Basics

What is Illustrator CC and who is it for?

Adobe Illustrator CC is the industry-standard vector graphics software used worldwide by designers of all types who want to create digital graphics, illustrations, and typography for all kinds of media: print, web, interactive, video, and mobile. Learn more about Illustrator at https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/how-to/what-is-illustrator.html?set=illustrator--get-started--overview.

And because Illustrator CC is part of Adobe Creative Cloud, you get access to all the latest updates and future releases the moment they’re available. Learn more about Creative Cloud.

What are vector graphics and why are they important?

Vector graphics are one of the two most commonly used graphic formats in design, the other being bitmap (or raster) graphics. Vector graphics, like those created with Illustrator, are resolution independent, which means they can be resized infinitely with no loss of quality. For example, the same logo design created with Illustrator can be used on a business card or an outdoor billboard, maintaining the accuracy and detail of the original design.

Where can I learn more about new features?

See the What’s New page for details.

How does Illustrator CC compare with earlier versions?

Check out the Illustrator version comparison.

Technical questions

What are the minimum system requirements to run Illustrator CC?

See the system requirements for information.

What hardware is recommended to make Illustrator CC run faster?

With native 64-bit support, Illustrator CC can take full advantage of the available RAM on your system. Many users will see additional performance gains as they add more RAM, with 8 GB of RAM being a good baseline, particularly if you run multiple applications simultaneously.

For the 2015 release of Illustrator CC, GPU Performance is available for both Mac OS and Windows, and it works with various GPUs. For more information, see GPU Performance on the Illustrator CC Help pages.

What is GPU acceleration?

Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)-accelerated computing offers significant boosts to application performance by offloading compute-intensive operations to the GPU, while the rest of the application runs on the CPU. GPU acceleration for vector graphics is relatively new territory; today most rendering of vector graphics takes place on the CPU.

For more information, see GPU performance on the Illustrator CC Help pages.

What are the touch-enabled features in Illustrator CC, and how can they be used?

For customers using Windows tablets, Illustrator CC offers a Touch workspace that surfaces the essential tools and controls for drawing and editing with a pressure sensitive pen and multi-touch gestures.

Illustrator CC also brings multitouch capabilities to the Touch Type, Free Transform, and Path Segment Reshape tools. These touch capabilities provide new ways to work with natural, intuitive gestures right on the screen when using display devices that support multitouch, such as the Wacom Cintiq 24HD touch display or Windows tablets.

Will my existing plug-ins work with Illustrator CC?

Plug-ins designed for earlier versions of Illustrator will not work with Illustrator CC and must be updated. Vendors of the more popular plug-ins have been working to make new versions available as quickly as possible. For a list of available plug-ins, visit the plug-ins page. For more information, contact the plug-in manufacturer directly.

Why are Chinese, Japanese, and Korean (CJK) fonts not included in the file packaging feature?

CJK fonts are not included in the Package folder created with the Package feature in Illustrator CC because of geographic licensing restrictions for those fonts. This is also the case with the same feature in InDesign CC.

Can I change the Illustrator CC user interface from dark gray to light gray?

The darker UI in Illustrator CC is set by default to match other Adobe professional products like Photoshop, InDesign, and Adobe Premiere Pro. You can easily change the brightness in the Preferences dialog box. Choose Edit > Preferences > User Interface (Windows) or Illustrator > Preferences > User Interface (Mac OS).

Is Illustrator CC compatible with Windows 10?

Yes.

Is Illustrator CC compatible with Mac OS X El Capitan (v10.11)?

Yes.

Free trials

Where can I get a trial version of Illustrator CC?

With a free Creative Cloud membership, you can download a trial version of Illustrator CC — and other applications in Creative Cloud. When you upgrade to All Apps plan, you’ll be able to download the full version of every Creative Cloud application.

Can I convert my trial version to a paid membership?

Yes. You can convert your trial to a Creative Cloud All Apps or Single App membership by purchasing on the Creative Cloud website. After you purchase your membership, your desktop product trial will automatically be licensed upon relaunch.

Purchasing options

How can I purchase Illustrator CC?

Learn more about purchasing options on the Creative Cloud plans page.

Learning Illustrator

How can I get started with Illustrator CC?

Check out Illustrator CC Learn & Support for all you need to get started, with video and step-by-step-tutorials as well as comprehensive product support from Adobe and our knowledgeable community.

Where can I find the manual?

You can find web and PDF versions of the Illustrator CC manual on the Illustrator Help page.

Where can I find the latest news about Illustrator?

You can follow Illustrator on Facebook and Twitter and find informative posts and tutorials on the Illustrator blog.