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. Experiment freely
with perspective, image tracing, gradients, brushes, and strokes—all
driven by the Mercury Performance System so you can make fast work of
your most complex designs.
Illustrator CS6 Highlights
- Work fast and with rock-solid stability—Handle
the most complex artwork with speed and stability. The new Mercury
Performance System includes native 64-bit support for Mac OS and Windows
to power tasks that were often impossible previously, such as opening,
saving, and exporting large files and previewing elaborate designs.
- Efficiently drive daily tasks and favorite features—Work
more efficiently and intuitively with a modern user interface. Familiar
tasks are now streamlined, from inline editing of layer names to
precise color sampling from the Color panel. User interface brightness
is smoothly adjustable to match other Adobe applications or your
- Design intuitively and with precise control—Express
your vision fully and more easily with refined creative features.
Designing and editing seamless patterns, once difficult, is now direct
and intuitive. A new image-tracing engine delivers clean, accurate
vectors with easy-to-use controls. You can even apply gradients to
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is Illustrator CS6 and who is it for?
Adobe Illustrator CS6 is the industry-standard vector graphics
software, used worldwide by designers of all types who want to create
digital graphics, illustrations, and typography for all kinds of media:
print, web, interactive, video, and mobile.
Q: What are vector graphics and why are they important?
Vector graphics are one of the two most commonly used graphic formats
in design, the other being bitmap (or raster) graphics. Vector graphics,
like those created with Illustrator CS6, are resolution independent,
which means they can be resized infinitely with no loss of quality. For
example, the same logo design created with Illustrator can be used on a
business card or an outdoor billboard, always maintaining the accuracy
and detail of the original design.
Q:Does Illustrator CS6 still support 32-bit operating systems?
Illustrator CS6 supports both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows operating
systems, but only supports 64-bit operating systems for Mac OS. The lack
of 32-bit support does not affect the majority of Mac computers that
use Intel processors. The only Mac users affected by the lack of 32-bit
support are those using Intel based Mac computers with Intel Core Duo
Top New CS6 Features
Mercury Performance System—Work
with precision, speed, and rock-solid stability on large, complex files
due to native 64-bit support on Mac OS and Windows with RAM and overall
create seamlessly tiled vector patterns. Experiment freely with
different types of repeating patterns that can be edited at any time for
maximum design flexibility.
raster images to editable vectors with a completely new tracing engine.
Get clean lines, accurate fitting, and reliable color results without
using complex controls.
Efficient, flexible interface—Take
fewer steps to accomplish daily tasks in a new, streamlined interface.
Enjoy inline editing of layer names, precise color sampling, and user
interface brightness that's smoothly adjustable to match other Adobe
Gradients on strokes—Apply
gradients to your strokes—along the length, across the width, or within
the stroke itself—all with complete control over gradient placement and
Inline editing in panels—Efficiently
edit names in layers, swatches, brushes, artboards, and other panels
directly in the panels themselves without using intermediate dialog
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.