Welcome to this months catch up showcasing our favorite Adobe Illustrator tutorials available on Vectortuts+. Vectortuts+ is a blog of tutorials, articles and more on all things vector! We publish tutorials on techniques and effects to make awesome vector graphics in Adobe Illustrator. My name is Sharon Milne, I’m the Editor of Vectortuts+, and it is my pleasure to share with the Adobe Illustrator community five of our most interesting and popular tutorials published during May 2013.
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.
The Illustrator team is happy to announce support for HiDPI and Retina display support for Illustrator CS6 customers. This update is available to all Illustrator CS6 customers, both Creative Cloud members as well as owners of perpetual products.
With this update, customers can see more detail in images, text, and in the Illustrator user interface when working on high-resolution displays, including the new Retina display available on MacBook Pro. The HiDPI feature in Illustrator is currently only available on Mac OS. It is expected to be available in the future on additional operating systems.
Illustrator CS6 on a Retina display, (A) with the HiDPI update, and (B) without the HiDPI update
To access HiDPI/Retina support, open Illustrator CS6 and from the main menu select Help > Updates, and choose Update from the Updates dialog. Here’s how the Illustrator update is shown in Adobe Application Manager:
Illustrator 16.2 Update
Find out more about this and many other updates coming to Adobe Creative Cloud. Watch the Create Now Live event on line that kicks off Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 10 AM PT. Tune in here.
We’re very excited to announce the release of a new set of Adobe Illustrator features exclusively to Adobe Creative Cloud members and customers subscribed to Illustrator. These new features are being released to Creative Cloud members now, delivering on our promise that Creative Cloud members will get early VIP access to our latest innovations, including new features in our desktop software.
The three new features are focused on improving productivity, and will let you automatically package Illustrator projects and their related files for fast and accurate hand-offs, quickly unembed images that have been placed and embedded into Illustrator files, and more efficiently access information in linked files. To get these updates, just open Illustrator, and from the main menu, choose Help > Updates. Or download Illustrator for the first time here.
To learn more, please check out the videos and information below, or visit the Illustrator or Creative Cloud product pages. If you aren’t a Creative Cloud member, or are signed up for the free Creative Cloud membership and want access to these Illustrator features, you can become a paid member here. Current Creative Suite customers can join Creative Cloud and get 40% off their first year of membership, and pay just US$29.99 per month for the first 12 months. See if you qualify.
Efficiently hand off Illustrator files to production by automatically packaging the necessary fonts, linked graphics, and a package report in a single folder. This is a feature long-requested by our customers and we’re very happy to deliver it. The functionality is very similar to that found in Adobe InDesign.
Unembed images and Links panel enhancements
Quickly “unembed” images that have been placed and embedded into an Illustrator file for quick edits or for use outside of Illustrator. Automatically link them to their extracted PSD or TIFF files. Efficiently track and access complete information on any artwork placed within an Illustrator file, directly from the Links panel.