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  1. Open New File with Limited Color Palette

    Include an option in the New File dialogue box to open a file with only black and white color swatches. Currently, new files open with a large palette of useless color swatches, and it's a time waster to have to delete all those colors each time to have a clean and functional palette.

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  2. Feedback on new Recolor artwork (in Beta now)

    New redesigned Recolor artwork is available in Beta now.

    We heard from many of you that the current Recolor is confusing and difficult to use. This new Recolor has a completely redesigned experience with an added ability to recolor your art based on your referenced images & artwork. We have broken the Recolor into two sections. When you invoke Recolor, you would see an on canvas dialogue that allows you to quickly Recolor your artwork with all the basic controls. For advanced settings, you can click on more options (...).

    We would love to hear your candid feedback. Please provide…

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  3. Modification of pattern through keyboard shortcut

    There was a very useful option available in very old versions of Illustrator (before CC). When I need to modify a pattern applied to an object but not the object itself (scaling, rotating, shearing, mirroring, etc...) , it was possible to do it manually, not throught he box, by pressing a key — to be chosen in the keyboard shortcut menu — while moving the mouse or using the increment keys. It was much faster and flexible than to have to go through the box, deselect the "apply to object" option and repeat several time. It would be great to…

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  4. my colors keep shifting in illustrator. rgb and CMYK. seems to happen in ever doc.

    I create swatches and it still doesnt remember shifts the value.
    any insight to what im doing wrong would be helpful.

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  5. Hue bar in Recolor artwork needs to come back

    The older feature of 'Hue Bar' in the Recolor artwork was a really helpful tool
    this makes the color fixing and decision of color combinations so easier, please bring back this Hue bar.

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  6. Hue bar in Recolor artwork needs to come back

    The older feature of 'Hue Bar' in the Recolor artwork was a really helpful tool
    this makes the color fixing and decision of color combinations so easier, please bring back this Hue bar.

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  7. When entering colour values Illustrator searches your currently open swatch book for the same values.

    So for example if you are doing a CMYK colour, once you've put in the values it comes up with a "suggested swatch" option that has the same values or even suggests swatches with similar/close values.

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  8. Drag-and-Drop Swatches to Artboard

    This functionality wouldn't change the swatches palette it, but would allow users to drag a swatch to the artboard and drop it. You could tile several to create a tonal family or brand color set.

    Being able to scale them larger, arrange them, reformat the grid, turn the white gap off in between colors would improve color adjustment and comparing hues side by side. They'd function like the existing swatches panel in that you could have a shape or stroke selected and apply the color by clicking the swatch on the artboard.

    This would help in color exploration and creating…

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  9. Stop the "Color" sidebar window from auto opening no matter what.

    Stop the "Color" sidebar window from auto opening no matter what. I do not use the "color" tab ever. I know others might, but making it always auto open drives me bananas. Can it be open only if chosen, instead of no matter what?
    Thanks.

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  10. Where's the colour???

    My new Adobe Illustrator seems to be totally in Black and white and grey scale. Where do I find the colour option in it?

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  11. Stop switching away from the swatches panel automatically!

    When I switch from stoke to fill, it wastes my time to have to click back to the Swatches panel. Why does it switch. I never asked for this and I never use the color panel it switches to.

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  12. Fill/Stroke icons to match: in the tools bar

    the smaller sub-icons for Fill and Stroke Boxes shouldto match. (Fill is Full and Stroke is Hollow). Under stroke, the icons only change for the color, but the icons do not change for gradient and no/color/opacity.

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  13. Fill/Stroke icons to match: in the tools bar

    the smaller sub-icons for Fill and Stroke Boxes shouldto match. (Fill is Full and Stroke is Hollow). Under stroke, the icons only change for the color, but the icons do not change for gradient and no/color/opacity.

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  14. add a bar where you can see the history of colours used

    kinda like Photoshop or Procreate but in Illustrator

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  15. evenly space color swatch while creating new gradient

    being able to distribute color swatch inside the gradient window
    eg : i want 32 swatchs on a single gradient bar.
    being ablie to eveny distribute them instead of picking a value on click and drag it ( as it is really teadius or imprecise)

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  16. highlight pantone swatch in pantone pallette

    It used to be when you selected a pantone swatch in your palette, it would highlight the same pantone swatch in the pantone pallete. Somehow in the last couple years, this feature has been lost. The reason it is helpful is I can quickly find my pantone and pick a color deeper or lighter than it by looking to the left or right of that swatch. Right now, to find a pantone color, I need to type in the color and of course the only result is going to be that color. I can't see what is to the right…

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  17. Add a Spot Colors channel to the Separations Preview window

    Add a "Spot Colors" channel to the "Separation Preview" window. Like you have in Acrobat. See screenshot attached. This will make toggling through the spot colors a LOT more easier and efficient. Then having to turn on and off each spot color individually.

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  18. Open the color picker with a single click

    In Photoshop and XD the color pickers open with a single click. I can't think of any reason why we need to double click in illustrator

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  19. The ability to switch 2 colours around when both are selected

    Working on a logo at the moment and was thinking that it could be helpful if there was an 'inverse' option in illustrator, or the ability to switch 2 colours around if you have both objects selected at the same time, e.g. black becomes white and white becomes black. Possibly only possible if you have global colour selected on both colours? Very handy when 'sketching' ideas and quickly need to switch colours.

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  20. Multiple Color Assignment - NIGHTMARE

    At some point Illustrator added some kind of multiple color assignment where a shape could be assigned a color and then also the group it's in could be assigned a different color or something like this. I just want to say that this "feature" has cost me so much wasted time trying to change the color of an object. It makes the eyedropper not work correctly and making a simple color change become a nightmare because it has it has multiple assignments and it just won't change colors and you have hit "no fill" a bunch of times to clear…

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