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  1. Anchor point sliding (reposition point tool)

    It would be nice to have an Anchor Point Slide function that transfers the anchor's position along the path without disturbing it, the same way nodes work in a 3D software. I find it very frustrating when I'm trying to reposition an anchor point without altering the path, but there's no way to do that.

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  2. Image trace to create smooth gradient fills instead of banded swatches

    Image trace to create smooth gradient fills instead of banded swatches

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  3. Could the Width Tool scale Pattern Brush tiles proportionately instead of squeezing them down distortingly?

    Greetings!

    I'm not sure, if this feature is already there (would be grateful for a response if it already is!). I googled, didn't find anything. It's also too many keywords...

    So. The width tool can varyingly alter the width of a stroke to which a pattern brush is applied to. What I have been struggling with, is that, the width tool only squeezes the pattern tiles perpendicular to the spine of the stroke, and thus distorting the proportions and original composition of the pattern tile itself.

    Is there a way to perhaps, distort the tiles in a manner that they…

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  4. A new tool that copies exactly the color that's seen by the user on the screen through transparent objects

    Currently, when I like a certain color that's formed through the combination of 2 or more transparent objects (or objects with blend modes applied), I can't copy that exact color. The eye-dropper tool simply copies the color from the topmost object. I often find myself taking a snap of the display and then paste that image within illustrator and copying the color I want from that image.

    Request: I'd like a tool, similar to the eye-dropper, but instead, it picks the RESULTANT color(s) that is displayed through transparent objects or even objects with BLEND-MODES applied to them.

    I've attached an…

    6 votes

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  5. Allow Free Distort and Perspective to work with Live Text.

    Allow Free Distort and Perspective to work with LIVE Text.
    Having to convert text to curves before distorting is too destructive.
    There's no way to edit the text after distorting. Corel Draw let me do this back in the 90's.

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  6. Smart Guides and the Rotate Tool : Incremental Rotation Angles

    When rotating an object with the rotate tool and holding shift, objects snap to 45° increments.

    I am suggesting that increments of rotation be customizable, allowing such increments as 1°, 5°, 10° 15° 30° and 45°.

    Trying to get integer values of rotation, with the current method of dragging to rotate an object, is nigh impossible. This would allow for easier creation of polar arrays and the accurate rotation of objects in general.

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  7. Join Separate paths

    If you have lots of separate, exploded lines (say from DWG/DXF import, then you should be able to use an alternative of Ctrl+J to join them back together without them trying to join end to end.

    That is to say, if paths are adjacent to each other they are joined. But the ends of non adjacent paths aren't then closed up as well. Really basic idea, but somehow overlooked.

    Sure, it's easy to Ctrl+J a few disparate, exploded paths. But for 20+, 50+, it's a joke.

    6 votes

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  8. Lasso select tool selection lines should be always be visible, even when selecting over black fills.

    I often use the lasso select tool and often i am selecting over top of objects that are black filled, and the lasso line is invisible over these black objects.

    Conversely, in photoshop, the lasso line is drawn so it always contrasts the colors behind it, so no matter what colors we are selecting over top of, the lasso line is still visible.

    Illustrator desperately needs to replicate this functionality from photoshop

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  9. Bring back the rounded corners in the rectangle dialog

    Please place the rounded corners back into the rectangle dialog window. The new experience for this feature is undiscoverable and not intuitive at all. The usage pattern is inconsistent with the rest of the drawing tools e.g. polygon, stars... Have you consider testing it on users before launching the new 2019 version? Please do not redesign for the sake of redesign. Your users are not being efficient in their workflows because they have to spend time to figure it out where those features have gone. I am very sorry but this is a frustrating experience.

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    As per the comment.

    The rounded corner box is still there in new versions, but hidden, as a 'not-frequently-used' — well, statistics-wise. Click on the three dots at the bottom of your toolbar and pick Rounded Rectangle tool directly, or drop it into your toolbar.

    Please free to add comments, if you think that this tool should be included to the Essentials toolbox anyway, and why you think this is important.

  10. Remove Single Handle from Within the Pen-Tool

    If you want to REMOVE a handle by clicking, this can be achieved by using the Convert Anchor Point-Tool and Clicking on it.

    Now, all other Pen-Tool Functions can be accessed by pushing modifier keys like Ctrl and Alt, except for this one. It requires you to change out of the tool.

    I therefore suggest adding the functionality to the ALT-Mode of the Pen-Tool, which activates the Anchor Point-Tool, that if you click on a handle, this handle gets removed.

    This does NOT conflict with the current function, which is to disconnect handles, since this require Click and Drag.

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  11. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE add the Alt/Option key functionality from XD!!!

    I know there is the measure tool. I wish it functioned like XD where holding Alt/Option and hovering over an object will give you the exact distance.

    It's super frustrating to switch between Adobe products and have no consistency. One shortcut to zoom in an app does something entirely different in another.

    Yes, I understand they are different apps but you force people to subscribe to multiple apps instead of allowing people to see a project to completion in one single app. I can learn one or two apps inside out and backward - I cannot learn 50...

    Thanks.

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  12. path eraser tool - erasing multiple path selection (worked in CS5, does not in CC)

    I jumped from CS5 to the current CC version of illustrator. As a technical illustrator, I often need to erase portions of paths. The easiest method for accomplishing this task is to select all the paths I intend to erase portions of using the "path eraser tool" and simply go from path to path erasing what I need using the "path eraser tool". This function works properly in CS5 but at some point afterwards has been lost.

    However, as soon as you erase a portion of the first path, all selected paths are unselected except for the current path being…

    6 votes

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  13. Contextual Pie-menus, like Radiant menus by Wacom

    creating a contextual "shortcut" menu overlapping layer to access quickly Tools. This is a kind of Radiant Menu developed by Wacom on their tablet for example or Alias marking menu. This should really improve workflow ergonomics.

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  14. Use Key Object to allow precise control for in-back and in-front level changes

    Allow Key Object to define which object is moved and which object is used to define movement. If I select two objects and then highlight one as a key object, it would be nice to use the same hotkeys for "send to back" and "send to front" and have it only work in relation to the two selected objects, putting the keyed object either directly in front of or behind in the layer order of the other object.

    As it is now, the hotkeys either work too much by sending objects all they way to the back or front, or…

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  15. Option to add dimensions to current layer

    I enjoy the new dimension tool but find it annoying that it creates a whole new separate layer. Maybe my workflow is unconventional, but it would be nice if the dimensions could just be added to my print instructions layer instead of a whole new layer just for the dimensions. I make a lot of diecuts and find myself still using old methods to create the dimension lines due to it always putting them on another layer.

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  16. An option to hide units in dimensions made with the Dimension Tool

    Can you add an option so that the units are not displayed for dimensions and only the number is displayed? Thank you.

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  17. Add option to create vector graphics from text

    Add option to create vector graphics from text with firefly

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    The feature is added in the latest builds of Illustrator. The development of it is not complete yet, and the team has more plans on making it better for users to help them with their creative projects.

    If you have specific requests related to it, leave them in comments below or log separately.

  18. Toggle Radii in Ellipse Properties

    When editing Ellipse Properties in the transform palette, it's be great to be able to turn off the radiuses in the ellipse, enabling a live shape which is an arc. At the moment you are limited to filled/joined sections.

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  19. Scissors tool should be aware of stroke width profiles and brush tool data.

    At present, if you use the Scissors tool on a path with a width profile, the resulting paths will both inherit the entire width profile. This always feels wrong; I would much prefer that the resulting paths had new width profiles that match the original look of the path.

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  20. Rotate artboard with all objects

    It's possible to rotate the artboard, but the objects are still on their old positions.
    I found the is a button to bind artboard and objects for MOVING the artboard together. Why does that not work for rotation?

    In the mean time I have written a small JavaScript to solve this: https://www.behance.net/gallery/125369255/Javascript-for-Illustrator-RotateArtboard

    I hope, we can use a rotation of an artboard with it's objects soon in AI.
    – Jens.

    5 votes

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