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Illustrator Updates For 2017

The Adobe Creative Cloud updates have officially arrived as of the end of December 2016. The Adobe Creative Cloud updates each application yearly, so each year a new version is created that is better than the last version. There’s always new developments happening within Illustrator and Photoshop, so it’s hard to keep up with this ever-changing application. But once you start using it, you become accustomed to the new features, as you’ll find that all the changes are necessary and help with creating efficiently and effectively.

Even though some of the changes may be small and subtle, the new features are big additions because prior to them there were some tasks that were either difficult to achieve or just a hassle to try and achieve. Although there were many updates, I would only like to highlight the big changes, as these are the changes most users are most likely to use. And above all, these features are the ones that stand out.

New Document Features:

Upon opening the 2017 version of Illustrator, the new features are already on display. From being able to select a document template that was already made available by Adobe Stock, to being able to select a document from previous templates you have already made, everything is further customizable. In the old version of Illustrator, you would have to remake a document’s dimensions every time you were to create a new document. But in the 2017 version, the application saves your customized document to the “New Documents” area. For those of you who aren’t quite handy at making your own document dimensions and artwork, there is a new feature, similar to that of Microsoft Word of Google Docs, where there are already pre-made documents for available for purchase and customize from there.

New Document Window
New Document Window
Add custom dimensions
Add custom dimensions
Custom dimensions
Custom dimensions
Saves custom dimensions to ‘New Document’ Window
Saves custom dimensions to ‘New Document’ Window
Zoom in on thumbnail of new document that was saved with new document dimensions
Zoom in on thumbnail of new document that was saved with new document dimensions
Already decorated documents for user to choose from
Already decorated documents for user to choose from

 

Zoom into points:

Within the actual document in Illustrator, there are also many new handy features. Before, one could not zoom into any given point without it being an object first. Now, you are able to zoom into any line segment or point as much as 64000%. This is a convenient feature if you like to get up close and personal with your artwork or if you just like to look closely at specific points in attempt to making changes to what you are creating.

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Typekit Enhancements:

In the 2017 version of Illustrator, quite a few additions have been added to enhance the user experience when dealing with the typeface features of this application. These include, new additions when selecting a font to use using the type tool, and the ever-so-handy Typekit. Typekit is an extension through Illustrator, Indesign, and Photoshop, where if a user clicks on its icon, which is located in the font toolbar above the work area, you are brought to an Adobe font site that allows you to download fonts to your Adobe Cloud. Before this update, when selecting a font to use within Illustrator, one had to guess as to how the font may look as text on an actual document. But with the 2017 update, one is able to see the specific font that they may be choosing by just scrolling over the font name in the character menu. Typekit has some new additions to it as well. Instead of being limited to basic fonts, which it still kind of is for non-commercial use, TypeKit has opened itself to the marketplace feature which allows users to buy fonts straight from Typekit.

1) The default in Illustrator is 'Myriad Pro'
The default in Illustrator is ‘Myriad Pro’
Highlight the "Placeholder Text"
Highlight the “Placeholder Text”
Hover over font you would like to use
Hover over font you would like to use
The font you are hovering over will be displayed through the 'placeholder text'
The font you are hovering over will be displayed through the ‘placeholder text’

 

Asset Export & Library Features:

Lastly, and probably the best one yet, Adobe has updated its library features! Personally, I have found libraries helpful when it comes to creating color libraries, as branding is a concept that exists, and most would agree that it’s quite annoying to have to reconfigure each color each time you open a new document when you just used the same colors for another project. The 2017 version of Illustrator has subtracted this problem from our lives now, with the library feature. An asset bank has been developed entitled, “Asset Export” which isn’t distinctly a 2017 feature, but is also a rather new feature. “Asset Export” allows creators to add objects that they have created in Illustrator, to a tab that saves these objects in the Adobe Cloud. So along with now being able to export your colors to the Adobe Cloud, you are also able to export images and objects to it as well!  

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What new Illustrator features are you excited about? Comment down below telling us what they are!

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