Applies to: HiDPI support To take advantage of advancements in high-resolution display technologies, Illustrator includes native support for high-resolution displays. You can work with a sharper and clearer user interface on devices with high-resolution displays.
Thumbnails in panels are also much clearer. Text and complex artwork also display in greater clarity, and in colors and hues that appear more vibrant than before. Package files Gather all the files used, including linked graphics and fonts, into a single folder for quick hand-off. Select an embedded image and choose Unembed from the Links panel menu, or click Unembed in the Control panel. See Unembed images. Links panel improvements View and track additional information about placed artwork directly in the Links panel.
See Links Information. Adobe Mercury Performance System The Adobe Mercury Performance system is a combination of solutions that makes Illustrator faster, more responsive, and able to handle larger files. Handle larger files Concurrent handling of large files is less likely to cause errors, like out-of-memory exceptions. Complex tasks, such as creating package designs, large-format graphics, or cartography, are better handled. Improved memory handling Reduces out-of-memory errors for operations such as rasterization, export, and working on several large files simultaneously.
For more information, view the video on the Mercury Performance System , by Lynda. Improved user interface The user interface is more efficient, streamlined, and more configurable, to make working in Illustrator a more pleasing experience. Example of a user interface enhancement: Configurable brightness levels and corresponding canvas colors Simplified Workflows Patterns Pattern creation and editing tasks have been simplified, so you can save hours of repetitive and tedious work.
The new Pattern Options panel provides you with an easy set of options to experiment and modify your design until you get the pattern of your choice. For details on the Pattern Options panel and workflow, see Create and edit patterns. For more information, view the video on pattern creation and editing , by Lynda.
Pattern creation Gradient on a stroke The gradient on a stroke feature provides you with three types of gradients to apply to a stroke. You no longer have to expand a stroke to fill it, and then apply a gradient to it. Behaves as if the stroke has been expanded to a filled object with a gradient Along: The gradient is applied along the length of the stroke. The gradient is applied across the width of the stroke.
For more information, view the video on applying gradients to a stroke , by Lynda. Apply a gradient to a stroke Image Trace The workflow to vectorize a raster image now produces much cleaner tracings.
The output has fewer paths and anchor points, and better color recognition than the Live Trace feature in previous versions. For more information on the new Image Trace workflow, read this article , or watch this video by Lynda. Select the Preview checkbox to view the Gaussian Blur applied to your artwork, in real time. New or improved profiles and components Use the improved profiles and additional component libraries to get a quick start on your art projects: The Web profile has a new default size px x px.
For more information, view the video on enhanced startup profiles and other changes , by Lynda.
Vector editing software for designers whose budget won't run to Adobe Illustrator Shares Image credit: Shutterstock Adobe Illustrator is hugely popular software tool for making vector graphics, but it's undeniably expensive. Thankfully, there are alternatives available for designers on a budget, and some of the best are available free. Unlike raster graphics, vector graphics use mathematical expressions to draw the lines, shapes and colours. Vector graphics are the best choice for a number of design and illustration tasks, such as creating icons, logos, diagrams, charts, posters and website graphics. Adobe Illustrator is the industry standard tool for vector graphics, but it's undeniably expensive. Programs like CorelDRAW, Sketch or Affinity Designer are popular alternatives, but if your needs are relatively simple, then you can save even more money by trying out alternatives to Illustrator that are totally free — and there are some brilliant options to choose from.