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  1. Introduce reset option for shear/rotation/scaling

    Currently, having used the Shear or Scaling tool on an object cannot be undone - except by undoing ANY previous changes to a document, plus the document may not have been closed and reopened, thereby losing the undo stack.

    I'd like to suggest to add a Reset Object option to AI, allowing to reset an object's shear, rotation and scaling attributes to their original values at the time that object was created.

    The suggested Reset Object option should open a confirmation dialog containing three checkboxes for the user to check:


    Reset the following object attributes:

    □ rotation
    □ scaling
    □…

    16 votes
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  2. Pressure Sensitivity added to Pencil Tool

    Variable width strokes are great! What would be even better would be to have variable strokes simply by drawing them in with a pressure sensitive device.

    3 votes
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  3. Live integration with Adobe Draw

    I have an Apple iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. I would love to be able to open Adobe Draw and either via a physical cable or wifi connect Draw to Illustrator on my desktop machine and to be able to use the iPad for live sketching in Illustrator.

    6 votes
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  4. Could there be a more logical place for show center and path direction than the attributes pallet.

    The attributes pallet seems like the junk drawer of pallets. Wouldn't the show center check box seem more at home in the transform pallet, and the path direction seem better suited for stroke or pathfinder pallet. Just one less pallet taking up space on the artboard.

    3 votes
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  5. Polygon center points

    Please enable the option to use the geometrically correct centerpoint as the intersection of the edge-normals for odd-edged polygons instead of using the "half the height, half the width"-centerpoint, or at least enable it as an option. Drawing the circumference-circle really is annoying.

    35 votes
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  6. Circle-tool — subdivision functionality with arrow keys

    As the "Effect > Stylize > Round Edges..." is a little bit flawed if working with short sections and third-party-scripts often show the same problem that short sections rounded often are not a circular section but some weird hyberbole of sorts I often use Circles and subdivisions of those as a stand-in if I need a round corner with a fixed radius. Up to now i have to manually draw a line from the center, rotate it by the angle I want and subdivide it with the knife.
    If circles could behave a bit like the polygon tool and its…

    2 votes
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  7. Pen mode

    Option to disable touch input, AKA pen mode, so that we can't (accidentally) draw strokes/shapes/etc while interacting with the interface or zooming with multi touch. Just like Photoshop does.

    8 votes
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  8. Change the basis of the the zero angle

    I've always found the decision to have zero degrees along the horizontal odd and out of whack with many other applications and approaches. Being able to assign it vertical (north), would be much more useful and predictable, so as not needing to assign negative or positive values, or other weird differentials to actually get the correct angle.

    0 votes
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  9. A lock for the color pallet, but tool specific.

    When I need to adjust a filled object and then return to say, the pen tool. I first have to reset the color and stroke before I can go back to my line work. I would love it if there were simply a lock for this on the pallet so that while drawing I can lock it to a certain color, fill, and stroke weight/style. Perhaps a simple lock on the tool pallet under color. Gray out lock icon over color when I turn the pen tool back on would be a good indicator. So it is attached to that…

    3 votes
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  11. Use Key Object to allow precise control for in-back and in-front level changes

    Allow Key Object to define which object is moved and which object is used to define movement. If I select two objects and then highlight one as a key object, it would be nice to use the same hotkeys for "send to back" and "send to front" and have it only work in relation to the two selected objects, putting the keyed object either directly in front of or behind in the layer order of the other object.

    As it is now, the hotkeys either work too much by sending objects all they way to the back or front, or…

    6 votes
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  12. Anchor points in Illustrator Draw (mobile app)

    The Mobile Adobe Illustrator Draw needs more vector functionality. It'd be great if anchor points could be created and edited within the app.

    I'd also like to see like to see the functionality of the pencil tool in Illustrator, how one can re-trace over the line to edit the path.

    If this functionality was available, I could use a tablet to replace my wacom.

    6 votes
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  13. Make Drawing Guides Thicker

    With the onset of 4K & 5K monitors, the red dotted guides have become incredibly hard to see. I would like to suggest that the guides be made thicker or that there be a way for me to increase their thicknesses in settings so they can be seen better.

    10 votes
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  14. Retain length of handles when modifying curves and length of path when moving anchor points.

    I'd love an option to retain the length of a handle for an anchor point. It would be nice to keep the curvature equal on both sides of an anchor point. There are many times I would have liked this option to create symmetrical graphics.

    Similarly, I'd also like the option to retain the length of a path when moving an anchor point. Sometimes I use lines/paths as arms of characters. If I need to change the position of an arm there ends up being a lot of guess work modifying the path.

    5 votes
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  15. Merge anchor points

    I'd like an option to merge two anchor points into one on a shape/path. This would make cleaner paths and objects.

    13 votes
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  16. Being able to use pathfinder on more complex forms.

    Being able to use pathfinder on more complex forms. To easy create shadows and things for characters by copy and paste and then using subtract from pathfinder.

    4 votes
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  17. Change arrow cursor back to how it used to be.

    I would VERY much like to be able to change the arrow cursor style back to how it was prior to the most recent update. I do not like the arrows no longer having a handle; perhaps I'm irrational, but it's really throwing me and disrupting my workflow.

    5 votes
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  18. Illustrator - Align

    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.

    15 votes
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  19. Illustrator - Trace image and turn in to an editable path instead of shapes

    I would love to be able to take my drawings and use the live trace feature (or maybe even a feature within the Illustrator app??) that would allow me to trace my hand-drawn sketches (on paper) and turn them into line paths instead of outlined shapes. This way, I don't have to trace my images again, once they are in Illustrator. It would be a huge time saver!

    3 votes
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  20. Snap shape to artboard or bleeds

    When you draw a rectangle as a background color or border, you could snap to the edges of the artboard or snap to the edges of the bleed.

    17 votes
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