Get to know the industry-standard vector graphics app that lets you create logos, icons, drawings, typography, and complex illustrations for any medium.
Adobe Illustrator CC is the industry standard design app that lets you capture your creative vision with shapes, color, effects, and typography. Work across desktop and mobile devices and quickly create beautiful designs that can go anywhere—print, web and apps, video and animations, and more.
Digital graphics fall into two primary categories — vector graphics and raster graphics. Raster-based graphics such as a photograph are groups of pixels aligned on a grid to form an image and have a fixed resolution. Raster images cannot be scaled up or down without quickly losing quality.
Vector graphics are resolution independent. They're made of objects and paths that are defined mathematically which means they can be scaled up or down in size without losing quality.
While Illustrator can work with both of these types of graphics, its powerful tool set for creating and manipulating vector graphics is what makes it the go-to app for a wide range of uses.
So what is Illustrator used for?
Just look around you to see logos that brand corporations and products and are used in all types of applications from business cards to websites, billboards to bus wraps.
You can also create photo-realistic artwork, navigation icons on websites, packaging designs for general merchandise, maps both printed and digital, charts and info graphics, posters perhaps announcing a museum exhibit or music concert, and all manner of illustrative artwork, user interfaces on your computer and mobile devices, even the clothes you wear—all of these and more are created with the help of Adobe Illustrator.
Start your creative work wherever you are with mobile apps, like Illustrator Draw, Capture CC, and Comp CC and continue your work with Illustrator CC on the desktop.
You can work seamlessly across Photoshop with artwork that was first created in Illustrator, like this illustration, and leverage Creative Cloud Libraries built into Adobe desktop and mobile apps to keep all your Creative assets up to date and at your fingertips. And bring that artwork into InDesign for a complete design workflow.
As a Creative Cloud subscriber, you can browse and access thousands of royalty-free stock art from Adobe Stock directly from Illustrator. And Illustrator integrates perfectly with animation and video apps like Animate CC, Premiere Pro, and After Effects so you can take your Illustrator artwork to video and animations too.
Illustrator lets you create designs that are infinitely scalable for any size of screen or printed material.
And with Illustrator CC and Creative Cloud, you can turn your brightest ideas into your greatest work wherever inspiration strikes.
Go out and make something incredible.
Contributors: Delicious Design League, Brian Wood