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  1. 142 votes

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  2. Create a layer from a selection or an artboard

    Have the ability in Layers palette to create "New layer from selection" or "New layer from artboard"

    29 votes

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    15 comments  ·  Layers  ·  Admin →
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    An indented way to achieve this now is to create a simple action.

    1. Create an action

    2. Select some art

    3. Create a new Layer with a button in the Layers panel

    4. Object > Arrange > Send to Current Layer

    5. End recording

    Actions are great for automating various routines we have in Illustrator, and this is just one of them. If you think it still should be a native operation instead (or an action to be included in standard Actions pack) — please vote and comment.

  3. Nix the Stupid Blue Share Button

    Get rid of the stupid giant blue "Share" button in the toolbar. It's very distracting because it looks like I constantly have a notification. And I will never use it. We've been all through this with Acrobat already!

    28 votes

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  4. Increase contrast between selected font and other fonts in Font list in Character palette

    Not long ago the contrast between current font and other fonts in list in Character menu was quite sufficient (see image 1). Now it's barely visible (image 2). It makes locating current font in list rather difficult.

    Please reconsider colors chosen.

    21 votes

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  5. Keyboard Shortcut to select locked objects

    When needing to move a locked object, you currently only have the option of "unlock ALL" whereas sometimes you may have many things locked that you do not want unlocked - only one or two things you want to move.

    It would be helpful if by holding a button (Say Alt or control) this would allow you to select locked objects, move or alter the object, and once you deselect it continues to be locked.

    21 votes

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    In latest versions you can enable 'Select and Unlock objects on canvas' option in Preferences > Selection & Anchor Display section.

    This adds small lock icons for each locked object you can toggle right there without the need to unlock everything first.


    This is not exactly the solution you asked for, no hotkeys involved (and there are no modifiers left to allow this), but it does the job.

    Does it work for you? Please leave a comment.

  6. 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.

    19 votes

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  7. Add reference point locator for symbols

    Symbols only have registration point. Fine, store it. Use it as default for scaling-rotating and so on. But why I can't set reference point for transforming it as I want, and as I can for EVERYTHING else?! What, AI can't calculate it's left top coordinate or what? Why can't I flip it over the left edge, for example? Why can't I even COPY it's top left coordinate?

    Shh, calm down.

    18 votes

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  8. Add option to Always update links

    Sometimes I make a lot of changes within linked images. AI always asks if I am to update links, and I'd like to have this dialogue temporarily switched off (but enable it later)

    18 votes

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  9. Live preview of gradient (while dragging)

    Whenever I'm using the gradient tool I wonder why I can never see the appearance of the gradient while dragging it. resulting in having to tweak it at least a couple of times before I'm content.

    16 votes

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    Illustrator now displays the appearance of the gradient interactively when you drag it, but only when GPU preview is on.

    Make sure it is on in Preferences > Performance > GPU Performance, that you View > Preview on CPU / GPU Preview is correctly toggled, and that you are not using Overprint Preview.


    If the issue still persists with all these checked — please comment back.

  10. Aligning to a certain object

    The Align tools in all Adobe programs is a wonderful feature. However, in Illustrator when you Align objects it changes the position of ALL of them. In other programs, it tends to be the last object you select takes the dominant position - aligning all others to it. In Illustrator it doesn't seem to matter the order you select, it just aligns it to the nearest center point (thus moving ALL the objects). The Lock feature doesn't help as you cannot select a locked object to align with/to.

    16 votes

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  11. Ctrl+Scroll to zoom instead of Alt+scroll in Windows

    Can you please add an option or something to change the zoom shortcut from ALT+Scroll to CTRL+Scroll?
    Because in Windows the ALT button activates the app menu which is pretty stupid! Or at least disable the activation of the app menu with the ALT button.

    For example I zoom in using ALT+Scroll and now I want to select the Type tool using T on the keyboard and I get the Type drop down menu from the top (see attached screenshot).
    And as you can see this can become very frustrating especially when spending hours in Illustrator!

    Btw please don't suggest…

    15 votes

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  12. Customize Transparency Grid Size and Color...

    It would be nice to customize the transparency grid's color and relative size.

    11 votes

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  13. Expanding Intertwine creates too many identical copies and doesn’t optimize them

    If you expand an intertwine object (with the global Expand: Object command, since it does not have its own specific Expand), the one with a lot of zones, you get a ton of overlapped clipping containers with a reordered copies insides, one per each zone used.

    While technically it’s OK, the amount of copies can be just absurd.
    Some copies are identical and differentiate only by the location of their clipping masks. Perhaps Ai should track these copies and clip then not with separate masks, but a single compound path mask, when possible?

    The degradation is not so graceful with…

    10 votes

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  14. Bring back the previous Illustrator CC toolbar

    Bring back the previous Illustrator CC toolbar. After years of having the AI tools in a particular spots, now they're all over the place and hard to find and the Edit Toolbar is a cluster#$%& of madness. Bring it back!

    10 votes

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  15. Overprint simulation on image file exports (JPEG for example)

    I think that it would add great value when Illustrator exports to image file the option to add overprint simulation, in the same way as InDesign easily does.
    I would add great benefit to our jobs and would simplify some steps (not going to InDesign just to do that).

    9 votes

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  16. Warp Effect Not Working

    I've noticed that ever since upgrading to Illustrator CC 2018 (22.0.1) that the Warp Effect doesn't seem to work properly. The Arc and Arch effects will work, but applying any of the Flag, Wave, Fish or Rise effects won't change the object at all.

    9 votes

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    Thank you to all who shared their files. We do not support flag, fish effects on a straight line with just two anchor points. The feature is implemented to work on the line segment which is not straight.
    Please refer to the attachment for supported and non supported scenarios. Should you have further query please email us on sharewithai@adobe.com

  17. We need, again, Custom Bevels in 3D-Extrude & Bevel, please!

    Illustrator used to have the ability to create customer Bevel profiles ( in the Bevels.ai file in /Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe Illustrator 23/en_US/Symbols ). HOWEVER, the feature is now gone! Please give us the option to create custom Bevels, again! Thank you.

    Last year, 2018, I created a object and gave it a 3D custom bevel, and now I can do nothing with that object. Whenever I try to do something with it Illustrator crashes. I couldn't figure out what was going on until I tried creating a custom Bevel again. There is no way to create a custom Bevel! When I…

    8 votes

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  18. Keyboard Shortcuts for Select > Same > Fill; Select > Same> Stroke; Select > Same> Appearance

    Requesting Keyboard Shortcuts for Select > Same > Fill; Select > Same> Stroke; Select > Same> Appearance; Select > Same> Stroke Weight.

    Graphic designers and pre-press use these all the time and I am surprised there are keyboard shortcuts for these very vital features.

    From a fellow pre-press production specialist.... this small little tweak would skyrocket workflow efficiency! Would love this!

    Also, Adobe rocks!

    8 votes

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  19. Bounding Box Preview Bounds

    CC 23.01 Mac High Sierra

    When a single object is selected, Preview Bounds is on, the Bounding Box does not reflect the Preview Bounds - it is the same as if Preview Bounds is off.

    When selecting multiple objects it works as it should

    8 votes

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  20. Recolor multiple layers panel layers at the same time

    In Photoshop, you can select multiple layers, and add a color marker at the same time to all of them. I often use the colors of layers in Illustrator for UI and packaging design to separate visually which layers are finished (green), and which ones I still need to work on (red). But I have to double click each layer one by one in order to change the color.

    8 votes

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    Yep, there is a way to change the color of edges for a selection of layers — 'Options for Selection' command in the Layers panel’s flyout menu.

    But perhaps the original poster meant colored backgrounds to mark layers? Like Photoshop allows to and like we can do with actions in button mode?

    If yes — please make a separate request about this.

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