Illustrator CC2018 Updates for the Fashion Designer

It’s a new year and a new update to Adobe Creative Cloud. Illustrator CC2018 was actually released in October 2017, but like most of us, you probably have not had time to play around with all the new features.

Adobe always introduces a plethora of updates—some bigger, some smaller—but not all of them are always relevant to fashion or make a difference for our day-to-day design needs. So here are my top 3 picks for what you should check out in Adobe Illustrator CC 2018.

New Artboard Updates: This one isn’t the most fun, but it’s definitely one of the most practical. If you’re like me, you work with multiple artboards all the time, often needing to move them around, add new ones, delete old ones. In previous versions, if you needed to move artboards around, you needed to select them individually. One of the updates to Illustrator is that you can now move multiple artboards simultaneously (which is SO helpful).

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Hold SHIFT and drag across the artboards to be selected. Click here for more information.

You can also align your artboards using the Align panel instead of having to go to a separate menu. And should you want use the “Rearrange Artboards” menu, you can now easily get to it from the Control Panel by pressing the “Rearrange All” option.

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Use the Align Panel in the Properties menu, the Control Panel or open the Align Panel from the Windows menu to quickly align artboard. Click here for more information.

The Properties Panel: I’m still playing around with this one, but I can definitely see how this can be a real timesaver. It’s almost like having the Control Panel plus additional helpful panel options all in one place. As with the regular Control Panel, your Fill, Stroke and Opacity are present. But what’s also added here are options relevant to your workflow. Clicking the ellipses (the 3 dots in the lower right corner) gives you access to even more options all in one place, saving you loads of time not having to open multiple windows and panels. And like the Control Panel, the Properties panel changes and customizes based on your current task or tool, ensuring that you always have the right tools upfront and easily available.

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The new Properties Panel puts all the right tools upfront and easily accessible. Here, the “Creating Fur” text is selected. Notice all the related options that appear in the Properties panel.

Puppet Warp: Now, this guy is probably the most fun! If you’ve ever used Puppet Warp in Photoshop, you know the extent of coolness that you can achieve with this tool. Puppet Warp allows you to twist and distort your artwork easily and naturally. I haven’t played with this one as much, but I can totally see this used for some more creative projects or maybe reposing illustrations. Stay tuned for some fun tutorials on this one! For now, check out Terry White, an Adobe Evangelist, on YouTube as he demonstrates how to use this new tool.

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Thanks so much for checking out today’s blog! Leave a comment if you’ve used some of these new features and find them useful (or not;) or if there are other new features in Adobe Illustrator CC that you find helpful for your everyday fashion design needs.

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