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  1. Transform by Reference Line Numerically

    I would love to see a "Transform by Reference Line Numerically" feature where user draws a line across an object in any direction, then is able to specify the size they want. This is helpful for raster images where there is no actual vector line to accurately resize to. I use embroidery digitizing software and this is a cool feature. Wilcom Software Transform by Reference Line Numerically.

    I've included a screen shot of the Wilcom Manual to hopefully explain better than i can articulate.

    1 vote
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  2. Rotate multiple shapes one time but each ones around its anchor point

    Dear Adobe
    Can we please have the possibility to select many shapes and rotate them all one time but each one be rotated around its anchor point?
    I think it will help us to make great designs quickly.
    Thanks and I hope you take my proposal in consideration

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    Need More Info  ·  Yogesh Sharma responded

    Hi Nacer,

    Does the menu item Object > Transform > Transform Each… not work for you? You can also choose the reference point on the 9-point reference widget in the dialog.

    Thanks,
    Yogesh

  3. Scaling segment scales another segment handle

    I want to scale a segment of a path, so it's handles would have more length. I select thi segment with Direct selection, then pick Scale tool, hit Enter and set uniform scale. Strangely, this scale not only handles of my segment, but one handle of the segment NEXT TO ADJACENT, one segment away. I don't need it.

    Attached screen recording shows this unselected handle anchor in pink circle. After I scale my segment, position of the handle changes, although my actions should not have affect it.

    8 votes
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  5. I have a tablet that is not a Wacom. Wish I could have pressure sensitivity with it. It seems you only support Wacom tablets. : (

    I have a tablet that is not a Wacom. Wish I could have pressure sensitivity with it. It seems you only support Wacom tablets. : (

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  6. Please give us better Gradient and Transparency tools like in Affinity Designer

    I'm fighting between working in Affinity Designer and Illustrator, AD has much better drawing tools, it's faster than Ai, but I love the familiarity of Ai. If you can give us better Gradient and Transparency tools like in AD that would be amazing! It would help speed up the coloring process when making more realistic artwork. See Screen shot from AD.

    3 votes
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  7. Smooth Tool | Selection

    A small bug, but it has been driving me crazy:

    When you have, let's say the Sharper Tool selected, and you click on a path wanting to switch to the Smoothen Tool, when you do that,it unselects the object you chose, and you have to switch back to Selection, Select the object again and switch back one more to the smoothen tool.

    5 votes
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  8. Make Object-Path menu a part of Right-Click menu

    Or at least a full part of the Properties palette. It would be a much faster workflow when adding/removing anchor points. Most of those menu items are used often enough to warrant an R-Click placement.

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  9. Start drawing (onPenDown) Event option like Photoshop.

    Having an option of drawing with the brush, pencil or blob tool on a (PenDown) Event, like in photoshop. Currently a dot or line, only appears on a penUp or penMove. thus it seems like there is a delay when drawing small shading or detailing lines quickly.
    Any delay for artists can be annoying.

    It would great if Ai had that normal event of traditional drawing on paper. mouseUp and mouseMove is ok for a mouse, but a penDown is needed - i think.

    If there is such an option, let me know. I cant seem to find it, or…

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  10. Blob brush in touch mode

    I work with a Wacom mobilestudiopro and I really like the touch mode but the blob brush is not accessible in this mode. It will be really helpful if you can add this brush. Thanks a lot

    7 votes
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  11. "Divide objects below" with a group

    "Divide objects below" (what I call "cookie cutting") with multiple objects that are from a group, all at once . If I want to cut a pattern (let's say, giraffe spots) out of a shape located below, I should be able to divide the object without having to do it for each individual spot. If the spots are already grouped together to form a pattern, that pattern should be able to divide all at once.

    10 votes
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  12. stop Live corners assumptions

    When drawing with the curvature, I haven't tested with regular pen, if you draw a mix of corners and somewhat curved surfaces, then you go back to add some nice radiused corners, you will likely be annoyed by illustrator Thinking that you intended to draw a giant chamfer.

    No, I didn't draw a large chamfer. Do not assume I drew a large chamfer. Assuming a radius when illustrator sees a tangent arc connecting two lines is Great. But with chamfer there's nothing to be tangent to. So just because I drew two sharp corners in a row, before two curved…

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    Need More Info  ·  Yogesh Sharma responded

    This should not be happening. Seems like a bug. The corner should not become a chamfer unless you do an Option-click on the live corner widget. Could you please share more details on when this happens?

    Thanks,
    Yogesh

  13. Text selection area...

    It would be nice if the selection area of text did NOT extend beyond the limits of the text itself. There is an invisible 'window' around text that will select the text when this are is clicked. It also aligns to the invisible window when aligning to other objects. Would like this are to be removed, so it is easier to select things around or near text.
    Have NO idea what the purpose of this area is...

    3 votes
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  14. Brushes: anomalous effects

    Illustrator 2018 22.0.1

    Steps taken: Applying a pattern brush to a stroke, and adding an extra stroke around that in the appearance panel.

    Expected result: The stroke should only apply to the visible outline of the brush (see image), and no weird visual anomalies.

    Actual result: The stroke applies to both the brush as expected, but also to the original path (which should be invisible). There are also some anomalous gaps between the component parts of the brush, which should not be there.

    Furthermore, if you expand the brush you get a group containing the brush sub-paths (totally fine), but…

    4 votes
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  15. Symmetry tool for adobe illustrator 2018

    There is a symmetry tool for adobe photoshop 2018. But if you add the tool also in the illustrator we can make some great vector designs. Because sometimes we need to copy an object from a design and paste it as a mirror of the object. if you kindly add the tool it will be very helpful for the designers......

    96 votes
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  16. From hand writing to font and design

    Urgent help needed. I need to upload my hand writing and create a regular foont from it. I also need to upload two words manually designed and to create a regular writing for a tattoo. Is there a specific function somewhere for this?? Thank you very much for help, I do not make graphic so often!

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  17. Add an Illustrator shortcut to resize my current tool

    Please add an Illustrator shortcut to resize my current tool! In Photoshop, if you're on the brush tool, then hold down CTRL and OPT, you can drag up/down to resize the brush. That would be GREAT in Illustrator!

    2 votes
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  18. Polygonal Lasso/Rubber Band effect for standard lasso

    Polygonal Lasso/Rubber Band effect for standard lasso. Should work just like PS lasso. You don't get a break now. Once you start a lasso selection it's on until you've completed your selection.

    9 votes
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  19. Set the reference point of a shape, object or group where you want it

    The reference point of a shape, object or group always reverts to its default position: the center.
    When rotating an object, you often find yourself clicking Alt to reposition that reference point to get the shape rotated the way you want it.
    It would be great if the reference point's position could be maintained for that object, shape, group etc.
    In other words, if someone repositions the reference point, save it to that new position and don't let it switch back to its center origin.

    26 votes
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  20. Custom Measured Units for Accurate Drawing

    Today I zoom into the pixel level to draw 'in scale' - I would love the option to create custom units of measurement for my drawing and then have Snapping, Grids and Measuring Tools utilize them.

    For instance, make a illustration of a floor plan at scale but decide on 50px = 1 virtual foot. I could label this 'Feet' and accurately size lines and objects using this increment of measurement.

    Would be fantastic for my furniture and architecture sketching, as well as for many other hobbyists and professionals who know they get a more presentable result from Illustrator than…

    4 votes
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