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How do i disable live shapes??

Community Beginner ,
Dec 06, 2015 Dec 06, 2015

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i just updates my illustrator to the latest 2015cc, and got the liveshapes feature, but it's driving me crazy and i want to disable it, how do i do that?

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New Here , Aug 12, 2016 Aug 12, 2016

FORTUNATELY YOU CAN!!!!

****FOUND A FIX!!!!**** Ok so turning off the widget is just a bandaid on a bullet wound. I found the solution today and I want to share it with everyone. Here's the step by step to TURNING OFF Live shapes. This will prevent Illustrator from creating live shapes by default. you'll go back to normal shapes in which you can reset the bounding box etc.

1. Quit Illustrator CC

2. (On a mac) click on "GO" on the top menu bar of OSX

3. Click "Option" while on "GO" This will make the

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Community Expert , Aug 12, 2016 Aug 12, 2016

That seems to work fine.

And if you want you can always convert a shape to a Live Shape.

I would save a copy of the original preferences as well as the modified one, so you can always swap the prefs.

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Engaged , Mar 26, 2024 Mar 26, 2024

The thread is old!

But a way to have this as an option directly in UI, in Preferences, is still a thing we need.

You can upvote a feature request hare, if you agree: https://illustrator.uservoice.com/forums/333657-illustrator-desktop-feature-requests/suggestions/32403910-make-ability-to-create-dead-not-live-shapes

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Aug 12, 2016 Aug 12, 2016

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That seems to work fine.

And if you want you can always convert a shape to a Live Shape.

I would save a copy of the original preferences as well as the modified one, so you can always swap the prefs.

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Mentor ,
Aug 12, 2016 Aug 12, 2016

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A thousand thank yous to you, sir. Although the string to look for is "createLiveShapes" (with a lowercase 'c'), in case you're like me and tried searching for it with case sensitivity accidentally turned on.

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Advocate ,
Aug 25, 2016 Aug 25, 2016

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You is da man.

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Explorer ,
Oct 03, 2016 Oct 03, 2016

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Thanks anwarmCHKE!

RE:  FORTUNATELY YOU CAN!!!!  ****FOUND A FIX!!!!****

-- Updated with corrected search term & ai version --

Repeated For Windows Users

1. Quit Illustrator CC

2. navigate to: Local Disk C > Users > YourUserFolder > AppData > Roaming > Adobe > Adobe Illustrator 20 Settings (or latest version installed) > en_US > x64

3. Open the file: "Adobe Illustrator Prefs" with Notepad

4. Do a "CTRL F" and type in "createLiveShapes" (No quotes) - you might need to "find next" until you find it.

5. Look for the line of code that reads "createLiveShapes 1"

6. Change the value of this code from "1" to "0"

7. Save the file and close

Thanks again anwarmCHKE!!!

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Engaged ,
Jun 08, 2023 Jun 08, 2023

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Why isn't this the correct answer?

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Community Expert ,
Jun 08, 2023 Jun 08, 2023

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Because no one had marked it as such.

I've done so and Ton's helpful follow-up comment.

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Engaged ,
Mar 26, 2024 Mar 26, 2024

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The thread is old!

But a way to have this as an option directly in UI, in Preferences, is still a thing we need.

You can upvote a feature request hare, if you agree: https://illustrator.uservoice.com/forums/333657-illustrator-desktop-feature-requests/suggestions/324...

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Engaged ,
Jun 13, 2024 Jun 13, 2024

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Illustrator 2024 does not have it in the preferences file anymore, but you can copy the lines from older version of illustrator preferences. Pretty stupid.
/LiveShapes {
/constrainRadii 1
/autoShowPropertiesUIOnCreatingShape 0
/createLiveShapes 0
/maxLiveShapesToShowWidgetsOn 20
/constrainPieAngles 0
/constrainDimensions 1
/hideWidgetsForShapeTools 0
}

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