Illustrator - Rotation of the Artboard
Like in Photoshop it would be great if an Artist could rotate the artboard/canvas in Illustrator. If you draw a line from left to right it's never the same stroke as from up to down.
Rotate canvas story has been added to backlog. We will be picking it up shortly.
Andreas Föhl commented
There is a scripting-solution from Alex Ladygin:
It's not perfect and is slow with lots of objects but works.
I worked on a solution myself two years ago but didn't solve the problem of objects out of the artboard rotate correctly. It's such an important feature that it should be implemented nevertheless! The whole packaging-industry needs this feature desperately.
In the Artboard-Options, there would be a logic place for another Icon. (Screenshot)
And of course for those who make digital art and Icon like in Photoshop. It was already said in this forum.
And this feature needs a simple order for Extended Scripting of course. for example: rotateArtboard(active or not, deree, true or false - mean 0 or 1 for rotating with objects) possible with an array of all artboards:
Is this a super difficult function to execute the coding for? I'm trying to figure out why it hasn't been implemented long ago and the only thing I can come up with is that it must be super hard to put into the coding. Anyway, I would love to see this happen. I am forever drawing in Illustrator and having to do gymnastics to draw certain angles and curves. Thanks.
I agree on so many levels. I am equally aggravated that they keep changing things that are NOT broken. Keyboard commands that I’ve had to learn over and over and they are way less intuitive now. As you say, who comes up with this and do they ask any of us using AI 10 hours a day. (Since 1991 in my case). A year or 2 ago I got a big survey from Adobe all about Social Justice Issues and I told them to just make great software leave that to others but I don’t think they care or listen because the software continues to suffer.
Thanks for your support guys ... I feel less alone in front of Adobe's lack of consideration for customers. I must admit that my comment was pretty sarcastic, but when you ask for decade for a product to be functional, and nothing happens, you must find a way to pull the seller from his sleep ... Moreover my comment has not been as harsh as it could had been ... I did not mention the other incredible shortcomings of this software, like - for example - the fact that we can not freely deform an object as it is done with great ease in Photoshop via the command "free transform" ... there is no equivalent function on Illustrator (one has 3 or 4 tools that can not even do as well than the tool available in photoshop! ) And dealing with these tools is unbearable because (when you don't have to work in a tiny popup) the frame and the handles are reset each time one of them moves. OK the distorsion occurs, BUT we have no real control over the distortion to make it match with another perspective object. Of course we can work around the problem using the perspective grid but it's a longer process and not very intuitive, and boring if you have just one element to deal with. I'm fed up to get around problems while a developer could implement this function in in half a day! And the software is at version 23! Hence my very relevant question: has Adobe already had this software tested by real graphic designers?
I'm shocked that Adobe has time to censor USEFUL comments like the one that got sent out to us (LOL) but no time to even respond to a reasonable and important feature request in almost two years. They must be really confident that we can't break out of their ecosystem and we're on the hook month after month. Are we though..?
The Dazzler commented
Well put Clayton
Apart from the censoring there hasn't been any indication Adobe staff are watching this thread at all.
I think they could minimise the user frustration so obvious here, if they engaged and fed back with updates or even to let us know if the idea has been canned.
Knowing either something or nothing is happening means we can all move on.
Adobe - is anybody home?
Clayton Shima commented
To the Adobe Support staff who decided to censor the post in question below: Maybe you forgot or weren't aware that every subscriber to this tread received the censored post in its full ****** glory via direct mail, making the censoring action partially useless, while telling LOADS about the overall BAD attitude of Adobe towards its customers. ****, why bother contributing with ideas and criticism? REMEMBER THE SUGGESTIONS GIVEN HERE ARE FREE OF CHARGE! REMEMBER USERS NOW PAY YOU ON A PERIODIC BASIS! You should be thanking the people who go out of their way to post here. This whole episode is VERRRYYY disappointing.
WOW they have time to censor comments but no updates on app features. This is Adobes customer service in a nutshell... Adobe your customer service SUCKS!!
AH AH AH You are faster to censor the comment than to implement the basic features that hundreds of customers have been asking for years!
Adobe call this "Illustrator" and after 23 versions NO ONE at Adobe staff never had the idea to implement the rotate canvas fonction ? Have you ever involved one real illustrator in the project to ensure "Illustrator" allows to draw illustration, using classic tool like pencil or brush ? Personnaly I don't know any illustrator who don't need or don't like to rotate his sheet to find the better angle to make his strokes when drawing. Hey, adobe guys, on what planet did you spend the last 25 years ? Do you design this soft for the illustrators or for yourself ? Stop staying in isolation between commercial and developers and start listening to the real needs of graphic designers and illustrators! If you do not know one, contact me!
It's fun not being able to rotate the art board. Not having this feature ads lots of unnecessary time while illustrating. Thanks Adobe.
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The ONLY reason I still have to use this outdated program is that I have a client that will only accept .ai files, and Affinity doesn't export in that format. But as soon as that job is over I'm dumping Illustrator. It's just too frustrating to have to work around numerous basic features that are lacking and NO support from Adobe.
Oh great mighty lords of the adobe illustrator please hear my prayer...We the loyal users of illustrator are one by one flocking to affinity designer for many features you are lacking. Illustrator lacks no artboard rotation, no brush stabilizers, no mirrored symmetry. Photoshop has these but no love for illustrator. We are quickly losing faith =( almost 400 votes and no developer update. Pathetic.
WE NEED AN UPDATE!
"Industry standard" illustration app doesn't let you rotate the artboard. Mind-boggling. When you illustrate on paper you ROTATE to accommodate stroke angle & workflow. Please, everyone, share this thread.
Seriously! Your customer service SUCKS! Just purchased Affinity Designer. I will be cancelling my creative cloud subscription ASAP. The lack of follow up is ridiculous.
Affinity Designer can do this already and if only they had a ‘save as’ or ‘export to’ Illustrator option, I would switch and save myself a boat load of money!
Marco Castle commented
almost 2 YEARS!!!! come on! u don't have to send people to mars!! is impossible to develop rotation for illustrator??
You might not want to thank them in advance.. That's under the assumption they are working toward a solution. Pretty sure this got added to the "backlog" aka forget about it log.
Dominik Geier commented
I would also love to have this feature, but for another reason.
We often print graphics for escalators and need to have them in three pieces to fit on our vinyl.
Vertical tiling does not work for such a job, because the vinyl is not as big as it would be needed. Our RIP-Software is only able to rotate 90° or 180°.
So at the moment I have to cut the file in Illustrator to 3 pieces and rotate the middle section to get it fit on our vinyl.
So for us/me it does not depend on the view of the artboard, but the possibility to export an artboard (which can still be rectangular) in a specific angle.
I would love to add an (virtual) artboard which defines an area to be exported in the angle I want.
For further information you can contact me.
Thanks in advance