by Terry Hemphill


December 10, 2012

HiDPI and Retina support now available for Adobe Illustrator CS6

The Illustrator team is happy to announce support for HiDPI and Retina display support for Illustrator CS6 customers. This update is available to all Illustrator CS6 customers, both Creative Cloud members as well as owners of perpetual products.

With this update, customers can see more detail in images, text, and in the Illustrator user interface when working on high-resolution displays, including the new Retina display available on MacBook Pro. The HiDPI feature in Illustrator is currently only available on Mac OS. It is expected to be available in the future on additional operating systems.

Illustrator CS6 on a Retina display, <strong>(A)</strong> with the HiDPI update, and <strong>(B)</strong> without the HiDPI update

Illustrator CS6 on a Retina display, (A) with the HiDPI update, and (B) without the HiDPI update

To access HiDPI/Retina support, open Illustrator CS6 and from the main menu select Help > Updates, and choose Update from the Updates dialog. Here’s how the Illustrator update is shown in  Adobe Application Manager:

Illustrator 16.2 Update

Illustrator 16.2 Update

Find out more about this and many other updates coming to Adobe Creative Cloud. Watch the Create Now Live event on line that kicks off Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 10 AM PT. Tune in here.


  • By Jake Anderson - 6:21 PM on February 5, 2013  

    Hey there, I’m working with a Macbook Pro Retina. I just downloaded the free trial version for Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. And I’m still having issues with the display. I tried following the steps above, but the window said that all the updates were current and i didn’t need anymore. Is this how it is for the trial version or will i need to actually start subscribing before i can get the actual retina display update?

    • By Terry Hemphill - 11:16 AM on February 6, 2013  

      Hi Jake,

      The HiDPI/Retina update for Illustrator is available for trial users.

      Can you confirm the version of Illustrator? From the main menu, choose Illustrator > About Illustrator. The version is displayed in the dialog. If you’re updated for Retina support it should show version 16.0.3.

      If you’re not on that version, and the update is not showing as available from Help > Updates, you can try to install the update directly from our website:

      And a next step would be to post this issue on our Community Forum:

      –Terry H.

  • By Peter - 7:51 AM on June 30, 2013  

    I am just wandering when should Ps CS6 Extended should be adapted to My retina MBP.

  • By paula - 11:29 AM on July 2, 2013  

    Hey there, this week i will be getting my new macbook retina. I wanted to know if this hidpi update is available also for photoshop, after effects and premiere.
    Or if not, if there is another solution

    Thanks a lot!

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