Illustrator on the iPad is here – and creatives are thrilled

Illustrator on the iPad
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Last year, Adobe teased Illustrator on the iPad at its annual creative conference. Expectation was that Adobe Max 2020 would see a fully fledged app, ready for release, and Adobe did not disappoint. Illustrator on the iPad is available to download nowas a standalone app or as part of the full Creative Cloud suite. And the best bit? You can get it for free for the first seven days. See our guide to how to download Adobe Illustrator for more details.

The app promises to bring users the core design capabilities of Illustrator on the desktop, with a reimagined experience for the iPad and Apple Pencil. It adds new features including radial, grid and mirror repeat, which, from the demos, look like they'll be very welcome additions for artists and designers. 

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The app has over 18,000 fonts built in, and includes the latest capabilities like OpenType Color and Variable Fonts, as well as the ability to load your own licensed fonts on the iPad. Add this to the fact that you can place type on a path, and text outlines provide new ways to create beautiful type design and Illustrator on the iPad opens up a whole new world of type possibilities.

We've yet to get our hands on the app to say what Adobe promises from the app is true, but early indications look good. As do the reactions online...

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Stay tuned for a full Illustrator on the iPad review. For more information right now on Illustrator on the iPad features, head over to the Adobe blog. Want to give it a go yourself? Download a free trial of Illustrator on the iPad today. And keep up to date with all the MAX action via our dedicated Adobe Max 2020 article. For other vector art apps for iPad, see our Bex review.

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Kerrie Hughes
Freelance writer

Kerrie Hughes is a frequent contributor to Creative Bloq, and was once its editor. One of the original CB crew, Kerrie joined the team back in 2013 after moving from her role as staff writer on 3D World. Since then she's written regularly for other creative publications such as ImagineFX, Computer Arts and Digital Camera World. After a stint working for the police, Kerrie is back reviewing creative tech for creative professionals.