Accessibility in Illustrator
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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 isn't accessibility-friendly for people with full vision loss. It does partially support people with limited vision. Learn more about screen readers.
Native accessibility- friendly features of Illustrator
Explore the native accessibility-friendly features in Illustrator.
- Some Illustrator functionalities, such as menu options, can be operated through a keyboard interface. However, most functions can only be performed using the mouse.
- Illustrator offers many keyboard shortcuts. When you press a keyboard shortcut, it not only invokes the tool but also announces the name of the tool (while you use VoiceOver Utility in macOS).
- Keyboard shortcuts can be remapped and removed, but Illustrator requires a mouse or touch to do so. Go to Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts in the Illustrator workspace to remap 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 the keyboard-only operation.
User interface customization
You can change the brightness of the Illustrator user interface to Dark, Medium Dark, Medium Light, or Light.
Go to Edit > Preferences > User Interface. Select the appropriate brightness icon next to Brightness and select OK.
You can change the size of document tabs.
Go to Edit > Preferences > User Interface. Check Large Tabs and select OK.
Selection & Anchor display
You can increase the size of selection handles, anchor points, and bezier controls.
Go to Illustrator > Preferences > Selection & Anchor display and move the slider of Anchor points, Handle and Bounding Box Display to its max value.
Screens with larger resolutions have an option for UI scaling.
Go to Edit > Preferences > User Interface. Move the slider next to UI Scaling to select the required scaling and select 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.
Go to Edit > Preferences > Appearance of Black. Choose Rich Black for On Screen or Printing/ Exporting and select OK.
Most text meets minimum contrast requirements except when tools are highlighted, the light blue text on the light gray background lacks sufficient contrast.
Most meaningful non-text content elements have sufficient contrast except 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. Illustrator does not respond to high contrast mode except for title bars and menus.
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.
Illustrator supports Wacom tablets. To enable Wacom, go to Edit > Preferences > Devices, and check Enable Wacom.
Support for assistive technologies
Explore the usability of assistive technologies in Illustrator.
Most non-text elements in Illustrator don't have correct text alternatives for use by screen readers. For example, icons that visually indicate the state and status of tool options. To use the screen reader, ensure that you've enabled VoiceOver (macOS) and installed JAWS Client (Windows).
Follow these steps to enable the screen reader:
- When you press the keyboard shortcut to invoke the tool, the VoiceOver Utility announces the name of the tool.
- It also announces the name of the artboard when you access it in the Presentation Mode (Shift + F).
The screen reader is supported on the following UI items:
- Toolbar, status bar, properties panel, menu items, Dialog.
Panels are partially supported.
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 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.