September 17, 2014

Adobe Illustrator and touch computing

When Illustrator was first launched in 1987, it was a revolution. For the first time, designers had the freedom to create complex art on screen, thanks to Illustrator and the Macintosh computer. The traditional tools wielded by designers and illustrators — pencils, inking pens, French curves, and rulers – could now by replaced by keyboard, mouse and Illustrator!

The Adobe Illustrator story

With the move from traditional to digital tools, design became less of a struggle: Production is less of a barrier. Making changes doesn’t mean starting from scratch and redoing it all. Sending designs to a client only takes the click of a button. The same design that’s used for a magazine ad can be scaled up to billboard size without loss of quality.

But design is also less tactile now. You cannot wield a brush or touch your canvas. You cannot immerse yourself in the design process in the same way as before the computer. The computer has become both the design and production tool. Mice and keyboards are now the primary interface; you cannot use your hands and fingers in a direct way.

Adobe believes that design, while a professional art which needs rigor and practice, should also be an exhilarating experience. One should be able to dive into it whenever inspiration strikes. It shouldn’t matter if you are in your design studio in front of your desktop computer or in a park under the sun with a portable device in your hand.

Microsoft Surface Pro 3: a powerful, portable device

We are excited about the touch-based 2-in-1 computer revolution gaining momentum around us. And we thought, what could be a better use of touch screens than letting designers push through the boundaries of mouse and keyboard and indulge physically in their creative work. Illustrator has been experimenting with touch for some time now; the Touch Type and Free Transform tools, along with support for the touch gestures that surfaced in Illustrator CC, were the result of a long-term vision to make Illustrator touch friendly.

Touch tools in Illustrator

But Illustrator is not just a set of tools, but a complete design environment. To make Illustrator “touch friendly” meant more than enabling its tools for touch. It requires a complete touch-friendly design experience. Our customers must be able to complete their designs on touch devices without having to rely on a mouse or a touchpad. This also means packaging the overwhelmingly rich user interface of Illustrator into a simple and contextual workspace so it fits onto a screen portable enough to be carried around. And all of this without losing the richness and power that Illustrator offers today.

We wanted Illustrator to be simple yet powerful, touch friendly yet precise, and to fit on a portable device without losing any of its richness. This problem statement has formed the basis of all our touch efforts in Illustrator.

The solution is a touch workspace.

The Illustrator team has been working on a Touch Workspace, or TWS. It’s a special workspace in Illustrator that provides touch friendliness on a touch-enabled device, whether it’s stylus support, pressure sensitivity or cool gestures to manipulate art and canvas. It will also have simplified UI which must fit beautifully on a portable device.

TWS is a workspace within Illustrator itself, so we are sure that we are not compromising on the power or richness of Illustrator. Beneath a simple and playful touch-friendly interface, it’s the same Illustrator that we all trust. And, since it is a workspace, our customer are able to switch to and from it without having to close or save their documents.

See more at Adobe MAX

Adobe MAX 2014

The Illustrator team will be at Adobe MAX in a few weeks with a special session: Beyond Mouse and Keyboard: The Future of Touch and Adobe Illustrator. If you’re heading to MAX this year, be sure to sign up for this session and get an inside look into plans for the future.

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June 18, 2014

The 2014 release of Illustrator CC is here!

Illustrator CC Splash screen image

The 2014 release of Illustrator CC is now available,
and here’s a quick overview of what’s new for you.

 

Important links

Illustrator CC on Adobe.com
Illustrator CC Learn and Support
Illustrator CC Trial Download

See the new features after the jump.

More…

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May 14, 2014

The Adobe Illustrator Story

When Adobe Illustrator first shipped in 1987, it was the first software application for a young company that had, until then, focused solely on Adobe PostScript. The new product not only altered Adobe’s course, it changed drawing and graphic design forever.

Watch the Illustrator story unfold from its beginning as Adobe’s first software product, to its role in the digital publishing revolution, to becoming an essential tool for designers worldwide. Interviews include cofounder John Warnock, his wife Marva, artists and designers Ron Chan, Bert Monroy, Dylan Roscover and Jessica Hische.

You can watch the full movie below or view it by chapters after the jump.

The Adobe Illustrator Story — full movie

More…

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May 12, 2014

Top 5 Adobe Illustrator Tutorials on Tuts+ in March 2014

Guest post by Sharon Milne, Design & Illustration Editor on Tuts+

Welcome to this month’s catch up showcase of our favorite Adobe Illustrator tutorials available on Tuts+. We publish tutorials on techniques and effects to make awesome vector graphics in Illustrator. My name is Sharon Milne, the Design & Illustration Editor on Tuts+ and it is my pleasure to share with the Illustrator community five of our most interesting and popular tutorials published during March 2014.

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FunCharacterDesign

Create a Fun Cartoon Character Face in Adobe Illustrator

Andrei Marius is a long time regular author on Tuts+. He contributes several times per month and each one avoids the Pen tool as much as possible, making his tutorials perfect for beginners. In this tutorial you’ll learn how to create a fun cartoon character face.

 


 

DayoftheDeadCreate a Tattoo Style, Day of the Dead Poster in Illustrator


Sergey Kandakov
 started with a photo of his wife and built upon it to create this grunge looking Day of the Dead character. He then placed her in a poster. Loving this style!


 

LivingRoomSceneHow to Create an Easy Living Room Scene in Illustrator


Here’s something to blow your mind… this illustration… the majority of it is made purely with the Rectangle Tool and Warp Effects. Nataliya Dolotko is great at showing our readers how to create simple illustrations from basic tools.


 

ComicEgg

Create Comic Egg Characters Using the Blend Tool in Illustrator

 

As part of Blend Week, Diana Toma created this awesome tutorial on how to make this set of comic egg characters using the Blend Tool. Our readers have loved this tutorial and created their own eggs.

 



AbstractIsometric
How to Create an Abstract Isometric Cityscape in Adobe Illustrator

 

Here’s a two part tutorial which will make good use of your Creative Cloud subscription. Alex Beltechi shows you how to create an isometric cityscape in Illustrator with some added detailing in Photoshop. Then in the second part, shows you how to create a magazine cover and inner spread.

 


 

Blend Week

BlendWeekEach month, we’re looking at tools and processes that our readers have requested further content on. Whether it be because they find that area harder to master or they just love tutorials to do with that area. In March, we looked at Blends and the Blend Tool.

25 Amazing Blend Tutorials in Adobe Illustrator on Tuts+

 


 

Conclusion

 

On behalf of the Vector Author Team on Tuts+, I’d like to thank you for checking out this months top five. There’s plenty more being posted every week day in a variety of areas.

Keep up to date by following the vector section of Tuts+ on Facebook and Twitter. Until next time, have an infinitely scalable month!

 

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March 19, 2014

How to create an animal portrait from a reference photo using Adobe Illustrator

Yuka Uemura, a graphic designer from Queensland, Australia shared a vector portrait she created of Kaky, a Kelpie cross Border Collie puppy.

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The Illustrator social team posted it on the Illustrator Facebook channel, and the audience loved it just as much as we did.

Yuka was kind enough to take the time and effort to develop a tutorial of the techniques she used to create this beautiful, highly detailed vector portrait of Kaky. And we are super excited to share it with you.

You can download the tutorial as a PDF. And if you want to follow along exactly, you can also download Yuka’s original reference photo. But we’re sure you’ve a favorite pet that’s just waiting to be immortalized in its own beautiful portrait, too. Enjoy!

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