by Terry Hemphill

Created

January 15, 2014

A major new update for Adobe Illustrator CC is here!

Illustrator CC has all-new features, available today, January 16, check it out!

New update to Adobe Illustrator CC

 

If you are a Creative Cloud member, just go to the Creative Cloud desktop and update your installed version of Illustrator CC to access the latest features.

If you’re not a Creative Cloud member, you can still give the new features a test drive. We’ve reset trials for anyone who has downloaded a 30-day trial since May 2013, so give these new features a spin.

For January, 2014, Illustrator CC:

  • Makes precision corner treatments as easy as a click and drag with Live CornersCorners can be rounded, inverted or chamfered. Work directly on art, or input precise values into the Control panel or the new Corners dialog.
  • Introduces an all-new Pencil tool that lets you draw curves more accurately with options to extend paths, draw straight lines, and close paths. This new curve technology is also extended to the Brush, Blob Brush, and Smooth tools.
  • Provides a new Path Segment Reshape feature that lets you fluidly drag path segments into the desired shape. This new reshape technology is part of the Anchor Point and Direct Select tools, and can be accessed from the Pen tool while drawing.
  • Lets you save files as responsive SVG code, which can scale across multiple devices or when browser windows are resized.
  • Updates Perspective drawing so you can change the vanishing points and horizon line of the underlying grid and have your artwork dynamically update to match the new perspective.
  • Offers a convenient new way to browse and sort Typekit fonts, right in the font menu. You can choose from over 900 Typekit desktop fonts, sync them through Creative Cloud, and have them immediately available in Illustrator CC.
  • Supports pressure-sensitive styli on the latest Windows 8 tablet computers, as well as HiDPI displays for computers running Windows 7 and 8.
  • Enables you to share Illustrator settings across multiple computers by exporting or importing settings to a folder.
  • Lets you create a Custom Tools panel so you can now have just the set of tools you need for a particular task immediately at hand.

And there are are number of customer-requested enhancements, too:

  • Layer states remembered
  • Draw and resize artboards from the center
  • Access Fill/Stroke controls in the Swatches panel
  • Use sliders to control opacity settings

Visit the Illustrator CC Learn page to download a free trial, and check out the dozens of new tutorials, from Illustrator fundamentals to master class projects.

Comments

  • By Jon Hicks - 2:44 AM on January 16, 2014  

    All great new stuff, but can you please remove the 100 artboard limit? When making icon sets in Ai (and exporting to SVG) its a pain to have maintain several documents just because of some arbitrary limit. Thanks!

  • By Michel - 8:12 AM on January 16, 2014  

    Makes precision corner treatments as easy as a click and drag with Live Corners. Corners can be rounded, inverted or chamfered. Work directly on art, or input precise values into the Control panel or the new Corners dialog.

    LOL, Adobe guys, please do continue copying features from Adobe Fireworks (which you recently killed) and then tout them as “new features in Illustrator”! Maybe after 5-10 more years you’ll be able to create an app for UI design that could compete with Fireworks seriously… ;)

    • By Tim - 9:19 AM on January 16, 2014  

      YES – a 1000 times YES – to this comment. Adobe’s handling of Fireworks and misunderstanding how and why it’s a powerful tool for UI design is a debacle. Do the people making product decisions there even have experience building and designing user interfaces, or do the beancounters and smug MBAs make all the decisions?

  • By Amber - 8:31 AM on January 16, 2014  

    Ah, finally, resizing the artboard from the center is here. Off to update my box.

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