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April 6, 2017 /

Illustrator CC’s Anniversary Updates Are Waiting for You

In honor of Illustrator’s 30th anniversary, an update for Illustrator CC 2017 is now available! This update will make your designing life a lot easier: easy cropping of images, a redesigned Color Themes panel, performance improvements to the New Documents panel, and various stability enhancements.

In this release, we’ve added a highly requested feature from users. Over 1.92 million users have shown interest in this feature since 2012. Now, designers can crop images directly in Illustrator. When an image is placed into a document, you’ll see a crop option that will enable users to adjust simple crop handles. Cropped images discard the excess parts of the image, thereby reducing the file size and improving performance of files. Prior to this update, users had to edit images in Photoshop or find workarounds to gain these benefits — but based on high demand from users we developed this time-saving feature.

We now have a new Color Themes panel which lets users create, explore, save, and retrieve color themes across applications. You can capture color themes from pictures and photos on the go with Adobe Capture and have them waiting for you in Illustrator. The new panel also helps you create new color themes with smart assistance based on color theory mixing and combination guides.

You can install this new release through the Creative Cloud desktop application, or check for new updates within Illustrator by choosing Help > Updates. For full details of what was added, changed, and fixed see our  “What’s New” page.  If you have features you’d like to see in future releases, let us know here.

Join us on April 7 at 1 p.m. PT to learn what’s new on YouTube Live with Paul Trani.

Join the discussion

  • By Mike - 8:09 AM on April 6, 2017  

    When will we finally get Photoshop-like color editing? If a plug-in author like Astute can do it why can’t Adobe?!

  • By Dennis Harkey - 9:37 AM on April 6, 2017  

    PMS Color question…

    I like to have my PMS color selections open anytime I am in Adobe Illustrator. Why do I have to go to the panels and re-open every single time. This should be set up one time and saved as my preference so that every time I open Illustrator, the PMS color options automatically show up in my work panel. I’ve been waiting since 1988 for this option to appear!

  • By John - 11:27 AM on April 7, 2017  

    How long does it take for these updates to show up in our CC menus? As of yet, they are not showing.

  • By Bob Faulkner - 8:41 AM on April 10, 2017  


    So, the new Crop feature reduced the file size of images when placing? So, that means it only applies to images embedded in the file, correct? Otherwise, it would have to change the original, linked image, and it wouldn’t to that. How about cropping after the image is placed? Still have to make a mask?

    • By Bob Faulkner - 11:26 AM on April 10, 2017  

      Saw some more info…so, a linked image becomes embedded after cropping, huh? How about just giving us virtual cropping like InDesign does? Illustrator masking is a pain, and this feature is incomplete, I think.

      • By Max - 11:13 AM on April 12, 2017  

        My thoughts exactly… this “feature” is useless.

      • By Luke - 5:34 PM on April 12, 2017  

        I love the shortcuts for cropping and content fitting in InDesign, but I can honestly say the masking in Illustrator has rarely been an issue for me.
        There have been a few times when I’ve been grafting for a while in ID and then shift to AI for something and it takes some warm-up time to readjust, but the same can be said switching between most of the Adobe Suite.
        At best, I would say just let us choose a default between [edit mask / transform content].

        The new ‘crop’ feature doesn’t appear to reduce my work at all.
        Caveat: I’m one of those people that works with gigantic files and stacks of links because I hate discarding information, let me mask around everything and only when I export can you ditch the unneeded bits.

  • By David - 1:06 PM on April 12, 2017  

    “Over 1.92 million users have shown interest in this feature since 2012. Now, designers can crop images directly in Illustrator”

    Well folks – this gives you an idea how long popular features take to get implemented at Adobe

  • By kate - 9:42 PM on April 12, 2017  

    So, we believe and hope another beautiful 30 years in future! Best wishes to you Illustrator!

  • By Simon - 2:40 AM on April 26, 2017  

    When I select objects and move them around artworks the screen sometimes ‘freezes’ and does not redraw the objects. When I release my mouse button the objects are shown correctly. But this makes it impossible to drag and drop elements correctly in real time.