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January 15, 2014

A major new update for Adobe Illustrator CC is here!

Illustrator CC has all-new features, available today, January 16, check it out!

New update to Adobe Illustrator CC


If you are a Creative Cloud member, just go to the Creative Cloud desktop and update your installed version of Illustrator CC to access the latest features.

If you’re not a Creative Cloud member, you can still give the new features a test drive. We’ve reset trials for anyone who has downloaded a 30-day trial since May 2013, so give these new features a spin.

For January, 2014, Illustrator CC:

  • Makes precision corner treatments as easy as a click and drag with Live CornersCorners can be rounded, inverted or chamfered. Work directly on art, or input precise values into the Control panel or the new Corners dialog.
  • Introduces an all-new Pencil tool that lets you draw curves more accurately with options to extend paths, draw straight lines, and close paths. This new curve technology is also extended to the Brush, Blob Brush, and Smooth tools.
  • Provides a new Path Segment Reshape feature that lets you fluidly drag path segments into the desired shape. This new reshape technology is part of the Anchor Point and Direct Select tools, and can be accessed from the Pen tool while drawing.
  • Lets you save files as responsive SVG code, which can scale across multiple devices or when browser windows are resized.
  • Updates Perspective drawing so you can change the vanishing points and horizon line of the underlying grid and have your artwork dynamically update to match the new perspective.
  • Offers a convenient new way to browse and sort Typekit fonts, right in the font menu. You can choose from over 900 Typekit desktop fonts, sync them through Creative Cloud, and have them immediately available in Illustrator CC.
  • Supports pressure-sensitive styli on the latest Windows 8 tablet computers, as well as HiDPI displays for computers running Windows 7 and 8.
  • Enables you to share Illustrator settings across multiple computers by exporting or importing settings to a folder.
  • Lets you create a Custom Tools panel so you can now have just the set of tools you need for a particular task immediately at hand.

And there are are number of customer-requested enhancements, too:

  • Layer states remembered
  • Draw and resize artboards from the center
  • Access Fill/Stroke controls in the Swatches panel
  • Use sliders to control opacity settings

Visit the Illustrator CC Learn page to download a free trial, and check out the dozens of new tutorials, from Illustrator fundamentals to master class projects.

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January 7, 2014

“Reality Reborn” by Don Clark of Invisible Creature

Just in time for the New Year, we’ve a special treat for illustration fans: a new Illustrator CC sample art piece, created by Don Clark of Invisible Creature.

Detail of "reality Reborn"

Image detail from “Reality Reborn”

From an early love of skateboarding and snowboarding to founding a punk rock band with his brother Ryan in the 1990s, Don Clark has moved through life embracing his passions. Eventually, Don turned his attention to design.

In 2000, Don and his brother again joined forces: this time bringing their creative vision and illustrators’ touch to developing album covers, posters, and logos for many of the musicians they’d met throughout their music careers.




Don and Ryan Clark of Invisible Creature

Don and Ryan Clark of Invisible Creature

13 years later, Don still does some work on music packaging—even having garnered Grammy nominations along the way— but that’s now just part of the focus of Invisible Creature, the highly successful creative firm Don runs with Ryan.





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December 9, 2013

How To Get Started With Adobe Illustrator CC —10 Things Beginners Want To Know

Terry White head shotBrand new to Illustrator? Maybe you’re not brand new but still want to know how to best setup your document and artboards, work with colors, shapes and brushes, and how to do these fundamentals the right way.

Then you need to join Terry White, Adobe worldwide design evangelist, and tap into Terry’s deep knowledge of Adobe professional design products in his podcast on How to Get Started with Adobe Illustrator CC — 10 Things Beginners Want To Know How To Do.

And more experienced Illustrator users may just discover new tricks, too, as Terry covers the latest tools and approaches that just may help you break out of long-term habits and work more efficiently.

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November 18, 2013

Illustrator CC Updates Now Available

November 25, 2013

Illustrator 17.0.2 Update for Mac Now Available

The Illustrator 17.0.2 update for Mac is now available. To access the update, from the Creative Cloud desktop app, go to the Apps pane, and choose Update.

This new update for Mac customers, which includes the fixes listed for the 17.0.1 release, addresses the issue with the Nov. 18 update crashing.

If you need help installing the update, please post your questions on the Illustrator Community Forum.


November 19, 2013

Issue with Illustrator 17.0.1 Update for Mac

The Illustrator CC 17.0.1 bug fix update, released yesterday, November 18, has caused a crash when Illustrator is launched on Mac for a small number of customers. The cause of this crash is related to having old or corrupt fonts installed that have either the font name or or the font family type missing.

The Illustrator development team has identified the fix and are in the process of releasing a new update for Mac customers. Until the new update is available, the the Mac 17.0.1 update has been removed from  Creative Cloud. The new update is planned for later this week. For more information, please see this Help document.


November 18, 2013

Illustrator CC 17.0.1 Updates

Today new updates to Illustrator CC are available for both Mac and Window customers. These updates correct a number of issues:

Bugs fixed (Mac and Windows)

  • When placing a DWG file, only the topmost artwork is shown in the loaded graphics icon, while the rest of the artwork gets placed into the document.
  • All layers of a DWG files are imported into a single layer even if the Merge Layers option is turned off.
  • Copying an object from an existing document to a new document results in a number of unwanted swatches being added.
  • If the Export dialog is opened and then dismissed using the Cancel button, when you attempt save a file (File > Save), Illustrator displays the Save As dialog.

Bugs fixed (Mac)

  • The zoom in/out feature does not work when using a Magic Mouse or Trackpad with the Alt/Option keys.
  • Keyboard shortcuts stop working with a Magic Mouse.

Bugs fixed (Windows)

  • Spanish language versions of Illustrator do not launch on Windows 8.1 computers.
  • Cannot save a file if the preview is enabled and  displayed in the Windows dialog box.

How to get the update

From the Creative Cloud desktop app, go to the Apps pane, and choose Update. If you need help installing the update, please post your questions on the Illustrator Community Forum.




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November 4, 2013

Ai Kawabata’s “Scarlet Peony and Courtesan (Oiran)”

With each release of Illustrator, we commission artists to create work to help showcase  the new features in the release. For Illustrator CC, we were excited to work with Ai Kawabata, a talented designer from Japan, a country famous for its distinctive, sophisticated design aesthetic.

"Scarlet Peony & Courtesan (Oiran)" by Ai Kawabata

“Scarlet Peony & Courtesan (Oiran)” by Ai Kawabata

“Red is the color of passion, and it’s one of my favorite colors. People are naturally drawn to red. It can be shocking, and it infuses an image with excitement and brightness.”

Ai Kawabata has loved drawing since she was a child. Ai Kawabata headshotLooking up at the play of colors in the late evening sky, Ai would wonder how she could express the depth and richness of what she saw. She layered colors on her drawing pad in an attempt to recreate the experience on paper. Her grandfather provided her with inspiration too, telling her that if she was passionate about drawing, she should use her gift and become a designer. Ai took his advice to heart, and now works as a designer and illustrator in Tokyo.

You can find our more about how Ai created this image by viewing the “How To” PDF. And you can also download the Illustrator file to further understand how AI built her final image. (note: this is a large file and will take some time to download).

We hope you enjoy Ai’s work as much as we do!

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