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Accessibility in Illustrator

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      15. Accessibility in Illustrator
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      17. View artwork
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      3. System requirements | Illustrator on the iPad
      4. What you can or cannot do on Illustrator on the iPad
    2. Workspace
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      2. Touch shortcuts and gestures
      3. Keyboard shortcuts for Illustrator on the iPad
      4. Manage your app settings
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      1. Work with documents in Illustrator on the iPad
      2. Import Photoshop and Fresco documents
    4. Select and arrange objects
      1. Create repeat objects
      2. Blend objects
    5. Drawing
      1. Draw and edit paths
      2. Draw and edit shapes
    6. Type
      1. Work with type and fonts
      2. Create text designs along a path
      3. Add your own fonts
    7. Work with images
      1. Vectorize raster images
    8. Color
      1. Apply colors and gradients
  4. Cloud documents
    1. Basics
      1. Work with Illustrator cloud documents
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      3. Upgrade cloud storage for Adobe Illustrator
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      1. Troubleshoot create or save issues for Illustrator cloud documents
      2. Troubleshoot Illustrator cloud documents issues
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      1. Drawing basics
      2. Edit paths
      3. Draw pixel-perfect art
      4. Draw with the Pen, Curvature, or Pencil tool
      5. Draw simple lines and shapes
      6. Image Trace
      7. Simplify a path
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      9. Symbolism tools and symbol sets
      10. Adjust path segments
      11. Design a flower in 5 easy steps
      12. Perspective drawing
      13. Symbols
      14. Draw pixel-aligned paths for web workflows
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      1. About 3D effects in Illustrator
      2. Create 3D graphics
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      4. Create 3D Text
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      4. Adjust colors
      5. Use the Adobe Color Themes panel
      6. Color groups (harmonies)
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      8. Recolor your artwork
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      1. About painting
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      3. Live Paint groups
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      3. Group and expand objects
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      8. Reshape using envelopes
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      10. Build new shapes with Shaper and Shape Builder tools
      11. Work with Live Corners
      12. Enhanced reshape workflows with touch support
      13. Edit clipping masks
      14. Live shapes
      15. Create shapes using the Shape Builder tool
      16. Global editing
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      1. Create text
      2. Fonts and typography
      3. Format type
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      5. Format paragraphs
      6. Special characters
      7. Create type on a path
      8. Character and paragraph styles
      9. Tabs
      10. Text and type
      11. Find missing fonts (Typekit workflow)
      12. Update text from Illustrator 10
      13. Arabic and Hebrew type
      14. Fonts | FAQ and troubleshooting tips
      15. Create 3D text effect
      16. Creative typography designs
      17. Scale and rotate type
      18. Line and character spacing
      19. Hyphenation and line breaks
      20. Text enhancements
      21. Spelling and language dictionaries
      22. Format Asian characters
      23. Composers for Asian scripts
      24. Create text designs with blend objects
      25. Create a text poster using Image Trace
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Learn how to use accessibility features in Illustrator and how to create accessible designs using Illustrator.

Accessibility of software involves features in it that help people with visual, auditory, speech, motor, cognitive, and mobile disabilities use it with less difficulty. By extension, it also involves the usability of assistive technologies like screen readers and screen magnifiers with the software.

Illustrator has some tools and functionalities that are accessibility-friendly. It also lets you create accessible designs.


Illustrator is not accessibility-friendly for people with full vision loss. It does partially support people with limited vision. See screen readers.

Accessibility- friendly features of Illustrator

Explore the native accessibility-friendly features in Illustrator, and support for assistive technologies.

Native features

Keyboard support

  • Some Illustrator functionalities can be operated through a keyboard interface, such as menu options. However, most functions can only be performed using the mouse. 
  • Illustrator offers many keyboard shortcuts. For the list of default keyboard shortcuts, see Default keyboard shortcuts | Illustrator.
  • Keyboard shortcuts can be remapped and removed but Illustrator requires a mouse or touch to do so. To remap keyboard shortcuts, on the Illustrator workspace, go to Edit Keyboard Shortcuts. For more information on customizing keyboard shortcuts, see Customize keyboard shortcuts.

Users with limited manipulation cannot rely on a keyboard alone to interact with user interfaces. Though there are key combinations to perform certain functions, certain features cannot be accessed with keyboard-only operation.

User interface customization

Brightness: You can change brightness of the Illustrator user interface to Dark, Medium Dark, Medium Light, or Light.

  1. Go to Edit Preferences User Interface.
  2. Click the appropriate brightness icon next to Brightness. Click OK.

Large tabs: To change the size of document tabs,

  1. Go to Edit Preferences User Interface.
  2. Check Large Tabs. Click OK.

UI Scaling:

Screens with larger resolution have an option for UI scaling.

  1. Go to Edit Preferences User Interface.
  2. Move the slider next to UI Scaling to select the required scaling. Click OK.

Appearance of Black: You can set the appearance of black as Rich Black on RGB and grayscale devices, for on screen or printing/exporting appearance.

  1. Go to Edit > Preferences > Appearance of Black.
  2. Choose Rich Black for On Screen or Printing/ Exporting. Click OK.

Color contrast

Text: Most text meets minimum contrast requirements. Exceptions include:

  • When tools are highlighted, the light blue text on the light gray background lacks sufficient contrast.

Non-text elements: Most meaningful non-text content elements have sufficient contrast. Exceptions include:

  • In some functions, a control has a dark blue outline on a dark gray background.

Illustrator does not fully support high contrast mode on Windows. Except title bars and menus, Illustrator does not respond to high contrast mode.

Text resize

Illustrator allows operating system display scaling to resize text up to 200 percent without loss of content or functionality for most functions. Exceptions include:

  • The opening video that can have its controls disappear at that zoom level.

Wacom support

Illustrator supports Wacom tablets. To enable Wacom, go to Edit > Preferences > Devices, and check Enable Wacom.

Support for assistive technologies

Screen readers

Most non-text elements in Illustrator do not have correct text alternatives for use by screen readers. For example, icons that visually indicate the state and status of tool options.

Screen magnifiers

Illustrator works with screen magnifiers in general.

Create accessible content on Illustrator

You can create Color Blind Safe color themes for your design using Adobe Color. Once you create them, you can access them from Window > Libraries, or Window > Color Themes. To learn more, see Adobe Color | Accessibility tools.

To see how your design appears for people with Protanopia and Deuteranopia, go to View > Proof Setup and choose Color blindness - Protanopia-type and Color blindnessDeuteranopia-type respectively. You can adjust your design colors accordingly.


Illustrator does not provide you an option to add text alternatives to non-text elements in PDF documents. Text alternatives can be added using Adobe Acrobat.

For more on Illustrator accessibility, see Adobe Accessibility Conformance Report.

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