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  1. Allow transparency mask for new 3D function

    I've used the transparency mask function combined with symbols and 3D (Classic) for a long time to create complex objects with ease. This is such a great combination, and it would be wonderful if you could keep the possibility to use transparency masks with the new version. This is not the case today, see provided image for explanation.

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  2. Masked image active area limited to mask shape

    Hi, it would be such an improvement in usability if a masked image was only selectable within the mask shape. Currently the entire image is still 'active' and when you click any part of it inside or outside the mask it can be selected. This means when you have multiple masked images close to each other (especially when a tight crop is used, meaning a larger part of the image is hidden but selectable) there are overlaps of images that require locking of individual images or reordering of arrangement to put images in front or behind one another just to…

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  3. Allow clipping paths to have complex appearances.

    Currently, a clipping path can only have one stroke, one fill, no effects, no brushes, no multiple fills/strokes. Well, it can have all the fills, strokes, effects, and other stuff your heart desires, but only one fill and one stroke will be displayed.

    I would really like this to change. I use a lot of complex appearance stacks and working around this makes things complicated.

    To make this play nicely with existing art, there probably needs to be a switch somewhere for backwards compatibility with existing art that may have a lot of complex appearances on clipping masks.

    There also…

    2 votes

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  4. Clipping path in JPEG image file works in placement

    A JPEG file can include clipping path. This clipping path works well when placed in InDesign. However, Illustrator ignores this clipping path.

    If clipping path in JPEG works in placement, the user will be more creative.

    9 votes

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  5. Make Illustrator understand the Mask component of SVGs.

    When importing SVGs into Illustrator, the application does not seem to be able to interpret the native SVG masks used. Attached are two SVGs. One is the original one, and the other which ends with "illustratorfromsvg" is how the SVG looks in illustrator.
    You can open both in your web browser. Notice how the hair of the woman in the SVG that's been opened in illustrator does not cover her shoulders. If you look at the original SVG you can see how the hair is supposed to "mask" her shoulders.
    I have explained this more thoroughly in this…

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  6. Draw inside object filled with free form gradient

    The moment you attempt to paste artwork into an object which has a free form gradient, the gradient fill disappears and can only be retrieved if you perform undo or unclip the pasted artwork.

    I honestly would love to be able to draw inside or paste into artwork filled with a free form gradient without the free form gradient disappearing. Please note that am not talking of workarounds here…

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  7. Curved surface snapping

    Can we have the possibility to snap objects or shapes with curved paths and surfaces. For example, currently, two circles snap together only at the four points. What about having circles snapping at any desired point on the circumference. When working with Photoshop or Indesign, one has the capability to temporarily disable snapping simply by pressing the 'ctrl' key while moving the selected object. Can we have something similar for Illustrator? It would make things easier when one has a lot of points to work with. Thanks

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  8. Select multiple identical objects and make each its own group.

    I'd love to see a feature in which you could select a bunch of similar objects, each of which had multiple parts, and it would automatically make each individual object into its own group. For example, I just drew an oval with a line down the middle - which is a leaf. I copied and pasted it 100 times but didn't make it into it's own group first (oops). If I could just select them all and make each it's own group, it would save me going back and grouping them first and doing it all again. They're a pain…

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  9. clipping mask broken in illustrator 25.1 update

    When working with clipping masks there is a bug where clipping mask doesn't show up until you select and unselect the clip option.

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  10. Don't display clipped outside paths in Outline View option

    Sometimes we have a large pieces of artwork clipped.
    Sometimes we don’t care what’s inside until we isolate these to edit the clipped art directly.
    Still, when we switch to Outline View, we see all the art that is clipped, clumped, overlapping, messy.
    For these cases it would be nice to have an option to not draw parts that are outside and beyond of clipping paths.
    Corel’s products does it a bit wrong — they don’t draw clipped parts in Outline at all, including parts that are inside. Ai should do it better.

    9 votes

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  11. "Release Mask" or "Flatten Clip Path" Right click option for clipping masks.

    When one creates a clipping mask using two or more objects, it should be a simple right click option to "apply the mask" and flatten all related objects into a new vector. Currently you can do this by going to layers and selecting the "Clipping Path" layer of choice and then using the "Crop" Pathfinder function to achieve this, however, this method is extremely non-obvious. I don't propose removing the pathfinder function as a way to apply clipping masks, but simply to add a more obvious way to do so.

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  12. Save cropped image

    Ability to save a cropped image is unintelligible, not intuitive. Help function is no help at all!

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  13. Select "Replace" by default once a clipped linked element is selected

    This is a very simple fix for something extremely frustrating: once a clipped linked image is selected (using the direct selection tool), the importing option should be to Replace the element by default (instead of having to manually select it EVERY SINGLE TIME). If nothing is selected, the logical default behavior then would have the Replace option unchecked.

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  15. Image fitting options like Indesign, Sketch and Figma

    Would really be handy to have fit to crop, resize to crop etc. for linked images.

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  16. Crop command embedding linked images

    I would be thankful if linked images remain linked (instead of being embedded after using the crop command). I would like to believe that this can be made possible. This is the normal behaviour in other graphic design software.

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  17. Expand Clipping Group

    Please let the Expand function work for Clipping Groups as well, to get rid of the Clipping Mask while keeping the intersected objects.

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  18. Why the heaven does shift make an object stable, when you drag an object? It is extremely disturbing

    Why the heaven does shift make an object stable, when you drag an object? It is extremely disturbing

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  19. Rounded corners on crop tool

    When crop tool is selected, add the live corners option to crop rounded corners or circles. Please and thank you.

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  20. Exclude / inverted mode for clipping mask, to view what’s outside of the clipping path instead of inside

    It would be interesting to be able to use the clipping mask to also exclude a path from a shape. This would avoid using the pathfinder (exclusion) to keep the shapes to take back them.

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