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  1. 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…

    2 votes

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  2. 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…

    2 votes

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  3. Masked object within a masked object?

    Is it possible to put a masked object (with clip) inside another mask? When I do this - the masked object within gets its clipped path released.

    1 vote

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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.

    8 votes

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  5. 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

    2 votes

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Save cropped image

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

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  9. 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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  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.

    2 votes

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  12. 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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  13. I would like to be able to group layers and apply a mask to the grouped layers

    I would like to be able to group layers and apply a clipping mask to the grouped layers

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  14. 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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  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. 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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  17. Automatic Workspace Backup

    Why we need to save the file of our workspaces when adobe is a cloud system?

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  18. Invert clipping mask for edit or delete outside easily

    Invert clipping mask to show what's not inside the clipping mask and hide what's inside (and then being able to invert it back so it was like before). Thus being able to delete or edit the outside easily.

    5 votes

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  19. Create outlines while the layer is inside a clipping mask

    I'm forced to move text layers outside of a clipping mask before I can create outlines and then move them back. A small inconvenience but every small thing counts when designing! Thanks :)

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  20. I'd love for the pathfinder to be able to cut up bitmaps, avoiding having so many extraneous paths in a complex file

    It would be nice if I could embed a jpeg or some other graphic format and then be able to use the pathfinder tools to change the shape of the image. Seems doable as the graphic imports as a path that happens to be filled with pixels rather than a color or pattern. The main reason I'd rather use the pathfinder for this over a clipping path is to reduce the number of paths in a complex document. When there are many elements in a file, having a lot of clipping paths makes the structure of the file difficult to…

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