Rotation of the Artboard
Like in Photoshop it would be great if an Artist could rotate the artboard/canvas in Illustrator. If you draw a line from left to right it's never the same stroke as from up to down.
I have some great news for your today. Rotate View (Canvas) feature is available in Illustrator 25.3 (Desktop) now. Thank you all for your feedback which helped us shape up this feature.
Please note: This update is currently only available in the following countries (India, Australia, Netherlands, Hong Kong, France, Germany, Canada, South Korea, UK, Italy) and will rollout globally over the next few weeks.
Zsolt Ercsei commented
I am sure I not the first who thought of it, but Adobe Animate has a rotate art-board option and it uses vector tools as well. Maybe AI could recycle some code from Animate to make it work. Even if raster effects are turned off while using it
oh how I need this now. So happy to hear you are working on it. I am new to drawing and started wtih procreate. It's so easy to turn your paper to draw a different direction while holding the ipad on your lap. If you turn the ipad the artboard goes along with it, so that is not a option. Procreate lets you turn the "paper" as you would if you were drawing on a paper.
Thank you for working on this. I love the app! I love how I can go from the Ipad to the desktop. Thank you.
The team has started working on it. We would love to talk to some of you to understand your workflows and ask a few questions. If you are interested, please use this link to pick a time slot. Look forward to your feedback. Thanks.
Rombout Versluijs commented
Really you guys have been tinkering on this. Many people here don't seem to understand the difference between rotation in Photoshop Vs illustrator. As you said I think rotating the canvas is a better and "easier" way. It would have much less issues figuring out what is on a canvas and what not.
The caveAt is perhaps the origin of rotation. I would presume it's either center of active artboard or manual set origin.
Downside to this is probably document with ram hungry setup like extended use of filters. They tend to redraw on each interaction when moved. So perhaps some setting that will go in some kind of low-res preview mode to make this workflow smoother.
Looking forward to this implementation.
Please test it thoroughly before launching. Quite some tools have been broken and taken years to be fixed.
Margaret Trauth commented
Oh hey it's coming up on another year since this "story" was "added to backlog"! I'd better get ready for its birthday party soon.
Absolutely. Nothing less than a full free rotation of the art board at any angle should be accepted.... Hence the name ILLUSTRATOR. Draw on paper and only rotate 90 degrees. Let us know how helpful that is.
To take advantage of the freehand drawing tools available, full free rotation of the artboard is absolutely necessary. Artists have been fleeing to other apps for a while now for just this reason.
Since artboards are basically the equivalent of pages in InDesign, I would support having it work similar to how InDesign's rotate pages feature works. It is page specific, so I would support Illustrator being artboard-specific. However, based on what I've seen in how scripts and plugins work relative to multi-artboard files, it seems like the underlying technology in AI does not treat artboards as independent pages, but more like isolated areas on a single page. So I guess it's something of a hack?
Anyway, for me personally, arbitrary angles are unimportant. I would be happy for 90 degree rotations.
Haha good one! Who's pretending to be Adobe?? I'll believe this when I see it.
Simon Bowland commented
@Avinash Stepwise rotation will NOT work for me, it needs to be a free rotation.
Pen and type tools are a must, as are the likes of on-canvas Free Distort, Skew, etc.
I have serious doubts about Illustrator's ability to rotate and render the entire canvas instead of individual artboards. Right now, Illustrator struggles to render and display multiple artboards, so to imagine it also rotating those... I think it should be artboard specific, NOT canvas specific.
Rotation is a must have that’s why procreate is so fantastic it’s the ability to rotate the whole artboard
I would prioritize the type tool as it's most common for packaging
Randy Devost commented
Looking forward to seeing how this works out. I would need this for packaging design working mostly with text and vectors. Brushes and fancy raster effects are not done in Illustrator at our shop.
And please ensure this is a scriptable function
Thank you for the update. I need the rotation of the artboard for packaging.
To be specific, working on multi language packaging (12+) and placing translations in longer settings of text without being able to rotate the artboard is a nightmare. For my workflow, rotating the artboard just like in InDesign would be great. Thanks in advance!
Avinash- your summary sounds like a good start. Looking forward to it!
I literally need this now :) Glad it's being worked on. Kinda funny that a program called "illustrator" wont allow you to turn the virtual paper as you draw is it would in real life.
Zsolt Ercsei commented
Opposed to dandid below, I am really looking forward to use it for drawing. Mostly (blob)brush and pencil tool. I would even accept if it would mean that AI doesn't render all the effects but while it rotates my canvas, it turns on a simplified rendering of the artwork.
You little beauty! this feature has been such gripe of mine for years, decades?
I personally don't need it for 'artistic' reasons so brush and pencil not a concern of mine, its always for packaging - needing to look at different panels of boxes. 90º rotations are most common but many packs have other angled panels on them. once rotated I need to be able to use arrow tools and text mainly, but the more the better.
angled artboards could come in handy for exporting panels from such layouts too, but that would be a rare requirement for me personally.
John Daryl Obera commented
Yes please, maybe collaborate with the Photoshop team on how to add this feature because they have this feature for a very long time.