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  1. Swatches not naming properly vs document color mode

    I create my document in CMYK but when I open my swatches the first time (I have done no copying or pasting into the document or anything to mess with any color settings), they are CMYK blends with RGB names. Why is it doing that and what can I do to fix it?

    3 votes
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  2. Eyedropper tool usable during color picker

    Eyedropper tool should be usable while the color picker is open. This is available in Photoshop but inexplicable absent from AI.

    13 votes
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  3. Simultaneous Color Palette Modes

    I need access to both RGB and HSB color values/sliders in my workflow. Currently I use the Color palette set to RGB (since it won't stay on HSB) and I use the MagicPicker extension for HSB.

    I use them both so frequently that it's a pain to use one and menu-dive to change it, I really need both simultaneously.

    My request is that the color palette in AI be multi-mode, e.g. allow me to open all of the color slider sets I want at once (appearing in stack), and just change focus between them if object selection changes or if…

    6 votes
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  4. Adobe should add newly released Pantone colors with every software update. Responsibility for this should not fall on user shoulders.

    Adobe should add newly released Pantone colors with every software update. Responsibility for this should not fall on user shoulders.

    5 votes
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  5. Illustrator

    Adobe Illustrator cymk and rgb color mixing options grayed out and unavailable to choose

    1 vote
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  6. Make it easier to use the color in paint bucket. it defaults to greyscale and hard to find way out of that. it should just be intuitive.

    JUST MAKE IT EASY TO USE

    I just want to get things done quick. why will an image we import to vectorize automatically be greyscale? AND WHY DO YOU MAKE IT HARD TO FIND HOW TO GET COLOR IN THERE??????

    old forum articles are obsolete, so why not just make it easier to use in the first place

    1 vote
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  7. Make Black Swatch really Black in RGB mode

    An old annoyance: in many occasions, in RGB Document mode the Default Black Swatch is not black, but 15,15,15 gray.
    This problem shows up in every new version.
    Please make sure that when a document is in RGB mode, the Black and White swatches are 0,0,0 and 255,255,255 - just as we may expect.

    2 votes
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  8. colour changing options

    Hi, I was wondering if there is anything I can set up in illustrator so I can... type a sentence and each letter in the sentence be one of 6 different colours so if it was to say... Mrs Barrington the letters would be

    M- red
    r - yellow
    s - green
    b - pink
    a - purple 

    r - orange
...etc


    I have looked on google several times and can't see anything saying it already has this capability? At present, I use the eyedropper to change each individual letter!

    1 vote
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  9. Gradient annotator as a palette and snap to gradient points

    Allows you to then retain the annotator when dragging guides or other objects, and using other tools. Could work in a similar way to the Tabs palette.

    Also it would be really useful if you could snap objects or guides to the gradient points on the sliders.

    2 votes
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  10. Disable CC Libraries in Illustrator

    I would like the option to Disable the use of Libraries in Illustrator.

    I can close the panel but every time I create a new colour swatch the panel reappears. This isn't helpful for the way I work so I'm looking for a way to turn off this feature.

    As I am self employed and don't collaborate with others, all my colours are saved within the document they are relevant to which is why I would like to turn off this feature.

    3 votes
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  11. Make New Swatch more intuitive and flexible

    When 'None' is selected as current color (or no selection is active), the New Swatch menu item is grayed out, since New Swatch wants to copy the color of the selection.

    When having a complex selection (lots of effort sometimes), it is rather dissapointing to not have the possibillity to give it a new color on the fly.

    Why not make 'New Swatch' always available?


    1. Intuitively, when no color is active, it should bring up a color selector panel, just like when an existing Swatch is double clicked.
      (If you think this is confusing - add a menu item for…

    2 votes
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  12. Simplify the Color Panels

    Why are there so many different panels in Illustrator for working with colors? The color-making panels in InDesign are so much simpler than Illustrator. It's super cumbersome and reminds me of trying to design something in MS Word. Simplify please. Make it like InDesign.

    1 vote
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  13. swap stroke and fill in swatch panel

    This would seem self evident to me, but being able to swap stroke and fill in the swatch panel as opposed to going all the way over to the tool bar, or swapping to the color panel would be a definite time and focus saver.

    3 votes
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  14. gradient

    Allow clean gradients between spot and CMYK colours. For the moment, it looks greyish between the 2 selected colours.

    2 votes
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  15. Cross-Colorspace Swatches

    It's industry standard to define brand colors in more than one colorspace. Usually you have at least PMS, CMYK and RGB definitions of each brand color you're deploying.

    I'd love it if Illustrator (or the whole CC suite, as a matter of fact) would help this routine, like this:

    Let's have a new swatch type: Cross-Colorspace Swatch. This special swatch type would enable the designer to define variations of the color in any/all color spaces, inside that one swatch definition.

    Instead of defining say three different swatches, you would define one, saying: "This is Brand color 1. In cmyk colorspace…

    5 votes
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  16. incorrect color assignments

    Actions to change path color to black instead turn the path white on the first try. Repeating the exact same action flow a second time in a row turns the path black.

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  17. Color wheel

    MagicPicker is great. What about making something similar from the box?

    23 votes
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  18. Allow more than 5 swatches to be saved as a color theme

    Please allow users to save more than 5 color swatches as a theme in Libraries. The number is very restrictive to our workflow.

    3 votes
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  19. Temporarily disable selection handles while changing color

    When I'm changing an object's color, its selection outline and other debris like "live corner" markers get in the way of previewing the color change.

    I usually have to deselect the object to see if the change "worked" with the rest of my design. It's a tedious workflow.

    Illustrator should temporarily turn off these markers while I'm changing the color.

    Every other drawing app does this.

    2 votes
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  20. Show HEX value in swatch panel

    I often need to copy HEX values from illustrator swatches into other applications. My workflow would be accelerated if there was a text field showing the HEX value like in the color picker window.

    Right now I need to apply the swatch to an object and copy the HEX value from the color picker window.

    11 votes
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