New features in previous versions
What's new and changed
- Live shapes
- Pen tool preview & drawing-related enhancements
- Pen tool preview
- Anchor point enhancements
- Snapping updates (point, pixel, grid)
- Close paths with better control
- Experimental feature: GPU Performance
- Typekit: Missing fonts workflow
- Hello screen
- Other important enhancements
- Pencil tool enhancements
- Text enhancements
- Actions panel
- SVG enhancements
Live shapesRectangles and Rounded Rectangles
All rectangles and rounded rectangles have modifiable corners. While each corner can have and independent radius value, all attributes are retained even when you scale or rotate the rectangle. Rectangles and rounded rectangles now remember all modifications made, be it width, height, rotation, corner treatment. This capability means you can always return to the original shape of the object.
(center & right) Use the Transform panel or the Live Corner widgets to reshape the Live Rectangle to a Live Rounded Rectangle
For more information, see the article on Live Shapes.
Pen tool preview & drawing-related enhancements
The Pen tool displays a preview of what the will be drawn on your artboard, before you click and drop the next point. This helps you visualize the next curve before you commit to the next point - this gives you much more control and saves you the time spent in drawing, reviewing, and then re-drawing paths that need to be re-done.
For more information, see the article on the Pen tool rubberband preview.
Fine adjustment of curves is now easier. Enhanced anchor point controls allow unequal or different-direction handles to be dragged as you draw to control the smoothness of each segment. You can even change a corner point to smooth without ruining your shape.
When snapping is turned on, your anchor points and handles (direction lines) align to your choice of pixel, grid, or point. However, handles snapping to the grid restricts the freedom with which you draw. In the 2014 release of Illustrator CC, whatever you choose to snap to, handles are completely unrestricted. When handles are not subject to being snapped to a grid, you have much finer control over drawing and editing workflows.
A task such as precisely closing a path is an oft-repeated vector art workflow. In the 2014 release of Illustrator CC, you now have much better and precise control while connecting end and start points. With this enhancement you can reposition a closing point or choose to break the handles to adjust the closing curve exactly as per your requirement.
Watch this brief introductory video about the enhancements to the Pen tool, anchor points, handles, and drawing behavior while using the Pen tool. Check this video link!
Experimental feature: GPU Performance(Windows-only)
With the 2014 release of Illustrator CC, you can leverage the power of a Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) on your computer. At this experimental stage, Windows 7 or 8 users that have a compatible NVIDIA graphics card can test the GPU Performance feature.
For more information, see the knowledgebase article on GPU Performance feature.
Typekit: Missing fonts workflow
Locally-available and Typekit-based fonts can easily be interspersed in Illustrator CC artwork. However, there may be occasions when you open an artwork file on different computer, and find a few fonts missing. In such a situation, any Text elements using unavailable fonts are highlighted in pink, and are rendered using a default font. From the 2014 release of Illustrator CC, the online Typekit desktop font library is automatically searched for the missing font. If the missing font is available online you have the option of syncing it to your current computer.
For more information, read the article on finding missing fonts using the Typekit workflow.
The 2014 release of Illustrator CC has a new feature to help you discover, learn, use, and promote comprehensive use of features. The Hello screen is a single location that displays content relevant to your subscription and use. The screen is displayed each time you start Illustrator, or when you click Home > Welcome. The Welcome screen displays Illustrator-related tutorials, videos, interactive games, Help content, and much more. A tab-based approach helps you find interesting content, be it on new features, getting started launch-boards, or nifty tips and techniques.
The Hello feature is enabled for all Universal English (en_US) Illustrator CC 2014 users.
Other important enhancements
The Pencil tool has been updated with an additional Fidelity setting for finer control over the paths you draw. This additional level has been extended to the Paintbrush and Blob Brush tools as well.
Also, you can enable an option that converts the Pencil or Brush tools into the Smooth tool when you press the Option/Alt key.
For more information, see the article on the enhanced Pencil tool.
The text engine in the 2014 release of Illustrator CC has been enhanced to make the experience of working with text and fonts in different languages more predictable. Also, new typographical notations have been added, and some existing ones have been updated.
For more information, see the article on text-related enhancements.
- On reloading a saved Action Set, certain actions would cause errors. The cause for these errors has been fixed.
- On restarting Illustrator, some actions would cause errors while playing. This error has been fixed.
- In the SVG Save Options dialog, the Use textPath checkbox is selected by default. This reduces generated markup, resulting in smaller SVG output files.
- Markup for generated preview HTML has been cleaned up.