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.
Explore the native accessibility-friendly features in Illustrator, and support for assistive technologies.
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.
Brightness: You can change brightness of the Illustrator user interface to Dark, Medium Dark, Medium Light, or Light.
Large tabs: To change the size of document tabs,
Screens with larger resolution have an option for UI scaling.
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.
Text: Most text meets minimum contrast requirements. Exceptions include:
Non-text elements: Most meaningful non-text content elements have sufficient contrast. Exceptions include:
Illustrator does not fully support high contrast mode on Windows. Except title bars and menus, Illustrator does not respond to high contrast mode.
Illustrator allows operating system display scaling to resize text up to 200 percent without loss of content or functionality for most functions. Exceptions include:
Illustrator supports Wacom tablets. To enable Wacom, go to Edit > Preferences > Devices, and check Enable Wacom.
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.
Illustrator works with screen magnifiers in general.
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 blindness - Deuteranopia-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.