My 12 years with Adobe Illustrator (Part 1)

I was working on Illustrator, creating a logo for a startup when it struck me that it has been over 12 years since I first started using Adobe Illustrator. I realized how much it has evolved changed since then.

Adobe Illustrator 9.0

There was a time when I could work on only one artboard (it is a white workspace to design on, like a paper) and it was sometimes even unimaginable exporting artwork to different files. My first Illustrator version was version 9 in 2004 (I even took special classes to learn this awesome tool!) along with Adobe Pagemaker (to those who do not know what it is, it was the pre-historic version of InDesign). At that time I felt that pen tool was the magic wand of the art world. I spent so many hours playing with pen tool and trying to create something which only I could understand.

Adobe Illustrator 9.0

Adobe Illustrator 10

Then came Adobe Illustrator 10 which I used in Design School in 2005 to do my projects. My professors were adamant about using computers because “it stunted our creativity”. I totally agree that we should always design on paper first whether you are designing for print or digital. Hence, we were never encouraged to even work on the final assignments on computer using any software tools like Adobe Illustrator. We used Illustrator only in our “Computer” classes. Even in my final thesis in 2007, I had to literally beg my professors to use Adobe Illustrator to create my project.

Adobe Illustrator CS3

Adobe Illustrator CS3

In my first job in 2007 as a Graphic Designer, I created over 200 logos for just one client in Illustrator CS3. Every time I created a new logo, I found something new in Illustrator. I learned a lot about clipping masks (cropping various objects inside a shape). Awesome tool. Many times your Clipping Path may not be perfectly aligned so it’s nice to have the ability to nudge stuff around. On the plus side, I could live trace images, WYSIWYG font menu, it became easy to set the crop marks. And the isolation mode!!! It was so easy to edit objects inside a clipped container.

Clipping Masks in CC (source helpx.adobe.com)

Clipping Masks in CC (source helpx.adobe.com)

 

Adobe Illustrator CS4

Adobe Illustrator CS4

Then came Illustrator CS4, which kind of saved my life. I had to make a 120 page brochure and for some reason I was told that Indesign (a desktop publishing software) was not an option (which by the way could have saved me as well as the studio a LOT of time!!!). Adobe introduced multiple artboards! Although creating a 120 page brochure is definitely not ideal in Illustrator but I pulled it through thanks to multiple artboards.

In my next article, I will talk more about my experience in CS5, CS6 and CC versions and how nostalgic I become whenever I open it.

Thanks for reading it!