Illustrator CS3: What’s New? Lots!

New Interface

The entire CS3 suite has a more standardized user interface. Workspace panels that dock and group allow users to customize working spaces for different tasks. These can be as a preset and recalled later. With improved tool visibility and better performance, working is easier and more efficient. Panels can be collapsed and reduced to icon view are featured across the CS3 family of applications.

Live Color

Live Color is a total color environment that not only lets you choose colors for an object; it lets you apply colors to Live Paint groups, changing a whole color scheme at once. Experiment and explore colors by creating harmonious color schemes based on 23 color-harmony rules such as Complementary, Monochromatic, Analogous and more. Choose a base color, and then choose rules to see the combinations. Limit color schemes to existing libraries like PANTONE solids or any set of colors you have saved in another project. Find a color scheme you like? You can now save not only individual colors in the swatches but entire color groups as well to use over and over again.

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The Live Color dialog box lets you preview changes in your illustration live, letting you shift the entire tone of the image at once. Just as easily you can adjust one single color. If you reduce the number of colors in your artwork, Illustrator automatically remaps the color to your objects based on your defined parameters.

With the color wheel and color harmonies users can explore endless varieties of color no matter what media in which your artwork is destined to be published.

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Layers Palette

Small stripes of color now show the colors of the layer’s selection edges. You don’t even have to click to see it—you’ll see it at a glance.

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9 thoughts on “Illustrator CS3: What’s New? Lots!”

  1. 25 years ans still unable to gradient from color to transparent (apart using an extra mask to the object) ! Laughable when one knwo that this feature has been available in competing products (even open-source ones !) for more than a decade now.

  2. Franp: weird…especially how Indesign cs3 sort of has something like that.

    Import an image, drag the gradent tool over it and it seems to automatically create a square, crop it to fit exactly over the area of the image, and apply a color to transparent gradient to it.

  3. Nice overview Sara, it’s very interesting. Finally you get to align points and to erase stuff. One question however, I know this is not a pixel based program, but did you have time to play around with the eraser tool and see if you can get semi-transparent areas with it? Such as a 50% transparency for example.

    Even though one still cannot apply a gradient from colour to transparent (!), maybe the eraser tool can help do some of it.

  4. Great features, but I am wondering if Adobe could make the mech tool in Illustrator more flexable with Flash, you know that when exporting a file with mech to Flash it takes it as a bitmap not vecor, I think this feature will help us alot.

  5. Do anybody knows what does the page tool do (other than showing a page dimensions), and how to edit and delete it after you apply it? It’s really anoying if you don’t know hoe to.

    Thank you.

  6. @ Perez: It sets the area to be printed. To reset it, double click the Page Tool icon. To hide it, go to View, Hide Page Tiling.

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