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November 4, 2013

Ai Kawabata’s “Scarlet Peony and Courtesan (Oiran)”

With each release of Illustrator, we commission artists to create work to help showcase  the new features in the release. For Illustrator CC, we were excited to work with Ai Kawabata, a talented designer from Japan, a country famous for its distinctive, sophisticated design aesthetic.

"Scarlet Peony & Courtesan (Oiran)" by Ai Kawabata

“Scarlet Peony & Courtesan (Oiran)” by Ai Kawabata

“Red is the color of passion, and it’s one of my favorite colors. People are naturally drawn to red. It can be shocking, and it infuses an image with excitement and brightness.”

Ai Kawabata has loved drawing since she was a child. Ai Kawabata headshotLooking up at the play of colors in the late evening sky, Ai would wonder how she could express the depth and richness of what she saw. She layered colors on her drawing pad in an attempt to recreate the experience on paper. Her grandfather provided her with inspiration too, telling her that if she was passionate about drawing, she should use her gift and become a designer. Ai took his advice to heart, and now works as a designer and illustrator in Tokyo.

You can find our more about how Ai created this image by viewing the “How To” PDF. And you can also download the Illustrator file to further understand how AI built her final image. (note: this is a large file and will take some time to download).

We hope you enjoy Ai’s work as much as we do!

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August 1, 2013

HOW Designcast: What’s New in Adobe Illustrator CC. Recording Now Available.


Discover What’s New in Illustrator CC — UPDATE

If you missed the live session with Rufus, you can view the recording of this webinar here

Join Rufus Deuchler, Senior Worldwide Evangelist for Design at Adobe, and get the scoop on what’s new in Adobe Illustrator CC.

Find out how you can leverage the new tools and Creative Cloud integration in Illustrator CC to design in more powerful, intuitive, and connected ways.


Want to see how you can start with a bitmap image like this…

Starting bitmap graphic





…and end up with a beautiful final graphic like the one below in just a few steps?

Final image using Images in brushes and Touch Type tool in Illustrator CC
















Then you need to a register for this free online session.

You’ll have time for direct Q&A with Adobe staff and Rufus during this session, too, so come with your Illustrator questions and the team will do their best to get you the answers you need.

Rufus is a graduate of the Art Center College of Design with a BFA in Communication Design, has worked as a corporate and editorial designer across Europe since 1992, and has taught graphic design since 1995. Based in Florence, Italy, Rufus brings a thorough understanding of creative software from a designer’s perspective.

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May 8, 2013

The New Touch Type Tool in Illustrator CC

Check out the new Touch Type tool in Illustrator with Terry White, Adobe Design Evangelist, as he shows how it works on the new Wacom Cintiq 22 HD Touch. You don’t need a direct touch device to use this new feature in Illustrator CC, but if you do, it makes the Touch Type tool even more intuitive and organic to use.

To see more about what’s new in Illustrator CC, please visit the Illustrator pages on

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January 22, 2013

Illustrator CS6 Ask A Pro Session, Friday, 1/25, Noon PT

Illustrator Ask A Pro

Join Rufus Deuchler, senior worldwide design evangelist at Adobe, and see what Illustrator CS6 as part of Adobe Creative Cloud has in store for designers.

In this lively session, you’ll get a deeper take on Creative Cloud, and an even deeper dive into Illustrator CS6. Whether it’s get the inside look on how to use the newest features in Illustrator, polishing your skills on existing tools, or just getting a better understanding of what the Creative Cloud offering really means, this session will have something for you.

If you missed this Ask a Pro, you can view the recording here.

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August 11, 2011

Illustrator at Adobe MAX 2011

It’s Adobe MAX time again, and if you’re heading down to LA for the fun in October, be sure to check out these Illustrator-focused sessions and hands-on labs.



Adobe Illustrator: Creating Compelling User Interface Designs

Learn how to create compelling UI designs using Adobe Illustrator CS5 in this hands-on lab. See how UI design principles, along with tips and techniques, can be used to deliver a purposeful, engaging interface. Discover how the latest features in Illustrator CS5 can be used to create visually compelling websites and interfaces for your customers. Chevon Hicks, president/creative director at Heavenspot, a digital creative agency in Los Angeles, will share insights from designing for clients such as Disney, Warner Bros., and Motorola, and will share his knowledge as a UI design instructor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

Monday, October 3, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 4, 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Adobe Illustrator: Rethinking the Essentials

Master core features and build art more efficiently with Adobe Illustrator CS5. Designed for experienced Illustrator users, this course takes a fresh approach to core concepts, such as paths, attributes, object hierarchy, groups, and layers. Mordy Golding shares advanced techniques such as combining multiple effects and customizing textures.

Tuesday, October 4, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. (Note: this lab instance is full and closed for registration)
Tuesday, October 4, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 5, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Note: this lab instance is nearly full as of 8/12/11)


Adobe Illustrator: Secrets to Working Faster, Smarter, and More Creatively

Learn expert tips and techniques to get the most out of Adobe Illustrator. Reduce the time you spend on mundane tasks and gain more time to focus on the activities that matter: the creative ones. Brenda Sutherland, Illustrator product manager, will show you how to work faster, smarter, and much more smoothly. Once you’ve tricked out Illustrator and made it the custom vehicle you’ve always wanted, you’ll experience life in the fast lane by shaving valuable time off tasks you perform every day.

Tuesday, October 4, 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

From Pixar to Ramayana: The Art of Graphic Storytelling with Sanjay Patel

See how illustrator and animator Sanjay Patel uses images to craft compelling stories. From over 14 years of work at Pixar to his visually rich illustrations of the Hindu mythology of Ramayana, Patel will share his artistic methods, including how he goes from paper, pen, and pencil to highly detailed work in Adobe Illustrator.

Tuesday October 4, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (note: new session time just added!)
Wednesday, October 5, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The Art of Sesame Street

Learn how the artists at Sesame Workshop create the digital assets for their world-famous Sesame Street Muppets using Adobe Illustrator as their primary tool. In this inspiring session, you’ll get an inside view into how these amazing character artists bring the magic that is Sesame Street to life through illustration. You’ll also gain an understanding of how Sesame Workshop’s outreach to children around the world helps them learn and grow.

Tuesday, October 4, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Web and Interactive Design with Illustrator

Join Mordy Golding as he demonstrates an eye-opening approach to using this powerful, vector-based software to create wireframes and pixel-perfect graphics for web and mobile projects. Learn how to integrate with other web applications and to generate HTML5 and CSS3 content right from Adobe Illustrator. Think Illustrator isn’t used for web and interactive design? Think again!

Monday, October 3, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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