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  1. Project Glowstick - Painting with Light

    If you haven't yet watched the tech demo from this years Max, check this out!

    https://youtu.be/K6rUDQpFdsk

    Pleeeeeease bring this tool to illustrator. The grad tools we already have are fantastic, but this is just next level.

    2 votes

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  2. Bevel and Emboss effect

    This is something i've waited for years and it's a feature that Photoshop had for decades, was introduced in InDesign 2.0. Even FreeHand MX featured it in 2001... but it never came to Illustrator.
    When will we count with the Bevel and Emboss effect?

    Why not all the Effects InDesign has featured too on Illustrator?
    It will add a great bang of options to AI...

    I let a screenshot of it on actual InDesign CC

    11 votes

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  3. 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    Illustrator's 3D effects are hugely outdated.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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  4. 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.

    12 votes

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  5. Blur object background

    I'd like to see a blur option where objects behind an object appear blurred such as in the attachment. This is something that, I believe, can be achieved in CSS so it would be good to have the ability to use such an effect in Illustrator.

    19 votes

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  6. Toggle Scaling fonts

    i would like to see a toggle so that when i set a text size on path or text box i can scale the box or path without scaling the text within and without direct selecting the path or box
    this way i know my format is un interrupted
    also the scale effect and strokes and text needs to be in the top tool bar at all times so they can be toggled

    1 vote

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  7. [MINOR BUG] Drag fx from the appearance panel unto objects... it doesnt work

    Dragging a 'completed' effect: from the Appearance panel unto a new object ( to recreate the same effect ) doesn't work using the hand grab tool.

    I want to be able to drag effects that I've already made - from one object and reproduce them unto another...

    please try to do that and see if it works for you - on your end.

    Thank you

    Not critical I found a way around it... but the convenience is nice.

    • IMAGES AND ARTWORK - MALIK ROUSSEAU FRANCOIS : COPYRIGHT 2019.
    1 vote

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  9. 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…

    3 votes

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  11. Ability to create Folder-like Groups within Appearance panel and apply Opacity and effects at this Group level.

    Using the Photoshop model of layer folders, provide the ability to group fills and strokes within the Appearance panel. These groups could then have opacity, effects, etc. applied at the Group level.

    E.g. a complex stroke pattern could be built within a group using multiple styles, and then that pattern could be "embossed" onto another underlaying style using Overlay or Hard Light. The overall effect could then be contained within a single path and could be saved as a single Graphic Style.

    2 votes

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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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.

    4 votes

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  15. Drag & Drop Appearance

    Hi,

    Currently, moving individual "Appearance" between objects is a difficult route:
    1. Select the object. Deselect the object.
    2. Display the "Appearance" palette
    3. Delete unnecessary "Appearance"
    4. create a style. with the right Apperance
    5. Select the object.
    6. ALT + Click on the style to add a new Appearance to the existing Appearance of the object.

    Whew ....

    Can you not create the ability to drag the Appearance?

    It would be great and so much more time during work.

    Best Regards

    5 votes

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  16. 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.

    97 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.

  17. Add custom shape/image in appearance panel

    Now one only can add rectangle/circle shape in apperance panel. It would be very useful to be able to add custom shape/image/symbol there also.

    3 votes

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  18. 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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  19. 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.

    13 votes

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  20. 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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