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  1. Hide contents outside of a mask from the selection tool

    Contents outside of a mask boundaries are still visible from the selection tool, so i's often tricky to select other objects behind. It would be great to have an option to just see the boundary of the mask with the selection tool.

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  2. convert a clipping mask into a crop

    It would be great to be able to convert a clipping mask into a crop.

    12 votes
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  3. Allow selecting a clipping mask by its fill.

    Currently, I need to select clipping masks by their edge, which is tricky. I prefer selecting objects by their fill.

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  4. Don't highlight paths in a clipping mask, outside of the clipped object.

    Sometimes I get a file a huge complex path inside of a clipping mask. When I hover my mouse on the outside of the clipping mask this path gets highlighted.

    Can we turn this off? I don't have any use for knowing what's hidden in a clipping mask, and this is incredibly frustrating.

    Video attached for reference. Does anyone else have this problem?

    5 votes
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  5. Quick Command for Trim View

    Quick Command for Trim View. I alternate a lot between normal view and trim view but have to stop to select trim view every time.

    3 votes
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  6. Clipping Mask with complex objects

    I'm trying to clipping mask an object not that complicated (1000 points) and Illustrator says it's to complex (really?). But if I do a "paste inside" with Indesign, Illustrator allows the Clipping Mask.

    It's crazy since Illustrator should be the right software to work with multiple points vector.

    3 votes
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  7. Image Crop Feature

    This is a bug with regards to Image crop feature in Illustrator.

    While I try to unembed a cropped image (in Illustrator) and link to a PSD source file, the source PSD file gets flattened or layers get merged to a single layer. The source PSD file gets altered and damaging it.

    3 votes
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  8. Ability to create Layer masks in Ai that can be used in Ae

    I would like to have the ability to create masks in Illustrator that carry over to Ae. It would make the process much faster and more streamlines to build it all in illustrator before I transfer over to Ae for animation.

    2 votes
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  9. Don't remove smoke and fill for clipping paths.

    Please allow paths to retain formatting when they are made into clipping paths. I see no reason, other than cruelty, to remove the stroke and fill of a path when it is made into a clipping path. If someone can rationalize a benefit for making me have to apply a stroke and fill all over again then at least make a preference for any masochists.

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  10. 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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  11. Expanding Compound Clip Mask into induvidul paths for production

    I want to produce individual paths to a set artboard size fro production after designing a compound clip mask. sample below. There are to many steps involved in individualizing these paths. First you need to group everything with in the clip path then save in place. then release the clip mask path then the compound path. next you need to copy a paste into each individual path. In Corel draw, after designing in the clip mask all you do is release that mask and it is automatically in each individual path after release.. Help me Ai best perform this task,…

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  12. Transparency Masks should appear in layers panel like Clipping Masks

    I like how Clipping Masks show up in the Layers panel as a "<Clip Group>", which you can expand to see the object being used as the mask and the object being masked. However, Transparency Masks do not show up at all in the Layers panel; you have to remember to open up the Transparency panel to see and interact with them. In a document with a mix of Clipping Masks and Transparency Masks, this is really confusing and makes the Transparency Masks easy to forget about. You should make the Transparency Mask show up in the Layers panel like…

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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. Define a default placement option

    Make it possible to define other placement options in preferences. So you can, for example, make complete documents with "File dimensions" as a preference

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  16. 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…

    1 vote
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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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
    - 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.

    2. new option: Add or create an "Opacity Mask" from the object above.
    - 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…

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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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