Learn how to work with the MacBook Pro Touch Bar in Illustrator.
Illustrator supports Touch Bar, the multitouch display at the top of the new MacBook Pro keyboard. Using the Touch Bar, you can access Illustrator features and controls right in the context of your current task on the main screen. The Touch Bar supports familiar gestures, such as tap, drag, and slide.
For more information about Touch Bar fundamentals, see this Apple documentation page.
By default, a part of the Touch Bar interface is reserved for macOS system controls. Controls for Illustrator are displayed in the app-specific area in the middle of the Touch Bar interface.
A. Illustrator controls B. macOS system controls (Control Strip and Esc)
Several context-specific operations become available depending on what you're working on in Illustrator.
|New||Use this control to jump to the New Document dialog box that lets you create a document in Illustrator. You can choose from a wide variety of presets and templates, including templates from Adobe Stock.|
|Open||Opens Illustrator documents and other compatible files using the File > Open command|
|Place||Imports a file into the currently open document using the File > Place command|
|Ruler||Shows or hides the ruler|
|Grid||Shows or hides the grid|
|Guides||Shows or hides guides|
|Artboards||Displays additional options to create or delete an artboard|
|Navigate artboards||Navigates to the first, last, previous, or next artboard in your document|
|Fill color||Displays a color picker. Adjust the sliders to select a fill color|
|Stroke color||Displays a color picker. Adjust the sliders to select a stroke color|
|Opacity||Adjusts the opacity (0-100%) of the selected object|
|Align||You can align the selected object using the options available in the Align panel and align to a selection, an artboard, or a key option.|
|Arrange||Changes the stacking order of the selected object in your artwork. You can choose one of the following options: Bring To Front, Bring Forward, Send Backward, and Send To Back. For details, see Stack objects.|
|Paragraph alignment||Lets you align and justify the text using options available in the Paragraph panel|
|Font size||Lets you use the slider to adjust the font size|
|Pathfinder||Lets you choose the desired options from the Shape Modes and the Pathfinder Effects to combine multiple objects into new shapes|
|Crop||Launches the cropping interface in Illustrator. You can crop linked or embedded images using intuitive widget controls. Then, select Apply to crop the image or Cancel to exit the cropping interface using the Touch Bar.|
|Mask||Creates a clipping mask|
|Group||Combines the selected objects into a group so that they are treated as a single unit|
|Ungroup||Ungroups a grouped selection so that the objects are treated as individual elements|