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  1. The ability to offset paths multiple times all at once

    The ability to offset paths multiple times all at once would be so useful!

    Freehand used to have this ability. Comes in handy!

    As it is now I need to go in multiple separate times to do this. Makes it awkward and time-consuming.

    5 votes

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  2. Drag & Drop Appearance

    Hi,

    Currently, moving individual "Appearance" between objects is a difficult route:
    1. Select the object. Deselect the object.
    2. Display the "Appearance" palette
    3. Delete unnecessary "Appearance"
    4. create a style. with the right Apperance
    5. Select the object.
    6. ALT + Click on the style to add a new Appearance to the existing Appearance of the object.

    Whew ....

    Can you not create the ability to drag the Appearance?

    It would be great and so much more time during work.

    Best Regards

    5 votes

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  3. Turn off effects in outline mode

    I never really understood why effects are loaded in the background in outline mode. Why is it necessary to load an effect when you don't even see it? I thought the purpose of outline mode was for when the artwork have become heavy and takes longer time to load. The usual reason why my artwork becomes so heavy is because of all the effects I use. I wish I could switch to outline mode for quick edits instead of having to wait for the effect to load every time I do a tiny adjustment. Effects should be turned off in…

    5 votes

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  4. NUMERATE!

    As a function of the transform tool, or perhaps a tool in it's own right, a feature to numerate copies in sequence and/or apply fully scanning bar or QR codes. E.g. raffle tickets, concert tickets, coupons, vouchers, etc.

    This would be invaluable as a time-saving measure, and allow an artist/designer to keep something like tickets completely in-house. I've been working with Illustrator for 15 years, and to my knowledge there's no feature that does anything like this. When I design concert or raffle tickets I have to use a 3rd party vendor, pretty much just for the bar code and…

    5 votes

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  5. An ability to create custom bevel profiles for 3D and Materials Extrude

    We can create our own profiles for now Classic Extrude, by modifying the Bevels.ai — located here:
    Mac: /Applications/Adobe Illustrator [version]/Support Files/Resources/[locale]
    Win: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Illustrator [version]\Support Files\Required\Resources[locale]

    But changing the file does nothing to customize bevels for the modern 3D!
    They seem to be hardcoded.
    Please, make the same file to be recognized by the modern 3D, or perhaps come up with some better way, that does not require to modify a red-only file and restarting Ai — for both 3D methods.

    4 votes

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  6. Text to Vector Graphic (Beta) feature: Turn Off

    I'd like to be able to turn off the new feature for "text to vector graphic (beta)" if possible.

    4 votes

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  7. 3D & Materials: separate colour/material for extrusion

    Please introduce the ability to apply separate colour and material to the extruded part of a 3D shape. There are multiple examples where such a feature would immensely help recreating real world objects. For example: laser cut plywood (burned edges, parallel to the surface), slice of bread, etc. Basically, any cut object which interior is different to its surface.

    4 votes

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  8. Allow to change default settings for 3D and Materials effect

    Can we please change the default settings on 3D effect to not apply anything or allow us to change the default. It takes forever to load on every project just to open it up for a simple bevel to be applied. Many times my app just crashes just opening up the window just from applying whatever the default setting is doing to the text I selected. My computer is far beyond the specs that it says the program requires until I need to open this tool on anything.

    4 votes

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  9. 4 votes

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  10. I'd like the ability to import .spsm files to Materials.

    When taken from Illustrator to a community-created assets page, there are tons of .spsm files and only a few .sbsar files. The .spsm files are the ones that I like, but I can't use them in Illustrator.

    4 votes

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  11. 3D Revolve Perspective is Always Off Center

    The perspective setting for the 3D revolve effect seems to be centered on the OBJECT being revolved rather than the AXIS of the revolve. That means that adding any perspective skews the object off-center (see lower cylinder in attached example screenshot).

    Could a setting be added to shift the center of the perspective to the axis (among other options)? Sorry if a setting exists and I just can't find it.

    4 votes

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  12. Better reflect tool functionality with option to add multiple instances similar to Macromedia Freehand.

    Illustrator needs a better reflect tool that can add multiple instances. The way Freehand's reflect/rotate tool worked was IMO optional because it gave a live preview of the outcome and worked intuitively.

    I know that similar thing can be done in effects -> transform, but you need many more steps to achieve the same result, often not knowing what to expect visually before you get the result.

    4 votes

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  13. Layer style effects - Bevel & Emboss, Drop Shadow, Outer glow...

    Illustrator needs a panel for object effects similar to ID and PS.
    Especially bevel and emboss effects. Affinity Designer has this option.

    4 votes

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  14. Ability to create Folder-like Groups within Appearance panel and apply Opacity and effects at this Group level.

    Using the Photoshop model of layer folders, provide the ability to group fills and strokes within the Appearance panel. These groups could then have opacity, effects, etc. applied at the Group level.

    E.g. a complex stroke pattern could be built within a group using multiple styles, and then that pattern could be "embossed" onto another underlaying style using Overlay or Hard Light. The overall effect could then be contained within a single path and could be saved as a single Graphic Style.

    4 votes

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  15. Separate "Random" checkboxes for every parameter of the transform each command and effect.

    Seperate "Random" checkboxes for every parameter of the "Transform Each" command and effect.

    This would allow the user, in one step, to randomize only the selected parameter, (say the vertical scale) but still transform the other parameters (maybe rotation and number of copies) uniformly.

    4 votes

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  16. Effect/Filter parity with Photoshop/Indesign/After Effects

    Many of the effects in Illustrator seem to be only half implemented (in comparison to PS/AE/etc). Illustrator's glow/shadow/etc effects only have a few options compared to the same effects in other Adobe apps, which makes them less adaptable & powerful. Please beef up the effects (and add new ones, such as directional feather/gradient feather/inner shadow) in Illustrator so that they match the offerings in Adobe's other apps.

    4 votes

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  17. 4 votes

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  18. Color Halftone with various pixel sizes and/or LPI

    In "Color Halftone" we only have the option of setting one pixel size for the dots, that will later be applied to all 4 channels. However, in printing, it is common for each color channel to be printed with a different dot size, to prevent moiré and create more solid patterns. It would be great if in Illustrator one could set a different pixel size for each color, the same way it is possible to vary the angle.

    Also it would be amazing to have this setting done in LPI rather than pixel dot size.

    4 votes

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  19. Pixel brushes

    It would be awesome to add pixel brushes in Illustrator as well as an easy way to paint inside objects, it's really not a ideal workflow to jump to Photoshop and even working with Affter Effects to keep those textures. Maybe something like Astute's Texturino or Affinity Designer's pixel layer.

    4 votes

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  20. Auto-generate an opacity mask from the Appearance palette

    I've been experimenting with ways to create soft edges and stylized natural textures in my work. I find myself wishing for this to be able to quickly and easily create, say, an erratically faded and mottled edge to a filled path by giving it an opacity mask made up of a jagged white-to-black fade pattern brush, plus some black spots from a scatter brush.

    I would like to be able to add strokes and/or fills to a path via the Appearance palette, and have these paths show up in an auto-generated opacity mask for the path instead.

    Possibly this might…

    4 votes

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