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    Margaret Trauth commented  · 

    OKAY so this seems to have ended up being a bug with Astute's WidthScribe plugin, they just released a beta update and this has stopped happening.

    Sorry to have blamed Adobe, this one showed up after I updated AI, and was happening on files that weren't even using any of WidthScribe's effects! :)

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    Margaret Trauth commented  · 

    The mysterious change seems to be the addition of four paths, and a group containing one path, to the topmost layer, immediately upon opening the file. These paths do not seem to exist in any meaningful form - I can't see anything when I select them, even if I zoom out past the entire pasteboard; if I turn on "zoom to selection" and try zooming in, the preview doesn't move from wherever I happen to have it centered.

    This file contains nothing but these paths. If you delete them, save, and reload, they won't reappear.

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    Margaret Trauth commented  · 

    Here's a file that I spent a little time deleting stuff out of until it stopped doing this. This is the last version that does it; if I unlock the single layer and save a new file, the new file will not be marked as changed when I load it back in until I actually change something. But this file? Instantly marked as edited the moment it's opened.

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    Margaret Trauth commented  · 

    Here's another one that's doing this for me. It's super simple, just a few layers with some stuff sketched with the Pencil tool, and some translucent shapes with Gaussian Blurs on them to rough in some lighting.

    Interestingly enough if I delete the layer with those blurred shapes and save this as a new file, it's still showing up as edited the moment I load it in.

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    Margaret Trauth commented  · 

    I think the "Better Keyboard Shortcut Customization" idea merged with this one might have been more about menu shortcuts than toolbar shortcuts? Not sure, it's vanished now.

    Anyway. I've got a lot of shortcuts. I think I've got about fifteen key combinations that aren't assigned to something - plain key for a tool, shifted key for another tool, command-key, command-shift-key, command-alt-key, and command-alt-shift-key for various menu items and the tiny intersection between "stuff in the various panels I'd like to have a hotkey for" and "stuff that actually shows up in the Keyboard Shortcut dialog".

    As a Mac user I'd love to be able to add the control key to the mix, doubling the number of shortcuts I can assign. I never use Windows so I don't care what you figure out to give Windows users another bit for key shortcuts - maybe the Windows key?

    Also there are some things wired deeply into Illustrator that should be changeable. Most notably the shortcut of holding down the ` key while using most transformation tools to only transform pattern swatches; it's unchangeable, and doesn't *exist* on all international keyboards.

    Really I would like to see every single button and menu item in Illustrator's myriad palettes show up in the Keyboard Shortcuts pane. I can get around some things not showing up in there *if* they'll show up in actions, but some won't - I'm so **** tired of having to go to the Appearance palette's menu to do "Redefine Graphic Style" in my graphic-style-oriented workflow, for instance.

    I've seen screenshots of other Adobe tools that have much nicer keyboard shortcut editors, that do things like show you which keys are still unassigned. Look at them. Steal liberally from them. Expose a ton more things to control by the keyboard. And give us a couple more bits worth of meta keys.

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    Margaret Trauth commented  · 

    I'm glad to know I'm not the only one Egor, I'm working on a piece that's giving the view rotation a serious workout and this is really driving me nuts.

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    Margaret Trauth commented  · 

    Dragging out a marquee with the Zoom tool does this, too. So does the Group Selection tool, and so does Astute's Super Marquee. I really hope this is because they are all relying on the same "Draw Selection Marquee" routine. :)

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    Margaret Trauth commented  · 

    This is still happening. It's been happening for several years before I filed this bug. It didn't used to happen. I can't remember which release introduced this behavior. It was whatever release "helpfully" started making the portions of clipped paths that are outside the clipping mask be inactive. I hated it then. I still hate it. It constantly trips me up when I am working with shapes drawn over clipping masks. Which I do pretty often.

    Seriously I really hate this behavior. If you are an engineer at Adobe looking for a small thing to try and play with, and spend a day or two fiddling with this, even if you determine that this is a huger problem than it appears, please contact me and I will send you money to buy a beer, or do a small piece of art for you, or something, because you will be poking at something that has been a low-level constant annoyance in my workflow for several *years*.

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    Margaret Trauth commented  · 

    Hmm, good point, Egor - here's a couple of screengrabs. They're both absolutely identical but for the rendering method. I've included the result of overlaying them in "difference" mode as well, mostly because I wanted to see just how far apart they were.

    This is on 25.4.1, on a 2017 Macbook Pro. (2.5 GHz Intel Core i7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 1536 MB according to About This Mac. Still on Mojave because I'm not saying goodbye to Neko, the Desktop Cat until I absolutely have to upgrade because I bought a new computer.)

    Also thanks! :)

    (and yeah, I probably should make a separate bug for area type autosize turning itself off, I just noticed it happening while isolating the test case for this one.)

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    Margaret Trauth commented  · 

    To expand on this:

    Illustrator's brush engine stores no less than FIVE sets of data from the stylus on brushed paths - pressure, stylus wheel, tilt, bearing, and rotation. But there is no way to edit this. You have to get all of these variables perfect in one brush stroke, or redraw it from scratch.

    The Width tool, meanwhile, applies a completely DIFFERENT set of data, and does not work on some brushed paths - scatter, calligraphic, and bristle brushes.

    I should be able to brush a path, then go back in with the Width tool and edit ALL of those sets of data. Pressure, stylus wheel, tilt, bearing, and rotation.

    Coming up with a UI for all of these is admittedly a challenge - how do we indicate these five different profiles? Do we show them all at once? Do we have a key to change which one is being shown? My initial thought is that showing one at a time eliminates the problem of figuring out a way to easily add a point in any of those profiles.

    But at the very least, yeah: if you use the Width Tool on a calligraphic/scatter/bristle brush, it should be affecting the existing pressure profile. Really that's what it should have been doing all along with *every* stroke instead of adding width profiles on top of pressure/etc profiles, IMHO...

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    Margaret Trauth commented  · 

    I still want this idea. I can somewhat get this effect by applying effect>rasterize to entire layers but I have to remember to go back in and remove that for the final exports.

    Also I should note that I seem to recall that Expression did some extra magic with its layer freezing to make sure that transparency worked correctly with regards to anything below a frozen layer; applying the rasterize effect breaks that.

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    Margaret Trauth commented  · 

    Oh, and since I am thinking about this again: the cached bitmap for a 'frozen' layer is NOT used when rendering a bitmap via anything under file>export. It is ONLY for speeding up the preview.

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    Margaret Trauth commented  · 

    oh and until Adobe decides to implement this somewhere in the next decade, here's another workaround that's *slightly* less hassle than the mesh trick:

    1. draw a box with a horizontal gradient

    2. effect>rasterize it, probably a high dpi, no need for anti-aliasing or adding a border OR object>expand into a bunch of shapes

    3. make this into an art brush

    4. draw a circle with this brush

    (ideally the rectangle is the same height as the width/height of the circle)

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    Margaret Trauth commented  · 

    hahahaha I am here upvoting this one after explaining the mesh trick to someone on a forum :)

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