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  1. 19 votes

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  2. Merge anchor points

    I'd like an option to merge two anchor points into one on a shape/path. This would make cleaner paths and objects.

    19 votes

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  3. Introduce reset option for shear/rotation/scaling

    Currently, having used the Shear or Scaling tool on an object cannot be undone - except by undoing ANY previous changes to a document, plus the document may not have been closed and reopened, thereby losing the undo stack.

    I'd like to suggest to add a Reset Object option to AI, allowing to reset an object's shear, rotation and scaling attributes to their original values at the time that object was created.

    The suggested Reset Object option should open a confirmation dialog containing three checkboxes for the user to check:


    Reset the following object attributes:

    □ rotation
    □ scaling
    □…

    18 votes

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  4. Snap shape to artboard or bleeds

    When you draw a rectangle as a background color or border, you could snap to the edges of the artboard or snap to the edges of the bleed.

    18 votes

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  5. Pattern brush can be created while viewing preview as in pattern edit mode.

    Creating tiles and checking whether the seams are aligned is hard work.
    I think that it is convenient to have a function that can create a pattern brush while watching the preview as in the pattern edit mode.
    It seems that the efficiency of pattern brush creation will be greatly increased.

    (Translated to Japanese)
    タイルを作成し、つなぎ目が揃っているかを確認する作業は大変なので、パターン編集モードのようにプレビューを見ながらパターンブラシを作成できる機能がほしい。
    制作時の作業効率が大幅にUPすると思います。

    16 votes

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  6. Soft selection (Selection drop off)

    This already exists in many 3D applications (Maya, 3D Max, and C4d, for sure) and it's often treated, not as a separate tool, but as a setting in the regular selection tools. The idea is that you can set an gradient influence area where the points directly selected are affected 100% by transform changes, while everything else is affected by the changes but adjusted to the alpha percentage of the gradient at that point's initial location. I know that sounds like a mouthful, but it's very similar to how the mesh warp works (minus the having to convert anything and…

    16 votes

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  7. Add the ability to select an object by clicking it's visual appearance (strokes, glyphs, effects)

    Sometimes selection tools fail (seemingly) to pick up object.
    For example, if you have an object with fat stroke, clicking to outside part of that stroke will select nothing (or object underneath stroke) — you have to select in/inside edge to do it.
    Second example — type object, with an empty descender zone, behind baseline; you click below letters to select an object behind, but pick type object instead.
    Third example — object with a subtle but wide drop shadow effect applied to it. Shadow is almost invisible (low opacity and light color), but when you click in it, AI…

    16 votes

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  8. Make blend profiles and better blend controls

    Blend tool in AI is weak.
    Please add acceleration for both attributes and positions for blended objects, as other competitors do.
    Remove positioning by bezier tension, people hardly use it (watch forums), — make separate curve control for it (or at least sliders!)

    16 votes

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  9. Lamé rounded corners

    It would be great to add a way to create Lamé curved corners with rounded corners. (See the section "Optical corner rounding" in https://medium.muz.li/optical-effects-9fca82b4cd9a for an example of this.) Right now, one can make geometric round corners in Adobe Illustrator (and InDesign), but it would add greater flexibility to designs to use Lamé curves to create these more nuanced curves.

    15 votes

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  10. More CAD-like methods of drawing paths

    For Example:

    Draw a circle by plotting 2 points + defining radius
    Draw a circle by plotting 3 points

    More object snapping options:
    Snap to tangent
    Snap to parallel
    Snap to Perpendicular
    Options to turn various snaps on/off

    15 votes

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  11. Polygonal Lasso/Rubber Band effect for standard lasso

    Polygonal Lasso/Rubber Band effect for standard lasso. Should work just like PS lasso. You don't get a break now. Once you start a lasso selection it's on until you've completed your selection.

    15 votes

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  12. Anchor point smart delete

    Deleting an anchor point by default break up the shape of the stroke.
    What about smart delete, that automatically adjust nearest handles to save the shape of the stroke.
    I dream about it from the cs3 version :)

    15 votes

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  13. Bring back "Object lasso tool".

    Was present in earlier AIs. Helpful for non-marque selecting. Increases efficiency

    14 votes

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  14. Hairline Stroke

    Be more Builder/industry user friendly!
    Please, set a preset "hairline" or 0.001 stroke size... so that CO2 laser users can focus more on creating content that dealing with this type of easy to implement features....

    14 votes

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  15. Make ability to create Dead (not Live) shapes

    I don't always need LIVE shapes. They have different controls, different treat of Control panel, they bite off Transform palette. Sometimes I just need rectangular path, as it was before, not Rectangle. Now I have to use Plain rectangle plugin on common basis, rebound to M hotkey.
    I would like to use them if not a bug with Ctrl+Enter in Width/Height fields, while proportion constraint is off (Live shapes don't constraint it with Ctrl+Enter, as everybody else do, — I'm surprised I haven't reported it yet.)

    14 votes

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  16. Blend Tool > Blend Options Panel stinks, nothing personal.

    I use the Blend tool. A lot. When I start a blend, the Properties Panel helpfully tells me that I have a Blend. Thanks for that. But I still have to go to Object>Blend>Blend Options to get any options for the Blend tool. What if the Blend tool options would magically appear in the Properties panel while I'm using that tool?

    Also, the Blend Options panel will not let me make any changes to the blend other than Spacing or Orientation. How about putting the other Blend Options (Expand, Release, Reverse Spline, etc.) in the Blend Options panel so that…

    14 votes

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  17. 3D visualization of art

    Ability to visualize the art on a 3D model.
    Ability to make basic adjustments to 3D attribute.

    14 votes

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  18. Offset Path - Interactive Tool

    Would love to have a tool for interactively creating offset paths.

    Use: Select the tool, click-drag on a path to interactively create an offset version of it

    Tool options could include: [distance], [copies], [join on/off] for open paths, [join type] etc.

    13 votes

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  19. Circle tool : pie shift snap to angles

    Make the pie feature of the circle support snap to angle.
    Example
    https://i.gyazo.com/bbf718e29c9eb4af8af65a8d837de353.mp4

    13 votes

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  20. Cursor and path feedback for Scissors

    We have to guess if we cut a path at all and if we hit the right path.
    No highlight (OK, using Smart Guides helps, but Smart Guides does nothing if you also have Snap to Grid enabled!), no cursor change.

    It’s 2022, right? Clouds, integrations, Stock sales directly in files... Scissors are still used with a blindfold, in a dark room, in a midnight.

    Also vote for this related issue:
    https://illustrator.uservoice.com/forums/333657-illustrator-desktop-feature-requests/suggestions/36111436-make-pen-and-scissors-tools-prioritize-editing-to — Make Pen and Scissors tools prioritize editing to a selected path

    11 votes

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