Illustrator (Desktop) Feature Requests
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You can add a hotkey for Crop Image via Keyboard Shortcuts window, as per the comment shows
There are two ways to do that.
1. View > Outline mode
2. Preferences > Selection & Anchor Display: Object Selection by Path Only
Both of these will allow you to select anchors without accidentally moving an object
Option to Reset Character & Paragraph Panel
Provide an option or a button to reset all the values of the character and paragraph panel.1 vote
This can be done by clicking [Normal Character/Paragraph Styles] items in Character / Paragraph Styles panels (Window > Type >). These styles are also redefinable.
3D no longer vector
The new 3D tool in illustrator no longer produces vectors - after expanding appearance even simple non shaded shapes are raster objects. Which is a huge let down. I used to do a lot of vector isometric illustrations and now this completely killed my workflow. Please add an option for that. Thank you!1 vote
The previous way of creating 3D is still there and will stay there, no worries!
Go Effect > 3D and Materials > 3D (Classic) to access the tools you need.
Also you can enable Render as Vector in 3D and Materials panel, but it’s not that powerful yet as the older method. This will be better in next releases.
Feature to Adjust (Increase or Decrease) Space between Words
Please add a new feature to adjust the space between words that we can increase or decrease the gap between words.1 vote
You can do this by opening Justification dialog in Paragraph panel menu, and tweaking the Word Spacing values, Desired and Maximum (Maximum must be equal or larger than Desired). Works both for Point and Area Type texts.
unlimited artboards for storyboarding to scale
Storyboarding at 1920x1080 and I can only get 48 artboards. My computer can easily handle more. Why the limit - more please.1 vote
If you need to have a larger canvas, you can force Illustrator to enable the 'large canvas mode' by entering the size larger than 227 in (or 16383 px). Ai will warn you the scaling mode gets enabled. Commit and change the size of your artboard to 1920×1080. Done, you now have a larger canvas (actually it means it’s scaled internally and you loose one fractional space, but for storyboarding it’s just fine).
Read more about this here:
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 voteOne can apply a new opacity mask to an object that already has it, if you group this object first — then apply a mask to this container. However, if your object is a single group already, Illustrator won’t allow you to create another group (for obvious reason, to prevent an accidental 'group wrapping'). You can workaround it if you group it with a dummy object and delete it after, or use a free Group Anyway script: https://onthehead.com/ais/group003/
Movie Clip symbol?
When a Symbol is created, it defaults to 'Movie Clip'.
Is that a legacy from the Flash era?1 vote
As per the comment, it is still used in Animate.
Can be changed in Preferences > General > Use Precise cursors.
Also it can be easily switched on the fly with a press of Caps Lock — and this is the common reason for it to change.
Vector Importing for Library Assets
I would like the option to be able to import vector CC Library Assets as live vectors (rather than as a link) in Illustrator.
This is a vector editing software.....and the asset I'm grabbing from the library to bring in as a vector asset (and probably originally built in Illustrator).....why can't I have an alternate means (ex. Shift+Drag for import = import as live vector art) to be able to bring the asset in as an editable piece of art?1 vote
You can right-click on the asset you want to place as live vector and choose ‘Place Copy’ command to do that.
It would be awesome to link colors used in multiple places to a parent color swatch. When wanting to change every instance of a specific hex value you could make the change once and have them all update (similar feature in InDesign, I believe?)1 vote
You can make a swatch global to achieve this
Select all the value at once
Is it possible when clicking on a value such the shape, dimensions or text height etc. to select all the value so it can be replaced faster. Right now I have to delete the values number by number or select all with Ctrl-A then delete.
It would be appreciated if you have the option to select all when clicking on it.
It will save a lot of time.
Thank you1 vote
offset path feature won't become a sharp
Why if I have a curve that has several very small (sharp) angles, when I enter it in the offset path feature (+ offset), then the offset result can't be sharp anyway. but if (-) is offset, then can it turn sharp?1 vote
To fix that, you have to increase the Miter limit value in this dialog. Read more about Miter limits here:
The article is about strokes, but the same principle applies to offsets.
The Actions Panel in Photoshop is great. Any chance Actions Panels can be added to other programs?1 vote
Illustrator for Desktop has Actions panel. If you meant iPad — please refer to the iPad section of these forums.
puppet pen tool
it is missing in adobe 2017, how to get it.1 vote
The only wayt to get the Puppet Warp tool is to upgrade at least to October 2017 version or newer. The tool is hidden in the Basic toolbox, and is located in Free Transform tool group in Advanced toolbox. Switch these in Window > Toolbars menu.
Allow for artboard to be transparent
I'm working on a logo and I need the artboard to disappear.1 vote
You can toggle this with View > Hide / Show Artboards (Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + H) to hide borders for artboards.
Also you can apply View > Show / Hide Transparency Grid (Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + D) to view the transparency checkerboard.
Add a "Ctrl +E" to illustrator for quick export
InDesign has a "Ctrl+ E" for quick export instead of going down the menu bar and selecting it. Can illustrator put in a "Ctrl + E" for export. this is a annoyance since I'm exporting to jpg and tif formats all of the time from Illustrator for photoshop image adjustment1 vote
Illustrator allows to assign your own custom hotkeys to most of the command from menus via Edit > Keyboards Shortcuts dialog.
Ability to create a new document
I want to create a new document and not one from a template. Please add "Create New Blank Document".
I use this for mobile games and don't think it's fair I have to revert back to Legacy to just create a quick ai file to edit and go.1 vote
There are several solution on how to create a new document faster. Please refer to the comment inside.
Image skew potential
Image skew option like photoshop. Here we have to make envelope distort.1 vote
The intended way to do this in Illustrator is to use a dedicated Shear Tool (nested in the Scale tool group in the tool panel) or a Free Transform tool.
You can restore all warning dialogs with Preferences > General: Reset All Warning Dialogs command
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