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  1. Folders in the Graphic Styles palette.

    I draw comics, and use Graphic Styles to keep my characters consistent across panels and pages.

    A simple character might involve a half dozen styles. A complicated character can involve a lot more - see the attached screenshot.

    Add in a good chunk of Graphic Styles for recurring background elements and I'm constantly dealing with triple-digit number of entries in the Graphic Styles palette. Finding the set of styles I want to use becomes an increasingly tedious process as pages get more complicated.

    I would like to be able to create folders of Graphic Styles, which I can open and…

    7 votes
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  2. batch action to include image trace with ignore white plus expand

    I would like to use image trace including advanced setting ignore white, plus expand to get paths, in a batch action. I can do these as separate actions, but not in combination on one image and not at all as a batch process. I confirmed this is a limitation of illustrator currently with your support reps in live chats. If you could add this in your next update that would be great! thanks.

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  3. Please Remove Artboard Limit Entirely!

    There appears to be a limit of 1000 artboards on a single canvas in Adobe Illustrator. This is VERY annoying. I frequently have Illustrator files with multiple very small artboards (for iconography). It's absurd that I have all this canvas space and cannot add as many artboards as I want/need.

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  4. Keep transparency when raster image is copied/pasted (at least from PS)

    I have, let's say, image with background erased. I want to copy it in PS and paste in AI, intending opacity to be kept, but NO, you get opaque image.
    I don't care who is in charge for this, you or PS team, just get it done already.

    7 votes
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  5. 3 finger zoom, rotate and pan and 2 finger for vertical and lateral scroll feature on the trackpad.

    Can you allow three fingers control to pinch zoom, pan and rotate at the same time for a smooth control for the drawing area. Two fingers can be used to scroll vertically and laterally.
    This feature will help me as i do a lot of graphic design illustrations. It would help me zoom in for details and immediately zoom out to get a bigger perspective and again zoom in on a different area without having to press many buttons, all this while my right hand is controlling the mouse

    7 votes
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  6. Allow linked content within symbols.

    It would be nice to create symbols with linked content that would update when the linked content changes. Currently you have to embed anything within a symbol, images for example.

    7 votes
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  8. Pathfinder

    The Pathfinder window contains the ever useful 'Unite' - the menu option of Pathfinder does not (I would like to be able to create a custom keyboard command for the Unite feature).

    Thanks! and I just want to say that I've been using Illustrator since 1990. Love ya!

    7 votes
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  9. Magic wand tolerance default should be zero 0

    ********** tolerance should be zero by default. For fill colors, I never use it on anything but 0. For strokes I use tolerance of 0 about 90% of the time. Pro users are generally using spots, global process colors or simply eyedrop+fill when working so there is rarely a need for selecting a "range of colors/shades" especially as wide as 32. In AI, this tool is used differently than Photoshop.
    Or perhaps default tool tolerances could be part of a user preference?setting/workspace. (Along with setting default color swatches to HSB sliders)

    6 votes
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  10. "Apply to all" check boxes

    Please add an "apply to all" check box to the "embedded profile mismatch" pop-up. It is incredibly time consuming to click the box for every link in a document, especially when there are many.

    Please also add an "apply to all" check box to the "Photoshop Import Options" pop-up so the same settings can be applied quickly to multiple links when embedding.

    6 votes
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  11. Toolbox zoom and hand tool on same tab instead of separate tabs making it slower to select since having to flip back and forth all the time

    Previous versions CS6 etc had the toolbox panel better laid out: Hand tool and zoom tools were on a separate tab now CC doesn't give the choice but having them both on a same tab so having to hover, drag etc every time I want to select my favourite tools is really tedious whilst there are many useless tools on the toolbox displayed why changing a feature that worked perfectly in previous versions?

    6 votes
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  12. Gradient “easing” / bezier curve control for color stops

    Any work that utilizes gradients in Illustrator would benefit greatly from the addition of the ability to manually control/adjust the bezier curves of the gradients’ color stops.

    The specifics of how this works are discussed here: https://larsenwork.com/easing-gradients/

    Ultimately, this level of control allows for significantly more pleasing and subtle gradients. Relying on midpoints to adjust gradients ultimately results in very obviously visual “steps” from one color stop to the next.

    I’ve attached a video demonstrating the easing function, as well as a before and after image to illustrate its effect.

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  13. Allow for Global Edits to work with groups containing a text box.

    For example lets pretend a group containing a smiley face and under it a text box with the word "smile". Then we create 4 copies of that group. It would be nice if we could use the Global Edit tool to edit the smiley face but more importantly the text under it. Currently the global edit tool does not work with live text or text boxes which would be useful.

    6 votes
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  14. Can't edit simultaneously two several selected fills in Appearance

    AI allows to select several fills in Appearance, but you can only delete or duplicate them then.
    If I select two fills with Shift+click, for example, and try to apply new swatch, it would be applied to first selected fill only. If I try to add effect — it would be applied not to both, but selected only again.

    6 votes
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  15. Let's add Vasily Hall's name to the Ai credits?

    These never get added for some reason, so I'm going to try once per day to put it up here:

    As you may be aware, Illustrator has a natively build CSV-import feature for variables now. This wouldn't have come if Vasily didn't undertake the effort to create this feature as a script, 3 years prior. https://github.com/Silly-V/Adobe-Illustrator/blob/master/Variable Importer/VariableImporter.jsx

    His contribution was:
    1. User research, connecting with users from all over the world to get a sense of whether anyone even wants to import CSV files and use graph variables.
    2. Naming convention syntax for visibility and graph variables.
    3. Logical mechanism…

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  16. Smart Guides limited to current artboard

    An option to have Smart Guides only snap to things that are actually on the current artboard.

    It's annoying to be working on an empty artboard and have everything snap to things far off the screen on some other artboards. That can be pretty annoying.

    6 votes
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  17. Global symbol libraries

    Global dynamic symbol libraries- update all instances across documents.

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  18. Smart Guide not working properly

    Smart Guide not working properly. Every time AI start up, I have to uncheck the Smart Guide and check again to make it work. Its definitely

    6 votes
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  19. Create a collaborative editing mode

    It would be incredibly useful having an editing mode where you can edit your documents in real time with other people. That would be very interesting, as collaborative work is really necessary for many projects nowadays.

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  20. Short cut for 'outline stroke'

    Could there maybe be a short cut for 'outline stroke'? There only is one for letters but not for lines and stuff.

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