The latest in Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator is one of the hardest applications I ever taught myself. Why? Cause you create imagery by manipulating little wires. I learned it back in 1988 and it’s sure gotten a lot more powerful since then. Recently I had a chance to sit down with a few Adobe teams (Photoshop and Premiere are coming soon) to catch up on what Adobe’s been doing lately. Here Phil Guindi product manager on the Illustrator team demonstrates to me and talks me through a bunch of the newest stuff. It’s long, but if you’re a graphic designer you’ll probably see a few new things. Even if you’re not you’ll learn a lot about how this app is used to create much of the imagery you see all around you (most billboards, for instance, are created in Illustrator and so are many Flash and Silverlight animations — the design folks at Microsoft still used Adobe Illustrator a lot when I worked there because it’s such a powerful tool — of course Microsoft is trying to switch everyone over to its Expression Suite).

Sorry for taking the week off with my show. Rocky’s mom died on Sunday which put us behind. Thanks to Ryanne Hodson for filling in while Rocky’s tending to family affairs.

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Comments

  1. You were right, Scoble! I learned a lot from this short-ish, er-long, vid as an amateur graphic designer myself. Kudos! to a show well done.

    Regards to Rocky and his fam.

  2. You were right, Scoble! I learned a lot from this short-ish, er-long, vid as an amateur graphic designer myself. Kudos! to a show well done.

    Regards to Rocky and his fam.

  3. Your post reminded me of Randy Adams. I visited his house in Atherton way back when he was starting up Emerald City. He showed me his visual postscript editor prototype to see I would interested in working with him. It was cool technology but apparently pretty difficult to use. Randy eventually sold his company to Adobe and, as far as I know, his product twisted and turned into Illustrator. I hear Randy also had a hand in creation of Acrobat.

    Good ol’ Silicon Valley. I’ll have to look him one of these days…

  4. Your post reminded me of Randy Adams. I visited his house in Atherton way back when he was starting up Emerald City. He showed me his visual postscript editor prototype to see I would interested in working with him. It was cool technology but apparently pretty difficult to use. Randy eventually sold his company to Adobe and, as far as I know, his product twisted and turned into Illustrator. I hear Randy also had a hand in creation of Acrobat.

    Good ol’ Silicon Valley. I’ll have to look him one of these days…

  5. Adobe, I’m still waiting for the Freehand update…

    (Failing that, at the very least, please make clipping masks intuitive in Illustrator. I can live without multiple pages, and I even like Illo’s special effects better. But please, please make clipping masks more intuitive.)

    (Even Inkscape’s clipping masks are better.)

  6. Adobe, I’m still waiting for the Freehand update…

    (Failing that, at the very least, please make clipping masks intuitive in Illustrator. I can live without multiple pages, and I even like Illo’s special effects better. But please, please make clipping masks more intuitive.)

    (Even Inkscape’s clipping masks are better.)

  7. Please pass on my condolences to Rocky and his family. Rocky is definitely one of the nicest guys I’ve ever had the privilege to meet and I wish he and his family all the best.

  8. Please pass on my condolences to Rocky and his family. Rocky is definitely one of the nicest guys I’ve ever had the privilege to meet and I wish he and his family all the best.