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  1. 3D Revolve Perspective is Always Off Center

    The perspective setting for the 3D revolve effect seems to be centered on the OBJECT being revolved rather than the AXIS of the revolve. That means that adding any perspective skews the object off-center (see lower cylinder in attached example screenshot).

    Could a setting be added to shift the center of the perspective to the axis (among other options)? Sorry if a setting exists and I just can't find it.

    4 votes

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  2. Convert to Line effect

    If you try to apply 'Convert to Rectangle' effect, Ai will limit you minimal width/height to 0.01mm — not zero. It means we can't use it to create 'lines'. And this is something appearance and styles will hugely benefit from.

    Of course, it should allow to set a reference point too:
    https://illustrator.uservoice.com/forums/333657-illustrator-feature-requests/suggestions/32052073-add-reference-point-to-convert-to-shape-effect

    And although we have a Transform effect to deal with the angle, having it for the line is obviously needed.

    4 votes

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  3. Perspective mode for Free Distort effect

    Free Distort effects, being a bit outdated with it's detached preview window, comes out Super Tool with Stylism plugin installed. But it could do so much better if there would be a tick, that turns distortion into a perspective one, as the tool with the same name allows to do. That would allow us to distort stuff live in perspective (and omit using overcomplicated Perspective Grid for small tasks).

    4 votes

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  4. Better reflect tool functionality with option to add multiple instances similar to Macromedia Freehand.

    Illustrator needs a better reflect tool that can add multiple instances. The way Freehand's reflect/rotate tool worked was IMO optional because it gave a live preview of the outcome and worked intuitively.

    I know that similar thing can be done in effects -> transform, but you need many more steps to achieve the same result, often not knowing what to expect visually before you get the result.

    4 votes

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  5. Layer style effects - Bevel & Emboss, Drop Shadow, Outer glow...

    Illustrator needs a panel for object effects similar to ID and PS.
    Especially bevel and emboss effects. Affinity Designer has this option.

    4 votes

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  6. Bring Back Hold Shift to Restrict Gradient Movement

    In prior versions of Illustrator, when adjusting the composition of a gradient using the gradient tool, you used to be able to hold shift to constrict the gradients movement to the Y or X axis.

    Please bring this back as it is a quick and seamless way to align the gradient composition exactly instead of eyeballing it.

    4 votes

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  7. 4 votes

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  8. Color Halftone with various pixel sizes and/or LPI

    In "Color Halftone" we only have the option of setting one pixel size for the dots, that will later be applied to all 4 channels. However, in printing, it is common for each color channel to be printed with a different dot size, to prevent moiré and create more solid patterns. It would be great if in Illustrator one could set a different pixel size for each color, the same way it is possible to vary the angle.

    Also it would be amazing to have this setting done in LPI rather than pixel dot size.

    4 votes

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  9. normal map

    As It's already existing in Photoshop, and as there are some Photoshop filters applyable in Illustrator, I was wondering if we can get the "convert to Normal Map" filter directly in Illustrator.

    It may be useful and more efficient than using AI + PS to generate some Normal maps based on vector graphics.

    Many Thanks

    4 votes

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  10. Transforming 3D effects

    For 3D effects such as 'Extrude and Bevel', 'Revolve' and 'Rotate', transformation behaviour is incomplete. For instance:

    Scale Strokes and Effects doesn't cause the extrude depth to scale.

    Flipping the object only flips the path and not the 3D effect.

    Both these things should transform as expected...

    4 votes

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  11. Effects in outline view

    Effects still load in the background in outline view. It doesn't make any sense for them to load as I'm in outline view and can't see the applied effects anyway. Effects should be turned off in outline view, right?

    4 votes

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  12. Advanced User Defined Variable - Step and Repeat Transform Live Effects

    I think I'm getting at a broader idea that includes some requests already posted - Advanced user defined variables to duplicate or step and repeat objects any number of times. This would allow users to either or conform or randomize copies of a Transform for advanced effects. I saw this idea some years ago by a Russian guilloche pattern product called Excentro ( http://www.excourse.com/excentro/index.html ) screenshot attached, that does just that.

    Perhaps this is a third party plugin, or a separate Adobe product, but I think it would be great to take this on as an Illustrator feature. You can…

    4 votes

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  13. Auto-generate an opacity mask from the Appearance palette

    I've been experimenting with ways to create soft edges and stylized natural textures in my work. I find myself wishing for this to be able to quickly and easily create, say, an erratically faded and mottled edge to a filled path by giving it an opacity mask made up of a jagged white-to-black fade pattern brush, plus some black spots from a scatter brush.

    I would like to be able to add strokes and/or fills to a path via the Appearance palette, and have these paths show up in an auto-generated opacity mask for the path instead.

    Possibly this might…

    4 votes

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  14. NUMERATE!

    As a function of the transform tool, or perhaps a tool in it's own right, a feature to numerate copies in sequence and/or apply fully scanning bar or QR codes. E.g. raffle tickets, concert tickets, coupons, vouchers, etc.

    This would be invaluable as a time-saving measure, and allow an artist/designer to keep something like tickets completely in-house. I've been working with Illustrator for 15 years, and to my knowledge there's no feature that does anything like this. When I design concert or raffle tickets I have to use a 3rd party vendor, pretty much just for the bar code and…

    4 votes

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  15. Make Appearance work for Type objects

    More specifically, with type objects, the Appearce palette just says 'Characters', without reflecting the current stroke and fill state of the object. New stroke and fill have to be added to make the Appearance palette useful.

    3 votes

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  16. Blur

    Add ‘Blur background’ feature like XD, including outer and inner shadow

    3 votes

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  17. proper block drop shadow

    Please add a proper block drop shadow like corel draw has. I can't believe this is still missing.

    3 votes

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  18. 3 votes

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  19. Envelope and mesh distort tools.

    Same as on the full version, something that’s definitely missing from the iPad version.

    3 votes

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  20. Overhaul of Illustrator's 3D capabilities.

    Illustrator's 3D effects are hugely outdated. Something that matches or even exceeds After Effects would be a would boost to the program.

    Heck, even something that allows you to easily rotate and move the shapes around in 3D space like AE would be great. Illustrator's current 3D tool are clumsy and cumbersome.

    3 votes

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