Adobe® Illustrator® CC software is powered by the new Adobe Mercury Performance System so you can work with speed and stability on large, complex files. A modern, updated interface streamlines daily tasks. Advanced creative tools enable you to capture your vision better than ever.
Meet the most powerful and connected Illustrator® ever. The new Touch Type tool gives you even more control over type: Move, scale, and rotate individual characters knowing you can change the font or copy at any time. And with Illustrator CC, you can share work directly from within the application and sync colors from Adobe® Kuler®. Your entire creative world, together in one place. Only in Creative Cloud™.
NEW A more connected Illustrator
Illustrator® CC is part of Creative Cloud™. That means you have access to all the latest updates and future releases the moment they're available. You can use Sync Colors, Sync Settings, and Save to Cloud to keep your color themes, workspace, and projects organized across multiple computers. And Creative Cloud is integrated with Behance®, so you can share your projects and get immediate feedback from creatives around the world.
NEW Touch Type tool
Design with type in a powerful new way. Characters can now be manipulated like individual objects. Experiment with moving, scaling, and rotating, knowing you can change the font or edit at any time. And you can now use multitouch devices as well as a mouse or stylus.
NEW Images in brushes
Paint with a brush made from a photo. Art, Pattern, and Scatter brushes can contain raster images, so you can create complex organic designs quickly — with simple brush strokes. As with all Illustrator brushes, your strokes can be reshaped and modified at will.
NEW Font search
Find the perfect font — fast. In the Character panel, type a style such as "bold" or "italic," a font family, or any other part of a font name. You'll get a filtered view that lets you see just the fonts that match your criteria.
COMING SOON Sync Fonts
Sync Fonts — part of Creative Cloud — will change the way you work with type. Quickly find the perfect font from the growing library of Adobe® Typekit® fonts, sync it to your system, and have it immediately available for use.
NEW Multiple-file place
Import multiple files into your Illustrator layout at the same time and with new control. Now you can define the location and scale of your files — images, graphics, and text — and use new thumbnail views to see where each file will go and how big it will be.
NEW CSS extraction
Hand-coding web elements such as icons and patterns can be frustrating. Now, create websites faster by letting Illustrator generate CSS code for you, even for a complete logo that includes gradients. Copy and paste the code right into your web editor.
NEW Sync Colors
Capture color themes out in the world with the Adobe Kuler® iPhone app. Share your themes and explore thousands of others available on the Kuler website. Sync your favorite themes, and they'll be accessible immediately in Illustrator.
NEW Area and point type conversion
Instantly switch between area type and point type. Text object conversion is now instantaneous so you can design freely in your text layouts. And you can work just as easily with imported type, switching formats at any time.
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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. 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.
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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 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.
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.
More sample text options are now available in the drop-down list. You can also select a text on the artboard to use as sample text. You can control the size of 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
[ Adobe Illustrator CC full changelog