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  1. Allow transparency mask for new 3D function

    I've used the transparency mask function combined with symbols and 3D (Classic) for a long time to create complex objects with ease. This is such a great combination, and it would be wonderful if you could keep the possibility to use transparency masks with the new version. This is not the case today, see provided image for explanation.

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  2. Allow clipping paths to have complex appearances.

    Currently, a clipping path can only have one stroke, one fill, no effects, no brushes, no multiple fills/strokes. Well, it can have all the fills, strokes, effects, and other stuff your heart desires, but only one fill and one stroke will be displayed.

    I would really like this to change. I use a lot of complex appearance stacks and working around this makes things complicated.

    To make this play nicely with existing art, there probably needs to be a switch somewhere for backwards compatibility with existing art that may have a lot of complex appearances on clipping masks.

    There also…

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  3. Make Illustrator understand the Mask component of SVGs.

    When importing SVGs into Illustrator, the application does not seem to be able to interpret the native SVG masks used. Attached are two SVGs. One is the original one, and the other which ends with "illustratorfromsvg" is how the SVG looks in illustrator.
    You can open both in your web browser. Notice how the hair of the woman in the SVG that's been opened in illustrator does not cover her shoulders. If you look at the original SVG you can see how the hair is supposed to "mask" her shoulders.
    I have explained this more thoroughly in this…

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  4. Draw inside object filled with free form gradient

    The moment you attempt to paste artwork into an object which has a free form gradient, the gradient fill disappears and can only be retrieved if you perform undo or unclip the pasted artwork.

    I honestly would love to be able to draw inside or paste into artwork filled with a free form gradient without the free form gradient disappearing. Please note that am not talking of workarounds here…

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  5. 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

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  6. 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…

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  7. 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.

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  8. 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.

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  9. Copy/paste in new layer

    Copy an object (cmd + c) then create a new layer and paste it in place in the new layer (copy in place in new layer)

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  10. Masks should be applied to single objects with a simple right click

    Masks should be applied to single objects with a simple right click. It's so cumbersome (and quite frankly, very outdated principle) to have to create a white object, select two objects, then 'create mask'. No one does this anymore. (look at Sketch)

    We should be able to simply right click on an object and set it as a mask. Then anything that is above that mask or in that mask's group layer, should be masked out.

    Which brings me to another point, layers in illustrator are so bad. Why for the love, has the layer structure not been updated since…

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  11. Image Crop Feature

    This is a bug with regards to Image crop feature in Illustrator.

    While I try to unembed a cropped image (in Illustrator) and link to a PSD source file, the source PSD file gets flattened or layers get merged to a single layer. The source PSD file gets altered and damaging it.

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  12. Save cropped image

    Ability to save a cropped image is unintelligible, not intuitive. Help function is no help at all!

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  13. Select "Replace" by default once a clipped linked element is selected

    This is a very simple fix for something extremely frustrating: once a clipped linked image is selected (using the direct selection tool), the importing option should be to Replace the element by default (instead of having to manually select it EVERY SINGLE TIME). If nothing is selected, the logical default behavior then would have the Replace option unchecked.

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  15. Crop command embedding linked images

    I would be thankful if linked images remain linked (instead of being embedded after using the crop command). I would like to believe that this can be made possible. This is the normal behaviour in other graphic design software.

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  16. I would like to be able to group layers and apply a mask to the grouped layers

    I would like to be able to group layers and apply a clipping mask to the grouped layers

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  17. Why the heaven does shift make an object stable, when you drag an object? It is extremely disturbing

    Why the heaven does shift make an object stable, when you drag an object? It is extremely disturbing

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  18. Rounded corners on crop tool

    When crop tool is selected, add the live corners option to crop rounded corners or circles. Please and thank you.

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  19. Automatic Workspace Backup

    Why we need to save the file of our workspaces when adobe is a cloud system?

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  20. Create outlines while the layer is inside a clipping mask

    I'm forced to move text layers outside of a clipping mask before I can create outlines and then move them back. A small inconvenience but every small thing counts when designing! Thanks :)

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