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  1. Freeform Gradients won't load in complex object groups/compound paths

    In Illustrator 2019, freeform gradients were unable to render in complex compound paths. I was attempting to add a freeform gradient within a compound path/grouped object set of leaves (about 20) of various shapes and sizes. I had used compond paths to add a freeform gradient to two objects previously (although with a few bugs - see bug titled "Illustrator 2019 Freeform Gradient and compund paths not quite right" in Other...), expecting the gradient to render. Although it sounded as though my computer was working hard to process the effect, nothing rendered after 5 minutes and so I gave up,…

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  2. transform effect negative numbers

    This has been a problem for a long time -- not just the current version of Illustrator. When applying a transform effect to an object and using the "move" part of the effect, negative numbers get converted to positive numbers. Occasionally I can "fool" the effect by not previewing the results but that doesn't work often. This happens whether I type in the numbers by hand or use the slider.

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  3. Drop shadows unnecessarily re-render when placing new images, slowing workflow

    As of 5/22/18 using Illustrator 22.1, all existing drop shadow effects within document re-render each time a new image is placed. Rendering can take up to 30 seconds to process (a Progress dialogue box appears), which slows down workflow considerably.

    This is never an issue with InDesign or Photoshop, so I'd love to see this fixed in Illustrator. Thanks!

    4 votes
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  4. Overprint test error bug


    1. Create a text box, on a colour background.

    2. Make some of the text a colour, some black.

    The black does not overprint, it reverses ("knocks") out of other text in the same box reverses out (becuase it's colour or white).

    If you fix this by making the black text multiply, on reopening the file, it has reverted to reversing out.

    4 votes
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  5. Strokes on text container disappear with transform effect.

    https://forums.adobe.com/message/9763703#9763703

    Create a text box.
    Deselect it.
    Direct select the container path.
    Give it a stroke.
    Select the text box and apply the Tansform effect.
    Stroke disappears.
    Delete the Transform effect.
    Stroke appears.

    4 votes
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  6. Pathfinder bugs and artifacts

    Pathfinder distorts curves and these distortions create stray points and small vector artifacts when I "slice".

    This has been an issue from IL5 (pre-CS and pre-CC), when Pathfinder was first introduced.

    Until Adobe increased maximum magnification, it was hard to tell what was happening, but in CC I can clearly see that in Pathfinder, smooth curves distort. My guess is something analogous to mathematical rounding errors in defining the berzier curve.

    Sometimes, the distortion is very "squiggly", appears to be introducing the 'QuickDraw error (reported separately), and produces unusable results.

    While most of these errors and artifacts are essentially microscopic,…

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  7. Why can't you use negative numbers in Move transform panel?

    This is such a bizarre bug. Sometimes the panel will come in with negative numbers already in there (based on a previous move by hand in the program?) But make any adjustment and the number turns positive. I can work around it using reflect tool but it shouldn't require such an extra work around.

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  8. Small negatiive Offset Path Pica values don't work

    Use Picas as document unit.
    Select an object
    Use Offset Path (Effect or Object Menu option)
    Try toEnter a small negative value like -0p5
    It wont allow you to use a negative value.between 0p0 and -0p11
    Switching to a different document unit works.
    See: https://forums.adobe.com/message/11113927#11113927

    3 votes
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  9. Rotate and scale appearance effects

    When you have an appearnce (i.e. transform with move horizontal 1mm) and then rotate the object, it doesnt change the direction of the applied appearance. Our client insists that we cannot expand the appearances so it causes issues when applying to carton where the front and back panels are the same.

    We also have similar issues with things like scaling objects with a gaussian blur effect applied, where it does not scale the number of pixels.

    However feathering appearance does scale, so the application seems inconsistent.

    There should be an option in the preferences as to whether rotation and scaling…

    3 votes
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  10. freeform gradient broken and malfunctioning

    Love the capabilities of the new freeform gradient tool; however there are some unusual behaviors and bugs preventing it from working as expected. Firstly, if you use direct select to move points of a shape around, color stops are deleted once they fall "outside" of the shape boundary. Normally, gradients can fall outside of a shape, and are visually "clipped" by the mask of the shape.

    Secondly, upon reopening a document with freeform gradients, I have found that the gradients are static images clipped to a shape. When I use direct select to select a shape, it selects the gradient…

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  11. Weird Transparency Issue

    So, I have a very odd quirk happening. When I changed an element from 100% opaque to 70% then copied it and grouped it. Now when I ungroup it the same element that was 70% opaque now thinks it is 100% opaque.

    Essentially I can no longer make that element completely opaque anymore. I have to place another instance. This is a bit of a pain when I have resized or altered the placed element.

    I am running the latest version of Illustrator as of this post.

    I did some searching here and my issue is very similar to this…

    3 votes
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  12. Freeform Gradients can't seperate into spot colors for rips

    Freeform Gradients can't seperate into spot colors for rips. when prinitng them as spot colors. they come out like a cmyk print.

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  13. Revolve Effect - Object Appearance Error "CANT"

    Windows 10 Home - 64bit.
    Illustrator CC18. 22.1

    When selecting Effects> Revolve on an object (a semi-circle) I get the error:

    "The operation cannot be completed because of an unknown error. [CANT]"
    Followed by another dialogue box:
    "An error occurred while processing the appearance of an object."

    What's going on here?

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  14. Bug (?) in outline view

    When I'm working on a super complicated and heavy artwork with lots of blends and effects, things tend to slow down A LOT. It would be a HUGE time saver if I could just switch to outline view and be able to edit the lines quickly without having effects turned on. I only se outlines so it doesn't make much sense to have effects and blends load each time I adjust something. They should be turned off in outline view and load when you switch back to preview.

    There is absolutely no reason for having effects turned on in outline…

    3 votes
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  15. White lines appearing on the text when we apply Extrude and Bevel effects in 3D

    White lines appearing on the text when we apply Extrude and Bevel effects in 3D. Is there any solution to fix this.

    Version: Adobe Illustrator 22.0.1

    Expected result: 3D effect of the text layer without white lines.

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  16. Bug - Element Transparency not adjustable after setting transparency once.

    CC 2018
    Placing elements on pasteboard works fine. I adjusted the transparency of the element on layer to 40% over a red box. Now the element shows that transparency. If you try to revise the transparency the properties window shows the element at 100%. There is no way to adjust the transparency back to it's original 100% or know the current transparency.

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  17. Allow Warp Effects to distort linear gradient

    When you turn on distorting linear gradients (Object > Envelope Distort > Envelope options: Distort Linear Gradients Fill), AI still won't do it when you use Warp Effects (Effect > Warp). This should be fixed.

    I'd even extend this option to treat other gradients types, not only linear.

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  18. Minus Front Pathfinder

    I'm trying to block out this outlined text from this green rectangle, however, it is producing a very weird and seemingly glitchy result. Here are my steps:

    1) Select both shapes (The white shape appears to have a thicker selection outline? Not sure why that is..)

    2) Choose Pathfinder > Minus Front.

    3) The final result view cuts off the top of the 'M' and 'R', but the anchor points show a normal effect.

    Any thoughts?

    2 votes
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  19. Transparency doesn't show correctly in linked CMYK Illustrator PDFs

    If I link a CMYK Illustrator PDF with transparency into a CMYK Illustrator document, the transparency doesn't show correctly. I can actually open a CMYK Illustrator PDF, link the same exact PDF into this opened file, and the artwork will look different even though they're the same exact file. See attached screenshot. This has been an annoying bug that's been around forever.

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  20. 3D Extrude & Bevel Mapping Symbol

    When I try to map a vector artwork using the 3D Extrude & Bevel Options on the "Map Art" windows shows that the artwork is mapped correctly on the face of shape however the final result stays with the black color of the outline, this does not happen when I do a flat graphic like a JPEG or PNG.

    This issue has been happening with multiple versions of illustrator.

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