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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
Illustrator CC Learn and Support
Illustrator CC Trial Download

See the new features after the jump.


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February 12, 2014

Custom Tools panels in Illustrator CC

Have you ever wanted just the tools you need for a specific task right at hand in Illustrator?

The new Custom Tools panel feature in Illustrator CC lets you do just that, whether it’s tools for drawing and editing paths, working with type, or just having your everyday tools a convenient click away:  no digging into hidden tools required.

You can add, delete and rearrange the tools in your custom panel with simple drag and drop actions, and they can be saved with workspaces, too.

Custom Tools panel in Illustrator CC

“Concert Undersea,” by Shadow Chen

Check out this short video by Rufus Deuchler to see Custom Tools panels in action:

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January 27, 2014

Illustrator Team Behind the Scenes — working on Live Corners

We’re kicking off a series of posts on the Illustrator team, to share a bit about who they are and how new features are developed. Our first article focuses on the team behind the new Live Corners in Illustrator CC with an interview with product owner, Yogesh Sharma. You can discover more about Live Corners on the Illustrator CC Learn pages


Yogesh Sharma of Adobe

Yogesh and his Royal Enfield motorcycle.

Tell us about yourself and your role on the Illustrator team.

My name is Yogesh Sharma, one of the product owners on the Illustrator team. I joined Adobe and the Illustrator team as a quality engineer in November, 2006. I have a degree in engineering but no background in art or design. During my stint with the Illustrator team, I have learned to draw — and am no longer scared of a blank artboard.

Away from work, I am an avid motorcyclist and have done some incredible tours, such as riding one of world’s highest roads in the Himalayas.

Do you have a favorite illustration/graphic design style?

I like almost all types of design, but I am particularly intrigued by the more psychedelic artwork styles.


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March 26, 2012

Illustrator CS6 Sneak Peek!

Join Brenda Sutherland, Illustrator product manager, as she shares a sneak peek into what’s coming for Illustrator CS6 as part of Creative Suite CS6 and Adobe Creative Cloud.

Brenda is showing Illustrator CS6’s new approach to crafting seamless, repeating vector patterns. On-artboard controls let you create and edit patterns interactively. One-click tiling arrangements let you experiment quickly so you can spend more time being creative and less on planning.

If you’ve ever struggled with creating seamless patterns in Illustrator (and I know I have), you’re going to love this new way of working.

Watch the video on Adobe TV or read the article and watch the video on Adobe Design Center.

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March 29, 2011

File Formats of Illustrator CS5

The definition of ‘file format‘ states that ‘a file format is a particular way that information is encoded for storage in a computer file‘. Inter-application workflows are guided by specific file formats and, Illustrator, being a creation tool, deals with a lot of such file formats. Our interaction with our users tells us that usage pattern of Ai is different in different segments, and while some formats are popular in some segments, others are simply important to the workflow even if they are not as commonly used. Ability to exchange content in different formats has helped Ai users in their varied workflows. We keep hearing queries like … does Illustrator open DXF files? … what about SVG?I have Freehand files, can I open those in Ai, directly?

To present a detailed picture of all the formats that Illustrator CS5 saves, imports, and exports, below is the list.

File > Save (and Save As)

  • Adobe Illustrator (ai)
  • Illustrator EPS (eps)
  • Illustrator Template (ait)
  • Adobe PDF (pdf)
  • Adobe FXG (fxg)
  • SVG Compressed (svgz)
  • SVG (svg)


Formats that can be opened or placed in Ai

  • Adobe FXG (fxg)
  • SVG Compressed (svgz)
  • SVG (svg)
  • AutoCAD Interchange File (dxf)
  • AutoCAD Drawing (dwg)
  • Freehand (fh7, fh8, fh9, fh10, fh11, ft11)
  • GIF89a (gif)
  • JPEG2000 (jpf, jpx, jp2, j2k, j2c, jpc)
  • JPEG (jpg, jpe, jpeg)
  • Macintosh PICT (pic, pct)
  • Enhanced Metafile (emf)
  • Windows Metafile (wmf)
  • Encapsulated Postscript (eps, epsf, ps)
  • Text (txt)
  • Microsoft Word DOCX (docx)
  • Microsoft Word (doc)
  • Microsoft RTF (rtf)
  • CorelDraw 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 (cdr)
  • Computer Graphics Metafile (cgm)
  • TIFF (tif, tiff)
  • Photoshop (psd, pdd)
  • Adobe PDF (pdf)
  • BMP (bmp, rle, dib)
  • PCX (pcx)
  • Pixar (pxr)
  • PNG (png)
  • Targa (tga, vda, icb, vst)
  • Adobe Illustrator (ai, ait)


Formats that Ai can export to:

  • PNG (png)
    Also through ‘Save for Microsoft Office’ and ‘Save for Web & Devices’
  • BMP (bmp)
  • AutoCAD Drawing (dwg)
  • AutoCAD Interchange (dxf)
  • Enhanced Metafile (emf)
  • Flash (swf)
    Also through ‘Save for Web & Devices’
  • JPEG (jpg)
    Also through ‘Save for Web & Devices’
  • Macintosh PICT (pct)
  • Photoshop (psd)
  • TIFF (tif)
  • Targa (tga)
  • Text Format (txt)
  • Windows Metafile (wmf)
  • GIF
    Also through ‘Save for Web & Devices’
  • SVG
    Also through ‘Save for Web & Devices’ and via ‘Save / Save As…’
  • WBMP
    Only through ‘Save for Web & Devices’


The list does not comprise of formats that are part of the HTML5 Pack for Illustrator CS5.

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