March 4, 2014

The All-New Pencil Tool in Illustrator CC

Illustrator’s Pencil tool is ideal for sketching out freeform designs, and to give a hand-drawn look to existing shapes and paths. For Illustrator CC, new technology under the hood delivers better curves, you also have new options for creating both curved and straight lines, and more.

The all-new Illustrator Pencil tool

Check out this great tutorial from Kendall Plant on drawing with the Pencil tool and using the new Path Reshape capability, too. The rebuilt Pencil tool may just change the way you approach drawing vector paths in Illustrator.


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February 18, 2014

Top 5 Adobe Illustrator Tutorials on Tuts+ in January 2014

Vector on Tuts+

Welcome to this month’s catch up showcase of our favorite Adobe Illustrator tutorials available on Tuts+. We publish tutorials on techniques and effects to make awesome vector graphics in Illustrator. My name is Sharon Milne, the Vector and Drawing Editor on Tuts+ and it is my pleasure to share with the Illustrator community five of our most interesting and popular tutorials published during January 2014.


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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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February 4, 2014

New on Inspire Magazine: Adobe Illustrator for web designers

The latest edition of Adobe Inspire Magazine has a great article on using Illustrator for web design.

Michael Chaize, senior Creative Cloud evangelist

Michael Chaize, senior Creative Cloud evangelist

Michael Chaize, senior Creative Cloud Evangelist, gives you a deep dive into using Illustrator for the web, from creating pixel-perfect graphics, to working with smart Symbols, to extracting CSS properties directly from Illustrator.

The latest features of Illustrator CC are covered as well, such as saving responsive SVG files, and Michael shares some fun tips too, such as playing with color in Kuler and Recolor Artwork.

Be sure to check  out this and other stories in this month’s Inspire, either on the web, or get the enhanced, interactive version of Adobe Inspire Magazine for Apple iPad and Windows 8.1 devices.


CSS Extraction in Illustrator CC

CSS Extraction in Illustrator CC

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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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