size) {
        var doc = app.activeDocument;
        try { var style = doc.characterStyles.add(style_name) }
        catch(e) { var style = doc.characterStyles.getByName(style_name) }
        style.characterAttributes.size = size;
        style.characterAttributes.textFont = textFonts.getByName(font_name);
        return style;
    }
    

    Output:

    enter image description here

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