Selection tolerance for selecting handles.
Selection tolerance does not work for handles selection. You need to be very precise to select them. When smart guides are on, it works, but not when they are off.. For my type of work it's better to work without smart guides.
The selection tolerance setting for handles is clearly broken. It's stuck at 1 pixel, no matter what you set it to in the preferences.
I compared with CS6 where it works fine.
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Chris Phillips commented
This is still broken in the latest version in Feb 2021 - particularly on PC. Unusable without Smart Guides on but still not the greatest with Smart Guides on either. The issue exists on the Mac version with Smart Guides off as well. I've given up using Illustrator on PC.
My workaround on Mac has been to turn Smart Guides on and turn all the features of Smart Guides off except for object highlighting.
Mr. Ponce commented
It is indeed broken; when text is inside a small circle the text tool cursor wants to select the circle and not the text although you are clearly right over the text. I have to zoom in considerably to select the text.
Same for text on a dimension line on measurements. To select the text with the text tool I have to zoom in otherwise it will select the dimension line.
Jayse Hansen commented
Highly agreed - working in AI is a HUGE pain now - always rotating when you just want to scale. Or scaling a corner even though you just want to stretch from the center. It's especially noticeable on wacom tablets, however every other app gets it right. (InDesign, Xd, Mirra, Photoshop etc.) What's up AI team? It's a major pain to have to zoom in every time you want to do a transform.
Alexandre Soubrier commented
Tolerance is a problem, but the style of the cursor too. Showing where the cursor will REAlLY grab the handle is a solution. I show this here : https://illustrator.uservoice.com/forums/333657-illustrator-feature-requests/suggestions/37709080-show-a-different-cursor-on-bezier-point-and-add-t
Max Hancock commented
Using Illustrator 23.0.1 and this is still broken! I need to zoom in so close to select and move anything that isn't a big solid shape.
Is there a solution for this in the latest update? I'm still facing problems while selecting and moving the anchor points from the path
Rombout Versluijs commented
The Tollorance is still broken, example set it to 1px and try to select something. It selects it even while its 50-100px aside of it.
Another super annoying issue, it constantly goes into rotation mode. Im riding a rolleer coast here because i need to none stop zoomin and out.
They really broke this part and has been like this for quite ome versions. I think somewhere around 2015/2016 it started to act like this.
Selection in the new illustrator is so annoying, I've had no problems with all older Illustrator versions, before it went to creative cloud. Why has it changed? You have to really zoom in to select anything below 1cm, it wasn't like this before. I think its because they've added the curve dots to the corners which we don't think we need. I've seen lots of other people commenting about the same thing. There are other things that have changed too, for example, when switching between tools, it doesn't remember what was selected when you want to use the pencil on the selection. Please can adobe look into changing some of these things back that people loved about illustrator in the first place. If it ain't broke it don't fix it, thanks.
The tollerance setting was broken in the previous version. Now in 22.1 it has been fixed for the node points, but it still doesn't work for handles. It is easier to select handles in older versions with tolerance set to 8px, then it is now with bigger handles, but with broken tolerance.
This! The issue is genuinely annoying, it just makes my work so uncomfortable
Thanks! Yeah, I will try it out.
Leo, have you tried the last beta? Tolerance works fine there
Yep, it does seem to be broken. I've tested it on older versions, and it works fine there. There's a feature request to make the handles bigger to make them easier to grab. However, it may be just a bug with the tolerance feature.
Seem to be fixed in latest beta
AI CC 2017 doesn't feel and apply the tolerance, set in Preferences > Selection & Anchor Display!
I've just checked this in CS6. While fresh instalment doesn't do as you show, after setting 8px everything is OK. But in CC — NO.
Please see the animation attached.