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A few weeks back I wrote about Adobe Photoshop CS6 but in the Adobe Creative Suite, I also use Illustrator CS6 frequently. This software is different from Photoshop as it is more of a drawing, creating graphics piece of software but you can do so much with it. This software was launched in summer 2012 and has been around now for a year but I'm sure another update will be coming out soon. The main things you can do with this software are create vector drawing and play around with typography and different effects and shapes. You can freehand draw on this also which is one of the best things and trace around images as well to get a desired effect.
ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR CS6
This software is really good and is probably my favourite of the whole Creative Suite as with my job I can create so much with it and it allows me to develop my skills. You can use a graphics tablet with this if you are good at freehand drawing but I tend to just use a mouse as I have good control on this. You can do so much with type on this you can create perspective, distort, add texture, colour in type, create shapes, there are so many things, it is exciting and allows you to come up with so much, I use this a lot for designing logos as it saves in such a high quality file type and it allows image and type to be designed to create the perfect logo.
You can play around also with the different brushes and paint effects you can load, also there are lots of gradient effects and patterns to work with and if you are good at tracing then use the pen tool to draw around scanned in images or images you like. If you want a quick trace of an image, then you can click Live Trace and there is also Live Paint as well which makes it easy to be able to trace images. The pen tool is great as well and you can work on multiple artboards if you have a number of things you are designing. There is an Edit Artboard option which allows to change the size of the space you are working on and create more boards.
The display is easy to follow on Illustrator as on the top menu you can navigate and find what you are looking for. If you click on the window then you can see the window for whatever tool you want ie. colour then you will have a colour palette open to choose the colours you want to use. You can use grids to make drawing easier and there are guides also and so many shapes that you can use to start the basis of your designs. You can also design easily for print and web on here, this is good for designing graphics at a high quality size, you can also export to the file types you need and it is all made so easy, you can also change where your tool palette sits on the screen.
To be able to use Illustrator CS6, you need to have a computer with the correct requirements, if using Windows you need Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon 64 Processor, Windows 7 or above, 1GB of RAM, 2GB of hard disk space available for installation and 1024 x 768 display and an internet connection. If using this on a Mac, you will need similar things but you will need a Multicore Intel Processor with 64 bit support, Mac OS X v10.6.8 or v10.8 and you can change the language depending on whatever you require. To install is fairly straightforward, you just have to be patient to let it install as it can take quite a bit of time depending on your computer.
When running Illustrator, it does run really fast, I run it on a Mac and having used it on Windows also, I do feel it works faster on a Mac and having a good amount of memory to run this makes all the difference to the performance. If the software decides to crash while you use it then you can submit a crash report to Adobe. With saving files, you can export this to a PDF but one of the other great features is being able to export Illustrator files to PSD files which makes life easier. This is definitely a fantastic software if you like to freehand draw and create vector images as it is created for this purpose and does have a lot of great features and tools.
If you are into design or if you are creative and love to draw, then Illustrator CS6 will definitely be great for you to use. I love to create logos and draw on this software as it is the one piece of software I can design the most on and really push my creative thoughts into. It isn't cheap at all to use but if you love to design or like me do it for a living, then it is great to have it on my laptop at home as well as at work. It runs really quickly and I just come up with so many great ideas just by playing around with the tools on this to see what ideas span from a simple start. It is a great creative program and I think everyone should give it a go as it is easy to pick up.
This software can be purchased for Mac and for Windows, the Mac version is for sale on Amazon for £531.50 and the Windows version is £534.50. If you want to download this on a monthly payment creative cloud agreement, you can where it will cost you from £17.58 a month.
The official Adobe website is http://www.adobe.com/uk/.
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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.
|Product Description:||Adobe Illustrator CS6 - ( v. 16 ) - licence|
|Subcategory:||Creativity - graphics & image editing|
|Licence Qty:||1 user|
|Licence Pricing:||Volume, government / Level 1 ( 1+ )|
|Licensing Program:||Adobe Volume Licensing Transactional Licence Program (TLP)|
|Point Value:||600 points|
|OS Required:||Microsoft Windows XP SP3, Microsoft Windows 7 SP1, Apple MacOS X 10.7 Lion, Apple MacOS X 10.6.8|