Illustrator New Features

There have been several new features introduced in recent versions CS5, CS6 and CC (Creative Cloud).

Illustrator CS5 introduced the Perspective tool which allows users to import a sketch as a template drawing, then trace over it using the Perspective Grid tool. The various grips are adjusted to set the horizon line and converging parallels of traditional three point perspective drawing. Then the user selects one of three planes on which to draw, and, using the standard drawing tools, can created a convincing perspective drawing of, for example, a street or building.

Version CS5 also introduced the Variable Width tool. Create a basic shape with the Pencil tool, for example. Then choose the Width tool and click on the path to plot points. These points can then be pushed and pulled to created varying widths along the line. This gives a similar effect to that produced by brush and pressure-sensitive stylus and tablets.

The Shape Builder tools allows us to group simple objects together by simply dragging the cursor through the objects, whereupon it detects multiple objects and combines them. This is similar to but quicker than the Window, Pathfinder method.

The Draw Inside mode at the bottom of the toolbox allows us to draw patterns within objects or text. After creating some text or an object keep it selected, choose the Draw Inside mode, then paint inside the object, using, for example, the new Bristle Brush. This has the appearance of pixels and works well with a drawing pen and tablet.

New features in CS6 included new options for the User Interface, for example Dark to Light modes. It also added some speed enhancements. Being 64-Bit now it takes adavantage of all the RAM, making it much faster than previous version of Illustrator. There are also some new workspace presets on the top right, like Typography which includes new features for formatting type.

The new Image Trace engine is similar to the older Live Trace with better results like sharper lines and fewer paths. In the Object menu we have the new Pattern Maker with a new, more flexible interface for the creation of repeat patterns. The pattern swatch is created automatically and the dialog allows you to change items like grid design, width and height, and see the changes update on the screen. You can also add and edit objects to the pattern, and see how it will appear as a repeat design before you exit the dialog. Patterns can easily be modified later by double-clicking on the swatch to re-enter the dialog. This is a great improvement to the older method of dragging shapes into the Swatches panel.

Gradients Can Also Be Added To Strokes In Illustrator CS6.

Pattern Brush corner options have been improved in the CC (Creative Cloud) version. The new features deal with how we display the corners of an object. Illustrator auto-generates corners based on the original artwork. We have various choices as to how those corners will display – see the drop-down menu for the various styles.

Another new brush feature in CC is the Bitmap Brushes where photographs can be used as a starting point for brushes. Place an image of, for example, leaves or a flower. Drag it into the Brushes panel and choose New Art Brush. Select Stretch Between Guides and move the end guides to include the stalk only. Delete the original image, choose the Brush tool and paint with the new brush. Also note the different results depending on the stroke width.

The new Touch Type tool allows you to move, scale or rotate individual letters of text whilst maintaining its editability.

The purpose of the new CSS feature in Illustrator CC is to enable designers to present ideas to developers. Window, CSS Properties opens the dialog box, and the file can be exported to CSS via File, Export. It’s not perfect but it does 90% of the construction work, and is also scaleable.

Tom Gillan has been training Adobe Illustrator to corporate clients in Sydney for seven years. Visit our website for more information: .

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What Are the New Features in Adobe Illustrator CS6?

Copyright (c) 2012 Mandi Pralle

Adobe Illustrator CS6 is the newest in Adobe’s line of high-performance vector image editing programs. This newest member of the Illustrator family provides increased speed, precision and stability when working with complicated or large files. It also makes use of a range of new tools and features to help you make beautiful vector images, whether they’re clean, sharp and traditional-looking, or make use of Illustrator’s wide range of painterly effects.

Adobe Mercury Performance System

The Mercury performance system offers a new, faster, more flexible way to work in Illustrator. It offers native 64-bit support, allowing you to preview and work with complex files without suffering from slowdown or a halting work flow. This engine is designed to make everything in Adobe Illustrator CS6 feel more responsive.

Pattern Creation

The new version of Illustrator also allows for seamlessly tiled vector patterns using the new pattern creation tool. It lets you use a wide range of new repeating pattern types, editing them at any time. That means much less labor and more flexible designs.

Improved Image Trace Tool

Image trace is one of the most useful options for Illustrator, allowing you to easily convert raster images to vector for further editing and resizing. The new image tracing engine in Adobe Illustrator CS6 allows you to get accurate fitting, reliable traces and clean lines without needing to use complicated dialog controls. The whole process has been streamlined.

Gradient Strokes

While gradient fills for shapes have been available in Illustrator for a long time, CS6 brings them to strokes. That makes it easier to apply gradients to text, outlines and a wide range of other graphical elements without tediously converting each stroke to a shape. The gradient stroke dialog allows you to apply gradients across the width, across the length, or inside the stroke, controlling the opacity and placement of the gradient.

Inline Editing

Adobe Illustrator CS5 and past versions required you to edit names and other information in panels via an intermediate dialog. This could be tedious and distracting. Illustrator CS6 puts this task in the panels, where it belongs, reducing the number of visual elements you have to deal with and making the whole process much simpler.

Enhanced Effects

Adobe Illustrator CS6 also brings enhancements to Gaussian blur and other effects. The Mercury engine allows you to apply glows, drop shadows, blurs and many other raster-like effects faster and more efficiently than in past versions of Illustrator. You can also skip previewing in the dialog box: the effects appear right on the art board.

Panel Enhancements

The new design allows for faster, more convenient access to expanded color spectrums, the scale panel, the type panel and many others. Extra steps have been removed and the most frequently used tools are ready to hand.

Dockable Hidden Tools

Previously hidden tools such as the pen and shape tools are now available as dockable options. While they still default to their hidden location, artists who use these tools regularly can “tear” them off the main tool bar, docking them in a convenient location for a more efficient workspace. Docking works both vertically and horizontally, allowing you to adjust your space however you choose.

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Five Features That You Should Learn About Adobe Illustrator CS6

Copyright (c) 2012 Mandi Pralle

Adobe Illustrator CS6 adds a new artist’s edge to your digital photos and artwork. It will allow natural flow to your art and photos. Illustrator comes equipped with an array of new features guaranteed to make your digital art stand out from the rest. After you get finished editing your digital art with Adobe Illustrator, you can join the Adobe Creative Cloud to store and share your photos.

There are five features of Adobe Illustrator that you should learn, so that you can enhance your digital photos and artwork to give them a professional and creative look. Learn about the basic five features and also sign up for Adobe illustrator classes to enhance your knowledge about what it has to offer in the digital artworld.

Adobe Mercury Performance Center

The Adobe Mercury Performance Center is what is behind the new fire of Adobe Illustrator. It gives you the ability to work with precision, speed and stability on the largest most complex files that you have. It offers 64-bit support on both the Mac and Windows operating system. With the new performance center, Adobe Illustrator will feel faster and more responsive.

New Image Trace

Now you can get precise lines, an accurate fitting and reliable results when using the new image trace. You can convert your images simpler and quicker so that you can turn them into new photos. The image trace helps you get your editing session done faster with the best quality available.

Color Panel Enhancements

Color is your new best friend in Adobe Illustrator. Not only will it be easier to find the color that you are looking for, but the spectrum has been broadened too. You will also be able to copy and paste the hex values into other applications too. Transferring your color codes from application to application will be quicker and done seamlessly.

Control Panel Enhancements

There is not a need for spending a extra time searching for the design tools that you need in Adobe Illustrator. The control panel has been fine-tuned, making it more efficient and easier than ever to use. The options have more consistency and there are anchor point controls, clipping masks and envelope distortions.

Inline Editing in Panels and True White Canvas

With inline editing in panels, you can now edit names in layers, art-boards, swatches, brushes and other panels within the panels themselves. There isn’t a need to use intermediate dialogue boxes. As you edit your photo, you can switch your canvas to a pure white, so that you can easily see the colors pop within your digital works of art.


These are just some of the basic but useful features of the Adobe Illustrator CS6. By learning the simple features of the software, you can learn more about the benefits of using Adobe Illustrator. It will enhance your digital art and everyday photos from your collection. Edit photos and create an online scrapbook to share on Adobe’s Creative Cloud, or turn artwork into digital masterpieces. If you would like to learn more about the benefits and features of Adobe Illustrator, you can sign up for Adobe illustrator classes. Check with Adobe to find out if you can sign up for classes online or at a location nearby.

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