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Enabling editable crop marks in Adobe Illustrator CS4 using the CS3 Crop Marks filter plug-in

The Crop Marks filter adds the ability to apply editable crop marks around selected objects in Adobe® Illustrator® CS4. The filter provided here is the same as the one installed with the Illustrator CS3 standard installation and is available by default in Illustrator CS3.

File Information

Product Illustrator
Version CS4
Platform Windows
File Name CropMarks.aip.zip
File Size 9KB
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System requirements

Refer to the current system requirements for Illustrator CS4.

Installation Instructions

After downloading a ".zip" file, use the operating system or a utility such as WinZip or PKZIP to access the file's contents.

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To install the plug-in:
1. Quit Illustrator CS4, if it is running.
2. Remove the Crop Marks.aip plug-in from the Illustrator Filters folder (save a copy of this plug-in separately if you wish to use the Crop Marks effect in the future). It is located at Program Files\Adobe\ Adobe Illustrator _CS4\Plug-ins\Illustrator Filters.
3. Download the provided CS3 Crop Marks plug-in to any accessible location on your computer (such as the desktop) and uncompress/extract the contents.
4. Place the Crop Marks.aip plug-in inside the Illustrator Filters folder (same path as in step 2).
5. Delete the Illustrator preferences. The Illustrator preferences file is located at:
• Windows® XP: Documents and Settings\\Application Data\Adobe\Adobe Illustrator CS4Settings.
• Windows Vista® or Windows 7: Users\\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Illustrator CS4 Settings.
6. Relaunch Illustrator CS4. The filter will be available at Object > Filters > Create > Crop Marks.
7. If the filter is not available, check to see if you placed the plug-in in the correct folder.

Additional notes

Important points to note:

• After switching to the Illustrator CS3 Crop Marks filter (following the steps noted above), the Illustrator CS4 Crop Marks effect will not be available. Opening any Illustrator CS4 files that contain objects with the Crop Marks effect created using the Illustrator CS4 Crop Marks effect will require expanding the object to proceed with further editing. This is a standard Illustrator behavior when a plug-in is missing.
• If you wish to work with the CS4 Crop Marks effect, you will need to switch back to the original CS4 Crop Marks effect plug-in following the same steps noted above and deleting preferences before restarting the application (preferences need to be reset every time the Plug-in folder is modified).
• When reinstalling Illustrator CS4, you will need to perform the above steps again to install the Illustrator CS3 Crop Marks filter.

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