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Explore new paths with the essential vector tool

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. 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.

Top New Features in Adobe Illustrator CS6

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 performance optimization.

Pattern creation—Easily create seamlessly tiled vector patterns. Experiment freely with different types of repeating patterns that can be edited at any time for maximum design flexibility.

Image Trace—Convert 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 tools.

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 opacity.

Inline editing in panels—Efficiently edit names in layers, swatches, brushes, artboards, and other panels directly in the panels themselves without using intermediate dialog boxes.

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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.

Type panel improvements—Use arrow keys to change fonts in context for selected text. Glyphs for caps, superscripts, and more can now be accessed in one place—from the Character panel.