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March 10, 2017

What is Adobe Illustrator?

Find out about the vector imagery program.

By Tech Monitor Staff

Adobe Illustrator is graphic design software by Adobe.

Illustrator is the sister software to Adobe Photoshop. While Photoshop is targeted at digital photo manipulation and editing, Illustrator is suited to typesetting and logos, icons, sketches and complex illustrations.

Illustrator was first developed for the Apple Macintosh, with the vector graphics editor first being released in 1987. Twenty versions of the program have since been released.

Today, Illustrator is part of Adobe’s Creative Cloud and is offered as part of three subscription plans.


What does the latest version of Illustrator have to offer?

The latest version of Illustrator added a host of new features, including faster font finding, easier use of glyphs and quick start.

Adobe explains the added ‘pixel-perfect artwork creation’ as:

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“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.”

Also explained by Adobe is the added 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.”


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