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  1. Select > Same > Font (Size/ Style/ Typeface / Size& Style / Size and Typeface)

    Extend the select menu items to include options for selecting type variations.

    191 votes

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    37 comments  ·  Type, Fonts, Text  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi Everyone,

    This functionality is now available in the Beta build of Illustrator. Please give this a try, and let us know your thoughts.

    How to access build: Open your Adobe Creative Cloud App. Scroll to ‘Beta apps’ categories. Download and install Illustrator (Beta). Screenshot attached.

  2. Calligraphic Brush, Blob Brush appearance anomalies at small brush sizes (1 pt and above)

    Illustrator 22.1, though this is extant in all versions I'm familiar with (since at least CS5).

    When drawing with a calligraphic brush (and thus also with the blob brush) at small sizes, certain tight curves result in anomalous shapes extending out from the expected area covered by the brush. The screenshot attached is around 15mm across. AI file also attached. Expected result is that the brushed area corresponds to the shape of the calligraphic brush along the whole length of the path.

    184 votes

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    86 comments  ·  Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    I am happy to share that we have fixed this bug in our latest release – 23.0.6 which is available worldwide now.

    Going forward, our goal is to fix as many top User-Voice bugs as possible and as frequently as possible. Given the nature of the fixes, some of the bugs will take a longer time to fix, but we are on it.

    You can update to the latest release using Creative Cloud desktop App: https://helpx.adobe.com/in/creative-cloud/help/creative-cloud-updates.html

    Thank you for all the feedback. Keep it coming!

  3. Keyboard shortcuts for align/distribute.

    I miss having keyboard shortcuts for align/distribute from my CorelDraw days. I'm a pro designer in a fast turnaround environment, and keyboard shortcuts are essential to my workflow.

    As far as I know, the numeric keypad isn't being used in Illustrator. My proposal is: Pressing 0 toggles between absolute to the artboard or relative to last item selected. Pressing 2, 4, 5, 6, 8 will perform the align .2 = bottom, 4 = left, 5 = centre, 6 = right, 8 = top. Additionally 7 = distribute horizontal, 9 = distribute vertical.

    Also, please copy the CorelDraw keyboard shortcut Tab…

    181 votes

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    68 comments  ·  Documents and Artboards  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. Import all pages at once from PDF file (that doesn't have illustrator embeded)

    I'm working at prepress for 20 years.. and verrrry often i need to open PDF files to correct some mistakes on many pages.. (like add bleed, or move all elements away from edges...

    it would be cool if illustrator would allow to open all pages at once for multipage PDF files..

    Ok, i know that i can edit page by page... or i can open one page, than save as with different name AI file, than open all other pages and copy content to that first saved AI document... but thats not cool for 8 page brochure..

    thank you

    171 votes

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    19 comments  ·  File Save, Import and Export  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We have the fix available in the latest release. Please update Illustrator using Adobe Creative Cloud application to the latest build for version Illustrator CC 22.1.
    Please refer to our knowledge base FAQhttps://illustrator.uservoice.com/knowledgebase/articles/1844590 if you face difficulty in update.
    Or get in touch with us at any of the other support channels – https://helpx.adobe.com/support.html

    Warm Regards,
    Ashutosh Chaturvedi | Sr. Quality Engineering Manager – Illustrator
    Adobe. Make It an Experience.

  5. Bleed View - a view mode that shows just the artwork

    Add a view mode that shows only artwork on the artboards, like in InDesign. Where I don't see the bleed and the artwork on it.

    167 votes

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    48 comments  ·  Documents and Artboards  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We have the fix available in the latest release. Please update Illustrator using Adobe Creative Cloud application to the latest build for version Illustrator CC 23.0.
    Please refer to our knowledge base FAQhttps://illustrator.uservoice.com/knowledgebase/articles/1844590 if you face difficulty in update.
    Or get in touch with us at any of the other support channels – https://helpx.adobe.com/support.html

    Warm Regards,
    Ashutosh Chaturvedi | Sr. Quality Engineering Manager – Illustrator
    Adobe. Make It an Experience.

  6. Vector Halftones Effect (within AI and without third-party plugins)

    I would like AI to integrate a feature that can convert raster images and/or vector elements (gradients, sketches, shapes, anything..) into a perfectly shaped round dots Halftones Effect.

    As a matter of fact, it is already possibile to get something similar by applying the raster halftones Effect to the element and then Live Tracing it. But the result is something uneven made of irregular circles or shape. So it is not a precise function to take into consideration.

    The effect should be achieved without any third-party plugins or anything which is not already included in the full AI software release…

    163 votes

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    5 comments  ·  Effects, Appearance, Graphic Styles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  7. Bulleted and Numbered lists (like InDesign)

    This would be a quick easy way to format a paragraph where each paragraph return becomes a bullet or numbered/lettered list item.

    Numbers in numbered lists would be updated automatically when you add or remove paragraphs in the list. Bullets would also flow accordingly when edited.

    InDesign has both a "Bulleted List button" and "Numbered List button" in the Control Panel and if these features were added to Illustrator they would be very popular.

    160 votes

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    18 comments  ·  Type, Fonts, Text  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  8. Allow Aligning Stroke to Inside and Outside of Text

    Currently strokes can only be aligned to the center of the edge of text (see red stroke in attached example), it would be very helpful to be able to set strokes to inside and especially outside (bottom/green example) of text while still being able to edit it. This is especially useful when you want to make text standout on a busy background. Thank you!

    155 votes

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    22 comments  ·  Type, Fonts, Text  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  9. Let me turn off the obnoxious alternate glyphs popups

    Because experienced users hate popups popping up all over their work!

    151 votes

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    15 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We have the fix available in the latest release. Please update Illustrator using Adobe Creative Cloud application to the latest build for version Illustrator CC 23.0.
    Please refer to our knowledge base FAQhttps://illustrator.uservoice.com/knowledgebase/articles/1844590 if you face difficulty in update.
    Or get in touch with us at any of the other support channels – https://helpx.adobe.com/support.html

    Warm Regards,
    Ashutosh Chaturvedi | Sr. Quality Engineering Manager – Illustrator
    Adobe. Make It an Experience.

  10. Color picker

    Can you make the color picker have an eyedrop tool that can select any color on the screen when you double click the swatch. Similar to Photoshop. Also have the default in any way you reach a color picker be hexidecimal so it is easier to copy and paste the color to other programs, etc. It defaults in this section, but I cannot select any color on the board while this is open.

    147 votes

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    Under Review  ·  15 comments  ·  Colors, Swatches, Patterns  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  11. Increase Bleed Limit!

    1 inch bleed limit may seem extreme for offset (usually 1/8") or packaging (1/4"), but people use Illustrator for all kinds of projects! Textile vendors want much more. The limit makes proofing annoying because we need to get approvals without bleed.

    146 votes

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    Completed (Comments Open)  ·  63 comments  ·  Documents and Artboards  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  12. Zoom with scroll wheel / Pan with middle click

    A lot of softwares have same useful navigation-shortcuts, which illustrator doesn't have;

    Zoom = scroll wheel
    pan = middle click

    It is confusing, if you want to switch illustrator with other softwares (like autocad or even Photoshop).

    It would be useful, If changing default setting is possible.

    141 votes

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    45 comments  ·  Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi Everyone,

    We have added a preference to enable ‘Zoom with Mouse Wheel’. Go to Preferences→ General→ Enable ‘Zoom with Mouse Wheel’.

    Also, now you can pan the doucment using the middle click of the mouse.

    Both of these functionality are available since January 2021 release (version 25.1) onwards.

    You can update to the latest release using Creative Cloud desktop App: https://helpx.adobe.com/in/creative-cloud/help/creative-cloud-updates.html

    Thank you for all the feedback

  13. Option to show rulers by default

    I would like an option to set the rulers to show by default. I know it's only one shortcut away, but I have to do it about a million times a day. (OK, maybe only 500K)

    140 votes

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    76 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi Everyone,

    This has been completed, and has available since June 2020 release (version 24.2)

    Please go to Illustrator preferences > General > and select “Show/Hide Rulers” (refer attached screenshot). After checking this, if you hit ‘Show Rulers (Ctrl/Cmd + R)’, then the rulers will appear in every document (new and old), even after relaunching Illustrator.

    Please update to the latest release using Creative Cloud desktop App: https://helpx.adobe.com/in/creative-cloud/help/creative-cloud-updates.html

    Thank you for all the feedback.

  14. Fully support the SVG standard

    Illustrator can not read every SVG file. Some it doesn't read at all, some are imported only halfway or just completely messed up. There are issues with <use>, especially when used in herarchies. e.g. this file: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Europaflagge#/media/File:Flag_of_Europe.svg There are issues with groups and masks and there are issues when units are missing e.g. from stroke widths. Also: SVG can have several attributes which Illustrator will delete when opening. Fully supporting the standard will enable people to have a workflow based on SVG files.

    122 votes

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    24 comments  ·  File Save, Import and Export  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Started  ·  Dirk Schulze responded

    Just a general status update. We are currently and will continuously improve SVG import support in Adobe Illustrator. We are currently working on solving the issues mentioned in this report. Please feel free to open new bug reports here on uservoice if you are experiencing additional/untracked issues.

  15. Automatically make gradients by just selecting two or more colours.

    Create a default gradient of two or more colours just by selecting them on the artwork or on the swatches panel without having to copy and paste the color codes separately.

    121 votes

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  16. Color Picker live preview!

    When i choose color with color picker there is no live preview. I have to click OK to view selected color and if I don't like it, have to do all this again. Do it as it is in Photoshop.

    120 votes

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  17. Set default PDF export preset

    When saving as PDF the preset is always set to Illustrator standard and you have to manually use the drop down menu to choose the standard you need.

    Most designers use always the same standard. I work for example in preprint and have to select X1a. It sucks to have to select this for every dingle file dozens of times a day.

    Other designers struggle there as well and send us constantly PDFs that are not X1a because of this. They forget about the selection.

    To ease up regular work flows it would be very handy to save this setting…

    113 votes

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  18. Change "Export For Screens" Save Path Default To File Folder

    f I go to File > Export > Export For Screens the default save path points to the last folder I used. What we as users are expecting is the default path to be equal to the same folder as the Illustrator file is currently located in.

    If you feel this should not be the default at least give us a way to change this in the AI Preferences. Thanks!

    111 votes

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    26 comments  ·  Type, Fonts, Text  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  20. Export for Screens, CMYK to RGB

    When working in a CMYK Illustrator file, the Export for Screens function currently creates CMYK jpgs. Since it is for screens, it should convert to RGB. Or at least there should be an option to convert the color mode for the exported files.

    In a package design project, the files are primarily for printing, but digital mockups are a secondary purpose. So it is necessary for the CMYK color mode to be converted to RGB. Export for Screens seems like it should inherently create RGB files.

    110 votes

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