All requests and remarks posted on this blog, have been shared with the developers of the concerning products. The Feature Requests blog is my independent way of sharing, and recording both ideas and annoyance about software. Improvement is the main goal.

donderdag 18 september 2014

More intelligent New Document dialog for Adobe Illustrator

Wouldn't it be nice if Adobe Illustrator remembers the (5) most recent used document setups for a  new document. In that way, the presents are kind of self learning.

maandag 15 september 2014

Shortcut to Expand traced images in Adobe Illustrator?

When working with Image Trace, I usually end up with an 'Expand'. The Image Trace controls float beautifully and handy, but it lacks an Expand-button. To use it, I have to find it in the menu (Object/Image Trace/Expand). A button is desired.

C4d - A more intuitive mapping for the wood shader?

I have a problem with mapping:

When applying wood to a cylinder, I always want the annual ring to be visible on the caps, and just the veins/nerves in the length direction.

But neither the UVW-mapping, nor the Cylindrical-mapping lets me achieve this without adjustment. And when rotating the Cylinder mapping, the GUI is very contra-intuitive.

Does anyone have a tip on what I am doing wrong? Or should love C4D just be more intelligent when it comes to apply procedural materials to procedural primitives.

3 cylinders: 
leftmost with UVW active as mapping, center with Cylindrical mapping, right with rotated Cylindrical mapping.
See how the yellow mapping gizmo is rotated unlogically (even as the texture preview)
The second image is a render.

donderdag 4 september 2014

Use All Masks as 'Mask Reference' for and Effect's Compositing Options

A great new AECC2014 feature allows us to make use of a mask for specific effects applied to a layer. But I miss the 'All Masks' option here. Sometimes one mask is not suitable to do the job. Now we need to apply the effect multiple times to make use of the feature (or create it the old way, using an Adjustment Layer).

I hope the All Masks option comes available in the next update.

Another nice future feature would be to integrate the blend modes here as well, so e.g. a Gradient Ramp or Fill effect can be applied with a specific blend mode.