Posts tagged "Illustrator CC"

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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September 5, 2013

Spotlight on Teri Pettit–a “developer’s developer”

Does the name Teri Pettit sound familiar? Many Illustrator customers remember seeing her name from the Illustrator splash screens over the years. For Throwback Thursday here’s a look back to an incredible engineer who’s has been associated with Illustrator since Illustrator 88.

Teri Pettit small

Teri Pettit joined Adobe Systems in 1987, but she’d already spent eight years at Xerox shaping the way we use (and see) our computers. As one of the original developers of the Xerox Star system, Teri helped introduce desktop icons and multiple windows to personal computing.

When she joined Adobe (and the Illustrator team) in 1987, she was joining other former Xerox employees like fellow developers Dick Sweet and Doug Brotz, making the switch because she wanted to work for a company where the contributions of her team were a little less… invisible. And Adobe wanted her to do that work on Illustrator.

Teri Pettit and Russell Brown from a booklet on Illustrator 88’s many uses.

Teri Pettit and Russell Brown from a
booklet on Illustrator 88’s many uses.

“It was getting pretty frustrating to feel that the work we were doing at Xerox was so invisible, with most of the public having no idea that our team had invented the whole desktop/icons/windows metaphor for personal computing,” said Teri. “The interview process felt more like they were trying to sell me on Adobe rather than probing my programming skills.”

Teri joined the team during the development of Illustrator 88, and remained a key member of the Illustrator team until she retired from Adobe in 2012. Teri is a developer’s developer, building the features she most wanted to see. Her favorite feature? Group blends, from Illustrator 8.

Teri not only understood the ins and outs of Illustrator, she helped others understand them, too. As a regular contributor to Illustrator user forums, her name became well known among Illustrator’s fans as she popped into forums, answering questions and providing technical insight.

Though she retired from Adobe in 2012 after 25 years on the Illustrator team, Teri’s legacy lives on anytime someone opens Illustrator or double-clicks a desktop icon.

teri-pettit-group-blends“[Group blends were] inspired by a postcard that Russell Brown made as a marketing giveaway for AI 88, with an angel made of lots of little strokes morphing into a devil in a similar style. Since AI 88’s blends could only be done one path at a time, the illustration required using the blend tool separately on each pair of matched strokes. So when I got the assignment to make blends ‘live’ in Illustrator 8, I took the opportunity to lobby for my pet group blends idea.”




Teri as Magenta at Adobe Halloween Costume Contest in 2002

Teri as Magenta at Adobe Halloween Costume Contest in 2002


If you were an Illustrator tool, which one would you be?


Mordy, you ask the oddest questions. Nobody wants to be a tool.



Want to polish your Illustrator Blend tool skills? Check out the tutorials below.


vector tuts Illustrator blend tool guide   veerle's blog -- Illustrator full-spectrum spirographSunset blend tutorial by Teri Pettit

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