Adobe Illustrator CS6 - Top New Features
Justin | On 11, Jul 2012
Adobe Illustrator CS6 software is powered by the new Adobe Mercury Performance System so you can work with speed and stability on large, complex files. A modern and updated interface streamlines daily tasks. Advanced creative tools enable you to capture your vision better than ever. These Adobe Illustrator CS6 top new features are sure to get you craving for more.
Work Fast and With Rock-Solid Stability
You can handle the most complex artwork with speed and stability. Adobe Illustrator CS6 software includes the new Adobe Mercury Performance System, with native 64-bit support for Mac OS and Windows to power the tasks such as opening, saving, and exporting large files and previewing elaborate designs.
Adobe mercury performance system
Work with precision, speed, and rock-solid stability on large, complex files due to native 64-bit support on Mac OS and Windows, with RAM and overall performance optimization.
Integration with other Adobe solutions
Move projects smoothly from design to print or digital output, thanks to tight integration with industry-leading Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, After Effects, Acrobat, and more.
Edit objects using Isolation mode, which temporarily enables editing of just your selection without disturbing other parts of your artwork. You can actually isolate any type of object.
Place duotone or separated images, preserving native colorspace, with DeviceN support. Confidently print multicomponent and Hi-Fi color, raster effects, transparency, and more.
Efficiently Drive Daily Tasks and Favorite Features
Work more efficiently and intuitively with a modern user interface. Familiar tasks are now streamlined, from inline editing of layer names to precise color sampling. UI brightness is smoothly adjustable to match other Adobe applications or your personal preference.
Efficient, customizable interface
Take fewer steps to accomplish daily tasks with a streamlined interface. Enjoy inline editing of layer names, precise color sampling, and UI brightness that’s smoothly adjustable to match other Adobe tools.
Dockable hidden tools
Tear off and dock previously hidden tools, such as the Shape and Pen tools. Dock tools horizontally or vertically for a more efficient workspace.
Refined graphic styles
Combine styles for unique effects and increased efficiency. You can apply styles without disturbing appearances. Enjoy thumbnail previews and an expanded library of prebuilt styles.
Practical smart guides
Stay oriented with intuitive and practical Smart Guides. Unobtrusive appearance and behavior can keep your view uncluttered. Try aligning to objects on artboards rather than the cursor.
Versatile slicing tools
It is easy to create vector-based slices from objects, groups of objects, or layers that are preserved when exporting your artwork as a SWF or PSD file.
Design Intuitively and With Precise Control
You can express your vision fully and more easily with refined creative features. Designing and editing seamless patterns is now direct and intuitive. A new image tracing engine can deliver clean, accurate vectors with easy-to-use controls. You can also apply gradients to strokes.
Gradients and transparency
Interact with gradients directly on your object — defining the dimension of elliptical gradients, editing colors, and adjusting opacity. You can even create gradients on strokes and meshes.
Use perspective grids to draw shapes and scenes in accurate 1-, 2-, or 3-point linear perspective, creating the look of realistic depth and distance.
Dashed line control
Control alignment of dashes on a stroke. Define symmetrical dashes around corners and at the ends of open paths, with lengths adjusted automatically to fit.
Draw behind elements, disregarding stacking order. Draw or place an image inside an element, instantly creating a clipping mask.
Quickly remove areas of artwork with the Eraser tool as easily as you erase pixels in Adobe Photoshop software. Enjoy complete control over the width, shape, and smoothness of the erasure.
Use clipping masks to hide areas of an object or group, crop placed images, or cut intricate shapes. You can quickly find clipping mask and masked object options in the control panel.
Satish contributed to this article.