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  1. Include Photoshop's Gamut Warning feature

    Photoshop has a great feature that, in the color picker, greys out any colors unavailable in CMYK. This makes choosing appropriate colors for a project much faster and easier. It would be nice if Illustrator had this same functionality.

    2 votes
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  2. Give the Colors panel a useful color picker

    Illustrator has a number of different color pickers that appear depending on what particular item you click on, but the one in the color panel is the least useful and most tiring to use.

    As far as I can tell, this picker is the Brightness Cube from Photoshop but without the brightness slider that’s needed to make effective use of it. If you use the sliders to adjust saturation or brightness, the change isn’t reflected in the palette square.

    With this picker, you can either reduce saturation but with maximum brightness, OR you can reduce brightness but with maximum saturation.…

    3 votes
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  3. Gradient Swatch includes angle and position, please!

    Currently a Gradient swatch only includes color and transparency. PLEASE build Illustrator so Gradient Swatches include angle and position!

    It's a pain to have to adjust the gradient angle, after a Gradient Swatch attribute has been applied to an object. If the angle were editable and save-able (in the swatch) it would be wonderful!

    4 votes
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  4. Recolor Artwork Link Harmony Colors on by default

    We only ever need to use the Recolor Artwork feature with the Link Harmony Colors on. Is it possible to have it remember the last setting that you used rather than defaulting to it not being on.

    Not a big thing but would be handy!

    1 vote
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  5. Batch import of .ase files directly to the swatches palette

    For example, if I have a dozen .ase files from different colleges, opening them one by one and adding them to my swatches takes time. I'd rather put them into a folder and have Illustrator import them all. Having them import as Color Groups should be kept.
    I'd like to be able to do this.
    Swatches > Open Swatch Library > Other Library > [folder name]
    Every .ase file in that folder should open up/be imported in my swatches palette. Bam! I'm done!

    2 votes
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  6. Wait for the #Color Code to finish

    I sometimes look up # Color Codes and want to type them in Illustrator. Every time I start typing and click again in another window, Illustrator just fills in the #Code with some '0' and I need to retype the code again. Why dont just let Illsutrator wait for the User to type the code completely? If the user has not typed in 6 letters, the "ok" button would be inactive until the user has finished the code.
    This is very annoying because filling in the 'missing' letters may be good for the software, but is not really user friendly.

    2 votes
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  7. Hue cube / Live Color Picker

    Would it be possible to import the Hue cube from Photoshop when choosing color? MagicPicker plugin won't work when selecting gradient colors (it will just replace the gradient completely) and Color Picker doesn't allow for real-time changes, you need to select the color and press OK to see the change. Color tab works perfectly, but the available color palette is impractical to use. I have no clue why you are not using the same setup as in Photoshop, where the Color tab looks exactly like the Color Picker. People have been complaining about this for 4 years now.

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    5 votes
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  8. Merge swatches with right-click

    In InDesign you can right-click in the swatches panel and select 'Merge Swatches' (among many other things).

    In Illustrator there is no right-click menu at all, you have to click the fly-out.

    Adding the right-click menu (or even the ability add a keyboard shortcut to things in the fly-out) would be helpful as we get a lot of files with duplicate colors or need to convert odd mixes/incorrect names to true Pantones so our rips will recognize them. We do a lot of merging.

    Thank you!

    3 votes
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  9. 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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  10. 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.

    17 votes
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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. Illustrator

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

    1 vote
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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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.

    3 votes
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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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