No doubt Adobe is betting quite heavily on the iPad since after officially launching Photoshop for the iPad, they have also announced the arrival of Adobe Illustrator for the iPad next year . Although some people may think this tool sounds Chinese and have never heard of it, I’m sure many professionals are fed up with working with it on a daily basis. Well, soon they will be able to use it on their iPad having in theory the same experience as if they were working on Mac or PC.
From Adobe they want to move their entire application suite to the iPad or so it seems. Recently we saw the release of Lightroom, then Photoshop and soon Illustrator. They have reported that the latter is currently in the early stages of development so there is no exact date for its official release, although they hope it will be throughout 2020.
Obviously the development of Illustrator is going to take quite some time because as it happened with Adobe Photoshop they are doing it completely from scratch . The easy and quick thing would have been to take the Mac or PC base and adapt it, but this would have created many problems. In order to offer optimal performance they have decided to start completely from scratch and we believe that this is the best thing for users even if they have to wait for something else.
For those who don’t know, Illustrator is a vector graphics editor used mainly by illustrators . That’s why it takes a very good precision with the Apple Pencil to get good results on the iPad being this one more reason to start the development completely from scratch.
But this version of Illustrator will have unique features on the iPad such as the ability to make a photo to a sketch and have it instantly converted to vector shapes . This will add up to the cloud file system that Adobe is promoting so that we can continue with our project on any device as we left it.
Right now in the version being developed it already includes a clipping mask, radial and pattern repetition tools as well as the new point gradient tool. You can test all this if you are interested in the private beta that Adobe is preparing and you can sign up for it here.
They also wanted to work on a new typography support that could be quite supported by the iOS 13 Font Management System. This will certainly help many illustrators to come up with new ideas with different typographies for their creations. We will certainly be very attentive to everything that has to do with this new project in which Adobe is working and which is giving the iPad much more prominence in the professional sector. But remember that if you don’t want to pay, you can download fonts in iOS and iPadOS for free with some apps.
If you’re an illustrator, you’ll have to think hard about choosing an iPad. That’s why the most recommended iPads for illustrators include both the iPad Pro and the iPad Air.
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