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  1. Color swatch import bug

    To illustrate the bug - I have a file named logo and a file named base. Both have swatches named PRIMARY and SECONDARY (see attached). As I place the logo into the base file - even as a preview - the PLACED file adopts the swatch colors of the base file. I literally need to do the opposite. I need the base file to adopt the swatches of the placed file. Needs to have an option to REPLACE swatches.

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  2. show swatch folders in recolor artwork panel

    In the recolor artwork panel when you double click the color on the right to determine what the color is being changed to, you can choose from swatches by then clicking on swatches. But, it's just a list of all of the swatches with no indication of which swatch folder the swatches are in. This makes recoloring difficult at times

    2 votes

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  3. Allow to see and edit colors in a selection, just like with Selection Colors in Figma

    Figma displays a full list of colors used in a selected art in its right sidebar: https://help.figma.com/hc/en-us/articles/360042553434-View-and-adjust-colors-in-a-mixed-selection
    It allows quickly evaluate the selection, edit colors right there, even swap — without the need of using bulky Recolor. Illustrator can't offer the same quick tool, neither in Color panel nor with the Properties.
    Please make this possible in Ai, and make it better.

    4 votes

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  4. A tint percentage slider in swatch options (like InDesign)

    If a tint of a global colour has been added to the swatches the percentage cannot be adjusted. If you double click on the tint it brings up the swatch options panel for the colour the tint is based on, but there is no option to change the tint strength.

    Can it be the same as InDesign - when you double click on the tint there is a tint slider available in the swatch options panel?

    2 votes

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  5. ability to zoom and pan while in recolor artwork panel

    Adding the ability to zoom and pan around the artboard area while working in recolor artwork panel would be so helpful! Sometimes I have a hard time seeing what color has changed and want to zoom in and can't, or want to zoom out to see the work overall and can't do any of these things while recoloring artwork right now.

    2 votes

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  6. Make Global Swatches Retain Color Name When Added to a CC Library

    It's important to clearly label color palette swatches for hand-off. It's especially important for CMYK production files. At present, a user would need to name the swatch twice. Once in the document swatch library and a second time when the swatch is added to a CC Library. An additional concern is that by default the CC Library saves the color as a HEX value even if the open document is in CMYK color mode.

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  7. Set all colour palette swatches to Global as default

    Could we have all default swatches and custom colour swatches we select set as 'Global' when are working in a document? Or at least be able to select multiple swatches all at once and make Global? Why is the default 'non-Global' when colours are likely to be used regularly across multiple working files?

    5 votes

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  8. Recolor Artwork: Click the Artwork to Select color to recolor

    It is often hard to pick the right color to edit from the Recoror Artwork UI. This especially when Editing colors that are close to each other.

    It would be nice if we could click ( or ctrl/shift/alt+click) the artwork and select which color we want to edit in Recolor Artwork utility.

    3 votes

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  9. Batch Import Swatches

    How about the ability to batch import swatches or gradients using csv or xml files? It would make it significantly easier to import colours from sources like ColorBrewer or matplotlib.

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  10. Drag-and-Drop Swatches to Artboard

    This functionality wouldn't change the swatches palette it, but would allow users to drag a swatch to the artboard and drop it. You could tile several to create a tonal family or brand color set.

    Being able to scale them larger, arrange them, reformat the grid, turn the white gap off in between colors would improve color adjustment and comparing hues side by side. They'd function like the existing swatches panel in that you could have a shape or stroke selected and apply the color by clicking the swatch on the artboard.

    This would help in color exploration and creating…

    452 votes

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  11. Recolor Artwork: Use Eyedropper to pick colors from Artwork

    It would be nice if we could pick colors from artwork to to the Recolor Artwork with Eyedropper. Now if I want to match a color to an some existing color in canvas, I have to close the Recolor Artwork window, use the Eyedropper and then restart Recolor Artwork.

    It would be great if we could just pick color from canvas while keeping Recolor Artwork open.

    3 votes

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  12. Recolor Artwork: Make the color wheel bigger !

    It would be good if the size of Colorwheel in Recolor Artwork could be resized, made bigger.

    Now if the colors are close to each other, it is impossible to select them in basic mode.

    Also, adjusting colors isn't very accurate as the wheel is so small. Sure you can open the color setting by double clicking, but it would be so much easier to just have bigger color wheel.

    2 votes

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  13. Option to replace RGB sliders with HSB everywhere - all swatches and all color pickers.

    We need ability to universally use HSB instead of RBG. I want the ability to fully replace RGB input and sliders with HSB everywhere in AI. I never want to look at RGB sliders ever again.
    This request is all over the forum in different phrasings/forms but unfortunately that has divided the votes leading to lower ranking.

    Here is the same request with 87 votes oddly worded as "Illustrator forgets which color mode is set in the Color palette (and Gradient)"
    https://illustrator.uservoice.com/forums/333657-illustrator-desktop-feature-requests?filter=top&query=Option%20to%20replace%20RGB%20sliders%20with%20HSB%20everywhere%20-%20all%20swatches%20and%20all%20color%20pickers.

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  14. CMYK Support for svgs - make use from the device-CMYK attribute

    When opening an .svg File that got several device-cmyk Params set, i would love to choose (e.g. by popup) which colors i would like to use for the svg - the rgb colors set as a fill or the device-cmyk colors. It would make svgs printable

    e.g. <circle fill="#CD853F device-cmyk(0.11, 0.48, 0.83, 0.00)"/>

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  15. Bring back colour themes!

    Colour themes within Illustrator was awesome! Why remove it, it's terrible in the CC app, and slows down workflow.

    It was a nice try, but cut the loss, bring colour themes back and kill it in the stupid CC app (also, kill the CC app, it's useless).

    4 votes

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  17. Name with Color Value

    Like in InDesign it is very easy to automatically name color swatches with their values: Name with Color Value. There's a checkbox in the Swatch Options panel when you double click a swatch. Pleas add this to Illustrator.

    2 votes

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  18. Edit Global Swatch directly via Color Picker

    Currently a multi-step process to update a Global swatch using Color Picker. Change a swatch via color picker then drag the active color swatch that’s at the top of the swatches panel down into the panel and from there that color can be dragged over a global swatch to update it. Better: just double click whilst in Global swatch and use color picker. Currently can only use sliders whilst in a Global swatch.

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  19. Add pattern filled object to swatch box to create a new pattern

    This is very essential for the fashion industry.

    As of now, it's not possible to create a seamless pattern with a pattern filled object and add it as a swatch.

    We either have to expand the filled object or rasterize the pattern filled object to able to add to the swatch box. It's hindering because we can't recolor easily.
    This option should be added.

    4 votes

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  20. Adobeカラーテーマの復活

    illustrator内にあった、「Adobeカラーテーマ」の復活を希望します。
    WEB上で見ることはできますが、アプリ内に組み込んでほしいです。
    復活の際は、補色分割法とか、正方形とか、以前のバージョンになかった配色のルールも追加してほしい。

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