What’s new in Illustrator?
Adobe® Illustrator® CS6 software was rebuilt from the inside out to be faster and more intuitive, with rock-solid stability when working on complex files. Now you can create and edit patterns up to 75% faster. Automatically collect all your files for production in a few clicks. Work faster and more efficiently with the new streamlined interface. With Illustrator CS6, your tools can keep up with your ideas.
The best way to get Illustrator CS6 is with an Adobe Creative Cloud™ membership. With Creative Cloud, you no longer have to wait for future releases — you get new features the moment they’re available. Illustrator now offers new file packaging and unembedded images exclusively through Creative Cloud.
Work with precision, speed, and rock-solid stability on large, complex files in Adobe Illustrator® CS6 software — powered by the Adobe Mercury Performance System. A newly modern interface streamlines daily tasks. Enjoy a new tracing engine, quickly design seamless patterns, and apply gradients to strokes.
Adobe Mercury Performance System
Work with precision, speed, and rock-solid stability on large, complex files thanks to a new performance system that powers Illustrator CS6. With native 64-bit support on Mac OS and Windows® you can access all the RAM on your computer to easily open, save, and export large files and preview demanding designs. Just about everything feels faster and more responsive.
New file packaging
Use the Package feature to easily hand off Illustrator files to production by automatically collecting the necessary fonts, linked graphics, and a package report in a single folder.
New unembedded images
Quickly unembed images that have been placed and embedded into an Illustrator file for quick edits or for use outside Illustrator. Automatically link them to their extracted PSD or TIFF files.
Take fewer steps to accomplish daily tasks in a new, streamlined interface. Enjoy inline editing of layer names, precise color sampling, and UI brightness that’s smoothly adjustable to match other Adobe tools.
Inline editing in panels
Efficiently edit names in layers, swatches, brushes, artboards, and other panels directly in the panels themselves without using intermediate dialog boxes.
Gaussian Blur enhancement
See that Gaussian Blur and effects such as Drop Shadows and Glows are applied significantly faster than before. To improve accuracy, preview directly on the artboard rather than in a dialog box.
Color panel enhancements
Sample colors faster and more precisely using an expandable color spectrum in the Color panel. And now, copy and paste hex values into other applications more quickly.
Transform panel enhancements
Quickly access the popular Scale Strokes and Effects option, thanks to its new availability in the Transform panel.
Type panel improvements
Use arrow keys to change fonts in context for selected text. Glyphs for caps, superscripts, and more can now be accessed in one place — from the Character panel.
Workspaces with rooms
Move fluidly from workspace to workspace with support for rooms. Achieve consistency across your work areas and maintain layout changes until you actively reset them.
Control panel enhancements
Quickly find what you need in a more efficient Control panel, now with consistency across options, anchor point controls, clipping masks, envelope distortions, and more.
HiDPI and Retina display support
See more detail in your images and text, and in the Illustrator user interface, when working on high-resolution displays, including the new Retina display on MacBook Pro.*
Transparency panel improvements
Create and work with opacity masks more easily, thanks to the new Make Mask/Release button that now displays the masking functionality in the Transparency panel.
True white canvas color
Set your Illustrator CS6 workspace canvas to white for fast color sampling when you need to quickly grab a pure white.
* The HiDPI feature in Illustrator is currently only available on Mac OS. It is expected to be available in the future on additional operating systems.