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  1. Align Stroke to one side of open path

    The feature which allows you to align stroke to inside or outside of a path for closed shapes is fantastic and gives a great deal of dynamic help. Currently, the only way to align a stroked path and another shape is inaccurately with only visual cues or expand the stroked path and lose editability.

    I don't know if it has been suggested but a feature which allowed you to preserve a non destructive workflow and interact with shapes more easily is very much within reach. Simply create an equivalent for the align stroke to inside or outside of path for…

    75 votes

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  2. Apply any Cap Style to a Stroke End Point

    Allow user to be able to select an end anchor point on a stroke and apply any cap they choose. So one path could have a butt cap on one end and round cap on the other end. This would make building certain styles with strokes far easier and avoid problems that the current workflow creates when expanded at times.

    48 votes

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  3. Split paths by currently applied dash settings

    Hi - I was directed here via adobe and illustrator support teams on twitter.

    I'm submitting a suggestion for a function or feature for adobe illustrator in which the user may subdivide a dashed path into individual smaller paths, by the measurement and placement of said dash style. I have seen many different suggestions and workarounds for this over the past few years but none actually execute this specific action. (Setting to .0001 stroke, expanding, then deleting excess points isn't ideal!)

    In my current role, and in our office, we design and create physical package design comps. we frequently use…

    33 votes

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  4. 曲線同士がつながるコーナーのマイター処理をより高度に改善して欲しい

    曲線同士がつながるコーナーのマイター処理が直線になってしまって美しくないので、滑らかに曲線同士がつながる処理も追加して欲しいと思います。

    27 votes

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  5. When outlining dotted lines with "aligns dashes", unnecessary anchor points are generated

    When dotted lines with “Aligns dashes to corners and path ends, adjusting lengths to fit” are outlined , unnecessary anchor points are generated in the circles at both ends.

    When performing detailed processing to create artwork, I sometimes outline dashed lines. So, unnecessary anchor points are an obstacle in such processing.
    Although there are workarounds, I hope that users will get clean outline results without any ingenuity.

    Workaround:
    (A)
    1.Double-click anywhere in the stroke with Width tool to add a new width point.
    2.Execute “Expand Appearance” , “Outline Strokes” or “Flatten Transparency”.

    (B)
    1.Drawing strokes in accurately calculated length with…

    13 votes

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  6. Convert expanded strokes back to live strokes

    So far there is no way to de-expand strokes back to live strokes.

    The suggested practice is to cut the shape in pieces and blend pairs with 1-step blends, expand and join manually — a tedious solution. We have to keep strokes alive as long as possible if we plan to edit them after. The effects we can use to make an art non-destructive are quite limited.

    We now have cool Reform plugin by AstuteGraphics that allows to edit expanded strokes in a different way, but is does not solve the original problem and only helps to workaround and offers…

    11 votes

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  7. Allow users to change default setting for miter limit.

    I frequently use the Object - Path - Offset path tool, and I always have to change the miter limit. I would like to be able to define my own default value so I would not have to change it every time I use the function.

    7 votes

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  8. To have an option in stroke panel to keep end points vertical/horizontal on angled strokes

    Would love an option to easily have the endpoint of a stroke remain vertical/horizontal when using angled strokes. To 'shear' a stroke isn't easy, so could this be an option in the Stroke panel?

    6 votes

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  9. Have stroke type selection like in InDesign

    InDesign has a great feature in the Stroke Panel where you can select different types of strokes - like dashed, dotted, wavy, etc.

    It would be great if Illustrator had the same feature.

    5 votes

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  10. Min Stroke width when adding a profile

    I have wanted this to be a feature for over a year now.

    As many of us know, we can simply add a profile shape to strokes. We can also create our own profiles! The process of creating profiles is not very user friendly in my opinion.

    I think it would be a great idea to be able to state which profile you want for your stroke, and then an addition option comes up that gives you 1 extra boxes:

    Minimum stroke weight for the stroke profile

    Obviously the "max" stroke weight is changed in the "Weight" section already.

    Most…

    4 votes

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  11. Add commonly used stroke weights in a document to a dropdown

    Sense the stroke weights being used in the document so they can be selected in the drop down menu in Stroke Weights.

    So if 0.15 was a common stroke weight it would appear in the drop down menu that now starts at 0.25. It could be cursive or grey to give standout.

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    4 votes

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  12. Allow to set the variable width of stroke to zero

    The stroke width tool is great, however you can't reduce the stroke width to zero, you're always left with a hairline. This should be corrected urgently!

    3 votes

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  13. A Dashed Line tool.

    I have seen a few plugins (Nudge, WidthScribe) do things with dashes that suggest there is room for a lot more dashes on a stroke than the three repeating dash/gap entries the Stroke panel lets me create.

    I would like an interactive, on-canvas tool that lets me drag dashes, gaps, and their endpoints around on a selected path. Being able to create and delete dashes/gaps would be nice, too.

    3 votes

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  14. Freeze width nodes in their position when extending or shortening a path

    Maybe this feature exists already but I haven't been able to find it.

    When using the width tool, it would be nice if you could "freeze" the width nodes in their position, so you could extend or shorten the path. Today the nodes adjust to the new length of the path, messing up all your previous work.

    3 votes

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  15. Stroke width profiles stored with files, not with app

    Currently, variable stroke width profiles are stored within the app, not within the file. So when I want to work on a cloud file on another computer, I have to manually add profiles to the saved profiles dropdown again from existing strokes, because they are no longer available.

    And while you're at it, add sorting, exporting and importing options to the variable width panel, it is seriously frustrating having to go through all of them every time - if you commonly use this feature, the list can get quite long.

    2 votes

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  16. Allow adding Arrowheads or similar to both ends of stroke at once.

    Provide an option for adding arrowheads to a stroke with one selection rather than each end individually.

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  17. Default stroke check box next to stroke weight

    Please, please make a "Default" checkbox next to the stroke weight that can force all future strokes to the set weight when checked

    2 votes

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  18. Scaling Arrowheads Maintains Original Stroke Width

    Is it possible to add an option in the Stroke panel which allows scaling of the arrowheads and start and end shapes (like Circle, Square, SimpleWide, Simple, ettc.) without scaling their stroke width?

    Now the stroke width of the arrow or shape is increased or decreased when scaling. Please see attached images. Often times I would like to use a bigger arrowhead or shape but I have to create hem manually as scaling up results the arrowhead becoming a wider stroke than the stroke itself.

    For instance - a 2 point stroke with a SimpleWide arrowhead results in the arrowhead…

    2 votes

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  19. "Use preview bounds" option in stroke panel

    Please add the "use preview bounds" option not only available in the presets, but also in the stroke panel (e.g. with a checkmark) to make it easier to switch it on / off. That would make icon design much faster.

    2 votes

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  20. Define the Start and Stop of a Variable Width Profile on a closed path

    When using a Variable Width Profile on a closed path the starting and end points are arbitrarily chosen. It would be nice to have an additional option to move the starting point around a path and not necessarily on a anchor point, instead of being forced to cut the path to reset the start.

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