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  1. Transform Effect with manually adjustable anchor position

    The current Transform Effects has a very limited anchor position setup (that 9 squares in the bottom corner). To make a custom anchor position, we must input "horizontal" and "vertical" value manually which is very ancient.

    Rotation tool with Transform Again method is an alternative when creating a mandala thingy, but it if we want to alter the shapes, we have to repeat the rotation and transformation again, which is another ancient stuff.

    Adding a simple clicking right on the artboard for placing the anchor point of Transform Effects would be great. We can just set up the anchor point…

    2 votes

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  2. Add basic contrast/brightness capabilities to adobe illustrator, even powerpoint can do it....

    1) Not necessary to incorporate the full photoshop adjustment suite to illustrator, but basic tools like contrast/brightness/nonlinear contrast adjustment would be INCREDIBLY useful.
    2) Photoshop is not great for working with large arrays of images (illustrator is better for this) BUT its frustrating that images can't be adjusted side by side once imported into illustrator.

    18 votes

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  3. Make a trapezoid from rectangular picture.....Drag Points

    I need to make a Trapezoid from a rectangular picture.....Drag Point.....
    So I can make designs like this :

    If AI can't do it, I need a refund......

    1 vote

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  4. long shadow effect

    the addition of the "long shadow" effect, which is popular in recent times, will greatly benefit the user.

    23 votes

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  5. Please return snaps to the Gradient Adjust Tool

    Please return snaps to the Gradient Adjust Tool so I can snap to points or press shift to contain to 90 deg etc. It was in previous versions

    6 votes

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  6. Transform with negative numbers

    It has become a real frustration when using Illustrator that I can't use negative numbers for the Transform/Move... tool or for the Transform effect. It seems like such a simple thing that I'm surprised it has not been added yet. Please address this in an upcoming update. Thank you.

    3 votes

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  7. Grayscale as an Effect

    I would like to be able to apply a non-destructive "Convert to Grayscale" Effect to Objects, Groups or Layers.

    7 votes

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  8. Separate "Random" checkboxes for every parameter of the transform each command and effect.

    Seperate "Random" checkboxes for every parameter of the "Transform Each" command and effect.

    This would allow the user, in one step, to randomize only the selected parameter, (say the vertical scale) but still transform the other parameters (maybe rotation and number of copies) uniformly.

    2 votes

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  9. Effect/Filter parity with Photoshop/Indesign/After Effects

    Many of the effects in Illustrator seem to be only half implemented (in comparison to PS/AE/etc). Illustrator's glow/shadow/etc effects only have a few options compared to the same effects in other Adobe apps, which makes them less adaptable & powerful. Please beef up the effects (and add new ones, such as directional feather/gradient feather/inner shadow) in Illustrator so that they match the offerings in Adobe's other apps.

    2 votes

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  10. Gradient Feather

    I would love it if illustrator had a gradient feather tool that worked the same way as the one in illustrator.

    At the moment you have to manually set up a gradient with 2 of the same colour with one set to 0% opacity and one at 100% opacity, unless I'm missing something! The one in indesign can be applied to groups as well which is super useful.

    8 votes

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  11. 3 votes

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  12. 4 votes

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  13. Can't select and edit two effects from two separate fills in single appearance

    I can't select two effects, applied to different fills in one appearance — AI restricts to select both of them. Therefore, if I have same effect applied to all of my object's fills, I have to edit EACH of them one by one, instead of just Ctrl+click all of them and edit at once.
    It means that if I want to change Drop shadow's parameters, scattered across different appearances, no graphic style won't help me. And I already mentioned in separate enquiry that Drop shadow and other color-based effects ignore global swatches.
    This is nuts. I waste so much time.

    8 votes

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  14. Preview Checkbox defaults to On rather than Off

    I'm not sure if there is a reason for this, but for the 12 years I've been using Illustrator, the effects checkbox always defaults to "Off" and every time I make an edit to an effect, I have to switch it to "On". It never remembers my setting and there is no way to make it default to On. Either would be acceptable.

    Many thanks for everything.

    39 votes

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    Hi Everyone,

    All the effect checkboxes have now been set to ON by default, and are sticky (meaning that if you disable preview, on next launch of Illustrator preview will remain disabled). This functionality now is available in our latest release build – 24.1.1 for Win and 24.1 for Mac which is available worldwide now.

    What’s new in 24.1: https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/using/whats-new.html

    You can update to the latest release using Creative Cloud desktop App: https://helpx.adobe.com/in/creative-cloud/help/creative-cloud-updates.html

    Thank you for all the feedback.

  15. Projected drop shadows as an option.

    Please consider adding a projected drop shadow as an option to the drop shadow effect. See attachment for a visual.

    21 votes

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  16. Easier way to set color for drop shadows

    Right now when you need to change Drop Shadow's color, you have to click effect in Appearance palette, then click color and only then choose color.

    But when you have a LOT of shadows — you are screwed (because Drop Shadows can't use global swatches: https://illustrator.uservoice.com/forums/601447-illustrator-bugs/suggestions/34789156-drop-shadow-can-t-use-global-color-swatches).

    You have to click EACH shadow and change it.
    Not effective.

    Why not to make shadow's color appear in Appearance the same way as fill does?

    It will also allow to change color of multiple shadows for one object at once (yeah, I have to layer shadows, because AI doesn't allow to tweak…

    11 votes

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  17. "Masking" as a live effect

    I think it would be very useful to have a Mask live effect, so that individual fills/strokes in the appearance panel could be masked. The actual mask could come from a specific layer/group in the current file, imported from a file on your HD, or from a new type of Mask library.

    1 vote

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  18. Shadows rasterized after reopening Illustrator file

    Shadow settings are lost and my shadows are feathered shapes after reopening AI. Please help thanksss

    1 vote

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  19. Gradient transparency

    Whenever I try to adjust the gradient transparency Ai collapse

    Is there any explanation why?

    1 vote

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  20. Gradient Quality

    There is banding from black and white when I do a gradient and it does not matter what size the object is I am doing the gradient onto.

    A nice smooth gradient is important without banding. I have seen this done on many items, not sure what they used, but the gradients were so smooth and flowing.

    I then tested it with white that went to 50% grey and still banding.

    Why is the quality of the gradient tool so terrible in illustrator?

    Also, why is it so complicated to get the color you want from the library, or any…

    7 votes

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