Creative Cloud Mobile Apps Tutorials

Capture shapes for Illustrator

Easily create unique graphics to use in Illustrator by capturing them with Adobe Capture CC on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device. (See how, 2 min)

Convert unique graphics into vector shapes by capturing them with Adobe Capture CC on your iPad, iPhone, or Android device. Then refine them on your desktop with Adobe Illustrator CC.

What do I need?

  Capture CC for iPad, iPad Pro, and iPhone

   Capture CC for Android

Step 1 of 5

Capture a shape

Open Adobe Capture CC and sign-in with your Adobe ID (Get an Adobe ID).

Tap the Shapes menu option, then tap the + icon. Point your camera at the object and use the slider to add or remove details from the image. Tap the outline/fill icon to see which option gives you the best results. Tap the Capture button to capture.

Tip: Try to capture objects against a high contrast background. For example, a black and white drawing or a bright cup on a dark table.

Note: The screenshots in this tutorial show Adobe Capture CC on an iPad. The user interface may vary between iPhone, iPad, and Android devices.

Figure 1: Capture inspiring shapes

Step 2 of 5

Refine your shape

Tap Remove from Shape and drag your finger over the parts of the shape you want to remove. If you accidentally remove too much or want to add more to your shape, tap Keep in Shape and drag over the additional areas.

Figure 2: Refine your shape

Step 3 of 5

Save your shape

Tap Next when you’re done and let Capture draw the smooth outlines that make up your shape. 

Review the drawing, then tap Next and enter a name for your shape. Choose the appropriate Creative Cloud Library, then tap Save Shape

Figure 3: Save your shape

Step 4 of 5

Open Creative Cloud Libraries in Illustrator

Start Illustrator and open your project, then open the Creative Cloud Libraries panel (Window > Libraries). Your captured shape will be under the Graphics section.

Note: If you don’t see your shape, you may have to switch libraries.

Figure 4: Open CC Libraries in Photoshop

Step 5 of 5

Add the shape to your project

Drag the shape onto your artboard. The shape is a scalable vector object, so you can resize and transform it to fit your design.

Figure 5: Add the shape to your project

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