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  1. Allow snapping to objects that are masked out and also make opacity mask objects visible in outline mode

    For example, if you draw a large box and place it completely inside a small box so that all four corners of the larger box are masked out, then try to drag a guide it will only snap to the smaller clipping mask, the guides wont snap to the larger box unless you hide or release the clipping mask. Also, as an additional feature I think it would be of benefit if when inside the opacity mask, when you go to outline mode you could then see the objects within the mask.
    Supporting videos below
    https://youtu.be/mdtJwudauVY
    https://youtu.be/Z9qIvFQ9RBQ

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  2. Copy/paste in new layer

    Copy an object (cmd + c) then create a new layer and paste it in place in the new layer (copy in place in new layer)

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  3. Please allow us to apply strokes to clip groups

    Currently you cannot apply strokes to clip groups -- including using the "draw inside" function (see example 1). I would like to be able to apply strokes to clip groups. This might not seem like a big deal, but they also don't work when you apply a stroke to the entire layer appearance (see example two). This means I need to take multiple extra steps to outline something, which is very frustrating.

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  4. Cropping images! Can Illustrator finally offer a simple placed image cropping tool?

    I've been using Adobe Illustrator since 1992. Many of the core tools have not changed a bit, including how the app crops placed images. It is a laborious task to add shapes and create clipping masks. InDesign and PowerPoint have this figured out and it is a breeze. Please address this long-standing shortcoming of an otherwise brilliant application.

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  5. Masks should be applied to single objects with a simple right click

    Masks should be applied to single objects with a simple right click. It's so cumbersome (and quite frankly, very outdated principle) to have to create a white object, select two objects, then 'create mask'. No one does this anymore. (look at Sketch)

    We should be able to simply right click on an object and set it as a mask. Then anything that is above that mask or in that mask's group layer, should be masked out.

    Which brings me to another point, layers in illustrator are so bad. Why for the love, has the layer structure not been updated since…

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  6. remove background/ make background transparent in images

    It would be really great if we can provide a feature to remove background and make objects transparent within Illustrator . there are users who import pictures in Illustrator but inorder to make the background transparent , they have to use other application and , image trace would be complicated .

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  7. Pathfinder and clipped objects/draw inside

    Right now, when trying to combine via Pathfinder, an object with a draw inside function/clipping mask, with another object - it basically release the clipping masks and combines everything.

    When trying to make an outline for characters with a lot of details, it becomes very frustrating.

    Attached is a simple example

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  8. Masking objects or their parts - simple and fast.

    Masking with "Make clipping mask" is often practical and fast. Great! Thank you.
    I am asking you to modernize this method of creating a mask:


    1. new option: Invert Mask

    2. When I want to mask a part of an object quickly, but in only within the shape of my mask. For example, a hole in the facility.


    3. new option: Add or create an "Opacity Mask" from the object above.


    4. Such a practical shortcut to create a mask of the "Opacity Mask (alpha canal)" type from a selected object, eg with a griadient. Now, creating an Opacity mask is overly complicated.


    5. Separate…

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  9. Crop command embedding linked images

    I would be thankful if linked images remain linked (instead of being embedded after using the crop command). I would like to believe that this can be made possible. This is the normal behaviour in other graphic design software.

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  10. I would like to be able to group layers and apply a mask to the grouped layers

    I would like to be able to group layers and apply a clipping mask to the grouped layers

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  11. Why the heaven does shift make an object stable, when you drag an object? It is extremely disturbing

    Why the heaven does shift make an object stable, when you drag an object? It is extremely disturbing

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  12. Image fitting options like indesign, sketch and figma.

    Image fitting options like indesign, sketch and figma. Would really be handy to have fit to crop, resize to crop etc. for linked images.

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  13. Rounded corners on crop tool

    When crop tool is selected, add the live corners option to crop rounded corners or circles. Please and thank you.

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  14. Automatic Workspace Backup

    Why we need to save the file of our workspaces when adobe is a cloud system?

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  15. Create outlines while the layer is inside a clipping mask

    I'm forced to move text layers outside of a clipping mask before I can create outlines and then move them back. A small inconvenience but every small thing counts when designing! Thanks :)

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  16. shortcut keys for alignment

    Please make clipping mask like Corel Draw's Powerclip.

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  17. Crop Image tool

    With the Crop image tool, it would be nice if the initial crop bounds were to the exact size of the selected image. Right now when you select an image to crop, it creates a random selection, that requires more work than if the crop selected the outer bounds of the image instead of a small selection.

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  18. Allow drag and drop of cropped images like InDesign does

    It will be great time saving if i can quickly replace an image just by dragging and dropping an image into a frame of a cropped image like i can do in InDesign. I too slow to have to look for the new link of the image open finder search thumbnails, etc. Could that be possible?

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  19. Feature to remove white background seamlessly

    I think this should be a basic option, to remove white bg seamlessly. or any colored background. There are lot of basic apps that does that, why a sophisticated software like this doesnt have that option?

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  20. Layer clipping mask (a bit like a paste-inside on steroids!)

    I'd like to be able to convert a shape into a layer clipping mask which would then allow sub-layers to be created/converted so that they only remain visible within in the shape's boundary and would subsequently honour any sub-layer effects applied therein.

    Why?

    Well at the moment I have to expand any paths with effects applied to layers so that any effect is captured inside the clipping mask. This results in a destructive edit to my artwork and file duplication so that I can revert to the previous editable state when I need to make any changes.

    Background:
    I regularly…

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