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  1. 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…

    17 votes

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  3. Drop shadow distribution curves

    Right now shadow is just blurred silhouette.
    Please add option to tweak it's distribution, as PS does ('profiles').

    14 votes

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  4. Make Free Distort work with images

    Free distort doesn't support many object types.
    Please make it work with images, both linked or embedded.
    I have to use envelope distortion (with embedded only, breaking link with image) each time I need to distort an image within AI.

    30 votes

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  5. "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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  6. Photoshop Color adjustment

    It would be great to have the same color adjustments than Photoshop (curve, hue&saturation, level etc...)

    51 votes

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  7. Add Vector Noise effect

    There is a way to and raster noise, but I'd love to have vector one as well, as AE and Xara and others can.

    20 votes

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  8. warp linked

    Please add the ability to warp linked files without having to embed them first. Basically, turn them into the equivalent of smart objects in photoshop.

    2 votes

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  9. Ability to copy individual effects from the appearance panel to other objects.

    currently if you want to copy effects from one object to another your only option is to copy all of its appearance properties. You should be able to drag or copy just one aspect of somethings appearance without effecting the other properties. say i have a transform effect on an object in my appearance panel. currently if i want to apply that to another object i also have to copy the stroke, fill and any other properties that object has. there is no option to copy just that individual transform effect to other objects. this is an unnecessary limitation that…

    16 votes

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  10. The Image Effects is not available to use, how can I access this feature in this program?

    I am not sure how to activate the Image Effects feature to access the menu. I am unable to use this while using Illustrator. Please help

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  11. Effects do not rotate (drop shadow) or scale (e.g: gaussian blur)

    If you create a logo and use the drop shadow effect, the values will scale but not rotate.IN packaging design we often rotate the logo for every panel on a carton. After you rotate the logo you must manually change the values to for example get the most popular bottom right drop shadow on all logos.

    Gaussian blur can be sued to make a your own drop shadow effect, but that has another problem in that the blur amount will not adjust.

    If you search your home or local supermarket, you will eventual find items that went incorrectly to press,…

    35 votes

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  12. Live effects

    I hate drawing comparisons between applications because I believe it's utterly unfair in most cases. This is not one of those cases. I believe wholeheartedly that we've reached a stage of computing where we can get rid of the "Preview" button in the effects panels. Let's do it. I've not seen a solid step forward in how effects are created, previewed, edited, and handled since I began using Adobe apps in CS4. Affinity is doing this. And it's buttery smooth. And I'm both jealous and confused that Adobe doesn't have this. It's the sort of thing that you remain blissfully…

    3 votes

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  13. Add motion blur effect

    We have radial, gaussian, but no motion blur. Please, add one.

    40 votes

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  14. Attach Symbol Effect

    Adding a new Effect to Attach a Symbol would heavily simplify the creation of Appearances (Graphic Styles) like the one in my Screenshot.

    Of course a Reference Point and Liquid constraints like in InDesign would be amazing.

    And that will open all new horizons of possibilities!

    6 votes

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  15. Dynamic Offset Path

    Because I make maps using Illustrator, I tend to work with loads of strokes for hundreds of streets. So far I've managed without outlining these strokes, or outlining by copying these strokes, converting them to shapes and then applying a stroke to that shape. However it is tedious, hard to edit and basically creates twice a set of roads - which is never fantastic.

    It would be great if the Offset Path effect or function could have a dynamic nature: Reading its parent stroke's width to widen or narrow accordingly. I've attached three images:

    One: with a work-around-ish 'hack' using…

    22 votes

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  16. Enhancing the Convert to Shape Effects

    The Rectangle, Eplise and Polygon tools had been updated with dynamic properties in CC 2014.

    That will be huge to have these properties added to the "Convert to Shape" Effect and to add the Polygon and Star tools to the "Convert to Shape" list.

    It will allow more Advanced Appearances and Graphic Styles.

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    +Adding the Reference Point:
    https://illustrator.uservoice.com/forums/333657-illustrator-feature-requests/suggestions/32052073-add-reference-point-to-convert-to-shape-effect

    8 votes

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  17. Ability to edit graphic style in Graphic Styles

    If I want to edit existing and saved graphic style, I have to apply it to an object, go to Appearance, make changes, open Graphic Styles palette again and Alt+Drag object with style over style thumbnail. This is very long way.
    If I just select a style and go to Appearance and make changes — the link between style and appearance will just vanish (the name of style vanishes), these changes will apply only to new art, and style itself won't be changed.
    Please, make a way to quickly edit styles without drag-n-drop routine. Why not double-clicking style thumb open…

    28 votes

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  18. Add Shear and Taper to Transform Effect (or add as Warp effect)

    Shearing and tapering are ones of few operations that can't be automated procedurally.
    Using 'Free distort' is very inconvenient, because it works in small dialogue window that doesn't show actual artwork (it doesn't even have Preview tick! — I'll add another feature request about it). Although 'Stylism' plugin from AstuteGraphics solves problem with control, revision is definitely required.
    Shear tool and Free distort tool are fine, but they are live tools, and won't help to repeat same the effect later if needed.
    Please, add shearing and tapering either as part of Transform effect or new Warp (both as effect and…

    28 votes

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  19. where is the inner shadow effect?

    Photoshop has it, InDesign has it, even Sketch has it. It's such a fundamental feature. Of course we can use some techniques to simulate the effect, but why Illustrator lacks the most basic function?

    48 votes

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  20. 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

    6 votes

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