Selection tolerance for selecting handles
Selection tolerance does not work for handles selection. You need to be very precise to select them. When smart guides are on, it works, but not when they are off.. For my type of work it's better to work without smart guides.
Alexandre Soubrier commented
This is unfortunately not a new issue and Adobe is not listening... The issue should have hundred votes to be listened. Ask your communities to vote for it
25.4.1, still an issue. Please fix this critical bug.
When you have an anchor point selected and you click on a bezier handle... have it move the handle instead of selecting the artwork underneath it. Make the clickable zone of the bezier handle something like 50px radius... because it seems even being 1px away doesn't select the handle, tolerance in the prefs does nothing and one must either be olympic level precise in wacom/mouse moving skills or zoom in to 6000% percent. See attached video.
Logic to code should be: User has anchor point selected > user clicks near to anchor point handle (distance a prefs setting?) > user can now move handle of bezier.
Current code logic = user clicks 1px next to a bezier handle of a selected anchor point = user must be wanting to change selection to artwork behind!!? Really Adobe, no...
Currently its unusable.
25.3.1, still an issue. Please fix this, how long can i take for the programmers?
The selection tolerance setting for handles is clearly broken. It's stuck at 1 pixel, no matter what you set it to in the preferences.
I compared with CS6 where it works fine.
Please vote for this post in the bugs section:
Yeah, the tolerance setting doesn't work anymore. It seems to stay at 1 pixel (for the handles, it works for the anchor points) no matter what you set the tolerance to in the preferences.
Tried different tolerance settings in CS6 and it works fine. PLEASE fix this... it's extremely frustrating having to grab handles with perfect precision.
Update: I polled my Instagram followers about this and 64% reported having this problem (200 respondents).
This is still broken in the latest version in Feb 2021 - particularly on PC. Unusable without Smart Guides on but still not the greatest with Smart Guides on either. The issue exists on the Mac version with Smart Guides off as well. I've given up using Illustrator on PC.
My workaround on Mac has been to turn Smart Guides on and turn all the features of Smart Guides off except for object highlighting.
Update: this bug now also occurs on Mac in Illustrator 2020. Maddening.
Windows 10 - 1909
When trying to select bezier handles the cursor needs to be extremely accurate to successfully select a bezier handle. A pixel off and it creates a marquee instead meaning I frequently miss the handle. Changing the Selection Tolerance in preferences has no effect on the bezier handles, only the anchor points.
This is not the case on Mac OS where the bezier handles are also affected by the Selection Tolerance preference (I can select them within a few pixels outside of the physical handle)
I thought this may have something to do with high density displays and the inbuilt Windows scaling but I have tried playing with those settings to no avail and also tested on a regular 1920x1080 display with the problem the same. It occurs regardless as to whether I am using a Wacom pen or mouse.
The problem also occurs with GPU Performance on or off.
Judging by a forum search, this problem has already existed for quite some time but I wanted to add my experience to the chorus. As it stands now, it is unusable for me in a fast paced work environment so I've had to revert to using my Mac machine for any Illustrator work (which isn't ideal).
Note: working with Smart Guides on is not a viable workaround.
Mr. Ponce commented
It is indeed broken; when text is inside a small circle the text tool cursor wants to select the circle and not the text although you are clearly right over the text. I have to zoom in considerably to select the text.
Same for text on a dimension line on measurements. To select the text with the text tool I have to zoom in otherwise it will select the dimension line.
Jayse Hansen commented
Highly agreed - working in AI is a HUGE pain now - always rotating when you just want to scale. Or scaling a corner even though you just want to stretch from the center. It's especially noticeable on wacom tablets, however every other app gets it right. (InDesign, Xd, Mirra, Photoshop etc.) What's up AI team? It's a major pain to have to zoom in every time you want to do a transform.
Alexandre Soubrier commented
Tolerance is a problem, but the style of the cursor too. Showing where the cursor will REAlLY grab the handle is a solution. I show this here : https://illustrator.uservoice.com/forums/333657-illustrator-feature-requests/suggestions/37709080-show-a-different-cursor-on-bezier-point-and-add-t
Max Hancock commented
Using Illustrator 23.0.1 and this is still broken! I need to zoom in so close to select and move anything that isn't a big solid shape.
Is there a solution for this in the latest update? I'm still facing problems while selecting and moving the anchor points from the path
Rombout Versluijs commented
The Tollorance is still broken, example set it to 1px and try to select something. It selects it even while its 50-100px aside of it.
Another super annoying issue, it constantly goes into rotation mode. Im riding a rolleer coast here because i need to none stop zoomin and out.
They really broke this part and has been like this for quite ome versions. I think somewhere around 2015/2016 it started to act like this.
Selection in the new illustrator is so annoying, I've had no problems with all older Illustrator versions, before it went to creative cloud. Why has it changed? You have to really zoom in to select anything below 1cm, it wasn't like this before. I think its because they've added the curve dots to the corners which we don't think we need. I've seen lots of other people commenting about the same thing. There are other things that have changed too, for example, when switching between tools, it doesn't remember what was selected when you want to use the pencil on the selection. Please can adobe look into changing some of these things back that people loved about illustrator in the first place. If it ain't broke it don't fix it, thanks.
Leo Vitalis commented
The tollerance setting was broken in the previous version. Now in 22.1 it has been fixed for the node points, but it still doesn't work for handles. It is easier to select handles in older versions with tolerance set to 8px, then it is now with bigger handles, but with broken tolerance.
This! The issue is genuinely annoying, it just makes my work so uncomfortable
Leo Vitalis commented
Thanks! Yeah, I will try it out.