The latest version, Adobe Illustrator CS5 is the powerful, vector-based image editor. It gives a user a vast array of tools and flexibility. This update is however not for all the users – not every user will benefit from all of the new features.
Most users will take advantage from changes to artboard organization and management, but new capabilities to these features are few.
Adobe Illustrator CS5 can attract a user by new tools for creating and refining images for a wide variety of media and devices.
The Draw Inside and Draw Behind modes are the new powerful features. The Draw Inside automatically creates a mask out of objects you’ve selected. The Draw Behind modes allows you to place new objects “beneath” other objects in the stacking order.
A new artboards panel gives access to all the artboards, created, and adds, deletes, duplicates, names, and reorders them. If you want to use a graphic from one artboard in the same location on several other artboards, you can choose a single menu option and this graphic is copied automatically. This saves a lot of time and makes the work much easier.
The Shape Builder tool allows you to merge multiple objects into a single shape, divide overlapping shapes into multiple objects and delete whole unnecessary areas. The Shape Builder tool makes it possible to choose the colors to fill areas of an artwork.
Adobe Illustrator is a vector graphics editor, produced by Adobe Systems. There are 15 generations in the product line. The earlier versions are –1.6 (Illustrator 88), versions 2-5, 6-10, the later versions are CS–CS5.
Illustrator CS – CS5 versions include 3-dimensional possibilities which allow users create simple 3D objects.
Illustrator CS2 became integrated with the Adobe Creative Suite and available for the Microsoft Windows and Mac OS. The main features of this version are live trace, live paint, colorized grayscale, Photoshop layer support, expanded stroke options, control palette, Adobe Bridge support, Wacom tablet support, SVG-t export.
The version CS4 underwent a variety of improvements to old tools and got new tools. The most important are artboards, which allow you to create multiple versions of a piece of work within a document transparency in gradients, blob brush, that makes possible overlapping vector brush strokes to easily merge or join, others are: live gradient editing, separations previews, in-palette appearance editing.
The latest version, Illustrator CS5 appeared in April 2010. There are lots of enhancements to the old tools, but most impressive are new features. They include a perspective grid tool, a bristle brush, which enables users to imitate real life, and perspective drawing tools, control over opacity in points on gradient meshes.