Archive for August, 2012

Illustrator CS6 update for Creative Cloud Members

Adobe IllustratorAdobe Illustrator CS6 update for Creative Cloud is now available. As we said when we launched Creative Cloud earlier this year, one of the biggest benefits for customers would be early access to the latest innovation from Adobe, including VIP access to new features in the desktop software. With this update to Illustrator, Creative Cloud members have access to three brand new features! Check out the Illustrator team blog for more information and videos on these features and how they can be used:

The updates will reach you automatically next time the Application Manager/ Updater checks with If you’re in a hurry, choose Help > Update.

These features are available in Adobe Illustrator CS6 for Creative Cloud members only. To join Adobe Creative Cloud, see Adobe Creative Cloud.

Package Files

Gather all the files used, including linked graphics and fonts, into a single folder for quick hand-off. Choose File > Package to collect all assets in a single location. See Package Files.

Unembed Images

Replace embedded images with linsk to their extracted PSD or TIFF files. Select an embedded image and choose Unembed from the Links panel menu or click Unembed in the Control panel. See Unembed images.

Links Panel improvements

View and track additional information about placed artwork directly in the Links panel. See Links Information.

Join Creative Cloud

If you are interested in getting access to these features now, you can become a Creative Cloud member. See if you qualify  for a special offer.


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How to crop an image in Illustrator

Updated: 10th April 2017.

The part about “No Crop Tool” written below is no longer true. The latest version of Adobe Illustrator now has the Crop tool. (Big Grin :-))

Just update to the latest version of Illustrator and get cropping! You can still use Clipping masks, Opacity Masks, or Artboards. This just adds the another tool in your kit.

One of the common queries that people ask us, when they’re starting off with Adobe Illustrator, is how to crop an image. Cropping an image is one of the basic tasks that most people expect to get done.

While there is no “Crop tool” in Illustrator, and am sure that you do understand why. Cropping is easy to do when it’s a bunch of pixels that you need to remove. But in the case of vector artwork its not that simple. Simply removing the anchor points and paths outside the desired area does not sound like a good idea to me. To preserve the design intent, we need hide or mask, the content that we don’t need. In Illustrator, we have several methods to achieve an image “crop.” While, technically, we won’t be cropping an image, we can hide or mask the areas that we do not want. We can use Masks: Opacity masks and Clipping masks, and Artboards.

Erica Larson, created a series of videos to show you the how to use masks to crop an image.

Cropping images using Opacity Masks


Cropping images using Clipping Masks


Erica Larson is a BFA Design student at Pacific Northwest College of Art, and an intern with Adobe’s Community Help and Learning group. She hopes to bring the separate pleasures of digital and traditional media together to create work that is tactile and intimate but also takes advantage of the rapid and dynamic communication provided by technology. Erica is inspired by underground comic books, vintage signage and wood type, Japanese food packaging, kittens, Mad Men, Motown, and Herbert Matter.

Cropping using Artboard tool [Added 4/18/2013]

If you want to export to an image format, and use it on the web, there is another nifty way to crop: Use Artboards. The Artboard tool (Shift Control+O) is the simplest way to crop artwork for export, and at the same time preserve the design intent and source. Non-destructive crop, if you will.


  1. Add and resize the artboard, and then position it over your artwork as desired.
  2. Choose File > Save for Web, and select the desired Artboard

This works as a non-destructive crop. You don’t really crop the artwork, but effectively crop the output. You can even define multiple and overlapping artboards to different outputs from the same artwork.



How to download my Creative Cloud applications?

Now that you’ve gotten yourself a Creative Cloud subscription, the first step that you need to do is get started downloading your applications. Here is how to download your first application.

It’s fairly easy, all it needs is a single click to install an application.

1. Log in to the Creative Cloud website.

2. Go to the Apps tab and then click Download link below the application.

3. Follow the onscreen instructions to download and install the application on your computer. The first time you follow this process, Adobe Application Manager is installed on your computer and that manages the rest.

Additional Help

Visit the Creative Cloud Forum and ask, meet, and answer questions.


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Adobe Ideas and Illustrator CS6

Learn how to use Adobe Ideas  and Adobe Illustrator together to  bring a concept to conclusion. Kendall Plant walks you through the workflow. Kendall is an undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley, pursuing a joint BA degree in Art and Anthropology. She is a self-taught graphic designer with a background in fine arts and illustration. You can find her on the web at

Sewing Beetles by Kendall Plant

In this three-part video tutorial series, Kendall shows you how to create a complex vector illustration using Adobe Ideas, and then takes it into Adobe Illustrator CS6 to add some finishing touches. She covers advanced techniques on how to facilitate a smooth workflow between the two applications, enhanced by integration with Adobe Creative Cloud. The end result is a complex layered illustration, ready to be used in various other creative projects.

Watch on YouTube: Part 1Part 2Part 3

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