Adobe Illustrator CS6 software is the industry's premier vector-drawing environment for creating graphics that scale across media. Capture your vision with shapes, color, effects, and typography while working efficiently and moving easily among Adobe creative applications. Experiment freely with perspective, image tracing, transparent gradients, patterns, brushes, and strokes-all driven by the Mercury Performance System so you can make fast work of your most complex designs.
- Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
- ASIN: B007S02Y6I
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.4 x 7.8 inches
- Media: DVD-ROM
- Release Date: May 7, 2012
Illustrator CS 6 is very good software
“Illustrator is the most advanced vector based Illustration program available.” If you want simple, this fact should scare you. If you want to create vector graphics without limits, this fact should excite you. If you don’t know the difference between pixel based and vector based graphics you need to familiarize yourself with those topics (Google ‘pixel vs vector’) before trying to make a purchasing decision.
“Illustrator is highly specialized for the task of creating graphics, not page layout.” If you need a single tool to do both illustration and page layout, for budget or simplicity reasons, Illustrator is probably not your tool. Illustrator’s multi-page functionality have actually made a lot of progress lately. I routinely create multi-page documents in Illustrator, often with different sized pages which Illustrator does perhaps better than any other application now. However, you won’t be getting table of contents, footnotes, complex tables, GREP styles or other great page layout features that come with InDesign.
“Illustrator is the standard for professional vector based images.” This fact means that if a professional graphic designer created a graphic for you there is nearly a 100% chance they used Illustrator. If you are buying an illustration tool for the purposes of editing professional created vector graphics you should buy Illustrator for compatibility reasons. Other software may say they open .eps or .ai files, but there will be problems. If you need to edit graphics created by people on a low or zero budget you could probably just used what they used – a solution that will probably cost a lot less than Illustrator.
“Illustrator seems complicated, at first.” You weren’t born knowing how to draw with Bezier curves. There are some concepts that you will need to learn. Once learned, you will find Illustrator is remarkably well designed and organized. It has tools that allow you to manipulate graphical objects in some amazingly power and efficient ways. Once proficient you will see Illustrator as the least complex way of building many graphics.
“Drawing in Illustrator can be more time consuming than alternatives.” Illustrator is a “low level” drawing tool, more like a pencil than a box of rubber stamps. You will be able to draw diagrams faster with specialized tool like Visio. You will be able to draft architectural plans faster with a dedicated CAD program. These specialized tools have palettes of pre-made “higher level” objects, and features to use them, like auto-rotating a door object to align it with a wall object. That being said, I draw a ton of diagrams in Illustrator. I find that many diagrams benefit from custom built visualizations that would be difficult or impossible to build in a diagram tool. The few extra minutes spent in Illustrator often makes a huge difference. For CAD tasks, sometimes Illustrator is faster. I recently needed to verify a Steinway Model B grand piano would fit in a room in my house. Googling the dimensions for a Steinway Model B and drawing it in Illustrator took less than 2 minutes. Finding the pre-made object for a Steinway B in a CAD tool would have taken longer and may have cost money.
Hopefully I’ve characterized Illustrator in a way that will help you make a sound decision to either buy…or avoid…Adobe Illustrator. Feel free to send questions.