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  1. Vector Halftones Effect (within AI and without third-party plugins)

    I would like AI to integrate a feature that can convert raster images and/or vector elements (gradients, sketches, shapes, anything..) into a perfectly shaped round dots Halftones Effect.

    As a matter of fact, it is already possibile to get something similar by applying the raster halftones Effect to the element and then Live Tracing it. But the result is something uneven made of irregular circles or shape. So it is not a precise function to take into consideration.

    The effect should be achieved without any third-party plugins or anything which is not already included in the full AI software release…

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  2. Rasterize effect of bitmap is too simple

    Please add some other algorithm in rasterize effect of bitmap.
    in Photoshop we have pattern dither, Diffusion dither, halftone screen, custom pattern Or in Corel Photo Paint we have line art, Ordered , Jarvis, Stuki , floyd-steinberg, halfton, cardinality distribution But in illustrater we have only one algorithm.
    also please able us to choose color of rastered pixels. it is very important because some times graphists add this effect to gradient or mesh gradient but they like another color instead of black color and transparent instead of white

    242 votes
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  3. Please make the Preview option sticky

    Just about everything you do in Illustrator to the drawing cannot be seen until you turn on Preview. Unfortunately the Preview option cannot be set to ON or Sticky from last use. I am aware that way back in the 80s this was done because the computing power was not strong enough to deal with drop shadows but this is now not the case. I am also aware that very very complex drawings can also be affected by having the Preview on but I very seldom do complex drawings. PERHAPS there could be some kind of self-sensing regulator that when…

    23 votes
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    Hi Everyone,

    All the effect checkboxes have now been set to ON by default, and are sticky (meaning that if you disable preview, on next launch of Illustrator preview will remain disabled). This functionality now is available in our latest release build – 24.1.1 for Win and 24.1 for Mac which is available worldwide now.

    We are working on making all remaining preview check-boxes sticky. Will update this thread when done!

    What’s new in 24.1: https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/using/whats-new.html

    You can update to the latest release using Creative Cloud desktop App: https://helpx.adobe.com/in/creative-cloud/help/creative-cloud-updates.html

    Thank you for all the feedback.

  4. Perspective mode for Free Distort effect

    Free Distort effects, being a bit outdated with it's detached preview window, comes out Super Tool with Stylism plugin installed. But it could do so much better if there would be a tick, that turns distortion into a perspective one, as the tool with the same name allows to do. That would allow us to distort stuff live in perspective (and omit using overcomplicated Perspective Grid for small tasks).

    3 votes
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  5. 'Reverse Order' option for Transform Effect

    When you set several copies in Transform effect, Illustrator makes them stack under original art, 'going backwards'. Sometimes it's better to have an opposite behaviour, with copies stacking up, 'towards' viewer.

    Please add this checkbox near 'Copies" field.

    5 votes
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  6. Let Drop shadows effects ignore each other

    Derived from the bug report at https://illustrator.uservoice.com/forums/601447-illustrator-bugs/suggestions/40265350-multiple-drop-shadow#comments

    Shadows in Ai work differently from Ps.
    Each shadow in Ai applies to the stack above it. It means that you first shadow will cast second shadow.
    This is 'as intended', and at least allows to trick Ai into making soft shadow, layering them.
    But this should be optionable, I agree.
    I'll make it into the feature request (which means it won't be picked up in the next 5 years).

    1 vote
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  7. Font Style Blend Tool

    A blend tool that transitions fontstyle over a phrase. For example I will use the phrase "a maiore ad minus". The first letter A would be Times New Roman and the final word Minus is in Arial. My proposed blend tool would show the transition of fonts on the words "maiore ad".

    1 vote
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  8. Better reflect tool functionality with option to add multiple instances similar to Macromedia Freehand.

    Illustrator needs a better reflect tool that can add multiple instances. The way Freehand's reflect/rotate tool worked was IMO optional because it gave a live preview of the outcome and worked intuitively.

    I know that similar thing can be done in effects -> transform, but you need many more steps to achieve the same result, often not knowing what to expect visually before you get the result.

    4 votes
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  9. Please Make a way to Undo Effects

    It would help a lot if there was a way to reverse effects without using the undo button. I find myself many times regretting an effect I used and not being able to undo it because I saved and closed the file already.

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  10. Bevel and Emboss effect

    This is something i've waited for years and it's a feature that Photoshop had for decades, was introduced in InDesign 2.0. Even FreeHand MX featured it in 2001... but it never came to Illustrator.
    When will we count with the Bevel and Emboss effect?

    Why not all the Effects InDesign has featured too on Illustrator?
    It will add a great bang of options to AI...

    I let a screenshot of it on actual InDesign CC

    10 votes
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  12. Overhaul of Illustrator's 3D capabilities.

    Illustrator's 3D effects are hugely outdated. Something that matches or even exceeds After Effects would be a would boost to the program.

    Heck, even something that allows you to easily rotate and move the shapes around in 3D space like AE would be great. Illustrator's current 3D tool are clumsy and cumbersome.

    2 votes
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  13. We need, again, Custom Bevels in 3D-Extrude & Bevel, please!

    Illustrator used to have the ability to create customer Bevel profiles ( in the Bevels.ai file in /Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe Illustrator 23/en_US/Symbols ). HOWEVER, the feature is now gone! Please give us the option to create custom Bevels, again! Thank you.

    Last year, 2018, I created a object and gave it a 3D custom bevel, and now I can do nothing with that object. Whenever I try to do something with it Illustrator crashes. I couldn't figure out what was going on until I tried creating a custom Bevel again. There is no way to create a custom Bevel! When I…

    2 votes
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  14. Toggle Scaling fonts

    i would like to see a toggle so that when i set a text size on path or text box i can scale the box or path without scaling the text within and without direct selecting the path or box
    this way i know my format is un interrupted
    also the scale effect and strokes and text needs to be in the top tool bar at all times so they can be toggled

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  15. [MINOR BUG] Drag fx from the appearance panel unto objects... it doesnt work

    Dragging a 'completed' effect: from the Appearance panel unto a new object ( to recreate the same effect ) doesn't work using the hand grab tool.

    I want to be able to drag effects that I've already made - from one object and reproduce them unto another...

    please try to do that and see if it works for you - on your end.

    Thank you

    Not critical I found a way around it... but the convenience is nice.


    • IMAGES AND ARTWORK - MALIK ROUSSEAU FRANCOIS : COPYRIGHT 2019.

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  16. Project Glowstick - Painting with Light

    If you haven't yet watched the tech demo from this years Max, check this out!

    https://youtu.be/K6rUDQpFdsk

    Pleeeeeease bring this tool to illustrator. The grad tools we already have are fantastic, but this is just next level.

    1 vote
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  17. Z depth / 3D space for points on path.

    I do medical illustration for suture techniques. I use a path with a stroke to illustrate the suture (like a string), which need to overlap and show depth. I add a drop shadow to the path, but it simply goes around the entirety of the path's stroke shape, and doesn't apply above segments of the path which should appear below the higher sections.

    There needs to be a z-axis system where I can assign a z-depth to each point on a path, which allows the drop shadow effect to apply to the same path on depths below it.

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  18. Layer style effects - Bevel & Emboss, Drop Shadow, Outer glow...

    Illustrator needs a panel for object effects similar to ID and PS.
    Especially bevel and emboss effects. Affinity Designer has this option.

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  19. Ability to create Folder-like Groups within Appearance panel and apply Opacity and effects at this Group level.

    Using the Photoshop model of layer folders, provide the ability to group fills and strokes within the Appearance panel. These groups could then have opacity, effects, etc. applied at the Group level.

    E.g. a complex stroke pattern could be built within a group using multiple styles, and then that pattern could be "embossed" onto another underlaying style using Overlay or Hard Light. The overall effect could then be contained within a single path and could be saved as a single Graphic Style.

    3 votes
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  20. Transform Effect with manually adjustable anchor position

    The current Transform Effects has a very limited anchor position setup (that 9 squares in the bottom corner). To make a custom anchor position, we must input "horizontal" and "vertical" value manually which is very ancient.

    Rotation tool with Transform Again method is an alternative when creating a mandala thingy, but it if we want to alter the shapes, we have to repeat the rotation and transformation again, which is another ancient stuff.

    Adding a simple clicking right on the artboard for placing the anchor point of Transform Effects would be great. We can just set up the anchor point…

    3 votes
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