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About Adobe Illustrator CS
Adobe Illustrator CS is a part of
the Adobe Creative Suite.The
Adobe Creative Suite is a complete
design solution that provides
today’s creative professionals with
the tools they need to create and
publish content for print and the
Web faster, more easily, and more
affordably than ever.
Adobe Illustrator CS, the industry-standard for creating graphics for print, the Web, and other media, is an
essential tool for anyone who needs to express ideas visually. Innovation is central to the Illustrator legacy, and
as the role of graphic designers has expanded from print to the Web and other media, Illustrator has delivered a
rich feature set and reliable production tools that make delivering work to multiple mediums easy. Now, Adobe
Illustrator CS builds on this tradition by pairing features that open the door to graphic inventiveness—such as
powerful 3D tools—with forward-looking enhancements to core design tools, including an all-new approach to
type. Tight integration with other leading Adobe tools, such as Adobe Photoshop® and Adobe InDesign,® helps
you work efficiently. Performance is faster, and a new printing interface and enhanced Adobe Portable Document
Format (PDF) support enable a flexible workflow. For creative professionals, Web designers, video professionals,
and other professionals who use graphics to communicate, Illustrator CS is a powerful design tool for creating
the broadest possible range of graphics. With Adobe Illustrator CS, you’ll be able to:
• Explore Your Creative Vision—Have fun exploring a limitless variety of creative possibilities, and easily
produce projects using new options that include support for 3D graphics and a playful Scribble effect.
Whatever type of project you’re producing, these new features give you more tools for adding visual
impact to your work. Plus, more than 200 professionally designed templates help you jump-start projects.
• Use Essential Design Tools—Capture the visual essence of an idea using industry-leading tools that make
the process of creating and refining artwork easy. Create polished typography quickly with powerful new
type features, use the new template file format to reuse your designs easily, and take advantage of numerous
user interface enhancements that help you sustain your creative momentum. Illustrator CS provides the
core design tools you need to communicate your ideas with clarity.
• Work Efficiently—Use Adobe Illustrator to make your ideas come to life—then publish them wherever you
like, from print and the Web to broadcast video, cell phone displays, and more. A completely redesigned
printing interface ensures fast and reliable printing, and enhanced Adobe PDF support expands your options
for sharing files. Performance is faster across the board, so you can work more interactively. And new integration with Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Office streamlines your workflow.
This document describes the new features in Adobe Illustrator CS. The first three sections explain the new
features in the program. The final section outlines pricing and availability and provides system requirements.
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Explore Your Creative Vision
Explore Your Creative Vision
Use Essential Design Tools
Work Efficiently
Availability and Pricing
Adobe Illustrator CS helps you tap into your creativity. Flexible new 3D options make it easy to add a new
dimension to your work by quickly creating 3D design elements. The new Scribble Effect lends artwork a
loose, hand-drawn look instantly. Professionally designed templates help you get projects started quickly. And
you can combine these new features with other essentials like envelopes, live distortion, transparency, symbolism tools, and custom artwork brushes to make your work come alive. When you need to create distinctive graphics or singular designs that bring your talents to the fore, the flexible tools in Adobe Illustrator can
help spark your imagination. There’s no better way to highlight your unique perspective than to experiment
freely in an environment that prizes your creativity.
Top 10 New Features in
Adobe Illustrator CS
• All-new type capabilities, including character and paragraph
styles and advanced OpenType
feature support (see page 5)
• Enhanced Adobe PDF support,
including support for viewing
layers in Adobe Acrobat® 6.0
(see page 11)
• Faster performance in every area
(see page 14)
• Built-in tools for creating 3D
graphics quickly (see page 2)
• New interface and expanded
functionality for printing
(see page 12)
• Save for Microsoft Office
command for easy integration
(see page 14)
• Template file format for easy reuse of artwork files (see page 10)
• More than 200 professionally
designed templates, more than
100 Adobe OpenType fonts, and
other content (see page 4)
• 90-minute digital training
video in the box (see page 10)
• Scribble Effect for adding a loose,
hand-drawn look to artwork
(see page 3)
3D Effect
Rendering objects in perspective is a time-honored way to bring the illusion of depth to printed materials.
Now, Illustrator CS makes it easy to add 3D elements to your work, whether you’re producing a logo, a package design, or a title for a video production. Using the integrated new 3D Effect, you can transform type and
other shapes you draw into 3D objects, and then rotate them in space and even customize their lighting. 3D
shapes are “live,” so changes you make to the original 2D object are automatically reflected in the 3D shape.
The effect provides an intuitive interface for creating just the look you want, and the Preview option lets you
see changes interactively. For example, you can see how a new 3D element looks in the context of your artwork as you spin it using the track cube, adjust how it is lit, and map artwork onto its surfaces.
Depending on the look you want to achieve, you can extrude, revolve, or rotate shapes. The Extrude option
extends the shape back into space by adding sides and a top, and is ideal for creating cubes, 3D type, and
other regular geometric shapes. When you use the Extrude command, you can also make the edges of the
object appear chiseled by selecting a Bevel option. Beveled edges are widely used for designing buttons and
other types of navigational aids, and can also add an interesting look to 3D type and other objects. The Revolve option is perfect for turning a simple path into a 3D shape by revolving it around a central axis—ideal
for producing bottles, glasses, and other circular shapes. The 3D Rotate option is great for transforming a
shape in 3D space, and also enables you to map artwork onto a shape’s surfaces.
The new 3D Effect makes it easy to create 3D type, objects, and
more. Because the effect is live, you can make changes easily at
any time without affecting the element’s 3D appearance.
Use options in the 3D Effect to transform shapes you draw in
Illustrator into 3D artwork. As you work, you can interactively
control the appearance of lighting and other object attributes.
To create this packaging mockup for a wine
bottle, we drew an outline (far left), used the 3D
effect to rotate it (center), and then mapped a
label that was saved as a symbol (right) onto the
bottle’s surface. A separate 3D object was created
for the cork.
Controlling the Surface Appearance and Lighting for 3D Shapes
You can make your 3D artwork look more realistic by adjusting the way it is illuminated and by controlling
its surface characteristics. You can shine as many lights as you like on a 3D object, and you can control the
intensity of each light individually; you can also select a shadow color that’s used for all of the lights illuminating an object.
You can also manipulate the surface appearance of the objects you create to create a range of looks. Plastic
Shading is the default option, and provides both Matte and Gloss controls that determine how shiny or soft
the highlights on the object appear. By adjusting these controls and combining them with other illustrative
effects, you can simulate a wide variety of surfaces. For example, you can create the appearance of a metallic
surface by illuminating a high-contrast gradient fill with dramatic lighting. You can also use Diffuse Shading,
choose the Wireframe option, or create 3D shapes with no shading at all.
Mapping Artwork Onto 3D Shapes
One of the most exciting aspects of the new 3D support in Illustrator CS is the ability to map artwork onto
the surfaces of the 3D shapes you create. For example, you can apply labels to packaging mock-ups so your
clients can visualize how a design will work in context. Any artwork you create in Illustrator can be applied
to the face of a 3D shape—all you need to do is save it as a symbol (a feature introduced in Illustrator 10).
Taking 3D Shapes Further
Once you’ve created a 3D shape you’re pleased with, you can use several other features in Illustrator to take
your work even further. If the look of your 3D shape is something you’d like to use again, you can save the
formatting as a graphic style, and then apply it to any other object to quickly recreate the same appearance.
You can also modify the component shapes of the 3D object by choosing Object > Expand Appearance. Or,
you can create eye-catching 3D animations such as the one below by blending two 3D objects, then exporting
the blend as a Macromedia® Flash™ (SWF) file. Because the 3D Effect is fully integrated into Illustrator, you
can combine it with these and other features to create truly eye-catching designs.
To create transparent dice (right), we
started with a simple square that is
partially transparent. Using the 3D Effect, we extruded the square, mapped
the dot pattern for the numbers onto
each face, and adjusted the lighting.
To create the animation of rolling
dice (far right), we blended two instances of the artwork, then exported
the results as a Macromedia® Flash™
(SWF) animation.
Scribble Effect
Have fun making vector artwork look loose and hand-drawn with the new live Scribble Effect. Great for adding a child-like charm to artwork, the Scribble Effect is also handy for quickly making formal design elements
look casual and friendly, masking images, creating scratchboard-like illustrations, adding cross-hatching to a
design, or creating animated wiggly lines.
If you blend two shapes that have the Scribble Effect applied, then export them as Macromedia Flash (SWF)
files, you can create jumpy, attention-grabbing animations, such as the example in the sidebar at left. You can
also apply the Scribble Effect to clip art and other objects to quickly add personality.
By blending two objects with the
Scribble Effect applied, then exporting the results as a SWF file, you
can create animated scribbles.
Because the effect makes it easy to control how far outside the lines of the original shape the scribble is
drawn, as well as how straight or loopy the line is, you can quickly create interesting irregular shapes to use as
image masks. And like other live effects in Illustrator, you can edit the object the effect is applied to without
having to reapply or modify the effect, save the effect as part of a graphic style, and more.
Applying the Scribble Effect to vector
elements adds interest instantly, and it’s a
great tool for adding texture to a design.
Professionally designed content in the box
Illustrator CS includes more than 200 real-world, professionally designed templates—including 50 Japanese
language templates—that help you start typical projects quickly. In addition to providing a range of design
ideas, templates include custom-sized artboards, layers, styles, swatches, symbols, and more, so new users can
use them to learn new production techniques. For example, you can choose from five different CD and DVD
design options, and each option includes separate templates for booklets, disc labels, tray cards, and other
elements. For designers who prefer to start with a blank page, a series of blank templates make starting
typical projects such as business cards a snap. In addition, more than 100 free OpenType fonts (including
Roman, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean fonts) and professional swatch and symbols libraries are included.
Accessing free content is easier as well, thanks to the new Welcome screen (see page 10).
Templates included with Illustrator
provide a variety of designs for
common projects, such as (starting
on the top row from left) a business card, a DVD disc label, front
and back for a postcard, a Web
page layout, and a gift certificate.
Use Essential Design Tools
The industry-standard graphics tool, Adobe Illustrator CS brings a new level of refinement to the design
tools at the heart of your work. Because you use them day in and day out on nearly every project you create,
Adobe has re-invented the typography tools in Illustrator CS to be more intuitive, more flexible, and more
powerful—so you can use type to communicate your message more effectively. Offering industry-leading
support for OpenType fonts and a powerful new approach to text composition, Illustrator CS helps you
streamline many of the tasks traditionally required to produce exquisite, expressive typography. Other new
type features include support for character and paragraph styles, a WYSIWYG font menu, new text box options, and much more. Illustrator CS can also save documents as templates, so you can re-use your designs
easily. With Illustrator CS, your path from initial inspiration to finished design is more direct than ever.
New type features in Illustrator CS make
creating logotypes and other type
treatments easier than ever.
All-New Type Capabilities
For more than a decade, Adobe Illustrator has set the standard for typographical excellence, and illustrators
and designers who use Illustrator create type treatments of astonishing diversity and quality. Now Adobe
Illustrator CS introduces a redesigned text engine and forward-looking features that make it easier than ever
to set great-looking type. Inspired by innovations in Adobe InDesign, Illustrator CS gives you the power to
take your type to a whole new level. Character and paragraph styles, support for the advanced layout features
built into OpenType fonts, automatic ligatures, optical kerning, and a whole new text composition engine—
these are just a few of the new type features you’ll find in this release. From superior text composition that
eliminates “rivers” of white space and bad line breaks in paragraphs to ensuring that ligatures are used and
punctuation is nicely positioned, you’ll quickly find that Illustrator CS is indispensable when you need to set
good-looking type.
Paragraph and Character Styles
Format text quickly and easily using the paragraph and character styles in Adobe Illustrator CS. Styles help
you maintain high production standards by ensuring that all of the text in a design uses consistent formatting, whether for entire paragraphs or shorter segments, such as run-in heads or words that require particular
emphasis. Styles also save you time because they enable you to apply a rich set of formatting attributes with a
single click of a mouse.
You can define and work with as many styles as a document’s design requires, and styles can include combinations of formatting attributes that range from the simple—say, a font choice—to the elaborate. In addition to standard formatting options, both paragraph and character styles can include advanced OpenType
options, such as titling, contextual, and swash alternates; ordinals; fractions; and discretionary ligatures. For
example, you might define a style that automatically reformats number combinations as fractions.
New support for character and
paragraph styles helps you make
short work of formatting textintensive documents.
Styles can also help ensure fast, accurate text formatting even when a large project team is working on a series
of documents with interrelated designs. To share paragraph and character styles with colleagues, you simply
make the Illustrator file accessible, so team members can load styles from it as easily as they would load color
swatches. You can also save styles as part of an Illustrator template file; for more information about the new
template file format, please see page 10.
OpenType Font Support
Adobe Illustrator CS introduces advanced support for OpenType fonts. The OpenType font standard was
developed jointly by Adobe and Microsoft, and brings the advantages of both the TrueType and PostScript
font formats into a new format that takes advantage of Unicode character encoding. In addition to expanding
the number of glyphs—visual representations of individual character designs—a font can contain from
hundreds to tens of thousands, OpenType fonts offer two primary benefits: they make sharing documents
across platforms easier because the same font file is used by Mac OS and Windows, and they enable you to
set distinctive type by providing easy, context-sensitive access to the special characters designed into a font.
The Adobe OpenType font Caflisch Script Pro includes a rich selection
of contextual alternates. The top example uses default glyphs; in the
bottom example, the Contextual Alternates option was selected, so alternate glyphs and ligatures are automatically used when appropriate.
In Illustrator CS, you can choose to
have standard numbers (left) automatically reformatted as fractions
(right) when working with OpenType
fonts that support arbitrary fractions.
More about OpenType fonts
The OpenType format is an extension of the TrueType SFNT format
that also can support Adobe®
PostScript® font data and new
typographic features.
OpenType fonts can include an
expanded character set and layout
features, providing broader linguistic support and more precise
typographic control. Feature-rich
Adobe OpenType fonts can be
distinguished by the word “Pro,”
which is part of the font name and
appears in application font menus.
OpenType fonts can be installed
and used alongside PostScript
Type 1 and TrueType fonts.
The Adobe Type Library is now
available in OpenType format. To
view or buy these fonts, please visit
The text in the top line uses the standard version of Adobe’s Minion font.
Adobe Minion Pro (one of the OpenType fonts included with Illustrator CS) offers richer results. Illustrator CS automatically uses standard
ligatures (ff and ffl in this example). Discretionary Ligatures and Swash
options were selected from the OpenType palette, so the “st” ligature and
swash version of the lowercase “e” are automatically inserted.
Access OpenType features from the new
OpenType palette.
The top example uses the default figure glyphs for
Adobe’s Warnock Pro font (an OpenType font available from Adobe). In the bottom example, OpenType
options for Proportional Oldstyle figures and Swash
characters were selected. The results are visually
distinctive, typographically correct, and required no
extra time or effort.
OpenType fonts use a single font file for both Macintosh and Windows computers, so you can move files
from one platform to another without worrying about font substitution and other problems that cause text
to reflow. A single OpenType font file can also include many more glyphs (a glyph is a visual representation
of a character) than other font formats, including glyphs previously only available in expert sets and characters for non-western languages such as Greek and Cyrillic. Because OpenType fonts don’t assume that a
character is represented by only one glyph (as earlier font formats did), programs like Illustrator that provide
advanced OpenType support allow you to substitute one version of a letterform for another. For example, the
lowercase “f ” might appear as the default character, a small cap, with other characters as part of a ligature (a
glyph that combines multiple letters into a single visual form, such as fi ), or as a swash with fancy flourishes.
In addition to these general benefits, Illustrator CS includes special OpenType commands for automatic context-sensitive substitution of alternate glyphs. When you select any of these options, Illustrator automatically
replaces the default glyph for a particular character or combination of characters with any contextually appropriate alternative. For example, if you have the Fractions option selected and type 3/16 in an OpenType
font that supports arbitrary fractions, the numbers will be automatically reformatted as a fraction; if you
select the Swash option and the selected OpenType font includes alternate Swash glyphs, they will be used.
To enable you to use OpenType features in your work right away, Illustrator CS includes more than 100 fonts
from 24 western-language OpenType font families, as well as Japanese, Chinese, and Korean OpenType font
families: Bernhard Modern, Birch, Brush Script, Adobe Caslon Pro, Century Old Style, Charlemagne, Chaparral Pro, Courier, Adobe Garamond Pro, Giddyup, Letter Gothic, Lithos Pro, Mesquite, Minion Pro, Myriad
Pro, Myriad, News Gothic, Nueva, Prestige Elite, Rosewood, Stencil, Trajan Pro, Viva, Wood Type Ornaments,
Kozuka Mincho, Kozuka Gothic, Adobe Ming, and Adobe Myungjo.
Automatic Ligatures and Smart Quotes
Illustrator CS automatically sets standard ligatures, such as fi and fl, as you type using any OpenType font—
a small detail that can make a big difference in making your type appear professional. To help streamline
production processes, Illustrator spell-checks and hyphenates words that use these ligatures just as it would
standard letterforms. For example, the word waffle would use the “ffl” glyph, but would still be spell-checked
as though it used individual letters. Illustrator CS also sets typographically correct quotation marks and
apostrophes as you type.
Easy Access to Alternate Glyphs
The new Glyphs palette in Illustrator CS offers a fast, accessible way to see all of the glyphs in a font. The Show
option on the palette lets you see the entire font or select subsets of related characters, such as Ornaments,
Terminal Forms, Discretionary Ligatures, and more. Simply double-clicking inserts the selected glyph. Previously, you could access these special characters only by memorizing keyboard shortcuts or manually formatting
individual characters using a separate “expert” version of a font that included the character you wanted.
Use the Glyphs palette to insert alternate
glyphs. You can browse all of the glyphs
available, or choose a subset by selecting
options from the Show menu. A small arrow
in the lower-right corner of a character indicates that alternate glyphs are available.
Columns and Rows and Other Area-Text Enhancements
Quickly produce multi-column designs by defining columns and rows in any text area. Specify the number of
columns and rows, the width and height of those rows and columns, whether or not they’re a fixed size, and
the size of the gutter. You can also determine the size of the inset between the text and the object containing
it, how the baseline is set, and whether text flows between linked objects from right to left or left to right.
Optical Kerning and Optical Margin Alignment
With many fonts, the default spacing between characters is visually uneven or crowded, even when the kerning pairs built into the font are used. Designers have long used manual kerning to adjust the space between
awkward-looking pairs of letters, but the process is time-consuming. To help balance your desire for quality
against your drive to meet schedules, Illustrator CS introduces two features that automate kerning:
The text on top uses the default
spacing between letters, and certain
letter combinations look awkward.
Applying the optical kerning option
from the Character palette (bottom)
instantly fine-tunes the visual relationships between pairs of letters.
• Optical kerning—The new optical kerning option in the Character palette automatically kerns text to
produce optimal spacing. When applied to a word, line, or paragraph, Illustrator analyzes the visual characteristics of text and automatically determines the ideal spacing for the characters—even when that text
mixes different fonts and font sizes. Kerning is cumulative, so you can always adjust optically kerned text
to suit your eye.
• Optical Margin Alignment—This option automatically adjusts the position of punctuation and text charac-
ters at either end of a line to make the edges of a text block look more visually even. You use Optical Margin
Alignment most often to hang punctuation, such as quotation marks and hyphens, but other characters are
subtly shifted as well in order to produce typographically good-looking results.
Shifting punctuation marks slightly
outside the edge of the text area creates a more even-looking edge. The
example on the left uses Optical Margin
Alignment, and punctuation marks such
as the opening quote and the hyphens
on the first two lines extend slightly
beyond the text area to allow the letters
to form a more even line. In contrast, the
punctuation in the example on the right
is visually distracting, and creates an
irregular edge.
Every-line Composer for Optimized Paragraph Composition
The new Every-line Composer in Adobe Illustrator CS gives you the ability to produce exquisitely typeset
text without fine-tuning line breaks by hand. The main goal in setting longer runs of text—in brochures,
packaging, and other materials you create with Illustrator—is to produce the most elegant line breaks you
can with minimal hyphenation, consistent word and letter spacing, and no distracting “rivers” of white space
flowing from line to line. The Every-line Composer, a unique Adobe composition engine used in Adobe
InDesign and Adobe Photoshop, examines all of the text in an area to determine the best combination of
line breaks across the entire run. Because it can optimize earlier lines to avoid unattractive breaks later on—a
capability unique to Adobe’s professional graphics applications—the Every-line Composer automatically
produces text with even spacing, consistent line lengths, minimal hyphenation, and few if any visible “rivers.”
Every-line Composer
Single-line Composer
The Adobe Every-line Composer
(left) produces even-looking text
that is pleasing to the eye and
easy to read. Because it composes
text one line at a time, the Singleline Composer (right) results in
choppy line lengths, especially in
narrow columns.
Notice also that the use of Optical
Margin Alignment (left example
only) and OpenType features
(both examples) create a
polished look in keeping with
the author’s sophisticated wit.
Illustrator CS also includes the Single-line Composer, which applies hyphenation and justification settings to
one line of text at a time, just as Illustrator did in the past. Both the Every-line Composer and the Single-line
Composer are commands on the Paragraph palette popup menu.
Custom Tab Leaders
With Illustrator CS, you can customize the dot type and pattern for tab leaders, or you can design your own
graphics to use as tab leaders. In addition, Illustrator now lets you set unlimited numbers of tabs.
The Font menu in Adobe Illustrator CS displays each font face you have installed, so you can choose the fonts
you want to use visually. Experimenting with different faces is now faster and more direct, and you can see
at a glance what format a font uses (for example, the green and black O indicates an OpenType font). If you
prefer, you can also disable this option.
Expanded Support for Japanese Typography
Adobe Illustrator is the standard for design in most countries, and support for file sharing between different
language versions has long made it possible to share designs globally. Adobe Illustrator CS expands this support with more sophisticated controls for formatting Japanese text. This includes customizable mojikumi rule
sets for determining optimal character spacing, as well as editable kinsoku shori rule sets for handling Japanese
punctuation, characters that cannot begin or end lines, and characters that can’t be separated. Illustrator also
includes other enhancements, such as automated tate-chu-yoko controls, a composite font editor, an IME editor for entering Japanese text, and a preference for hiding or showing Japanese text options in Roman versions
of Illustrator.
New Path Type Options
Illustrator CS expands your options for designing text on a path. The new Path Type submenu on the Type
menu provides five pre-set alignment options, and the Path Text Options dialog box includes additional options for controlling the position of the text relative to the path. Now you can create a wider range of looks
for projects that use path text with a minimum of effort.
Path type is now more flexible, thanks to new built-in formatting options. You can also control
character alignment with precision using options in the Path Type Options dialog box. Here, we
used the Rainbow (top), Skew (middle) and Stair Step (bottom) options.
Looking for more information
about text features in Adobe
Illustrator CS?
For detailed information, including a white paper about changes
to the text engine in Illustrator,
Additional Type-Related Enhancements
Adobe Illustrator CS includes a number of enhancements that add polish to the type you set while
streamlining your work.
• Onscreen highlighting of missing fonts—Illustrator CS automatically highlights fonts that are used in a
document but are not available on a computer system, so you can identify and fix problems easily. Then
use the Find Font command (available in previous versions of Illustrator) to replace the missing fonts with
installed ones or identify the missing fonts so you can install them.
• Enhanced hyphenation and justification controls—Illustrator CS provides significantly enhanced hyphen-
ation and justification controls. Control how long a word must be before Illustrator hyphenates it, whether
Illustrator hyphenates capitalized words, and whether it favors better word and character spacing or fewer
hyphens. New justification controls allow you to set minimum, maximum, and desired settings for word
spacing, letter spacing, glyph scaling, and more.
• Expanded language support—Spell-check and hyphenate the text in your Illustrator documents in 29
languages, from U.S. and U.K. English, French, and German to Icelandic, Polish, Serbian, and Turkish.
• Improved text linking and deletion—Text linking is now more flexible: any text area, including path text,
can be linked to any other text area, so it’s possible to flow text from one area, onto a path, and then into a
second area. Plus, you can now delete a linked text block without also deleting any text it contains—the text
now flows back into the previous box. Illustrator also now reduces clutter in your documents by automatically deleting empty text blocks that are created by clicking a type tool and not entering text.
• Warning about text reflow—Open documents created in older versions of Illustrator with confidence: you
can choose to have the text in legacy documents remain just as it was designed until you click an insertion
point to edit it, or you can choose to update all type objects when you open the file with Illustrator CS.
Save Files as Templates
Illustrator CS now includes a template file format, which makes it easy to use completed designs as the basis
for new projects. Templates are especially handy for projects where specific content changes but the overall
design remains largely the same. For example, you can create templates that contain artboard dimensions,
swatches, character and paragraph styles, symbols, guides, and other elements that are used in all of a particular client’s collateral or advertising. When you’re basing new versions of a design on an existing project,
using a template prevents the original file from being overwritten by opening a new, untitled document.
Customer-Driven Enhancements
Input from customers has helped Adobe make many improvements to the features you rely on. Other
enhancements are designed to make Illustrator more intuitive, so new users can get up to speed more
quickly. Here’s an overview of some of the user interface enhancements in this release:
• Learn about Illustrator and how to make the most of key features: Watch a 90-minute Total Training video by
expert author and trainer Deke McClelland that is included on a CD in the box.
• Learn about new features in Illustrator CS and access tutorials and other free content by choosing options
from the Welcome to Adobe Illustrator CS screen that appears when you first launch the program.
• Take advantage of richer support for the SVG file format: Illustrator now supports the use of SVG primitives,
expanding your options for manipulating objects in the SVG files you import and export.
• Print and export linked EPS and Adobe PDF files that interact with transparency—including duotones—
without embedding them.
• Open and save Style, Swatch, Brush, and Symbol libraries right from their respective palettes by choosing the
Open Library and Save Library commands from the palette menus.
• Use a lock button on the Transform palette to scale objects proportionally.
• Specify a sample size in pixels for the Eyedropper tool.
• Choose a custom scale size for DXF and DWG files on import.
• Optimize and export WBMP graphics for use on wireless devices.
• Automate more tasks with Scripting enhancements, including the ability to automate all new features—such
as the new Printing interface—with expanded scripting support.
Work Efficiently
Adobe Illustrator CS is a versatile tool that enables you to take the graphics you produce virtually anywhere.
Presenting a consistent visual identity across different mediums—print, the Web, broadcast, and even cell phone
displays—is one of the most effective ways for companies to build recognizable brands. Because each medium
has unique production requirements, Illustrator provides a comprehensive set of options that make repurposing a design easy, no matter what medium you need to deliver it for. Tight integration with other Adobe products makes moving rich content from Illustrator into other authoring tools, such as Adobe InDesign or Adobe
GoLive®, easy. Enhanced Adobe PDF support provides better integration with Adobe Acrobat® 6.0 as well as
compatibility with the new Adobe PDF 1.5 language specification. A new printing interface—similar to the one
in InDesign—ensures fast, reliable results every time you print. Faster performance means Illustrator can keep
pace with the flow of your ideas, so you can sustain your creative momentum. New integration with Microsoft
Office means your graphics look great whether they’re used in a PowerPoint® presentation, a Word report, or an
Excel spreadsheet. You can also depend on import and export support for a wide variety of file formats, as well
as tight integration with leading Adobe products and Macromedia Flash.
Enhanced Adobe PDF Support
Adobe Illustrator has used Adobe PDF as its native file format for several versions, making it easy for you,
your clients, and others to open and view your artwork files in Adobe Acrobat or the free Adobe Reader.®
Now Illustrator CS introduces new support for Adobe PDF, including compatibility with Acrobat 6.0 and
the Adobe PDF 1.5 format, extensive security options, and support for layers, printer’s marks, and bleeds in
Adobe PDF files. In addition, you can apply transparency flattener styles as you save Adobe PDF files and
save Adobe PDF settings as presets to streamline Adobe PDF creation.
Here is a brief look at the new options available when you save your artwork as Adobe PDF files:
Compatibility Choose whether to make your Adobe PDF file compatible with Acrobat 4.0, Acrobat 5.0, or
the latest version, Acrobat 6.0. Saving files as Acrobat 6.0 (PDF 1.5) files offers optimal flexibility, unless you
plan to incorporate the Adobe PDF file into an application that only supports older Adobe PDF versions.
Time-saving Adobe PDF presets Save Adobe PDF settings as Adobe PDF presets to streamline production
and ensure consistency. Illustrator includes three Adobe PDF Presets: Illustrator PDF for optimal preservation
of transparency when exporting Adobe PDF files for use in other applications, Press PDF for automatically flattening transparent elements for high-end print production, and Acrobat 6 Layered PDF for quickly exporting
top-level layers in Illustrator files to the Adobe PDF 1.5 file format for further manipulation in Adobe Acrobat 6.0.
Improved consistency with transparency flattener presets Because the Adobe PDF file format cannot
process transparency natively, Illustrator CS provides enhanced controls for flattening transparent artwork as
you save Adobe PDF files, so you can make trade-offs between quality and speed of output. You can now save
transparency flattener settings as presets to save time and ensure consistency. Illustrator CS includes three
transparency flattener presets for low-, medium-, and high-resolution output, and you can easily create your
own as well. In addition, you can choose to use the flattener settings you specified for your document in the
Document Setup dialog box.
Flexible Adobe PDF layer support Save layered Illustrator CS files as layered Acrobat 6.0 (PDF 1.5) files, so others
can display optional content, such as alternative designs or multilingual text, when viewing the file in Acrobat 6.0.
Compression Use the same compression options available in Adobe Acrobat Distiller, including the new
Adobe PDF 1.5 format and the new industry-wide compression standard, JPEG 2000.
Printer’s marks and bleeds Include printer’s marks and bleeds in Adobe PDF files for proofing and to support Adobe PDF-based print production workflows.
Security Specify a range of security options for import and export of Adobe PDF files, such as passwordprotection, encryption method (40-bit or 128-bit), and whether printing, content copying and extraction,
and other changes are allowed.
Expanded viewing options Choose to automatically view the Adobe PDF file in Acrobat or Adobe Reader
after Illustrator saves it. Also, choose whether to optimize Adobe PDF files for faster Web viewing.
Summary Check a list of all of the Adobe PDF settings you’ve specified before saving the final file.
Tighter integration with Adobe Photoshop
Move layered files between Photoshop and Illustrator more easily. Text editability has been improved because
the two programs now share the same underlying text composition technology. Plus, multiple spot channels
can be imported and 16-bit color data can be converted to 8-bit on import, so you no longer have to keep
two versions of your original file. Also, you can link Photoshop duotone and tritone PDF images and print
them accurately from Illustrator.
Expanded Print Capabilities
One of the top priorities for Adobe Illustrator CS was to refine the printing experience and make Illustrator
print jobs more efficient and reliable to output, whether to a desktop printer or a high-end print production
device. To achieve this, Illustrator CS introduces a streamlined user interface and next-generation support
for fast and reliable printing, so you can easily produce consistent results every time you print. This section
describes how the revised print interface improves the printing process, and details how a variety of new or
enhanced options—from print presets to printer’s marks—can help you output your artwork more reliably.
Use new Print Styles to save
time and ensure consistency
at output.
Use the consolidated
Print dialog box to select
all print-related options.
Preview how selected print options interact with your artwork
as you select options on different
panels in the Print dialog box.
Select tiling options right
in the Print dialog box.
Use new Scaling options to
fit oversized artwork onto a
single sheet of paper.
Here is a brief look at the new options available when printing from Illustrator CS:
Streamlined user interface Illustrator CS eliminates the Page Setup and Separations Setup dialog boxes, and
consolidates their functionality in the comprehensive new Print dialog box. You can now specify all print settings in the Print dialog box, from tiling and custom page sizes to printer’s marks, color management output
profiles, and transparency flattener settings. This new, more unified interface makes it easier to specify printing options quickly and accurately to achieve the results you want.
Interactive print preview Illustrator CS now offers visual feedback in the Print dialog box. The new Print
Preview displays a thumbnail view of your artwork, and offers detailed visual information about how your
current print settings will interact with your selected media. This thumbnail view is always visible, no matter
which panel is selected in the Print dialog box.
Convenient scaling options With Illustrator CS, it’s easy to print oversized artwork on standard paper sizes.
The new Fit to Page option automatically scales your artwork to the paper size while maintaining the proper
aspect ratio. With the Custom Scale option, you can specify the percentage Illustrator scales the artwork, as
well as whether the width and height are scaled in proportion to each other or scaled separately.
Intuitive tiling controls Tiling controls in Illustrator CS now appear within the unified Print dialog box,
so it’s easier and more intuitive to print large designs on multiple pieces of paper. You specify whether
Illustrator prints a single full page, tiles full pages, or tiles imageable areas. You also control the placement
of the artwork on the tiled pages by clicking a point on the Placement icon or specifying a value for Origin
X and Origin Y (which are calculated in relation to the upper-left corner of the artwork). You can also still
define page tile settings on the artboard using the page tool.
Time-saving print presets With Illustrator CS, you can save print settings as print presets to save time, elim-
inate mistakes, and automate common printing tasks. For example, you could save print presets for each of
your proof printers to quickly set the options you typically use. Print presets you’ve saved or imported appear
on the Printer Presets submenu in the General panel of the new Print dialog box. Choose File > Print Presets
to define new presets, or save print presets on the fly in the Print dialog box.
Improved consistency with transparency flattener presets Because most printing devices and the EPS file
format cannot process transparency natively, Illustrator CS provides enhanced controls for flattening transparent artwork as you print or export it, so you can make trade-offs between quality and speed of output.
You can now save transparency flattener settings as presets to save time and ensure consistency. Illustrator CS
includes three transparency flattener presets for low-, medium-, and high-resolution output, and you can
easily create your own as well. In addition, you can choose to use the flattener settings you specified for your
document in the Document Setup dialog box.
More flexible printer’s marks In the past, Illustrator treated printer’s marks as a unit—you either printed
them or you didn’t. Now, you can print whatever combination of trim, registration, color bar, and page information marks you want. In addition, you can specify the weight of the trim marks, the offset distance from
the artwork, and whether you use Roman or Japanese printer’s marks.
Independent bleed settings Illustrator CS expands your choices in specifying bleed settings as well: You can
set the bleed area to a uniform distance along all four sides of the artboard, or you can specify different bleed
amounts for each edge.
New separation options In addition to support for printing host-based separations, Illustrator CS now
supports in-RIP separations, so you can output jobs more quickly when printing to PostScript RIPs (Adobe
PostScript 3 RIPs, some Adobe PostScript Level 2 RIPs, and some LanguageLevel3 RIPs) that support this
feature. In-RIP separations print more quickly because only one PostScript file—rather then four or more—
is sent to the RIP. This workflow is also optimized for additional in-RIP processing, such as trapping and
imposition. You can also customize printer output without the use of an EPSF Rider file, which makes controlling dot characteristics, screen angles, and screen resolutions for individual inks faster and more direct.
Finer control when printing layers With Illustrator CS, you can print either composite output or separations
(both host-based and in-RIP) of all layers, visible layers, or all visible, printable layers. Plus, you can print
only selected objects as either composite output or separations. This enhanced capability makes it easier to
proof or print comps of individual parts of complex artwork. (Note: Specify whether layers are visible and
printable in the Layers palette.)
Faster performance
Adobe Illustrator is faster across the board, so you can work more quickly. From copying and pasting to
scrolling around the artboard, printing, and saving files, you can pursue your ideas in a more interactive
Tighter integration with Microsoft Office
When you need to move artwork from Illustrator into a PowerPoint presentation, a Word document, or an Excel
spreadsheet, the new Save For Microsoft Office command saves your graphics in a format that gives you greatlooking results every time. Whether you’re working on a Windows or Mac OS system, this new option saves you
time by ensuring your artwork displays and prints beautifully when viewed in Microsoft Office documents.
System Requirements*
• PowerPC® G3, G4, G4 dual processor, or G5
• Mac OS software 10.2.4 (version
10.2.7 recommended)
• 192 MB of RAM installed (256 MB
of RAM recommended)
• 470 MB of available hard-disk
space for installation
• If using Adobe PostScript printers: Adobe PostScript Level 2 or
Adobe PostScript 3™
• Intel® Pentium® III or 4 processor
• Microsoft Windows 2000 with
service pack 3 or Windows XP
• 192 MB of RAM installed (256 MB
of RAM recommended)
• 470 MB of available hard-disk
• If using Adobe PostScript printers: Adobe PostScript Level 2 or
Adobe PostScript 3
* System requirements are subject
to change prior to the product
Extensible Metadata Platform (XMP) Support
Metadata is increasingly important in all types of publishing: when metadata is embedded in a file, publishing
that file across print, the Web, eBooks, and other media can be automated more easily. Developed by Adobe,
the XMP is an open XML framework that standardizes the creation, processing, and interchange of metadata
across publishing workflows. Adobe Illustrator CS adds support for XMP.
By adding metadata in XMP, for example, keywords you add to your files can be indexed by Internet search
engines, making your images more easily accessible online. Because the XMP standard is also supported by
other components of the Adobe Creative Suite, including Photoshop CS, Acrobat 6.0 Professional, and Adobe
InDesign CS, the metadata information you enter in your Illustrator files can be maintained wherever you
take the file.
Metadata in XMP format can now be saved in EPS files as well as in AI, Adobe PDF, and SVG files. Using
the File Info panels, you and others in your workgroup can enter data pertinent to a project, including
information used by newspapers and other publishing companies including support for International Press
Telecommunications Council (IPTC) schema. Illustrator CS also supports the ability to create custom File
Info panels to better support your group’s specific workflows. A new preference that requires you to enter
key data about a file the first time you save a file streamlines the data-entry process and ensures that essential
data is included for managed workflows. For more information about Extensible Metadata Platform (XMP),
go to
Availability and pricing
In the United States and Canada, Adobe Illustrator CS for Macintosh and Windows is expected to ship in the
fourth quarter of 2003.
The estimated street price for Adobe Illustrator is $499 (U.S.) for all platforms. Registered users of any
version of Adobe Illustrator can upgrade to Illustrator CS for only $169 (U.S.). Users of CorelDraw and
Macromedia FreeHand can also purchase Adobe Illustrator CS for only $349 (U.S.).
French and German versions of Adobe Illustrator CS are also expected to ship in the fourth quarter of 2003.
Information about these and other language versions, as well as all pricing, upgrade, and support policies for
other countries, will be announced separately.
Adobe Illustrator CS is a part of the Adobe Creative Suite. The Adobe Creative Suite combines full, new versions of Adobe Photoshop CS with ImageReady CS, Adobe Illustrator CS, Adobe InDesign CS, Adobe GoLive
CS, and Adobe Acrobat 6.0 Professional with the innovative new Version Cue file version manager, which lets
you easily track iterations and quickly locate files. The Adobe Creative Suite is a complete design solution that
gives today’s creative professionals everything they need to create and publish content to print and the Web
faster, more easily, and more affordably than ever.
Estimated Street Price $1299 (U.S.) Creative Suite Premium Edition, $999 (U.S.) Creative Suite Standard
edition. Estimated Street Price for Upgrades to Premium Edition $749 (U.S.) from Adobe Photoshop or from
the Adobe Web, Design, Publishing, or Video Collection. Estimated Street Price for Upgrades to Standard
Edition $549 (U.S.) from Adobe Photoshop or from the Adobe Web, Design, Publishing, or Digital Collection
About Adobe Systems
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a comprehensive line of software for enterprise and creative professional customers. Its products enable customers to create, manage and deliver visually rich, compelling and reliable content. Based in San Jose, Calif.,
Adobe is one of the world’s largest software companies.
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