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  1. Text to Vector Graphic (Beta) feature: Turn Off

    I'd like to be able to turn off the new feature for "text to vector graphic (beta)" if possible.

    4 votes

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  2. Allow new Smooth command (not the tool) to be a live effect also

    New Smooth is quite handy to deal with rugged shapes. But it is also introduces the new 'dialog-less' approach, when we are basically given a dialog that auto-commits on dropping a selection. Once it is dropped, the change is applied. We will get accustomed to that.

    But imagine I smoothed something, then get distracted, and returned to the smoothed path a while after. To undo and reapply this I’d have to go back in History (at least we finally have it).

    What if we can apply this as an effect to an object, rather than a immediate filter? It means…

    8 votes

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  3. Ability to save presets for each tab in 3D and Materials panels: Object, Materials, Lighting

    Illustrator allows us to save appearance attributes as graphic styles, but recently we got the complex 3D and Materials effect that has a lot of different parameters in it.

    The current system allows us to save all of these parameters altogether: extrusion depth, rotation angles, material settings, applied lights...
    But if we need to save ONE of these — that is, for example, only the material, or only the lights, or only extrusion and rotations, — Ai does not provide means to do it.

    Please introduce a system to save presets per each tab the 3D and Materials panel has:…

    27 votes

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  4. Make it possible for a Graphic Style to mark some symbols as being part of it.

    So right now I have a workflow that involves making a lot of complex appearance stacks, saving them as a Graphic Style, then later bringing them into another file by hitting the 'library' button in the Graphic Styles palette and navigating to it via the Other Library file picker.

    If I import a style that uses a brush or a global color swatch or a pattern swatch or a width profile, those assets will get imported. But a style that uses a symbol won't import the symbol, and this is a really annoying little exception. It is, perhaps, not surprising

    2 votes

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  5. Reduce / Extend path effect

    Like in After Effects, it would be very useful to have an effect or an option in the Stroke panel like the "reduce path" animation option to draw more complex strokes (instead of duplicate them), like in the RubberHose plug-in. Could be useful to draw characters or set up files to export to AE.
    Thanks.

    1 vote

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  6. Randomize shape effect

    I would love a tool like "Roughen" that instead gives the shape a randomized, slightly affected path to give a more hand-drawn feel. There is a VERY small window with Roughen, that kind of gives this effect, before it gives a "spiked" appearance, but a tool to specifically randomize a "hand drawn" look would be nice.

    2 votes

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  7. 3D & Materials: separate colour/material for extrusion

    Please introduce the ability to apply separate colour and material to the extruded part of a 3D shape. There are multiple examples where such a feature would immensely help recreating real world objects. For example: laser cut plywood (burned edges, parallel to the surface), slice of bread, etc. Basically, any cut object which interior is different to its surface.

    4 votes

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  8. ドロップシャドウのカラー設定を異なるカラーモードのドキュメント操作時に初期化してほしい

    ドロップシャドウのカラー値は前回適用された値が保持されています。この値は変更されるかアプリケーションを終了するまで保持されます。
    この挙動はカラーモードの異なるドキュメントを編集している際に問題になる場合があります。
    例えば、カラーモードがRGBのドキュメントにてドロップシャドウをデフォルトの数値で適用した場合、ドロップシャドウが持つカラー地はRGB各値が0となっています。この状態でカラーモードがCMYKのドキュメントに移りドロップシャドウを適用するとカラー値がC:93,M:88,Y:89:K:80となり、いわゆる4C割れという状態となりまます。
    ver.27で解消された4色に割れたブラックが適用されてしまうわけで、この状態はよくありません。

    ドキュメントのカラーモードとドロップシャドウの持つカラー値がマッチしない場合、デフォルトのカラー値にフォールバックさせるようにしていただきたいと思います。

    20 votes

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  9. 3D shadows color and opacity change

    3D effects give only a black shadow that makes 3D object's color dirty, greyish. And it looks like 90's 3D effect. Possibility to change the shadow color? Or the shadow color bases on the object's colors and thus makes the diffuse.

    39 votes

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  10. Custom Icons to Simplify Size Identification and Improve Efficiency

    I work with various sizes occasionally, if not always, and it's really challenging to identify the sizes I use because all the icons have a similar appearance. To make it simpler to find the right size, it would be nice if we had more custom icons in this section. Humans read easier and faster through images.

    2 votes

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  11. 1 vote

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  12. Allow to change default settings for 3D and Materials effect

    Can we please change the default settings on 3D effect to not apply anything or allow us to change the default. It takes forever to load on every project just to open it up for a simple bevel to be applied. Many times my app just crashes just opening up the window just from applying whatever the default setting is doing to the text I selected. My computer is far beyond the specs that it says the program requires until I need to open this tool on anything.

    4 votes

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  13. Allow Transform effect applied to an object to transform its the opacity mask also

    If I apply Transform effect to an object with an opacity mask (to move or scale it parametrically, for example), only the object will be transformed — but not the contents of its opacity mask.
    This is not consistent with the destructive method, when you actually move or scale this object...

    The workaround is to apply the same effect to the contents of the opacity mask, but it does not always have the same effect, since the contents can have different bounds, and the transformation points will differ.

    There should be an 'Affect Opacity Mask' option in the Transform effect…

    8 votes

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  14. Some way to control the mesh density of generated 3D objects?

    I'm using Illustrator to turn some 2D drawings into 3D objects which I export as OBJ/GLTF to other software. The process is really quick and simple, and produces very smooth and clean mesh objects, however... I'm having trouble with the total lack of control over the geometry density/resolution of the generated 3D model.
    I've experimented with increasing the number of anchor points and size of the drawing to see if I would get a 3D model made of more polygons and vertices, but had no success.
    It would be amazing if there was a proper way to control the generated…

    2 votes

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  15. Calculate the bounds in Document Raster Effects Settings automatically

    As for today, if you apply a Gaussian Blur or a Drop Shadow effect to a shape — with a large enough value — it often gets cropped.

    A workaround exists — to go in Effect > Document Raster Effects Settings dialog and increase the 'Add' value, thus increasing the bounds of the image generated.

    ...but why is this still a problem that we, users, should take care of, really? Ai knows how large is the blur, it knows the resolution, yet it can’t calculate the tight bounds automatically. Like what, is there at least one user who’d like their…

    21 votes

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  16. Ability to see the size of elements in terms of KB/MB to easily find cause of file bloat

    When trying to strip down a file, it would be really useful to be able to see which effects in particular are bloating the file. For example - I had a file with a load of boxes with a glow effect applied to them. I thought I had undone all of this but the size of the file was still over 40mb. I had to dig through all the boxes again in the appearence panel to see that there were two instances of a rasterize effect that i'd missed. when i deleted those the file size went down by over…

    2 votes

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  17. Neon glow effect in illustrator should be simple, we should be able to do in single click like that we do in canva

    can we use scripting
    // Suppress the warning dialog that appears when running external scripts
    app.preferences.setBooleanPreference("ShowExternalJSXWarning", false);

    // Select the first layer
    var myLayer = app.activeDocument.layers[0];

    // Create a new offset path effect
    var myOffsetEffect = myLayer.effects.add(EffectKind.OFFSET_PATH);

    // Set the offset distance and angle
    myOffsetEffect.property(1).setValue(10); // distance
    myOffsetEffect.property(2).setValue(0); // angle

    // Create a new Gaussian Blur effect
    var myBlurEffect = myLayer.effects.add(EffectKind.GAUSSIAN_BLUR);

    // Set the blur radius
    myBlurEffect.property(1).setValue(10); // radius

    // Set the blending mode to Screen
    myLayer.blendingMode = BlendMode.SCREEN;

    // Set the opacity to 50%
    myLayer.opacity = 50;

    1 vote

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  18. Keep Size of the texture applied in 3D

    Could it be possible to keep the scale of a material when editing a 3D object
    I've notticed that the sacle of a substance material (using 2D textures) may change when you edit the object...
    Ideally, the best would also to apply this material at the same scale as defined in the Substance material as it is possible to define it.
    Thanks

    2 votes

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  19. Appearance Variables

    Imagine I have several drop shadows, with different colors, but same offset and blur values. Now I want to change the horizontal offset for all of them at once. Even if I use styles, it would require me change each style I have manually.
    With Appearance variables though, I could have use something like '%h_shadow' in effects’ values’ fields, in all of these shadows, and set it equal to an actual numerical value in one place.
    So, once I change it, every other shadow will adapt this immediately.

    15 votes

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  20. Labels on cylinders scaling fails

    When Labels on cylinders are scaled beyond a certain size (relative to object size?), their distortion is wrong

    See attached file and video. The original size of that label is smaller, I have scaled it on the object and it just gets dirtorted at the far edges as soon as it gets too large.

    2 votes

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