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  1. Shared library colors -- that UPDATE your document if they are changed

    As far as I can tell, your shared library feature lets you share a palette of colors—BUT, once you start using those colors, they are locked within your file and no longer linked to the shared library. This means that if your brand team changes a shade of yellow slightly and publishes that to the library, you have to manually know what changed and manually update your file. Figma users are very accustomed to using shared swatches, and Illustrator users can get comfortable with this workflow too IF it works for them and their company.

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  2. Merge swatches with right-click

    In InDesign you can right-click in the swatches panel and select 'Merge Swatches' (among many other things).

    In Illustrator there is no right-click menu at all, you have to click the fly-out.

    Adding the right-click menu (or even the ability add a keyboard shortcut to things in the fly-out) would be helpful as we get a lot of files with duplicate colors or need to convert odd mixes/incorrect names to true Pantones so our rips will recognize them. We do a lot of merging.

    Thank you!

    8 votes

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  3. Export Color Codes for all colors in a file

    I often have to put together style guides and have to manually (literally by hand) write down each color's codes for CMYK, RGB and HEX from Illustrator down onto a sheet of paper and then type those into the InDesign file for the style guide's color section.

    It would be super helpful to be able to export a report for all of the colors used in a file and be able to see the RGB/HEX codes and the CMYK codes for each (depending on what the document color mode is set to)

    Example:
    Color 1:
    CMYK 100, 100, 100, 100…

    8 votes

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  4. Remember "Swatch options" Preview setting

    Why do I have to check the box "Preview" every time I open the "Swatch options" panel? Why is this setting not remembered? I bet, lots of folks would appreciate it. Having it by default unchecked is annoying.

    8 votes

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  5. Please bring back the slider for the gradient angle adjustment!!!

    There used to be a slider for the angle adjustment of gradients. It was great because I didn't have to know the angle or the direction in numbers, (which designers are notoriously bad at, by the way) I could freely adjust the angle based on how it looked. The way it is now, with a textbook and a dropdown menu, is so much more work and SO FRUSTRATING. I don't want to have to type in increments and figure out if I need to make it a negative angle.
    PLEASE GIVE ME THE SLIDER BACK!!!!!!!!!
    Thank you!
    Maia

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  6. Separation preview with values on hover

    Just like in InDesign there should be the value of each channel on the exact spot (while you are hovering over any point on your artwork)

    Here the difference between AI and ID (each while hovering over an image)

    It's hard to check color values without (at the moment you have to put the finished .ai into a InDesign document, activate separation view there and check each point.) For printing you have a minimum requirement of 3%-7% (depending on the technique like offset or gravure printing) in each channel to make sure it actually prints. Otherwise it may not! It…

    7 votes

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  7. Make the hex code box visible for all color modes on the color panel. Not just RGB modes.

    I only ever use HSB to dial in my color and it slows me down to double click on the color to only have to copy the hex code in a different window. The only modes that currently have a box that displays the hex code are RGB or WebsafeRGB. This is missing for all other modes such as HSB, CMYK and Grayscale. Make the hex code box visible for all color modes on the color panel, please.

    7 votes

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  8. Hue cube / Live Color Picker

    Would it be possible to import the Hue cube from Photoshop when choosing color? MagicPicker plugin won't work when selecting gradient colors (it will just replace the gradient completely) and Color Picker doesn't allow for real-time changes, you need to select the color and press OK to see the change. Color tab works perfectly, but the available color palette is impractical to use. I have no clue why you are not using the same setup as in Photoshop, where the Color tab looks exactly like the Color Picker. People have been complaining about this for 4 years now.

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    7 votes

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  9. swap stroke and fill in swatch panel

    This would seem self evident to me, but being able to swap stroke and fill in the swatch panel as opposed to going all the way over to the tool bar, or swapping to the color panel would be a definite time and focus saver.

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  10. Recent Colors, Colors Normalization, Color Auto-Palette

    I'd love for 2 new swatches to become available, and a new feature. The first swatch would be "recent colors" and be auto-generated, showing similar colors grouped. It would have the option to auto-merge similar colors together, and also the ability to adjust 1 color and have it change instances of that color in the art. The second swatches would be an auto-generated group called a "palette/scheme" and this would make it easy to copy color for various css code

    7 votes

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  12. "1 click" no stroke/fill

    It'd be nice to have a "one click" no stroke/fill instead of having to bring one to the front each time, or having to click the color and click again for 'none'.

    It's a minor thing but turning a 2-step process into a 1-step process adds up over time.

    See mock-up.

    7 votes

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  13. Adding gradients to swatch groups

    1) DESCRIPTION: Right now, we can set gradients as swatches, and we can set several swatches to go into a group. However, we cannot save gradients to a swatch group. But what if we could?

    2) WHY IS THIS VALUABLE TO YOU?: Because, Adobe, why would you have "swatch groups" when you can't even put the different varieties of swatches in them?

    6 votes

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  14. Gradient Swatch includes angle and position, please!

    Currently a Gradient swatch only includes color and transparency. PLEASE build Illustrator so Gradient Swatches include angle and position!

    It's a pain to have to adjust the gradient angle, after a Gradient Swatch attribute has been applied to an object. If the angle were editable and save-able (in the swatch) it would be wonderful!

    6 votes

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  15. Have swatch tooltips show actual CMYK or RGB values

    I'd like the swatch tooltips to show the actual CMYK/RGB/HSB etc. values instead of the user created name. Or, at least have the "Name with Color Value" checkbox, like InDesign does.

    In a document where i have numerous color values that can sometimes be one percentage point of difference from another, this would be helpful in grouping them and then merging those near identical colors.

    6 votes

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  16. Remove limit of 27 spot colours

    We have one of the many printers that uses 6 inks to synthesise CMYK and spot colours. It uses internal look up for pantone spots, and these need to be set in Illustrator as spot colours. It's not unreasonable to have more than 27 of these (in this instance, we're creating a colour chart for our / our customer reference). Thanks.

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  17. Set all colour palette swatches to Global as default

    Could we have all default swatches and custom colour swatches we select set as 'Global' when are working in a document? Or at least be able to select multiple swatches all at once and make Global? Why is the default 'non-Global' when colours are likely to be used regularly across multiple working files?

    5 votes

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  18. Preserve Names When Adding Color to Swatches From Library

    If you add a color to Swatches from a Library, the name of the color is lost and defaults to the RGB or CMYK values. It would be nice if those names were preserved.

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  19. Highlight Pantone swatch in Pantone palette

    It used to be when you selected a pantone swatch in your palette, it would highlight the same pantone swatch in the pantone pallete. Somehow in the last couple years, this feature has been lost. The reason it is helpful is I can quickly find my pantone and pick a color deeper or lighter than it by looking to the left or right of that swatch. Right now, to find a pantone color, I need to type in the color and of course the only result is going to be that color. I can't see what is to the right…

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  20. Give the Colors panel a useful color picker

    Illustrator has a number of different color pickers that appear depending on what particular item you click on, but the one in the color panel is the least useful and most tiring to use.

    As far as I can tell, this picker is the Brightness Cube from Photoshop but without the brightness slider that’s needed to make effective use of it. If you use the sliders to adjust saturation or brightness, the change isn’t reflected in the palette square.

    With this picker, you can either reduce saturation but with maximum brightness, OR you can reduce brightness but with maximum saturation.…

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