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  1. create a offset path preset.

    I typically use the same 2 offset path sizes .125 and .0625 there needs to be a way to save these presets so I dont need to manually type them each time.

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  2. Guidelines for artboards and transformation options

    You should be able to have a ruler for every artboard you work on (with an option to turn it on or off).
    Also, artboard sjhould have their own guidelines, that does not extend beyond bleeding area of the artboard. These guidelines should copy automatic to the new artboard when you copy th artboard with Option-Drag.
    Also, when selectable, the Guideline shoould have the transform options in transform panel (a rotation and size would be an excelent option)

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  3. Restore previous default Stroke alignment to center, or add a preference option for default alignment.

    The default stroke alignment used to be centered in previous versions.

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  4. shortcut for fidelity

    Hi there. I use illustrator for my digital whiteboard animation / videoscribe. It all works well. but I like to switch from low to high fidelity depending if I am drawing characters, or buildings or inanimate objects.
    I think a short cut key to put it up and down would be really useful.

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  5. Illustrator or Photoshop for digital drawing??

    I am a digital artist. I didn't see a thread about difference between this two software , and it seemed like no one has given their impressions on this oftware so I wanted to put together something quick to kickstart a discussion or something.

    Illustrator is a vector based application and Photoshop is an image editor. That means Photoshop works with pixels and Illustrator does not. Illustrator drawings can be scaled and printed at any size without loss of image quality. The lines are very clean and sharp, which is great for logo design and illustration. Photoshop drawings can be…

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  6. Make (Anchor Points) Pixel Perfect

    I appreciate the Make Pixel Perfect command... when it works. It does what one would expect when applied to a simple ellipse, rectangle, or etc, but for many complex shapes it simply fails with "Selected art cannot be made pixel perfect."

    When I attempt Make Pixel Perfect on a more complex shape, I'm looking for one of two things:

    • I want to round the x, y, width and height of the whole path to the nearest whole-pixel values, or
    • I want to round the x and y of every anchor point along the path to the nearest whole-pixel values.

    As…

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  7. always create spines for blends

    When you create a blend between two or more closed paths, Illustrator automatically generates a blend spine that you can edit.

    But when your blend involves at least one open path, suddenly Illustrator decides you don't need a spine. If you want one, you have to draw an approximation of the spine you figure your blend would have, probably move it around a lot to put the blend where you want it because you guessed wrong as to where Illustrator thought the center of the paths in your blend would be, and then finally do the blend spine tweaking you…

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  8. change stroke color of custom brush

    I've downloaded a few custom brushes & their colors don't change. They're black, that's it, no matter what stroke color I choose in the palette. I don't like having to expand their appearance just to change their color. In a few projects that I'm working on, I want to be able to try a few different brushes in the color that I like (and be able to change that color, too) + at any point that I wish to change that brush again in the future & maintain that color. You get it. Hoping this is a simple thing the…

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  9. Change default point type (corner or smooth) when using Join tool

    When joining two open paths using the Join tool, the point created at their intersection will always be smooth, even if the two paths previously ended in corners (such as in the diagram). I would like to please request that the Join tool give the user the option to choose what kind of point (corner or smooth) it will create.

    In the same vein, may I request that an option to remove previous points be added? (indicated by red arrows on diagram attached)

    Finally, when trying to convert that new point to a corner, one must first explicitly change it…

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  10. Make the brush and pencil tools respond to color changes. Place a color selection box in Paintbrush Tool Options

    I cannot change colors on Brush and Pencil tools. I researched many Q & A threads and none of the answers solved the problem. Fill new brush strokes does not work for the brush or pencil tools.

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  11. A "draw on vertex" option - for drawing two or more objects that share part of their outline

    A "draw on vertex" option - for drawing two or more objects that share part of their outline. Hard to have two objects that butt up together and draw on exact same path.

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  12. Global "Scale Strokes" Setting Affected by Scale Tool

    When I check or uncheck the "scale strokes" option in the scale tool, this affects the global stroke-scaling setting. This isn't expected, nor desired.

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  13. Display Tablet : Wacom CINTIQ 22HD VS XP-Pen Artist 22E Pro REVIEW

    Hello everyone, I'm an Illustrator user, I usually use the Adobe Illustrator, Evernote, Dropbox software and tasks. Mostly Illustrator on my display drawing tablet.

    CINTIQ 22HD

    I know there are a lot of people who are looking for Cintiq alternatives as Wacom's tablets are expensive. I had been wanting a Cintiq for years but never really thought they were worth all that money. However, after I had a chance of using Cintiq 22HD for a few days, I came to realize that drawing on a display tablet is far quicker and more enjoyable than doing it on non-display tablets.
    SO,…

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  14. arcs and 'pie' shapes created from the centre point and specifying the start and end angles that remain 'live'after creation

    Same as Coreldraw!... been using Illustrator for 15 years had to revert to Corel for this feature

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  15. improve eraser tool

    Is it possible to improve the eraser tool? t would be useful to have the same improvements than in the photoshop one, , follow a path, or make a straight line from point to point

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  16. Blend objects aligned to path and keep bounding boxes at ends straight so they don't distort

    Blend objects aligned to path and keep bounding boxes at ends straight so they don't distort. Have to make many long paths of wire shapes and to keep them aligned on the path the first and last keep distorting so I can't edit or reuse for a slightly different curve.

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  17. Option/Alt + Click to select repeated shape in Pattern Maker and add easier move function

    Often in pattern maker, designers find themselves boggled at how its magic works, and tend to resort to legacy features and clipping masks as a solve for how to make a pattern repeat in this feature. Even when used properly an incorrect overlap may appear that can seem challenging to resolve. I am currently working on a hex repeat, that only shows an overlap when tiled at 5x5 and was a head scratcher to some of the team. In general this is easily solved by selecting and moving the distance of the swatch, but to identify these shapes can be…

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  18. Blend specify steps / Blend Make options tickbox

    When I click: Options - Blend - Blend options...

    I then specify the number of steps.

    It would be helpful to have a tick box there titled: Make.

    Otherwise, I have to go back to Options - Blend - Make

    Just a little something that would be nice :)

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  19. indesign dropper

    the illustrator and indesign dropper work differently, one the opposite of the other.
    I think that indesign is more functional, especially for copying text styles and applying them to multiple words ... If possible, adjust the dropper function that works like in indesign.

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  20. Image Trace Streaks

    I keep getting streaks in images traced in illustrator.

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