September 11, 2015

Be My Guide!

In an earlier post Creating Accurate Ruler Guides in Illustrator, I had shared some tips on creating ruler guides in Illustrator. In this post, I share some improvements around those experiences that have been in Illustrator CC for some time now. These changes make working with guides much easier, and almost similar to working with guides in InDesign.

1. To create a guide: Double-click the ruler.


2. To create a guide accurately at a marked ruler division: Shift + Double-click the ruler.

In the example below, I pressed Shift and double-clicked on the ruler at: x=105. The guide was created at x=108, because 108 is the closest marked division from the point of click.

Shift + Double-click

3. To create horizontal and vertical guides simultaneously: Press Cmd (Mac) or Ctrl (Windows) and drag from the ruler’s origin point.

Cmd/Ctrl + Drag


Guides are like railings on a staircase. Distracting at times, but keep you safe from falling off (the visual grid).

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February 18, 2015

Working with Creative Cloud Libraries in Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator CC and Creative Cloud LibrariesCreative Cloud Libraries, introduced in the October 2014 release of Illustrator CC, lets you have your favorite assets available to you and your creative team anywhere. With CC Libraries in Illustrator, you can create and share artwork, colors, text styles, images and more and then access them across Photoshop CC and InDesign CC, as well as mobile apps like Illustrator Draw and Adobe Shape, or a web browser — anywhere you can log into Creative Cloud.

In December 2014, CC Libraries was updated so libraries can be shared with anyone with a Creative Cloud account, making it easy to collaborate and maintain consistency in your designs. Also added was the ability to copy and share items across libraries.

If you’ve not checked out CC Libraries, the feature is found in the Libraries panel (Window > Libraries).

You can find out more about working with CC Libraries from the tutorials and help docs below.

CC Libraries — overview (video content)

Quick Tip: How to Use Adobe Creative Cloud Libraries (video from tuts+)

CC Libraries — Help doc (includes December update)

Libraries Come to Illustrator Creative Cloud (video from Layers Magazine)

CC Libraries — general overview with FAQ










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October 6, 2014

What’s new in October 2014 release of Adobe Illustrator CC


The October 2014 release of Illustrator CC is here! Let’s check out the top features:

Illustrator splashscreen by Orlando Arocena

Creative Cloud Libraries — Browse and access your favorite creative assets: colors, type styles, graphics, brushes, and more.

Touch workspace — Access the full power of Illustrator on the go using a new workspace optimized for your Microsoft Surface Pro 3 or any Windows 8 tablet.

Curvature tool — Draw refined curves and straight lines quickly and visually.

Join tool — Easily join paths that cross, overlap, or have open ends.

Area type auto-sizing — Area type frames resize automatically as you add, delete, or edit text.

Integration with the Illustrator family of mobile apps — Bring in art from Illustrator Draw and Illustrator Line.

Capture inspiration anywhere — Create custom brushes, graphics, and colors using the Brush CC, Shape CC, and Color CC mobile apps.

Creative Cloud Libraries
Adobe Illustrator CC and Creative Cloud Libraries

Creative Cloud Libraries let you browse, manage and access your favorite creative assets — colors, type styles, graphics, brushes, and more — in new libraries that are available in Illustrator, Photoshop, and mobile apps like Sketch and Draw. Capture colors shapes, and create custom brushes with new Color CC, Shape CC and Brush CC mobile apps, save them to Libraries and have them at your fingertips. Libraries sync to Creative Cloud so you always have the files you need, right when you need them. Learn more >

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Touch workspace
Illustrator CC Touch workspaceThe Touch workspace lets you access the full power of Illustrator on the go using a new workspace optimized for your Microsoft Surface Pro 3 or any Windows 8 tablet. Get essential tools for drawing and editing with a pen and your finger in a touch environment, including French curves that you can scale, move, and trace. At any time you can switch back to one of the “classic” Illustrator workspaces to access the full range of Illustrator tools and controls. It’s Illustrator you can take with you wherever you go. See how it works ›


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Curvature tool
AI_CC_Curvature_tool _croppedThe Curvature tool lets you draw refined curves and straight lines quickly and visually. Click once with the Curvature tool to place points and see the curve flex around them dynamically, or double-click or alt/opt click to create corner points for straight lines. Edit using the same tool — no need to hassle with anchor points and handles. But if you want the full control of working with anchors and handles, just edit your paths with any of Illustrator’s path editing tools. See how it works ›

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Join tool
Illustrator CC 2014 Join toolWith the Join tool you can easily join paths that cross, overlap, or have open ends — and simultaneously trim unwanted segments — without affecting the original path trajectories. And it’s all accomplished with intuitive scrubbing gestures. See how it works ›

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Area-type auto-sizing
Illustrator CC Area type auto-sizingWith Area-type auto-sizing you can say goodbye to overset text boxes. Now, area type frames resize automatically as you add, delete, or edit text. A double-click on the text frame widget toggles auto-sizing on and off.

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Integration with the Illustrator family of mobile apps
AICC_Mobile_familyIntegration with the Illustrator family of mobile apps lets you seamlessly bring in artwork from Illustrator Draw and Illustrator Line  and enhance it using the full range of Illustrator tools for a complete mobile-to-desktop design workflow. See how it works ›

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Capture inspiration anywhere
Illustrator CC and capture appsCapture inspiration anywhere — Create custom brushes, graphics, and colors using the Brush CC, Shape CC, and Color CC mobile apps, and then easily bring them into Illustrator via Creative Cloud Libraries to incorporate them into your designs. See how it works ›

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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
Illustrator CC Learn and Support
Illustrator CC Trial Download

See the new features after the jump.


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