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  1. Covert a Grid Repeat object to a pattern filled rectangle

    As mentioned by Von Glitschka at https://twitter.com/Vonster/status/1530587235375927296 it would be great to have an automatic conversion of a grid repeat object into an exactly same looking artwork, but made with a rectangle filled with a newly generated pattern swatch a user can continue to work with.

    Yes, we can expand it, release the clipping mask, find the module, clean the unnecessary duplicates, create a swatch, fill the former clipping mask with it, match the positioning exactly... all manually, or with a help of a script maybe.... but who does not like easy solutions? We do.

    5 votes

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  2. Collapse panels menu item/keyboard shortcut

    The ability to set a keyboard shortcut to collapse all panels would be really helpful and slick. I find myself leaving them open for expedience only to find the open panel is in the way, visually, later on. For those who set up their workspace differently they can just ignore it or disable the keyboard shortcut.

    7 votes

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  3. Preview of artboard before project starts

    Please allow for us to see a preview of the new project we are starting. When we set the dimensions or pick a preset dimensions, we can only see those grey outlined pictures. With this new feature, we would be able to see a "sample" of what our artboard is going to look like as a blank white canvas. It's basically a preview of the artboard before we officially start the project. Especially if we are typing in custom dimensions rather than choosing the set dimensions Adobe has already. Thank you guys :)

    2 votes

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  4. ライブトレースのまま線幅ツールを使いたい

    現状ではライブペイントを適用したオブジェクトの線幅に強弱をつける際、現在はライブペイントを拡張して線幅ツールを使用するか、線のパスのみを前面にコピペして作業する必要があります。
    ライブペイントを崩さずに、線幅を変えられたらかなり強力なツールになると思います。

    2 votes

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  5. Please show document name in full screen mode too

    When in Full Screen mode (MacOS), the top bar shows 'Adobe Illustrator 2022', but not the name of the document (which is much more relevant ;-)
    please show the document name.

    2 votes

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  6. Image trace to create smooth gradient fills instead of banded swatches

    Image trace to create smooth gradient fills instead of banded swatches

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  7. Rename Anchor Points

    Say you want to apply the 3D (Classic) Rotate effect to a complex illustration but you have a rogue anchor point that causes this message: An unknown error occurred. Click MORE INFO and try some of the solutions to fix the issues.

    It has taken me many hours to figure out that a single anchor point (that is neither part of a shape or a path) is the most-likely cause of this error message. I work very clean, but rogue anchor points happen occasionally and it's incredibly frustrating to find.

    The solution is to search through all your objects and…

    1 vote

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  8. Please add blending mode 'Add'

    Please add blending mode 'Add'

    3 votes

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  9. Embedding Linked Illustrator content should embed the native content instead of the PDF version.

    When you place a Linked Illustrator object (from a file or from a CC Library) and later decide to Embed it, you actually embed the PDF content of the linked file. This results in many groups, clipping masks, reduced editability (no Appearance effects, Symbols, Brushes) and loss of layers.
    The optimal editable way would be to embed the native objects instead of the PDF version, similar to Copy and Paste with the Paste Remembers Layers option turned on.

    6 votes

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  10. More visual feedback for the Eyedropper

    The Eyedropper tool has several cursors (it’s almost impossible to find any explanations about at helpx.adobe.com), displaying different states:
    - a filled pipette for when you click,
    - a pipette with square below to indicate a screen sampling,
    - an additional T to indicate a text below,
    - a reverse filled pipette to indicate apply mode.
    However, some modes are missing.

    When you have smart guides disabled (for any reason), you can’t tell which object the tool will pick from, what attribute or will you miss completely by a pixel. The Shift mode is not covered too. So we need…

    9 votes

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  11. Get back the possibility to disable cloud-saving generally!

    Hi,
    A few days ago I was still able to save as usual and didn't have to choose whether I wanted to save on my computer or in the cloud first. It's really annoying that I have to do this now every time.
    It would be great if you could generally select/set this once, so that you don't have one more click!
    For example, I never save to the cloud.

    Best Florian

    2 votes

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  12. Add Export JPG/PNG option to Package Feature

    Please add an "Export As..." option the Package feature settings so we can export JPG or PNG files in the packaged file folder. This would be immensely helpful! Thanks

    2 votes

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  13. Add some modern UI elements, like Pie-Menus for example

    Illustrator could really use some modern UI design elements, like Pie menus for example.

    Some, even basic, features are so frustrating to use as the only way to access them is via buttons in panels. With 4K monitor, this leads to a huge amount of travelling with the mouse.

    Like, if you want to change the Width of the stroke, you have to do it from the panel. It should be able to do it, for example by pressing a hotkey, dragging on the screen.

    And things like Align “tools” should really be in Pie menus, so you wouldn't need…

    2 votes

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  14. 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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  15. Preview brushes like I can in Photoshop

    In Photoshop, when I open brushes, I can see a preview of all my brushes. In Illustrator, if I want to use any brushes, I have to first load a library based on the name of the library. I have dozens of libraries, and often they all have similar-sounding names. Not only is it frustrating to open the same couple of libraries EVERY TIME I open Illustrator, but I have tons of brushes I probably never use because I don't want to individually load 50 different libraries just so I can find a brush that looks like what I need.

    2 votes

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  16. Dual Colour Values for Each Colour Swatch for CMYK and RGB Modes

    I use brand colours that have specific colour values in CMYK and RGB. When I create a design in RGB and then have to convert it to CMYK for print I have to import the CMYK swatches after changing the document colour mode to CMYK and then globally replace all the colours. I would like it if when you define a swatch you can have an option to give it an RGB value for RGB mode and a CMYK value for CMYK mode. Then you could switch between colour modes without having to deal with new swatches and colour replacement.…

    2 votes

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  17. Why is there a limit to number of spot/global swatches you can use in a gradient?

    We use Illustrator for carpet design which includes complex grades using multiple colours.
    As we reference colour poms it is easier to create named colour swatches to keep track of the colours used however we can only apply 27 to a gradient - can this limit be increased?

    1 vote

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  18. Could you please allow to move the color control pop up menu, when adjusting the gradient point?

    Have the option to move the pop up menu to different location. Not right on top of the artwork you're trying to fix?

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  19. Fast way to make multiple text boxes

    I like to break up words and phrases in to multiple text boxes so I can move them freely. It would be nice to have a fast way while typing out the phrase to break it in to more than one text box. Like a “command + enter” type thing that instead of going to a new line it goes to a new text box.

    2 votes

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  20. Apply arrowheads with eyedropper

    When using the eyedropper tool on a line, I would like the arrowheads from the line I am imitating to be applied to the selected line. I don't want to scroll through all the arrowhead options for every line! If I apply it once, It'd be so much easier to eyedrop that same feature on all the other lines I need it for.

    This is something I would use for my job while making tech packs every day! I have arrowheads on the ends of dimensions and callouts.

    1 vote

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