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Adobe Illustrator CC: New Features for 2018

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Adobe Illustrator CC

$19.99 a month

4.5/5 Stars

PROS Killer vector design abilities. Excellent Touch Type feature. Simplified Free Transform tool. Powerful new Puppet Warp feature allows transformation of select portions of illustrations. Many improvements to existing features.

CONS Can’t buy a single, perpetual license. No uniformity of key commands with Photoshop and InDesign.

Adobe Illustrator has reigned over vector drawing applications since its release in 1987, quickly becoming one of Adobe’s trifecta of industry-standard graphic design tools alongside Photoshop and InDesign. Adding to the software’s already-excellent collection of capabilities, Adobe’s significant 2018 release introduces several new features and enhancements that are sure to delight creatives. Highlights include the improved Properties panel, the Puppet Warp tool, custom sizing for anchor points, and performance improvements.

WHAT’S NEW IN ILLUSTRATOR?

Illustrator’s latest additions and tweaks do not disappoint. Here are a few of the most compelling highlights, some of which merit further discussion later in this review:

• The Properties Panel now gives context-sensitive info and options about the currently selected object.

• You can now increase the size of on-screen controls, including anchor points, handles, and bounding boxes, which makes them a lot easier to adjust.

• For users who have ever wanted to tweak or rotate a portion of an illustration without distorting the whole thing, the new Puppet Warp tool gives you the power to do so in an intuitive and natural-looking way.

• Move over PostScript (PS): Multiple Master (MM), TrueType (TT), OpenType (OT), and Variable (var) fonts are here!

• The app now supports Microsoft’s Surface Dial.

• It also adds support for CSV and XML in the Variables Panel.

• You can now import multipage PDFs in one operation.

• You can use the software to browse Dropbox files without downloading them.

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