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.
First up, let me apologize for not giving an update for such a long time. We will try to do a better job of providing frequent updates on our top requests going forward. This is not an excuse for lack of communication from our side, but we have been discussing this request for a long time internally. Without getting into too many technical details, let me share that there is a fair amount of complexity involved in making it work within Illustrator. The number of tools, effects, plugins, etc. makes it even more challenging. However, given the fact that it continues to be one of the top requests, the team has been exploring different approaches to implement it. I am happy to share that we have finally :) started to work on it. There would be some challenges in making everything work in the first release. I will continue to post specific questions on this thread and work with you to define the first release that is valuable and works for most of your workflows. I look forward to working closely with you all in bringing this functionality into Illustrator.
Let me provide a high-level summary of what I gathered from 255 comments in this thread so far.
- It is desirable to have both, but if we must pick, we would prefer rotation of canvas over the artboard.
- Rotating the view is not helpful, we should be able to edit as well :)
- Ideally, we should be able to rotate freely at any angle. But, if we have to prioritize, stepwise rotation at fixed angles may work.
- Ideally, all tools should work but if we have to prioritize we can start with few tools that are most useful in a rotated view e.g. brush, pencil, etc.
- A lot of folks want it to work as it works in photoshop.
- Shortcuts to do easy toggle/easy reset are highly desirable.
- It would be a great productivity enhancer for people working with packaging, editing text, or even freehand illustrations.
I look forward to sharing an update and seeking your feedback soon.
Avinash Singh Kotwal
Senior Product Manager,
I don't need how much more evidence you want Adobe, it seems this is a highly desired feature, it's a shame that given the subscription fees we now pay that we can't get an update on this.
If you haven't figured it out yet just let us know!
You heard right. Affinity Designer has this feature. I recently made the switch. Wish I would have done it a lot sooner!
Kim Wilson commented
Please hurry with this feature! I hear affinity has it. will probably switch soon as it would be vastly helpful for drawing uniform brush strokes in different directions with a tablet!!!
It seems Adobe just doesn't care. There are a myriad of reason why this is a must have feature... This has been one of the top posts for ages on the feature request board and it just seems to get blatantly ignored.
"How can we improve Illustrator? Vote for or share a new idea."
Well how about you pick up this high voted backlogged request after more than two years? This would be the most desired improvement on my part for Illustrator and one that would be super nice to have on a daily basis.
Even if it was just in 90 degree increments it would be a big step up.
david lincoln brooks commented
Yes, it would be swell to be able to rotate an entire artboard, the way Photoshop permits it. Especially useful when you are using the Pencil Tool to draw a shape freehand with your Wacom tablet. As another artist here puts it, some strokes are easier to make when you've positioned your "canvas" (artboard) in a comfortable way.
Ivan Berka commented
Hi, for drawing vector paths based on a bitmap images, the ability to rotate artboard (similar way to Photoshop) is a prerequisite for comfortable work. Please venture into the developers’ lab and make this the Illustrator’s feature soon.
Haha thanks for the update Adobe! Always making customer service a priority! Affinity Designer ALREADY HAS THIS FEATURE
Just checking in on the progress on this topic - after over 2 years. It would be really helpful thing to have added, especially when applying artwork on packaging.
"Picking it up shortly" should be Adobe's tagline. Just like "free beer tomorrow". We get it Adobe.
Affinity Designer already has this feature. Pathetic.
Margaret Trauth commented
Hey are y’all ever going to add this one simple transformation to the matrix you’re already applying every time you draw the preview window? It’s three and a half years since you were gonna “pick it up shortly”.
Paul S commented
Adobe does not have the honesty to admit frankly that their Illustrator software is so badly designed at the base, that today they do NOT have the technical possibility to implement this rotate artboard function, however essential to illustrators... They still prefer to appear for people contemptuous of the needs of their customers...
OK Adobe... But in that event, provide at least your customers with another tool, even basic, which can allow us to draw freely in vector mode with a drawing tablet ... A mini software with just the functions necessary for drawing AND THEREFORE the possibility to rotate the artboard.
November 21, 2017 "Picking it up shortly".
It's January 2020.
Dalton Crosthwait commented
Added to backlog 2 years ago? Yikes.
I'd switch 100% to Affinity (better pricing model, more responsive to user feedback, etc.) if I could move my entire team over as well. Unfortunately I'm stuck crossing my fingers that Adobe will implement this very basic functionality.
That's weird, they have this feature currently in photoshop. Affinity designer is capable. Figure it out Adobe.
I was talking with a a well known designer on instagram. He said he personally asked adobe and they said they stopped trying to develop rotation because it doesn't work with the photoshop raster effects.
Whats up Adobe? You take the rest of the year off for holidays?
If I'm a developer working for adobe I would be embarrassed that Affinity Designer somehow figured out how to implement this feature. Shame on you adobe.
Paul S commented
"Seriously who cares about a mobile version of illustrator. " ...Yes, indeed ! The only explanation I found for such nonsense is that the Illustrator code must be so badly written that it is probably impossible for Adobe developers to easily implement this basic function of artboard rotation... Providing a mobile version of this non-ergonomic software is perhaps the only way Adobe engineers have found to allow illustrators to finally beiing able to rotate their artboard.. by rotating the whole device ! What a pragmatism!
Seriously who cares about a mobile version of illustrator. It certainly shouldn't take priority over your desktop application! IMPLEMENT ROTATE ART BOARD
Adobe come on. You have added slicing and other web/digital functions to illustrator that no one is using, but not rotate art board? This is crucial for illustration, typography and packaging design and Illustrator is the number one tool for that kind of work. This is more important than creating a mobile version of illustrator.