Software : Adobe : Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator

(as of 1/6/2017)
CC 2017

Software Overview

Main Features

  • Advanced vector graphics editor
  • Configurable workspace with layer-based editing
  • Support for multiple artboards per document
  • Intelligent bitmap image detection and conversion
  • Support for multiple export formats
  • Integration with Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe Illustrator is an industry standard drawing program used to create and edit vector graphics. Unlike Photoshop, Illustrator uses paths, rather than bitmaps, to create images. This allows the drawings to be altered and resized without losing image quality. Illustrator is commonly used in professional environments to create logos, signs, digital art, drawings, and other types of graphics.

The Adobe Illustrator workspace includes a drawing canvas, known as an artboard, surrounded by various configurable toolbars and palettes. You can customize the workspace by hiding, revealing, and moving palettes to a preferred arrangement. You can also edit multiple artboards concurrently to streamline document editing across drawings.

Illustrator includes advanced features such as Live Trace and Live Paint. Live Trace quickly converts bitmap images, such as digital photos, into scalable vector paths. Live Paint automatically detects and corrects color gaps with paint bucket color fills. The software supports a myriad of other convenience tools that make the graphics workflow more efficient.

Adobe Illustrator integrates with other Creative Cloud (CC) programs through the use of interchangeable file formats. It also opens industry-standard graphic files such as .PDF, .EPS, .FXG, .SVG, .DWG, and .DXF.

If you are a drawing professional, you will find that it is hard to replace Illustrator with an alternative graphics editor. Its robust features and ability to help create clean, professional-quality graphics make it the right choice for serious vector art graphics professionals.

▶ Primary file extension

.AI – Adobe Illustrator File

▶ Other file extensions used by Adobe Illustrator CC 2017

Supported File Types
.ACBAdobe Photoshop Color Book File
.ACBLAdobe Color Book Legacy File
.AIAdobe Illustrator File
.AIAAdobe Illustrator Action File
.AITAdobe Illustrator Template
.ASEAdobe Swatch Exchange File
.BMPBitmap Image File
.DWGAutoCAD Drawing Database File
.DXFDrawing Exchange Format File
.EPSEncapsulated PostScript File
.FMODAdobe Illustrator Flattening Module
.FXGFlash XML Graphics File
.GIFGraphical Interchange Format File
.IDEAAdobe Ideas Document
.IROSAdobe Save For Web Settings File
.IRSAdobe Save For Web Settings
.JP2JPEG 2000 Core Image File
.KYSAdobe Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts File
.PCTPicture File
.PCXPaintbrush Bitmap Image File
.PDFPortable Document Format File
.PDFSAdobe PDF Presets File
.PICGeneric Picture File
.PICTPicture File
.PNGPortable Network Graphic
.PSPostScript File
.PSDAdobe Photoshop Document
.PXRPixar Image File
.RLERun Length Encoded Bitmap
.SVGScalable Vector Graphics File
.SVGZCompressed SVG File
.SWFShockwave Flash Movie
.TGATarga Graphic
.TIFTagged Image File
Additional Related File Formats
.8BFPhotoshop Filter Plug-in
.8BIPhotoshop Plug-in
.ACTFoxPro Documenting Wizard Action Diagram
.AIPIllustrator Plug-in
.ARTArt Document
.CDRCorelDRAW Image File
.CGMComputer Graphics Metafile
.CLXStandard Dictionary File
.CMXCorel Metafile Exchange Image File
.CSFAdobe Color Settings File
.DCSDesktop Color Separation File
.DIBDevice Independent Bitmap File
.DOCMicrosoft Word Document
.DOCXMicrosoft Word Open XML Document
.EMFEnhanced Windows Metafile
.ENVAdobe Dictionary Data File
.EPSFEncapsulated PostScript Format File
.FH10FreeHand 10 Drawing File
.FH11FreeHand 11 Drawing File
.FH7FreeHand 7 Drawing File
.FH8FreeHand 8 Drawing File
.FH9FreeHand 9 Drawing File
.FLTImage Filter
.HYPDictionary Information File
.ICBTarga ICB Bitmap Image
.J2CJPEG 2000 Code Stream
.JPCJPEG 2000 Code Stream File
.JPFJPEG 2000 Image
.JPXJPEG 2000 Image File
.LEXAdobe Linguistic Library Data File
.PDDAdobe PhotoDeluxe Image
.PSIDPostScript Image Data File
.RTFRich Text Format File
.TIFFTagged Image File Format
.TXTPlain Text File
.VDATarga Bitmap Image File
.VSTTarga Bitmap Image
.WMFWindows Metafile

Updated: January 6, 2017