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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Adobe Community Professional , Dec 06, 2015 Dec 06, 2015
Unfortunately you can't. With the new object still selected, use the Expand from the Object menu to get a no-longer Live path.

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Dec 06, 2015 Dec 06, 2015

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Unfortunately you can't. With the new object still selected, use the Expand from the Object menu to get a no-longer Live path.

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 06, 2015 Dec 06, 2015

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Thanks for the tip, I hope however that they will implement a disable function soon! Please Adobe...

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Participant ,
Dec 15, 2015 Dec 15, 2015

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I agree. Not all of us want to work with Live Shapes. Using Expand is not a good option as it does other things to objects besides removing the Live Shape feature - like converting dynamic arrow heads to static shapes.

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Mentor ,
Dec 15, 2015 Dec 15, 2015

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I agree. Now that ellipses and lines are also live by default, I spend an awful lot of time hitting my "Expand" keyboard shortcut. There has never been a single time I've wanted my shapes to be live in the past year of enduring this "feature".

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 20, 2015 Dec 20, 2015

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I find this new feature very frustrating. Especially on the 'line' shape.

I am not sure the benefit of having a line a smart object, but I do know the downside. It means it does not have a square bounding box around it, which is very important to my work flow and to ensure the line snaps to 45 degrees rotations. in addition, it is no longer as easy to drag the line out maintaining the same angle too (think perspective lines).

Also, unlike all the other live shapes, when you 'Expand' a line you have to expand the stroke. The only work around I see to this is to add an unnecessary vector point to the line to convert it to a normal line.

This is adding extra steps and inefficiency to my workflow Adobe, I would appreciate if you could add an option to disable.

Thank you,

Sean.

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 29, 2015 Dec 29, 2015

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I am also now getting this warning when trying to use the line tool. Specifically when I click on an existing point.

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New Here ,
Jun 28, 2016 Jun 28, 2016

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Hey Sean, I know this thread was posted a while ago but you had the same issue as me with not being able to draw lines with a bounding box by default. did you ever find a solution?

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 29, 2015 Dec 29, 2015

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How can we get Adobe to reverse this, especially the "Smart" line is a completely unnecessary tool and apparently impossible to convert into a normal line (for me at least).

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 30, 2015 Dec 30, 2015

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Object menu > Shape > Expand Shape is the way to convert it to a normal object.

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 30, 2015 Dec 30, 2015

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Doesn't work with lines...

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 30, 2015 Dec 30, 2015

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What does not work?

After you have done Object > Shape > Expand Shape, use a selection tool to manipulate the line.

You will see the bounding Box (if that is turned on in the View menu).

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 30, 2015 Dec 30, 2015

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if you use straight lines, it shows up as a smart line, when you expand it turns into an object so the line properties are gone.

This just creates a lot of extra actions into your workflow, which is annoying.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 30, 2015 Dec 30, 2015

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Expand Shape.jpg

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 30, 2015 Dec 30, 2015

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nice that does work, thank you.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 30, 2015 Dec 30, 2015

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Glad to hear that worked.

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 30, 2015 Dec 30, 2015

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Thanks Ton, that does work to expand the Line.

Although, I am still not sure why this feature was added to lines. It is just another step in the work flow that I can not see a valid benefit for.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 30, 2015 Dec 30, 2015

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Sean,

the feature takes some getting used to.

A benefit of Live Shapes is that you do not have to switch to another tool when you want to transform them.

See here for a description:

Work with Live Shapes | Adobe Illustrator CC tutorials

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Mentor ,
Jan 25, 2016 Jan 25, 2016

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A benefit of Live Shapes is that you do not have to switch to another tool when you want to transform them.

That is hardly a benefit, since other tools are a single keystroke away. All the extra cruft and inconvenience that Live Shapes add is a severe handicap for people who already know how to use those tools.

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 25, 2016 Jan 25, 2016

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I agree, it seems to be aimed at people with less experience and slows down the people who use it often.

I have put in a request to Adobe.

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 01, 2016 Feb 01, 2016

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+1. Another bloated "feature"...another 2 steps back for experienced users.

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Mentor ,
Feb 01, 2016 Feb 01, 2016

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I think they are slowly transitioning Illustrator to be "touch-friendly", allowing you to apply as many kinds of transformations to an object as possible without the use of any specific tools or modifiers.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 01, 2016 Feb 01, 2016

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KrisHunt schrieb:

I think they are slowly transitioning Illustrator to be "touch-friendly", allowing you to apply as many kinds of transformations to an object as possible without the use of any specific tools or modifiers.

No, they just finally implemented live shapes which other vector tools have had for years.

The way it's been implemented leaves room for improvement, but live shapes are a good thing.

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Participant ,
Feb 01, 2016 Feb 01, 2016

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I have trouble saying that live shapes are a good thing. Maybe a good extra tool in the tool pull down, but not as the default.


How hard would it be to have a little check box to turn them off.  Every time I make an ellipse/circle, I have to switch tools to the free transform to manipulate it as I want.  They've added an extra step to my process that I've had for 15 years now.


I have to agree with Kris on this one, its a little ridiculous and clumsy.  Most of the time, you just need an ellipse to be an ellipse.

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 01, 2016 Feb 01, 2016

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Agree!!!  So you're saying you don't need to quickly create arbitrary chart objects while being able to scale proportionately... without even needing a key modifier?!?  Seriously though, there must be someone at Adobe who does this repetitively all day long who thought this would be a cool feature.  Why else would such a strange combination of abilities be combined into a single shape tool and become the new/default standard operating procedure for that tool?  How often is the ellipse tool actually chosen based on a need to create a variable pie slice with no specific accuracy?  Rarely.  9,999 of 10,000 times the ellipse tool is chosen to create an ellipse. Adobe forgot to give us the "option" of creating a primitive ellipse or live-shape ellipse.  The Illustrator tool bar is currently barren as is, another UI graphic in the tool palette would be more than welcome.

We're artists, illustrators. We often create from nothing. For many of us, starting from scratch using bare primitives is our primary workflow. It would seem that Adobe has forgotten the roots and definition of being an illustrator.

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