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  1. Bring back right-click Opacity Mask

    Remember when you could right click and select 'Opacity Mask'?

    Yeah, those were the days. The process is twice as long now unless you have the 'transparency' window as a permanent fixture in your workspace.

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  2. Option to group multiple elements inside Symbol panel, Graphic Styles and Paragraph Styles panels.

    Option to create and manage groups of multiple elements inside Symbol panel, Graphic Styles and Paragraph Styles panels, just like we already have in Swatches panel.

    2 votes
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  3. fix the Layers palette; modernize it.

    The layers Palette in Illustrator Predates most Design apps out there. Because of that, many of its behaviors are critically out dated and in great need of a top - bottom update.

    some critical things to fix:
    1. Selection tracking should be unified. Selecting in the Layers palette should ALSO select the elements in the document. Throw away the confusing 2nd step there.


    1. naming. make it more flexible. IE: add built in options for the renaming that occurs when you copy a Layer. Add the ability to rename selected layers with one text entry. Add to that, a simple Scripting…

    3 votes
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  4. Change the Separations Preview panel to behave like it does in InDesign

    Can you change the Separations Preview panel in Illustrator to behave just like it does in InDesign? The Separations Preview panel in InDesign shows the percentage of each color separation when you hover over an area of the artwork, and includes the Ink Limit option. Both of those features would be extremely useful in Illustrator.

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  5. give users the option to copy layers, and NOT have them renamed.

    currently, Character Animator REQUIRES multiple layer hierarchies that use the exact same naming convention.

    When I duplicate a perfectly good Layer Hierarchy, every damned single layer in it, Gets renamed. This creates Hours of tedious work for me that is incredibly stupid.

    I want a set of options in the preferences to dictate exactly how Illustrator behaves when it duplicates a Layer/Layer Hierarchy.

    I want to be able to change the string used.
    I want to be able to set it to use a numbering system (number, step, padding)
    I want to be able to turn it the **** off.

    2 votes
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  6. BE ABLE TO DRAG CC LIBRARY ITEMS DIRECTLY TO ASSET EXPORT PANE

    I've just finished dragging 24 logo variations to the CC libraries pane and named each individually.

    Now I want to export each of these in various formats, but I can't drag directly from the CC Libraries pane to the Asset Export pane.

    Instead, I have to rename every single one manually when dragging all 24 into the asset export pane.

    What a pane!

    1 vote
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  7. EASY WAY TO SAVE WORKSPACES

    As designers, we put a lot of effort into creating the perfect workspaces for apps like InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop... but every time I need to reinstall any of these apps, my workspaces aren't loaded and it was very difficult to find out where or if they were backed up somewhere so I didn't need to create them all over again. Can you please have a 'Save' option in the Workspaces dropdown so we know where we are saving the workspaces... so we can then choose where we'd like to back them up? Should be able to back up in…

    2 votes
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  8. Edges disappear when object is selected and moved

    Hi there,

    When an object is selected the object edges show. Once the object is then dragged and moved the edges disappear meaning it's hard to line up objects.

    An help with this would be much appreciated.

    Version: 24.1.2

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  9. Stop expanding every layer by default when I open a project

    Why is illustrator such a poorly designed piece of software

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  10. Start Screen

    It would be super cool if my start screen wasn't borked.

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  11. Allow us to choose order of controls in Control panel

    Control panel is still superior to Properties panel.
    One of its benefits is that we can choose which controls we want to see there (in a limited, but still tweakable way).
    But what is missing is a way to set order of these controls, which leads to pleas like this one: https://illustrator.uservoice.com/forums/333657-illustrator-feature-requests/suggestions/40143700-transform-options-with-clickable-arrows-all-the-ti#comments
    (if you don't want to go to the link, it says basically 'Why my Transform controls are minimized? Give them back', because Align and Distribute control go before transform in the list of available controls.)
    We can untick positions we rarely uses, but I'd like to control the…

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  12. Dark (or custom) path preview

    If you work on black canvases and switch quickly between canvas and path preview, your eyes are being tortured by the rapid black/white contrast. I would love to see either inverted path previews (white paths on black) or maybe even the option to customize the color/contrast of your path preview to make it more convenient and less painful.

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  13. Transform options with clickable arrows all the time

    Is there a way to always have the transform options like this (see "Transform with arrows.png" attachment) with clickable up and down arrows? The feature disappears unless you are grouping one or more objects (see "Transform no arrows.png" attachment).

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  14. Saved views - in a panel or the control bar ?

    What about having SAVED VIEWS in either a
    panel / control bar / separate panel

    or even add them to the underused navigator panel ?

    Edit : or expand something similar in the Artboard panel ?

    I see this feature underused because of lack of usability, me seems.

    artboard #view #custom

    2 votes
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  15. Ctrl/Cmd + arrow key should = increment nudge

    While an object or text block is selected, holding ctrl/cmd and pressing arrow keys to nudge doesn't seem to have any effect. Could this not be used to nudge by a small increment?

    When you are changing the value of a number within illustrator, the up and down arrows + ctrl/cmd make the number change by a 10th. Could the same not be used for moving an object or text around, maybe a 10th of the set "keyboard increment" to make smaller nudges? It could even be set in the preferences menu how much the ctrl/cmd + nudge increment is.

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  16. Toggle to Disable touch input

    This would be a toggle that users can set to on or off. This toggle would disable the touch input in illustrator on touchscreen devices. This would enable users to paint using a stylus, without their hand making marks when touching the screen. This is especially useful for individuals who rest their hand on the screen as a way to gain control when drawing. This can sometimes manually be done for the whole device, however, a toggle inside illustrator would make it convenient for users to easily change, as well as it would only effect the illustrator application.

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  17. Drag tools from one toolbar to another

    Now when you enter toolbar edit mode, you can drag your button to and off it, but you can't drag you buttons from one toolbar to another.
    So to actually make it you have to remove it first, then close all-buttons-list, open it for the next toolbar, search for the button you deleted later and add it.
    Just allow to drag buttons across all toolbars in edit mode.

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  18. Dividers in toolbars

    It would be nice to have dividers that we can insert between tool buttons inside of our toolbars.
    AI used to have dividers, but then you removed them.
    Please bring them back.

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  19. cancel all button while opening multiple files

    when selecting a list of files for copy or move in explorer or finder, an accidental doubleclick will cause AI to open all files ....
    At present, one has to try and cancel every single open. Every now and then, AI quits in that situation or has to be killed

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  20. Double-click of text should not select trailing space on macOS

    On macOS, When using double-click to select a word in a text object, Illustrator is also selecting any trailing space. That is a common Windows behavior, but shouldn't be that way on macOS. Double-click should just select a the word (no surrounding whitespace).

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