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  1. Hide contents outside of a mask from the selection tool

    Contents outside of a mask boundaries are still visible from the selection tool, so i's often tricky to select other objects behind. It would be great to have an option to just see the boundary of the mask with the selection tool.

    34 votes

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  2. convert a clipping mask into a crop

    It would be great to be able to convert a clipping mask into a crop.

    28 votes

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  3. Quick Command for Trim View

    Quick Command for Trim View. I alternate a lot between normal view and trim view but have to stop to select trim view every time.

    15 votes

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  4. Allow selecting a clipping mask by its fill.

    Currently, I need to select clipping masks by their edge, which is tricky. I prefer selecting objects by their fill.

    15 votes

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  5. Don't highlight paths in a clipping mask, outside of the clipped object.

    Sometimes I get a file a huge complex path inside of a clipping mask. When I hover my mouse on the outside of the clipping mask this path gets highlighted.

    Can we turn this off? I don't have any use for knowing what's hidden in a clipping mask, and this is incredibly frustrating.

    Video attached for reference. Does anyone else have this problem?

    11 votes

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  6. Transparency Masks should appear in layers panel like Clipping Masks

    I like how Clipping Masks show up in the Layers panel as a "<Clip Group>", which you can expand to see the object being used as the mask and the object being masked. However, Transparency Masks do not show up at all in the Layers panel; you have to remember to open up the Transparency panel to see and interact with them. In a document with a mix of Clipping Masks and Transparency Masks, this is really confusing and makes the Transparency Masks easy to forget about. You should make the Transparency Mask show up in the Layers panel like…

    6 votes

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  7. Expanding Compound Clip Mask into induvidul paths for production

    I want to produce individual paths to a set artboard size fro production after designing a compound clip mask. sample below. There are to many steps involved in individualizing these paths. First you need to group everything with in the clip path then save in place. then release the clip mask path then the compound path. next you need to copy a paste into each individual path. In Corel draw, after designing in the clip mask all you do is release that mask and it is automatically in each individual path after release.. Help me Ai best perform this task,…

    6 votes

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  8. Invert clipping mask for edit or delete outside easily

    Invert clipping mask to show what's not inside the clipping mask and hide what's inside (and then being able to invert it back so it was like before). Thus being able to delete or edit the outside easily.

    5 votes

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  9. Clipping Mask with complex objects

    I'm trying to clipping mask an object not that complicated (1000 points) and Illustrator says it's to complex (really?). But if I do a "paste inside" with Indesign, Illustrator allows the Clipping Mask.

    It's crazy since Illustrator should be the right software to work with multiple points vector.

    5 votes

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  10. Cut, trim or divide open paths (lines)


    1. Option to cut, trim or divide open paths (lines).
      For example if "Divide objects below" worked on open paths as well.
      Or if the Knife could cut open paths, and cut straight as well.


    In attached example, I would have liked to cut my lines with the circle. Instead, I had to cut every single line individually in the intersection, locking the circle and using the Outline View.
    2.
    Creating interesting designs, we have just as much need for trimming/cutting lines as filled objects.

    4 votes

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  11. Advanced clipping mask (exclude mode)

    It would be interesting to be able to use the clipping mask to also exclude a path from a shape. This would avoid using the pathfinder (exclusion) to keep the shapes to take back them.

    4 votes

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  12. Curved surface snapping

    Can we have the possibility to snap objects or shapes with curved paths and surfaces. For example, currently, two circles snap together only at the four points. What about having circles snapping at any desired point on the circumference. When working with Photoshop or Indesign, one has the capability to temporarily disable snapping simply by pressing the 'ctrl' key while moving the selected object. Can we have something similar for Illustrator? It would make things easier when one has a lot of points to work with. Thanks

    3 votes

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  13. Select multiple identical objects and make each its own group.

    I'd love to see a feature in which you could select a bunch of similar objects, each of which had multiple parts, and it would automatically make each individual object into its own group. For example, I just drew an oval with a line down the middle - which is a leaf. I copied and pasted it 100 times but didn't make it into it's own group first (oops). If I could just select them all and make each it's own group, it would save me going back and grouping them first and doing it all again. They're a pain…

    3 votes

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  14. clipping mask broken in illustrator 25.1 update

    When working with clipping masks there is a bug where clipping mask doesn't show up until you select and unselect the clip option.

    3 votes

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  15. "Release Mask" or "Flatten Clip Path" Right click option for clipping masks.

    When one creates a clipping mask using two or more objects, it should be a simple right click option to "apply the mask" and flatten all related objects into a new vector. Currently you can do this by going to layers and selecting the "Clipping Path" layer of choice and then using the "Crop" Pathfinder function to achieve this, however, this method is extremely non-obvious. I don't propose removing the pathfinder function as a way to apply clipping masks, but simply to add a more obvious way to do so.

    3 votes

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  16. I need a destructive clipping mask. I have to save as svg for the laser printer, and the svg shows the clipped area!

    A destructive clipping mask would be nice. I have to save as svg for the laser printer, and the svg shows the clipped area!

    3 votes

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  17. Simplify the clipping mask process

    Could you simplify the clipping mask process making it as in Affinity Designer or invent your one please
    Thanks

    3 votes

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  18. The new behavior of art being clipped when it goes over the artboard bounding edge an option to turn on or off in preferences

    The clipped art over an artboard edge should be an option to turn on and off. Some users do not want this behavior all the time and if it were a preference, the user can control when it should get clipped.

    3 votes

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  19. Ability to create Layer masks in Ai that can be used in Ae

    I would like to have the ability to create masks in Illustrator that carry over to Ae. It would make the process much faster and more streamlines to build it all in illustrator before I transfer over to Ae for animation.

    3 votes

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  20. Don't remove smoke and fill for clipping paths.

    Please allow paths to retain formatting when they are made into clipping paths. I see no reason, other than cruelty, to remove the stroke and fill of a path when it is made into a clipping path. If someone can rationalize a benefit for making me have to apply a stroke and fill all over again then at least make a preference for any masochists.

    3 votes

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