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November 4, 2019 /Illustrator /

Adobe Illustrator is Coming to the iPad

by Scott Belsky

Visual storytelling is reshaping our economy and society. Improvements in connectivity and speed across smartphones and tablets have fed a rapidly accelerating demand for digital content around the world. The internet, coupled with social platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest, are opening vast opportunities for content creators. Within this environment, creatives need powerful tools to tell their stories in new and compelling ways. 

At Adobe, we are committed to enabling creativity anytime and anywhere. We’ve recently extended Photoshop to the Apple iPad and launched Adobe Fresco, our revolutionary painting and drawing app on the iPad. And now, I’m excited to share that Adobe Illustrator will be coming to the iPad. 

What’s our vision for Illustrator on the iPad? We’re still in the early stages, but fundamentally, we’re reimagining the Illustrator experience from the ground up to take advantage of the unique capabilities a tablet offers in terms of touch and Apple pencil. We’ve connected with thousands of designers to understand how they could use a tablet in their creative process. A few core concepts we’re focusing on include:


  • Seamless connection across your devices: Everything you create in Illustrator can be saved to the Creative Cloud, which means you will be able to create on your desktop and iPad.
  • Power and precision: Work with Illustrator files with no loss of the detail and precision you expect from Adobe. For many designs you create today, you’ll be able to start on your iPad and finish on your iPad.
  • Intuitive experience: We’re rethinking the interface to help you save time and make Illustrator easier and more natural to use.
  • Leverage the tablet interface: Benefit from things like the camera and Apple pencil to take your designs to new places. For instance, you can take a picture of a hand-drawn sketch and Illustrator on iPad will help you transform it into vector shapes.

As we evolve the experience, we’re working with the Illustrator community around the globe to infuse your input. We are currently running an exclusive private beta. Interested? Signup to learn more and get early access 


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