The June release of Illustrator is here and available to Creative Cloud members through the Creative Cloud desktop app. If you’re not a Creative Cloud member, you can test drive a free trial.
This release brings a number of great new features to explore:
- Export for screens — fast export of assets and artboards
- Live Shapes and Transform panel updates
- Better collaboration, efficiency with Creative Cloud Libraries:
Control assets in read-only libraries so they can be used by team members, but not changed or deleted. Find the assets you need faster with a larger Libraries panel and a new filtered search. > See how it works
- Work more efficiently with Adobe Stock:
License Adobe Stock assets in Illustrator via the Libraries or Links panels and open assets directly in Illustrator when browsing on the Adobe Stock website.
- And a number of JDI (Just Do It) enhancements bring greater usability to customers:
- Guides, which used to always lock when hidden, now have their visibility unlinked from their lock/unlocked state.
- Anchor points are hidden for objects that are selected when using the Selection and Shape tools, letting customers focus without interference on their art, particularly when working at low zoom levels or with a number of paths at one time.
- The Pen tool always toggles to the Direct Selection tool when CMD/CTL is pressed when drawing.
- Anchor point handles snap to Point/Pixel/Grid when snapping in on. In the October 2014 release, this behavior was changed to allow free movement of the anchor point handles, even when snapping was on. This change had a negative impact on many customers, so the earlier behavior is now back by default. Free movement of the handles can still be accomplished by using the CMD/CTL key when adjusting anchors.
- Character Styles can have any custom value for color tint. Earlier, these values were fixed in 10% increments.
- Stroke weight and text sizes can be scrolled through in proper increments.
- Show/Hide Bounding Box is supported by the Shape tools.
- A number of Stability fixes for crashes and preview errors help make Illustrator more stable.
Let’s take a closer look at some of these features:
New Export for Screens makes fast work of exporting groups of assets or artboards. Just select individual assets from one or more artboards, or choose a number of artboards, and one click exports them to multiple sizes, resolutions and formats all at once — perfect for screen, web and icon workflows.
An Asset Export panel lets you visually collect and organize individual assets for export by dragging or by adding art via menu commands to the panel. Export options include presets to quickly add the sizes and files types needed for iOS and Android icons, as well as the export settings for the various file types supported.
Art that has been placed in the Asset Export panel automatically updates to reflect changes made in Illustrator, such as color and transformations, and it also travels with the file.
You can also export an entire set of artboards to multiple formats and sizes in one go, with the same options for multiple formats and sizes that are available for assets. See how it works >
Updates to Live Shapes and the Transform panel make it easier than even to work with shapes in Illustrator. Live Shapes now have a consistent and uncluttered visual experience. Corner controls automatically hide as shapes are scaled to small sizes. The controls reappear at higher zoom levels or when the shape is scaled up, and are always accessible via the Direct Selection tool
Polygons, which used to revert to standard — not live — shapes after non-uniform scaling or being skewed, now maintain their live characteristics. A new “Make Sides Equal” option in the Transform panel returns the polygon to its original proportions in one click.
Refinements to the Transform panel make object rotation more logical, always allowing a shape — or any object, including text — to be reset precisely to its original rotation. See how it works >