Create distinctive designs for any project with Adobe Illustrator CS5 software—the essential vector graphics tool. Used by creative professionals worldwide, Adobe Illustrator CS5 provides the precision and power you need to explore new paths. Paint expressively with vectors, draw in perspective, and explore designing for interactivity. Move easily between Adobe Illustrator and other Adobe products, and enjoy easy integration with Adobe CS Live online services. Get the job done efficiently without compromising on aesthetics, moving quickly from multiple ideas to multiple outputs with complete control. Ideal for graphic and web designers, visual effects (VFX) artists and video editors.
Sophisticated vector drawing controls—Create distinctive designs with precise shape-building tools, fluid and painterly brushes and advanced path controls. Such powerful drawing capabilities provide practically infinite possibilities for creating unique and striking artwork.
Advanced typography—Enjoy easy type creation and professional control with more than 80 OpenType fonts, paragraph and character styles, paragraph composition, underlining and strikethroughs, transparent effects and more.
Gradients and transparency—Interact with gradients directly on your object, defining the dimension of elliptical gradients, editing colours and adjusting opacity. Control the transparency of individual colours in a gradient, including those applied to a gradient mesh.
In-panel appearance editing—Edit object characteristics directly in the Appearance panel, eliminating the need to open fill, stroke or effects panels. Work with shared attributes and toggle individual attribute display for faster rendering.
Crisp graphics for web and mobile devices—Create vector objects precisely on the file’s pixel grid for delivering pixel-aligned artwork. Generate clean, sharp raster graphics by turning on Align To Pixel Grid and using text anti-aliasing options for individual text frames.
New and enhanced for Adobe Illustrator CS5
NEW—Perspective Drawing—Use perspective grids to draw shapes and scenes in accurate 1-, 2- or 3-point linear perspective. Create the look of realistic depth and distance with snap-to guides to quickly put objects, live text and symbols into perspective.
NEW—Beautiful Strokes—Adjust stroke width interactively using new width handles. Precisely position arrowheads and symmetrically align dashes. Control stretch at any point when scaling art brushes on a path, and see how patterns behave beautifully at corners.
NEW—Bristle Brush—Paint with vectors that resemble real‐world brush strokes. Control bristle characteristics and paint opacity; achieve the expressiveness of natural media with the scalability of vectors. Define bristle length, stiffness and shape. Transparency provides lifelike blending.
NEW—Crisp graphics for web and mobile devices—Create vector objects precisely on the file’s pixel grid for delivering pixel-aligned artwork. Generate clean, sharp raster graphics by turning on Align To Pixel Grid and using text anti-aliasing options for individual text frames.
Multiple artboard enhancements—Work on up to 100 artboards of varying sizes in one file, organised and viewed the way you want; overlapping or on a grid. Quickly add, delete, reorder and name. Save, export and print artboards, independently or together.
NEW—Shape Builder tool—Intuitively combine, edit and fill shapes directly on your artboard. Drag your cursor across overlapping shapes and paths to create new objects and add colour without accessing multiple tools and panels. Quickly unite, exclude, trim and more.
Drawing enhancements—Work faster with everyday tools. Draw behind, disregarding stacking order. Draw or place an image inside, instantly creating a clipping mask. Join paths with one keystroke, see ruler origins at the upper left, and scale symbols with 9-slice control.
NEW—Roundtrip editing with Adobe Flash Catalyst CS5—Take Illustrator designs into Adobe Flash Catalyst software and create interactive experiences without writing code. Roundtrip editing allows you to perfect your vector art in Illustrator while preserving the structure and interactivity added in Flash Catalyst.
NEW—Resolution-independent effects—See raster effects such as drop shadows, blurs and textures maintain the ideal appearance across media. Create work for different types of output in the knowledge that raster effects will look the same no matter how your resolution settings change.
NEW—Integration with Adobe CS Review—Create and share online reviews for clients and colleagues down the hall or around the world with Adobe CS Review—a brand new CS Live online service. CS Live online services are complimentary for a limited time—visit www.adobe.com/go/cslive for details. Publish your review to the web and see comments in Illustrator so you can track feedback on specific design elements.