Adobe Illustrator CC Features

Adobe Illustrator CC

Industry-standard vector graphics editor

4.77/5 (2,265 reviews)

Adobe Illustrator CC Feature Summary

  • Cloud libraries
  • Touch type tool
  • Images in brushes
  • Font search
  • Multiple file place
  • CSS extraction
  • Color syncing
  • Sync settings
  • Auto corners for pattern brushes
  • On-art free transform tool
  • Exchange panel
  • File packaging
  • Unembedded images
  • Expanded links panel option
  • Live corners
  • Rebuilt pencil tool
  • Path segment reshaping
  • Typekit integration
  • Windows 8 support for touch and pen pressure
  • Custom tools panels
  • Settings import and export
  • Perspective drawing enhancements
  • Responsive SVG export
  • Live shapes: rectangles and rounded rectangles
  • Pen tool preview
  • Anchor point enhancements
  • Snap to pixel, point and grid updates
  • Close paths with control
  • Windows GPU acceleration
  • Creative Cloud libraries
  • Touch workspace
  • Curvature tool
  • Join tool
  • Area-type auto-sizing
  • Integration with the illustrator family of mobile apps
  • Custom brushes, graphics and colors
  • Edit once, update everywhere
  • Adobe Stock marketplace integration
  • Fast zoom and magnification
  • Freeform merge/subtract mode for the Shapebuilder tool
  • Shaper tool
  • Ellipses, polygons and lines shapes
  • Dynamic symbols
  • Smart Guides
  • SVG export option
  • Touch workspace
  • Content library
  • Design management
  • Activity logging
  • Activity tracking
  • Application integration
  • Content filtering
  • Document imaging
  • File management
  • Image library
  • Multiple projects
  • Search functionality
  • Data synchronization
  • Third party integration
  • Data import/export
  • Image editing
  • Content management
  • Projections
  • Collaboration tools
  • Drag & drop interface
  • Import / export data
  • Asset management
  • Data recovery
  • Synchronous editing

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Adobe Illustrator CC Feature Reviews

25 reviewers had the following to say about Adobe Illustrator CC's features:

Oscar Marquez

Its a great vector graphics editor in the form of an art workshop that works on a drawing board

2018-06-28

It helps me facilitate my work when I design prototypes of screens (user interface)

Pros

It is a very innovative tool that tries to progressively improve.

Cons

Many users tend to confuse Illustrator with Photoshop, I dedicate to the similarity to work with images, photos and any other activity related to design, I had some problems when I select the font, but it is not something traumatic

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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James Ferguson

i use Illustrator to design web content and mailouts/information

2018-07-17

complete control over graphical output, and easy template management for web design.

Pros

very powerful, with every option you can think of - there's very little it can't do! Allows endless tweaking of images and templates without having to go back to square one.

Cons

the interface isn't always intuitive, but as I was used to adobe products before I started using it this wasn't a real problem.

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Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Devin Stewart

I've been using Adobe products for over 10 years and Illustrator is my main program.

2018-05-17

Pros

Artboards are helpful, while still being able to design outside of them. Export features are easy and assist with workflow.

Cons

Can be a little buggy at times, but this is likely caused by my personal computers processor. No real complaints at this time.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Source: Capterra
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Eb Appeti

A great Vector App

2018-06-06

Pros

I have used Adobe Illustrator since 1998, it has grown to become the mainstay of my design work for my small business.

Cons

No real problems for me with using this software, as a long time user I can trouble shoot most issues myself.

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Michele Marchiandi

Whenever I start a design project, I use Illustrator to have a fully vector base to work on

2018-07-12

I never had any compatibility issue when importing files or exporting for further editing with other apps.

Pros

It is the most compatible and versatile software to create and edit vector files, allowing both to import and to export in and from a huge variety of file types.

Cons

The user interface is not super friendly and sometimes it takes time to find the tool or functionality you are looking for, especially when it is something you do not use too often.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Ana Knoles

My favorite Vector-Based software.

2018-06-13

If you're familiar with InDesign or Photoshop, the interface and tools are easy to pick up quickly.

Pros

I couldn't see myself spending as much time in another program for Vector design as I do in Illustrator.

Cons

I wish the preset dashboards were more user-friendly; I feel like I wouldn't use half of the tools in their presets.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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David Thompson

My go-to for layouts and book cover designs

2018-04-04

I have started using it for almost ever thing that needs a design.

Pros

It's best to use this with a large monitor. It uses less resources in my system than the Microsoft products.

Cons

It's hard to use on a small monitor - such as a 15" laptop's screen.

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
A verified reviewer

Is there really an alternative to vector editing?

2018-03-06

I need it, I use it... there are no alternatives!

Pros

Importing and exporting data is well solved and integration with the cloud makes it easy for me to work on larger projects.

Cons

The program is not easy to understand, it takes time.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Eddie Grogan

Glad to be chained to this all day

2016-11-10

Long time user. I love that I get to use illustrator all day long.

Pros

Type tools

Cons

Learning curve

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
A verified reviewer

Made me bring out my creativity with the powerful tools of Adobe Illustrator.

2018-07-07

With Adobe Illustrator I was able to design a user interface app of the certain project.

Pros

Adobe Illustrator is a very powerful software in creating designs especially for designing a UI of an app.

Cons

My only concern with Adobe Illustrator is that there is no one time purchase.

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Marialcira Barbera

the essential tool for a designer and is the best software on the market

2018-03-14

I use it daily in my work to make covers for reports and illustrations for academic presentations

Pros

is stable, fast, great variety of tools for the edition of vectors and texts, the design possibilities are endless, with this program the limit is your imagination, it is the best design program that has been created

Cons

it is necessary to improve the module to import PNG images, sometimes it is a bit slow and make precision adjustment in the automatic vectorization tool

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Edgar Rondon

the best of the best. Stable and intuitive platform

2018-02-28

I have obtained benefits in the work environment in the design of templates for maps and in extra activities as a freelancer in the design of Logos, posters and T-shirts

Pros

Stable and intuitive platform, it is very easy to locate the tools and the default settings to change the main menu is great, also allows you to save the settings you want with the tools of your choice, the commands are easy to learn and make the design much easier

Cons

It is necessary to improve the automatic vectorization tool, it is short in comparison with competitive programs, moving the layers is sometimes a little uncomfortable, you should add a button to change the position of the layers more easily

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Computer Hardware company, myself only employees)

Good product for vector design

2018-09-11

I do lot of my personal works. Design lot of volunteer event designs.

Pros

All the vector design works can be do at a one place

Cons

Some tools real purpose is really mess.

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
A verified reviewer

King of Vector Graphics

2017-12-08

I did most of my(above 80%) outsourcing graphic design jobs here.

Pros

The integration of this with other Adobe products is neat.

Cons

It took a lot of time for me to get familiar with the user interface.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Brad Mound

The one and only Adobe Illustrator

2018-06-04

Pros

- Create any vector-based design you can imagine - Huge array of tools and functionality - Integrates seamlessly with the Adobe suite of software to create a fast and flexible workflow

Cons

- Illustrator could start to adopt a cleaner and more streamlined interface like Sketch and other tools coming onto the market - Improved functionality with UI design and streamlining this could be improved - Integrate with XCode - As always, the software could be cheaper

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Andrés Paz Soldán

Versatile and Useful

2018-08-09

A Must-have for Graphic Designers, Illustrators, Web Designers, UI/UX Designers, but still can be better and offer more value for less price.

Pros

- Exports multiple formats that are industry standard for many technologies (PDF, AI, SVG) - Has achieved stability and good performance - A lot of features to explore and expand knowledge/skills

Cons

- Hard to learn in depth - Takes time to get support from Adobe specialists - Monthly plans that drag users into fixed costs and also very expensive

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Michael Schell

The best tool to illustrate professionally.

2018-09-11

for the first voices and ideas of furniture design, we carried out the task of illustrating the model to obtain a more real and accurate appearance of the furniture prototype that is going to be elaborated in the 3d modeling software, that way we have a preview of the possible appearance of the design, making it possible to use the silhouette or the vector to introduce it in the presentations of the product.

Pros

Its latest versions have been improving considerably, it is very useful for design tasks in general, with an interface very similar to photoshop which could help you in its management and learning if you already have knowledge about Adobe software, the commands are very well elaborated and it makes it easier for you to create vectors, silhouettes and complex illustrations.

Cons

To generate professional results you must have extensive knowledge in the tool palette to vectorize and its management, such as creating a realistic 3D skin effect and advanced use of effects tools and fusion tools.

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Jae-woo Baik

My Graphic design software

2018-08-01

Pros

Easy to use, I can make my creative design for real, easy to sync with the other Adobe software.

Cons

Software price getting increased when the new one came out every 1 or 2 years. New features doesn't different from old version.

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
( company, 51-200 employees)

Very large learning curve, but generally functional once you know how it works.

2018-06-30

Pros

Large range of exporting options, e.g.

Cons

Doesn't always play nicely with mobile Adobe apps.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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amber eva

My go-to program for design.

2018-05-16

Great design program with so many features I keep discovering more!

Pros

I love that you can open a PDF in it and design off of that.

Cons

The only real wish is that I could resize an image and its data like you can in photoshop.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Dennis Connors

You're going to want to use every tool in this Swiss Army Knife of software

2017-12-12

Illustrator reigns supreme as the go-to vector art application

Pros

Import/export from/to a myriad of formats - even CAD files Auto-trace bitmap images into vector art Integrates seamlessly with other Adobe CC applications (InDesign, Photoshop, etc)

Cons

There are sooo many tools, it's easy to get lost.

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Jennifer White

User friendly software

2018-06-13

Pros

Illustrator is user friendly and there are tonsof tutorials on using all the different features.

Cons

You'll want a bigger monitor if you like having numerous windows open.

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Events Services company, 51-200 employees)

Best Design Tool

2018-08-14

Pros

Illustrator also does an amazing job of organizing and exporting artwork,

Cons

Illustrator tool has a hard time aligning when dragging objects, I find there is a lag time with this option.

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Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Other

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Ionut Sava

The best software for design, it simply does the job better

2018-06-27

Pros

Able to import and export patterns, shapes and project is a huge thing, cooperating with a big team is ok.

Cons

Would love to see an online database with presets, patterns and shapes made by adobe, no third party

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
A verified reviewer

Awesome software with many capabilities

2018-08-01

Ability to get what's in your head onto paper

Pros

Illustrator is relatively easy to get the hang of and has excellent vector design abilities, touch type feature, transform tool, and many more features that allow you to express creativity.

Cons

The only real complaint I could have is that it's subscription only so you can't just buy a license, you have to keep paying month after month.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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