Sophisticated vector drawing tools
Create distinctive designs with precise shape-building tools, fluid and painterly brushes, and advanced path controls.
Fully control variable-width strokes, arrowheads, dashes, and art brush scaling along a path.
Use perspective grids to draw shapes and scenes in accurate 1-, 2-, or 3-point linear perspective, creating the look of realistic depth and distance.
Paint with vectors that resemble real-world brush strokes. Achieve the expressiveness of natural media with the scalability of vector graphics.
Gradients and transparency
Interact with gradients directly on your objects and control the transparency of individual colors in gradients and gradient meshes.
Sketch with a brush that generates a single clean vector shape, even when strokes overlap. Draw naturally, using the Blob Brush tool together with the Eraser and Smooth tools.
Design beautiful text for any media with professional controls for paragraph and character styles, support for OpenType®, transparent effects, and more.
See raster effects such as drop shadows, blurs, and textures maintain their appearance across media. Create work for different types of output and know that raster effects will look the same no matter how your resolution settings change.
Enjoy improved pressure sensitivity when using a pen and tablet. Add flair to paths, choosing from calligraphic, scatter, art, and pattern brushes. Take advantage of newly subtle controls when making your own custom brushes.
Brushes with corner control
Apply art and pattern brushes to a path and get clean results, even at tight bends or corners. Where strokes of different widths join, or they form obtuse or acute angles, choose options to properly fill points where joins occur.
Quickly and accurately convert photos, scans, or other bitmap images to editable and scalable vector paths using Live Trace.
Explore, apply, and control color variations using Live Color, which lets you select any artwork and interactively edit the colors to see results immediately. Use the intuitive Color Guide panel to quickly choose tints, shades, or harmonious color combinations.
Envelopes and live distortion
Warp, liquefy, and distort artwork any way imaginable with envelopes and live distortion tools. Easily access envelope options from the Control panel.
Morph one shape into another to create smooth shading, complex contours, and basic animations.
Turn 2D shapes into fully editable 3D objects by extruding and revolving paths. Add lighting and wrap images around 3D shapes to easily create objects such as packaging mock-ups, and separate spot colors applied to 3D artwork.
Use clipping masks to hide areas of an object or group, crop placed images, or cut intricate shapes. Quickly find the clipping mask options in the Control panel and work with masks more easily, thanks to new viewing choices for both masks and masked objects.
Apply live effects without affecting the underlying artwork, so you can edit at any time without starting over.
Add design elements to your artwork by spraying, scaling, colorizing, and adjusting the transparency of repeated symbols while keeping file sizes small.
Communicate data clearly using powerful tools that make it easy to produce visually compelling charts and graphs, including quickly applying harmonious color groups with Live Color.
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Work efficiently with multiple artboards, symbols, drawing enhancements, and the ability to edit object characteristics in the Appearance panel. Take advantage of smooth integration with other Adobe applications and support for almost any graphic file.
Shape Builder tool
Intuitively combine, edit, and fill shapes directly on your artboard without accessing multiple tools and panels.
Draw behind elements, disregarding stacking order. Draw or place an image inside an element, instantly creating a clipping mask.
Define up to 100 working areas in one file. Paste objects in place across artboards for repeating artwork on multiple web pages, screens, or frames.
In-panel appearance editing
Edit object characteristics directly in the Appearance panel, eliminating the need to open fill, stroke, or effects panels.
Make symbols more powerful than ever thanks to new 9-slice scaling and registration point control. Use layers inside symbols to create extremely complex symbols that you can repeat as usual, keeping file sizes small.
See how your vector artwork will look when rasterized using the Pixel Preview mode. Edit your artwork and the preview changes live — as you work.
Integration with other Adobe solutions
Move projects smoothly from design to print or digital output, thanks to tight integration with industry-leading Adobe software such as Adobe Photoshop®,
Industry-standard graphic file formats
Work with almost any type of graphic file — including PDF, EPS, FXG, Photoshop (PSD), TIFF, GIF, JPEG, SWF, SVG, DWG, DXF, and more.
New Document Profiles for web and mobile devices
Access new pixel-grid alignment from web and mobile device profiles, which also include relevant dimensions, color groups, and more.