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Adobe Creative Suite 6: Illustrator CS6Adobe® Illustrator® CS6

Explore new paths with the essential vector tool

Adobe® Illustrator® CS6 software is the industry’s premier vector-drawing environment for creating graphics that scale across media. Capture your vision with shapes, color, effects, and typography while working efficiently and moving easily among Adobe creative applications. Experiment freely with perspective, image tracing, transparent gradients, patterns, brushes, and strokes—all driven by the Mercury Performance System so you can make fast work of your most complex designs.

Mercury Performance System—Work with precision, speed, and rock-solid stability on large, complex files due to native 64-bit support on Mac OS and Windows® with RAM and overall performance optimization.

Pattern creation—Easily create seamlessly tiled vector patterns. Experiment freely with different types of repeating patterns that can be edited at any time for maximum design flexibility.

Image Trace—Convert raster images to editable vectors with a completely new tracing engine. Get clean lines, accurate fitting, and reliable color results without using complex controls.

Efficient, flexible interface—Take fewer steps to accomplish daily tasks in a new, streamlined interface. Enjoy inline editing of layer names, precise color sampling, and user interface brightness that's smoothly adjustable to match other Adobe tools.

Gradients on strokes—Apply gradients to your strokes—along the length, across the width, or within the stroke itself—all with complete control over gradient placement and opacity.

Inline editing in panels—Efficiently edit names in layers, swatches, brushes, artboards, and other panels directly in the panels themselves without using intermediate dialog boxes.

Gaussian Blur enhancement—See that Gaussian Blur and effects such as Drop Shadows and Glows are applied significantly faster than before. To improve accuracy, preview directly on the artboard rather than in a dialog box.

Color panel enhancements—Sample colors faster and more precisely using an expandable color spectrum in the Color panel. And now, copy and paste hex values into other applications more quickly.

Transform panel enhancements—Quickly access the popular Scale Strokes and Effects option, thanks to its new availability in the Transform panel.

Type panel improvements—Use arrow keys to change fonts in context for selected text. Glyphs for caps, superscripts, and more can now be accessed in one place—from the Character panel.

Dockable hidden tools—Tear off and dock previously hidden tools, such as the Shape and Pen tools. Dock tools horizontally or vertically for a more efficient workspace.

Workspaces with rooms—Move fluidly from workspace to workspace with support for rooms. Achieve consistency across your work areas and maintain layout changes until you actively reset them.

Control panel enhancements—Quickly find what you need in a more efficient Control panel, now with consistency across options, anchor point controls, clipping masks, envelope distortions, and more.4

Transparency panel improvements—Create and work with opacity masks more easily, thanks to the new Make Mask/Release button that now displays the masking functionality in the Transparency panel.

True white canvas color—Set your Illustrator CS6 workspace canvas to white for fast color sampling when you need to quickly grab a pure white.

New Features

Draw More accuratley with the all new Pencil tool.

Create more precise curved paths and straight line segments.

In this two-part video tutorial, you’ll use the new Pencil Tool and improved Path Segment Reshape feature to complete and refine a simple illustration. You’ll start by learning the basics of the new Pencil Tool, and exploring the simplified Options Panel. By the end of this first video, you’ll see how easy it is to create fluid, beautiful curves with the Pencil Tool.

Create complex shapes and refine your illustration.

Introducing Live Corners.

In this four-part video tutorial, you’ll use the Live Corners feature to edit the corners of an existing object. You will start by using the direct selection tool to manipulate the corners of a selected object to an approximate dimension and then see how to manipulate the corners precisely. By the end of the first video, you will see how quickly corners can be reshaped using this feature.

Modify corner types and edit corners individually.