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  1. 17 votes
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  2. Keyboard shortcut to duplicate layer and its content.

    Please consider creating a keyboard shortcut that will duplicate a selected layer and its content, as in PsCC, for example.

    In PsCC one can duplicate a selected layer and its contents by using either of two keyboard shortcuts: 1) 'Ctrl+J' -or- 2) 'Alt+(any up/down/left/right arrow)'.

    In either case, the duplicated layer+content will appear above the selected layer.

    Thank you.

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  3. 'Saved' menu in New Document window should show my custom templates


    1. Right now only templates from Adobe Stock show up here. It's counterintuitive. I would like to have my custom templates saved here. Otherwise they are relatively hidden at the bottom of the 'Web' or 'Print' lists.

    2. I would also like to be able to quickly save a template right from the new document window (not have to make a document, save as template, get permissions error, fix permissions, save template).

    3. The new document window is VERY SLOW to open. Legacy is instant and the lag is really frustrating.

    4. Please for the love of creative gods, fix the High Sierra/CC bugs.…
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  4. Keyboard Shortcut to select locked objects

    When needing to move a locked object, you currently only have the option of "unlock ALL" whereas sometimes you may have many things locked that you do not want unlocked - only one or two things you want to move.

    It would be helpful if by holding a button (Say Alt or control) this would allow you to select locked objects, move or alter the object, and once you deselect it continues to be locked.

    17 votes
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  5. Option to put Properties Panel at the top of the workspace.

    For those of us who find it more convenient for the Properties to be at the top of our workspace, we should be able to click and drag the properties panel into the default space along the top of the window.

    17 votes
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  6. Welcome Back To Illustrator screen customization

    Two changes to the Welcome Screen:

    1.- Ability to edit the "Start a New File Fast" group (like, in the US, I'd like to replace the A4 format with the more used US Letter Size?)

    2.- Add a "Clear All Recent" button/option to clear all recently opened files (or follow the similar Photoshop model to clear files).

    Thanks

    16 votes
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  7. Make a hotkey to go one level up in Isolation mode

    It quite frequently needed to go one level up when burrowed in isolation mode.
    The only way to do it now — is button, unscriptable, unhotkeyable, mouse only.
    Make a hotkey for it, please.

    16 votes
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  8. GET RID OF THE EXTREMELY ANNOYING PRODUCT TOUR POPUP

    Stop treating all Illustrator users like imbeciles. Get rid of the ****** popup tips and Product Tour that all users are forced to contend with.

    15 votes
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  9. Please Add Path Area values in the Document Info Tab

    Years ago I used Telegraphics' free "Path Area" plug-in to determine the path length of single or multiple selected objects. The plug-in's dialog box would display both the length and area of any selected objects. That plug-in hasn't worked with the last few versions of Adobe Illustrator. It's effectively a dead plug-in.

    Currently Illustrator will display Path Length values under the Document Info tab (when Objects are checked in the options fly-out). I would like path area to be added to the values shown for Paths.

    Right now my only option for determining path area is using the Dynamic Measure…

    15 votes
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  10. zoom in/out without pressing alt button (only mouse scroll)

    It would be much easier to have an option to zoom in/out by using only moue scroll

    15 votes
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  11. Dedicted buttons for: Undo - Delete - Redo.

    Dedicted buttons for Undo /Delete /Redo. either at the top or on a floating toolbar. I'm sick of having to go to the keyboard or:
    Edit > Undo
    Edit > Clear
    Edit > Redo
    Sure I could use keyboard shortcuts- but I don't want to.
    Virtually every other program has these buttons.
    it cannot be hard to add them, even if only in that new properties panel.
    You have to assume its bloody mindedness on Adobes part, continuing not have this basic feature and thinking everyone gets a thrill out of Command Z

    15 votes
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  12. Dim Control In Isolation Mode

    It's extremely difficult to manually work with colors with respect to the complete artwork in isolation mode with the background dimming effect. This should be able to be disabled, while still maintaining group isolation workflow benefits.

    15 votes
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  13. Zoom in and Zoom Out Through Mouse Wheel

    In previous Adobe PD and Illustrator versions i was using preferences setting to change the zoom with Mouse Wheel, but in this version it is not available.

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  14. Make option for new artboards to track their names based on existing artboards

    Create 2 artboards.
    Delete second one.
    Create new artboard—the name will be 'Artboard 3'.

    This is very-very inconvenient most of the times.
    Make it behave as Layers behave both in PS and AI!
    New artboard should check the stack and increment it's name properly.

    14 votes
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  15. Customize page size shortcuts on Home screen

    On the new Home screen in Illustrator 23, there does not appear to be any way to customize the list of page sizes that appear in the "Create a new file" section (as shown in the attached screenshot), at least as far as I can tell.

    Three of the sizes shown in this list (A4, Postcard, iPhone X) are ones that I rarely work in, and would be willing to select them from the Custom option when needed. On the other hand, I do frequently work in US letter and statement sizes, but there doesn't seem to be any way…

    14 votes
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  16. Add keyboard shortcut for Locate Object button in Layers Palette

    Every button and every command in AI should be bound-able to hotkey.

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  17. More details on "an error occurred while processing the appearance of an object".

    When you start doing complicated work with a lot of effects, you start getting the above-mentioned dialogue. It is incredibly unhelpful: which of the several thousand objects in my illustration is causing problems? What layer is the offending object on? Where in the appearance stack did things go awry? Maybe I'd like to find out which object caused this - how about a button to select the offending object, unlocking whatever containing objects may be locked?

    To make an analogy for the programmers: imagine if your compiler just said "some errors happened while compiling your project", and didn't even tell…

    14 votes
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  18. Easy setting of layer's opacity and 'Target Selected'

    Some users still find confusing setting opacity to whole layer.
    When they change opacity value in Transparency palette with no art selected, it does nothing or (if 'New Art has Basic Appearance' is unticked in Appearance palette options) applied to new objects.

    The way transparency is set for a layer in AI is not that obvious, compared to Photoshop's way, and require from user knowledge of working with appearance.

    I propose this:
    1. Make a shortcut for 'Target Current Layer' command, which is not anywhere now (or even 'Target Selected', which will target current layer, if nothing is selected)
    2.…

    14 votes
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  19. Option to maintain aspect ratio when resizing objects by default

    Currently, if you want to resize an object (by clicking and dragging a corner) without distorting it, you need to hold down the shift key.

    I would like (at least the option) to have Illustrator maintain aspect ratio by default when resizing, and hold shift to distort.

    Even fancier would be an option to set the behavior of the top/bottom and side "handles"... distort vs. resize while maintaining aspect ratio.

    Thanks!

    14 votes
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  20. USE of .CXF FILES within adobe cc

    As >cxf files will soon be the future of colour communication why do x-rite and adobe not integrate .cxf files with each other. The idea of a .cxf file is to help stabilise colour across various substrates, regardless of background hue, it allows the use of a spectrophotometer to read the colour and match it against a dE tolerance to make sure the colour is within specified range.
    Hence pantone live was born as every pantone book differs in colour, however a .cxf file never changes.

    So pantone want you to use pantone live, which is fine until the colour…

    14 votes
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