Finding and selecting artwork has never been easier! Customize and apply search criteria to select anything from multiple colors to text by size. Preview the selection and create presets that untangle the most complex documents. Dozens of presets mark a clear path of productivity!
- Search and select different types of artwork with one or more criteria
- Apply existing presets or create custom NitPicker presets
- Create highly refined searches for paths including open/closed status, fill, stroke, and pattern attributes
- Create searches for text including font, size, alignment, fill and stroke attributes
- Search specific or broad color range with tolerance slider
- Perform complex searches for "any" or "all" criteria
- Preview selections with customizable highlighting
A few examples of custom searches include:
- Highlight and select all hidden paths
- Select text with a certain font and size
- Search and select all paths filled AND stroked with a specific color
- Search and select all paths filled OR stroked with a specific color
- Select paths that are filled with colors similar to another, and more!
Here's how it works:
First, be sure NitPicker is properly installed in the Illustrator > Plugins > folder.
1. To create a New selection, use Illustrator's Select menu to choose NitPicker > New Selection. This will show a dialog for entering search and selection criteria.
2. Use the menu items to create a search "sentences." To define a fill or stroke color, click on the color well or use the eyedropper to pick up a color in the document. The color tolerance slider will expand the search for no similar colors (0%) or similar colors (25%). The example above shows how 25% will select the 80-100% black objects. Previewed objects are outlined with a yellow highlight.
3. Create multiple search "sentences" by clicking the "+" button on the far right. Use the menus to define the additional search criteria. The "any" or "all" menu options at the top of the dialog set the mutual exclusivity of the search criteria. If "any" is selected, the search criteria behave like an "or" statement. If "all" is selected, the search criteria behave like an "and" statement. The example directly above shows that objects with "all" rules, including fill color black and stroke color black, includes only the one rectangle.
4. To save the current selection criteria, click the Save... button and enter a name. The criteria will be saved as a preset in the NitPicker Preset menu.
5. To open the NitPicker presets, use Illustrator's Select menu to choose NitPicker > Show NitPicker Presets.
6. To define new search criteria, click the far left magnifying glass. To use the last selection to define new search criteria, click the overlapping magnifying glasses. To edit a preset, select it and click on the pencil. To delete a preset, select it and click on the trash can.
Use the text buttons to select artwork with the preset criteria, deselect artwork with the preset criteria, or expand an existing selection to include artwork with the preset criteria.