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Adobe Illustrator CC for Teams & Businesses v2018 (23)

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Adobe Illustrator CC for Teams & Businesses - featured

The state of the art of illustration.

The October 2018 release of Illustrator CC (version 23.0) rolls out exciting new features for designers and illustrators. Read on for a quick introduction to these features and links to resources offering more information.


Highlights

Freeform gradient

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Illustrator now offers a new gradient type called Freeform, which provides new color blending capabilities to create richer and photorealistic gradients that look more natural.

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Freeform gradient provides you the flexibility to create color stops at any place in your object. You can add, move, and change the color of color stops to seamlessly apply gradients to objects. Creating a freeform gradient fill is a simple and efficient way to create a smooth color gradation.

The Freeform gradient type can be applied in two modes:

  • Points: Use this mode to create color stops as independent points in the object.
  • Lines: Use this mode to create color stops over a line segment in the object.

For more information, see Gradients.


Global editing

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Illustrator now provides a new Global Edit option, which lets you edit all similar objects globally in one step. This feature comes handy in situations when multiple copies of an object, such as a logo, are present in the documents. To manually edit all such objects one-by-one can be a difficult and time-consuming task and may lead to errors. The Global Edit option helps you edit them globally in a simple and easy manner. You can also use this option to edit similar groups. 

Selecting the objects for global editing and changing the shape of all selected objects.
Selecting the objects for global editing and changing the shape of all selected objects.

For more information, see Global Editing.


Visual font browsing

The Character panel now includes the following new and enhanced options:

 A new tab Find More is provided to let you browse thousands of fonts from hundreds of type foundries from within Illustrator, activate them instantly, and use them in your artwork. Activated fonts are available for use in all Creative Cloud applications.

Finding more fonts from Adobe Fonts
Finding more fonts from Adobe Fonts
A. Show Activated Fonts filter B. Activate fonts icon C. Deactivate fonts icon D. Activation in-progress icon 

  • More sample text options are now available in the drop-down list. You can also select a text on the artboard to use as the sample text. You can control the size of the sample text by selecting the sample text size options.
  • The Show Similar Fonts and Add to Favorites options are available inline for every font. These are displayed when you hover over a font.
  • The Fonts Classification filter is now a drop-down list that shows a sample of the font types, instead of just the font type name.
  • A new Apply Recently Added filter is provided to filter all fonts that are added in the last 30 days.

Fonts tab in Character panel
Fonts tab in Character panel
A. Apply Classification filter  B. Favorites filter  C. Show Recently Added filter  D. Show Activated Fonts filter E. Sample text options  F. Sample text size options  

For more information, see Fonts.


Customizable toolbar

Illustrator now provides two toolbars – Basic and Advanced. The Basic toolbar contains a set of tools that are commonly used while creating illustrations. All other tools are available within the toolbar drawer that you can open by clicking the Edit Toolbar button (...) at the bottom of the toolbar. 

The Advanced toolbar is a full-fledged toolbar that you can open by choosing Windows > Toolbars > Advanced or select Advanced in the drop-down menu of the drawer.

You can also create your own custom toolbars. In any toolbar, you can add, remove, group, or re-order tools according to your requirements.

Customizing a toolbar by adding more tools
Customizing a toolbar by adding more tools

For more information, see Tools.


Presentation mode

You can now display the current Illustrator document in a full-screen presentation mode. In this mode, the application menu, panels, guides, grids, and selections are hidden. It is a non-editable mode, in which you can only view and browse through artboards using the arrow keys. Use this mode to present your design ideas.

Artboard contents in full-screen presentation mode
Artboard contents in full-screen presentation mode

For more information, see View artwork in presentation mode.


Trim view

Illustrator now provides a new view mode called Trim View, which is useful for previewing how a design would look without guides, grids, or elements that extend beyond the edge of the artboard. In this mode, any artwork falling outside the artboard is clipped and all non-printing objects on the canvas, such as grids and guides is hidden. You can continue to create and edit your artwork in this mode.  

The original artwork and the trimmed artwork
The original artwork and the trimmed artwork

For more information, see Preview artwork in final output medium.


Scalable user interface

You can now scale the user interface of Illustrator based on your screen resolution. When you launch Illustrator with updated preference settings, it identifies your screen resolution and adjusts the application scale factor accordingly. You can scale the user interface on your screen using the user interface preferences dialog. 

Changing the UI scaling through User Interface preferences
Changing the UI scaling through User Interface preferences

For more information, see Scale the user interface.


Faster zoom

The overall zoom performance in Illustrator has been significantly improved. For complex artworks, a temporary raster is now used to enable a faster zooming and panning experience.


Content-Aware Crop

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(Only on Windows 64-bit and macOS) When you select the Crop Image option to crop an image on the artboard, Illustrator now identifies the visually significant portions of the selected image. A default cropping box is then displayed based on this identified portion of the image. You can adjust the dimensions of this cropping box if needed. Once you are done, you can click Apply in the Properties panel or press Enter (Windows) or Return (macOS) to crop the image.

Illustrator identifying the visually significant portions of the image for cropping
Illustrator identifying the visually significant portions of the image for cropping

For more information, see Crop images.


Actual size preview

When you choose View > Actual Size, Illustrator now sets the actual size of the display elements irrespective of your monitor size and resolution. When you perform a 100% zoom for a document, the size of every object in the document is the actual representation of the physical size of the object. For example, if you open a new artboard of A4 size and click Actual Size, the artboard size is changed to an actual A4 sheet.

For more information, see Change the view area.


Puppet Warp enhancement

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Illustrator now identifies the best areas to transform your artwork and automatically add pins to the artwork. You can also add or delete pins if you want. This feature is enabled by default when the Puppet Warp tool is selected. To disable this feature, deselect the Enable Content Aware Defaults option by choosing Edit > Preferences > General.

Illustrator identifying the best areas and adding pins
Illustrator identifying the best areas and adding pins

For more information, see Puppet Warp.


Home screen

When you launch Illustrator, it now displays a Home screen, which includes the following:

  • A wide range of tutorials to help you quickly learn and understand the concept, workflow, tips, and tricks 
  • Popular presets to get you started with the new documents quickly
  • Display and access to your recent documents
  • Create New button to create a new document and Open button to open an existing document
  • The contents of the Home screen are tailored based on your familiarity with Illustrator and your Creative Cloud membership plan. 

Illustrator Home screen
Illustrator Home screen

For more information, see Workspaces.


Enhanced Properties panel

The Properties panel now includes the following new controls:

  • Variable font options
  • Delete icon for single effects
  • Width Profile option to set width profiles
  • Corner option to change the curve of anchor points
  • Blend Option for blending objects
  • Merge Live Paint button to merge Live Paint groups

A glimpse of new controls in Properties panel
A glimpse of new controls in Properties panel

For more information, see Properties panel.

 


Animated zoom in Outline mode

In the previous Illustrator versions, when you viewed your artwork as outlines or paths, Illustrator automatically switched from the GPU Preview mode to the CPU Preview mode.

Now, the Outline mode is GPU enabled. Viewing artwork in the GPU Outline mode displays smoother paths and reduces the time it takes to redraw the complex artwork on high-density display screens.

For more information, see Preview artwork as outlines.


License Stock images

You can now search for an image in the Libraries panel and send a request to get the licensed version of an image. Choose the image and do the following:

  1. In the Libraries panel, in the Search Adobe Stock box, type a search string for the image.
  2. In the search results, if you place the pointer on the selected image, the License and Save to downloads icon is displayed. Click this icon to get the licensed version of the image. 

Licensing an Adobe Stock image
Licensing an Adobe Stock image

For more information, see Creative Cloud Libraries in Illustrator.


Support for South East Asian scripts

Illustrator now includes the support for five new South East Asian languages, so your documents can include text composed in these scripts: Thai, Burmese, Lao, Sinhalese, and Khmer.

For more information, see Composer for Asian scripts.


Other enhancements

In the Asset Export panel, new buttons are provided to let you generate single or multiple assets from a selection.

For more information, see Asset Export panel.

What's new in Illustrator 2017?

Create pixel-perfect artwork

Draw paths and shapes that seamlessly align to the pixel grid. Align existing artwork with a single click or by using simple transformations. Preserve Live Shapes and rounded corners, maintain alignment when scaling and rotating objects, and manually nudge segments and end points into perfect alignment.

Find fonts faster

Mark individual fonts as favorites to quickly find the one you need. Filter your list to see fonts you've recently used, find other fonts that are similar to one you like, or find fonts based on classifications like serif or handwritten.

Work easier with glyphs

Use alternate glyphs for any character by simply selecting the character and choosing from an in-context menu. View and insert your most recently used glyphs, and sort glyphs for faster browsing.

Get started faster

Jumpstart design projects with easy access to presets as well as free Adobe Stock templates that you can access right from File > New.

Stock templates and search

Adobe Stock marketplace includes new design templates and now you can drag and drop Stock search results from your Library panel right into your canvas and start using them right away. Plus, you can right-click on a stock image to do a visual search for similar images.

New Creative Cloud Libraries capabilities

Libraries in Illustrator now support Adobe Stock templates. Plus, Send Link has been updated so you can now share read-only access to a public library. When you follow a library, it appears in your Library panel and updates automatically.

Creative Cloud Assets improvements

Archive and restore all your assets stored in Creative Cloud, including the ones in your Creative Cloud Libraries, assets created with CC desktop products, and mobile projects.

Introducing Typekit Marketplace

Now you can buy fonts from some of the industry's biggest names and use them in your Illustrator projects. Typekit uses its font sync and web technologies to deliver your Marketplace fonts anywhere you need them.

Font and text enhancements

See a live preview by hovering over the font list with selected text, place loaded text inside a container, or fill a container with placeholder text to better visualize your designs. Easily work with type objects that have a common font family but different styles, and vice-versa.

Zoom to selection

View and edit faster now that you can zoom into anything you’ve selected — an active point, a segment, a path, or an object.

Modern user experience

A flat UI and new icons for tools and panels offer a cleaner look and help you focus on your artwork.

And so much more

Also included: Ability to archive, restore, and see version history for all your assets stored in your Creative Cloud Libraries, assets created with CC desktop products, and mobile projects. 

See full release notes ›

What's New in Illustrator 2015?

Edit once, update everywhere
Assets in Creative Cloud Libraries can now be linked so that when a change is made to an asset, you and your team members have the option of updating it across any Illustrator, Photoshop or InDesign projects where it's used.

Find the perfect image or graphic, fast
The new Adobe Stock marketplace lets you find, license and manage royalty-free images and vectors from within Illustrator CC. Select from 40 million assets, save your selection to your Creative Cloud Libraries and then drag it into your project to use.

10x faster zoom, pan and scroll
Thanks to a Mercury Performance System boost, you can pan, zoom and scroll more than 10 times faster and more smoothly without slow, stepped changes.

10x greater zoom magnification
Zoom into your artwork up to 64,000% (up from 6400%) so you can create and edit with greater precision.

Never lose your work
Recover your work if Illustrator crashes and you've forgotten to save. Just relaunch and your file will be restored. Illustrator gives you the option of quickly diagnosing what caused the crash, such as a corrupt font or out-of-date driver or missing plug-in.

Integrated with new Adobe Comp CC
Create layouts for print, web or mobile on your iPad. Pull creative assets into Comp from your or your team’s shared Creative Cloud Libraries, and then instantly send your layouts to Illustrator. All your text, images and graphics are live and fully editable.

Use Sketch art in large-format designs
Scale Photoshop Sketch drawings up to four times their original size with no loss in quality.

Creative Cloud Charts (Preview)
Create custom graphs, charts and infographics from your own data, using a simple, intuitive interface. Charts can be easily customized by replacing the standard chart designs with Illustrator artwork to create beautiful data-driven visualizations.

And so much more
Also includes: New freeform merge/subtract mode for the Shapebuilder tool, Curvature tool updates for more flexible drawing, multiple enhancements to the Touch Workspace, and much more.

See full release notes ›

What's New in Illustrator CC 2014?

Live Shapes: Rectangles and Rounded Rectangles

Rectangles now have quickly modifiable corners, including independent radius control. Corner attributes are retained if you scale and rotate your rectangle. Now Illustrator remembers your work — width, height, rotation, corner treatment — so you can return to your original shape.

Pen tool preview

See the path you’re drawing before you drop your next point. A rubberband-like line from your last anchor point to the tip of the pen appears as you draw. Visualize where the next curve will go as you plot your next point — and spend less time cleaning up paths.

Anchor point enhancements

Fine adjustment of curves is now easier. New anchor point controls allow unequal or different-direction handles to be dragged as you draw to control the smoothness of each segment. You can even change a corner point to smooth without ruining your shape.

Snap to pixel, point, and grid updates

When snapping is turned on, your anchor points align perfectly to your choice of pixel, grid, or point. But your anchor handles should not. They’re now disengaged from snapping so you can preserve the precision of your curves and achieve fine control while editing.

Close paths with better control

Close your paths with precision and predictability. As you complete a drawing, you now have more control connecting the end and start points. Reposition your closing point or choose to break the direction lines to adjust the closing curve exactly as you wish.

Windows GPU acceleration

New GPU acceleration for Windows lets you work faster on Windows 7 or 8 computers. This feature requires an Adobe-certified NVIDIA graphics card with at least 1GB of VRAM.

Typekit missing fonts workflow

When you open a document, missing fonts are now automatically replaced. Illustrator CC searches the Typekit desktop font library and if the missing font is available it will sync through Creative Cloud with just a click.

And so much more

Also includes: Improvements to the Missing Fonts dialog and enhancements to text-related layout and typing features.

Your computer must meet the minimum technical specifications outlined below to run and use Illustrator CC.

Applicable for: October 2018 (23.0) release

System requirements for earlier releases: Illustrator system requirements | earlier releases

i The latest version of Creative Cloud apps does not support some older versions of Windows and Mac. Learn more.

Minimum system requirements for Illustrator CC

Windows

  Minimum requirement
Processor

Multicore Intel processor (with 32/64-bit support) or AMD Athlon 64 processor

Operating system

Microsoft Windows 7 with Service Pack 1, Windows 10*


RAM

2 GB of RAM (4 GB recommended) for 32 bit; 4 GB of RAM (16 GB recommended) for 64 bit

Hard disk space

2 GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation; SSD recommended

Monitor resolution

1024 x 768 display (1920 x 1080 recommended)

To use Touch workspace in Illustrator, you must have a touch-screen-enabled tablet/monitor running Windows 10 (Microsoft Surface Pro 3 recommended).

GPU

OpenGL 4.x

Optional: To use GPU Performance: Your Windows should have a minimum of 1GB of VRAM (4 GB recommended), and your computer must support OpenGL version 4.0 or greater.

Internet

Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services.*

* October 2018 release of Illustrator CC is not supported on Windows 10 version 1507, 1511, 1607.

Note:

  • Scalable UI feature is supported on Windows 10 (minimum resolution supported is 1920 x 1080).
  • Auto handle feature is supported on Windows 10.
  • GPU in Outline mode is supported on the monitor with display resolution at least 2000 pixels in any dimension.
  • Graphics processor-powered features are not supported on 32-bit Windows platform.
  • Actual view feature is not supported on 32-bit Windows 7 platform.

Supported video adapter

The following video adapter series support the new Windows GPU Performance features in Illustrator:

NVIDIA

  • NVIDIA Quadro K Series
  • NVIDIA Quadro 6xxx
  • NVIDIA Quadro 5xxx
  • NVIDIA Quadro 4xxx
  • NVIDIA Quadro 2xxx
  • NVIDIA Quadro 2xxxD
  • NVIDIA Quadro 6xx
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX Series (4xx, 5xx, 6xx, 7xx, 9xx, Titan)
  • NVIDIA Quadro M Series
  • NVIDIA Quadro P Series

Important: Microsoft Windows may not detect the availability of the latest device drivers for NVIDIA GPU cards.

Get the latest GPU card device drivers:

 - Quadro series
 - Other series

Intel

  • Intel HD Graphics 4600 Series
  • Intel HD Graphics 5000 Series
  • Intel Iris Graphics 5000 Series
  • Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5000 Series
  • Intel HD Graphics 6000 Series
  • Intel Iris Graphics 6000 Series

AMD

The following series are supported only on Windows 8 or later:

  • AMD Radeon R9 Series Graphics
  • AMD Radeon R7 Series Graphics
  • AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series Graphics
  • AMD Radeon HD 8000 Series Graphics
  • AMD FirePro V Series Graphics
  • AMD FirePro W Series Graphics

Note: Ensure that you have the latest GPU card drivers installed. See Illustrator GPU Performance | Driver Updates.

macOS

  Minimum requirement

Processor

Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support

 

Operating system macOS versions 10.12 (Sierra) or 10.13 (High Sierra)
RAM

 

4 GB of RAM (16 GB recommended)

Hard disk space

2 GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation; SSD recommended

Monitor resolution

1024 x 768 display (1920 x 1080 recommended)

GPU

Optional: To use GPU Performance: Your Mac should have a minimum of 1 GB of VRAM (2 GB recommended), and your computer must support OpenGL version 4.0 or greater.

  • For eGPU, support on Mac OS 10.13.5 or above
  • To check for VRAM values: Choose Mac > About This Mac (Graphics information).
  • To find out if your computer supports the required OpenGL version (4.0 or later), see this Apple Support document.
Internet

Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services.*

* October 2018 release of Illustrator CC is not supported on Windows 10 version 1507, 1511, 1607.

Note:

  • Scalable UI feature (minimum resolution supported is 1920 x 1080)
  • Auto Handle feature is supported on Mac 10.13
  • GPU in Outline mode is supported on Retina display

* NOTICE TO USERS:

  • Internet connection, Adobe ID, and acceptance of license agreement required to activate and use this product. This product may integrate with or allow access to certain Adobe or third-party hosted online services. Adobe services are available only to users 13 and older and require agreement to additional terms of use and the Adobe Privacy Policy. Applications and services may not be available in all countries or languages and may be subject to change or discontinuation without notice. Additional fees or membership charges may apply.
  • Illustrator is not supported on virtualized or server-based environments. These environments include, but are not limited to, Citrix Metaframe/Citrix Presentation Server, NVIDIA Grid, Microsoft App-V, VMWare, Parallels, and Virtual PC. "Thin Clients" are also server-based environments.
  • Illustrator is not supported on a case-sensitive file system, removable flash storage devices, and network drives.

Language versions available for Illustrator CC

Adobe Illustrator CC is available in the following languages:

  • Dansk
  • Deutsch
  • English
  • Español
  • Français
  • Français*
  • Hebrew*
  • Hungarian
  • Italiano
  • Nederlands
  • Polish
  • Português (Brasil)
  • Svenska
  • Turkish
  • Ukrainian
  • čeština
  • Русский
  • عربي*
  • 日本語
  • 简体中文
  • 繁體中文
  • 한국어

* Arabic and Hebrew supported in a Middle Eastern version with full right-to-left language support, Arabic/Hebrew features, and an English interface; also in a North African French (Français*) version with full right-to-left language support, Arabic/Hebrew features, and a French interface.

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