November 3, 2015

Pausing Creative Cloud Charts (Preview)

Creative Cloud Charts (Preview) was introduced in the June 2015 release of Illustrator CC as a technology preview to gather real-world feedback from customers on the new service. Based on customer feedback, the Illustrator team has decided to pause Charts and revisit the design of the feature.

The Charts preview won’t be part of Illustrator CC with the November 2015 release. After November 30, 2015, when an Illustrator document containing a chart is opened, the chart will be converted to standard Illustrator vector graphics. Customers who have chart data they would like to save have until January 15, 2016 to visit the Creative Cloud Charts service and copy the chart data to a spreadsheet that can be saved.

Please refer to the Creative Cloud Charts FAQ below for more information.

Creative Cloud Charts / Common Questions

Why is Creative Cloud Charts no longer available?
Creative Cloud Charts was released as a Technology Preview with the June release of Illustrator CC 2015 to gather broad customer feedback. Based on the customer input received, the Illustrator team has decided to pause Charts and revisit the design of the feature.

When is the last day that Creative Cloud Charts will be available?
The Charts tool will no longer be available in Illustrator with the November 30, 2015 release. The Creative Cloud Charts service will be available until January 15, 2016 in order for people to access and save chart data.

For customers using the June 16 release of Illustrator CC 2015, what happens when they create a new chart using the CC Charts tool?
A chart can be started in Illustrator CC, and the default placeholder graphics can be customized with Illustrator artwork. However, the default data cannot be edited nor the chart options updated in the browser interface in Creative Cloud.

Will the Edit tab be available for previously created Charts in Creative Cloud Assets/ Libraries web view?
No. There is no option to edit existing Charts in a browser via Creative Cloud Assets/Libraries.

What happens to existing Charts in my Illustrator documents, or in other Creative Cloud apps that have accessed Charts via Creative Cloud Libraries?
Existing charts are expanded to normal Illustrator vector objects. These expanded Charts cannot be edited to change or update data or other Chart properties, such as charting axes, labels, etc.

What happens to the data used for creating Charts?
Prior to November 30, 2015 you can access the Chart data by selecting the Chart in your Illustrator document, and clicking on the Edit in Creative Cloud button. Once in the Creative Cloud Charts service in the browser, go to the Data tab. You can copy the data from here to a spreadsheet which you can save to your desktop.

After November 30, 2015 you can go to, log in to your Creative Cloud account. Select Libraries from the menu on the left, and then select Charts. From here you can navigate to the charts that you’ve created using Creative Cloud Charts.

What happens to the Charts saved in my Creative Cloud Libraries?
Charts created since the July 21, 2015 update to Illustrator CC 2015 and saved in CC Libraries can still be accessed as standard Illustrator vector graphics. Charts created with the June 16 release of Illustrator CC will be saved as raster graphics (PNG files).

Are existing Charts visible in the browser view of Creative Cloud Libraries?
Charts are visible as normal vector objects.

Is the CC Charts Tool available in November 2015 release of Illustrator CC?
No. The CC Charts Tool is not available in the November 2015 release of Illustrator CC.

What’s the difference between a Technology Preview and a beta?
Technology Previews are services and features in Creative Cloud that we’re releasing publicly before they’re complete. Not to be confused with “betas” (features or new products that are complete but not fully tested), Technology Previews are intentionally “unfinished.” In other words, the features are fully tested and supported, but we’re still perfecting their capabilities; “previewing” the technology gives Creative Cloud members the opportunity to trial the functionality and give feedback to the product teams—who use the information to further shape the development of the features.

Does this mean that Adobe may end other Technology Previews?
Technology Previews are intentionally “unfinished” because we’re still perfecting their capabilities and looking for feedback from Creative Cloud members. The feedback from members will be used to inform future development of these technologies, and in some cases that may mean that we need to go back to the drawing board.

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October 5, 2015

What’s coming in the latest 2015 release of Illustrator CC

October 5, 2015 – Today at the Adobe MAX keynote in Los Angeles, we shared some of what’s in the works for Illustrator CC and other desktop apps later this year. Let’s take a closer look at the new features coming for Illustrator CC.

The first three new features work in concert to bring new speed and flexibility when you’re working with the fundamental building blocks for creating beautiful vector graphics: the Illustrator shape tools.

Shaper tool — This completely new way of working lets you draw with loose, natural gestures that magically transform into perfect geometric shapes. Using the same tool – no need to switch to selection tools or other tools or panels – you can then combine, delete, fill and transform these basic shapes with quick scrubbing gestures to create beautiful, complex designs that stay fully editable. The Shaper tool works with the traditional Illustrator workspaces as well as the Touch workspace.

Shaper tool in Illustrator CC

New Live Shapes: Ellipses, Polygons and Lines —More of the Illustrator Shape tools are now fully live, interactive and dynamically adjustable, so you can quickly craft vector shapes without having to apply effects or use other tools or panels.
New Live Shapes in Illustrator CC

Work more visually with Smart Guides — Enhanced Smart Guides let you perfectly align and space objects as you draw and move them, and new hinting helps you draw perfect shapes like squares and circles without using control keys, or extend a line along the same trajectory.


But there’s a lot more in store for Illustrator customers beyond new shape technology.

Dynamic Symbols — Symbols can now share a master shape, but be modified to have different appearances such as stroke, fill and opacity. You can scale, rotate, mirror and skew these new dynamic symbols without having to break the link to the parent symbol.

Dynamic Symbols in Illustrator CC

For example, an apparel designer may design a new shirt that needs to be shown in a number of different colorways, or color schemes. That shirt can now be defined as a dynamic symbol, with the different color schemes applied to the various instances of the symbol. If the designer needs to update the shirt design, such as a new collar shape, the shirt symbol can be edited with the new collar design, and all instances of that shirt will be automatically updated, but maintain their unique colorways.

New SVG export option — Easily export clean, modern SVG code that is ideal for web and screen design workflows, with the option to export individual objects versus the entire artboard.

The new SVG export is perfect for web and UX designers who depend on SVG for designing scalable vector-based graphics such as icons, symbols, and logos that look great on all screens, including HiDPI displays.

Touch workspace updates — The Touch workspace for Windows touch devices adds the Shaper tool, new Live Shapes, enhanced Smart Guides, the Creative Cloud Libraries panel, and an option to easily zoom when using a mouse. The Touch workspace also delivers support for the HP Sprout platform, letting you work in detail in the Touch workspace on the Sprout touch mat while getting a full document preview on the Sprout’s vertical screen.

Illustrator CC Touch workspace

New Creative Cloud Libraries capabilities — Find content faster by searching across your Libraries and across Adobe Stock, where you can search, browse and license images and graphics directly in the Libraries panel. Import color swatches and Swatch libraries, and get support for paragraph styles as well as deeper support for character styles.

New mobile-to desktop workflows include long-requested support for Android devices, and more:

Adobe Capture CC integration — Use an iPad, iPhone or Android phone to turn any image into a production-ready asset. Extract a color theme or create a brush, shape or vector graphic, and then save the asset to your Creative Cloud Libraries to use in Illustrator. Adobe Capture combines the capabilities of Color CC, Shape CC, Brush CC and Hue CC in a single convenient app.

Adobe Illustrator Draw for Android — Create freeform vector designs on your Android phone with the Illustrator Draw app, and then send your work to Illustrator CC on your desktop to refine it further.

And so much more — The next release includes enhanced anti-aliasing and crisper thin strokes for GPU performance, improved data recovery, and much more.

Find out more about what’s coming later this year for Creative Cloud.

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September 11, 2015

Be My Guide!

In an earlier post Creating Accurate Ruler Guides in Illustrator, I had shared some tips on creating ruler guides in Illustrator. In this post, I share some improvements around those experiences that have been in Illustrator CC for some time now. These changes make working with guides much easier, and almost similar to working with guides in InDesign.

1. To create a guide: Double-click the ruler.


2. To create a guide accurately at a marked ruler division: Shift + Double-click the ruler.

In the example below, I pressed Shift and double-clicked on the ruler at: x=105. The guide was created at x=108, because 108 is the closest marked division from the point of click.

Shift + Double-click

3. To create horizontal and vertical guides simultaneously: Press Cmd (Mac) or Ctrl (Windows) and drag from the ruler’s origin point.

Cmd/Ctrl + Drag


Guides are like railings on a staircase. Distracting at times, but keep you safe from falling off (the visual grid).

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February 18, 2015

Working with Creative Cloud Libraries in Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator CC and Creative Cloud LibrariesCreative Cloud Libraries, introduced in the October 2014 release of Illustrator CC, lets you have your favorite assets available to you and your creative team anywhere. With CC Libraries in Illustrator, you can create and share artwork, colors, text styles, images and more and then access them across Photoshop CC and InDesign CC, as well as mobile apps like Illustrator Draw and Adobe Shape, or a web browser — anywhere you can log into Creative Cloud.

In December 2014, CC Libraries was updated so libraries can be shared with anyone with a Creative Cloud account, making it easy to collaborate and maintain consistency in your designs. Also added was the ability to copy and share items across libraries.

If you’ve not checked out CC Libraries, the feature is found in the Libraries panel (Window > Libraries).

You can find out more about working with CC Libraries from the tutorials and help docs below.

CC Libraries — overview (video content)

Quick Tip: How to Use Adobe Creative Cloud Libraries (video from tuts+)

CC Libraries — Help doc (includes December update)

Libraries Come to Illustrator Creative Cloud (video from Layers Magazine)

CC Libraries — general overview with FAQ










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October 6, 2014

What’s new in October 2014 release of Adobe Illustrator CC


The October 2014 release of Illustrator CC is here! Let’s check out the top features:

Illustrator splashscreen by Orlando Arocena

Creative Cloud Libraries — Browse and access your favorite creative assets: colors, type styles, graphics, brushes, and more.

Touch workspace — Access the full power of Illustrator on the go using a new workspace optimized for your Microsoft Surface Pro 3 or any Windows 8 tablet.

Curvature tool — Draw refined curves and straight lines quickly and visually.

Join tool — Easily join paths that cross, overlap, or have open ends.

Area type auto-sizing — Area type frames resize automatically as you add, delete, or edit text.

Integration with the Illustrator family of mobile apps — Bring in art from Illustrator Draw and Illustrator Line.

Capture inspiration anywhere — Create custom brushes, graphics, and colors using the Brush CC, Shape CC, and Color CC mobile apps.

Creative Cloud Libraries
Adobe Illustrator CC and Creative Cloud Libraries

Creative Cloud Libraries let you browse, manage and access your favorite creative assets — colors, type styles, graphics, brushes, and more — in new libraries that are available in Illustrator, Photoshop, and mobile apps like Sketch and Draw. Capture colors shapes, and create custom brushes with new Color CC, Shape CC and Brush CC mobile apps, save them to Libraries and have them at your fingertips. Libraries sync to Creative Cloud so you always have the files you need, right when you need them. Learn more >

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Touch workspace
Illustrator CC Touch workspaceThe Touch workspace lets you access the full power of Illustrator on the go using a new workspace optimized for your Microsoft Surface Pro 3 or any Windows 8 tablet. Get essential tools for drawing and editing with a pen and your finger in a touch environment, including French curves that you can scale, move, and trace. At any time you can switch back to one of the “classic” Illustrator workspaces to access the full range of Illustrator tools and controls. It’s Illustrator you can take with you wherever you go. See how it works ›


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Curvature tool
AI_CC_Curvature_tool _croppedThe Curvature tool lets you draw refined curves and straight lines quickly and visually. Click once with the Curvature tool to place points and see the curve flex around them dynamically, or double-click or alt/opt click to create corner points for straight lines. Edit using the same tool — no need to hassle with anchor points and handles. But if you want the full control of working with anchors and handles, just edit your paths with any of Illustrator’s path editing tools. See how it works ›

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Join tool
Illustrator CC 2014 Join toolWith the Join tool you can easily join paths that cross, overlap, or have open ends — and simultaneously trim unwanted segments — without affecting the original path trajectories. And it’s all accomplished with intuitive scrubbing gestures. See how it works ›

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Area-type auto-sizing
Illustrator CC Area type auto-sizingWith Area-type auto-sizing you can say goodbye to overset text boxes. Now, area type frames resize automatically as you add, delete, or edit text. A double-click on the text frame widget toggles auto-sizing on and off.

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Integration with the Illustrator family of mobile apps
AICC_Mobile_familyIntegration with the Illustrator family of mobile apps lets you seamlessly bring in artwork from Illustrator Draw and Illustrator Line  and enhance it using the full range of Illustrator tools for a complete mobile-to-desktop design workflow. See how it works ›

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Capture inspiration anywhere
Illustrator CC and capture appsCapture inspiration anywhere — Create custom brushes, graphics, and colors using the Brush CC, Shape CC, and Color CC mobile apps, and then easily bring them into Illustrator via Creative Cloud Libraries to incorporate them into your designs. See how it works ›

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