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Adobe Illustrator CS6

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Illustrator CS6 highlights interface overhaul and new capabilities

27 June 2012
  • Excerpt: (1 items) Adobe Illustrator celebrates its silver anniversary this year, and it’s remarkable to consider that this vector illustration application has been with us for a full quarter-century. Illustrator CS6—the 16th release—cements the app’s longevity with an interface overhaul, engine tune-up, and three major new creative features: Gradient Strokes, Pattern Creation, and Image Trace. Illustrator CS6’s most obvious revision is its refined interface.
  • Pros: Gorgeous, low-contrast greyscale interface, Image Trace feature is usable and efficient, Pattern creation tools are excellent and intuitive, Gradient Strokes is a phenomenal feature, 64-bit coding delivers performance gains, New panel options help curb unnecessary clicking
  • Cons: Some basic tools remain too rudimentary, Image Trace can't ignore specific colors, Glitches affect Patterns and Gradient Strokes, Interface is bigger, squeezing the canvas size, Outline mode still not anti-aliased
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