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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 the 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

 

However, 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 customers 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.

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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

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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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March 11, 2014

Grain Edit Interview with Javier Garcia

Sketches for "Hail to the King"

Sketches for “Hail to the King”

"Hail to the King" poster by Javier Garcia

“Hail to the King” poster by Javier Garcia

Born  and raised in México, Javier Garcia is a San Francisco-based graphic designer,  illustrator, and avid collector of all things modern.

Check out his interview on Grain Edit,  see more of his work on his portfolio site, and be sure to visit his blog  about vintage modern design & illustration, No Barcode.

The images here provide a glimpse into Javier’s design process, going from sketch to finished artwork, but the Grain Edit interview gives you a deeper look into his workflow as well as his passions for design and more. Check it out!

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