What is Adobe Illustrator?
Adobe Illustrator is an application that is part of Adobe’s Creative Suite showcase, abbreviated as “Ai” (in both the logo and in company parlance). Adobe Illustrator is one of Adobe’s primary graphics editors – one of which is Photoshop – but while Photoshop is mainly for effects and raster image editing, Illustrator is a vector graphics editor in the likes of CorelDraw and Macromedia FreeHand. The first Illustrator software was released in 1987 as a companion product of Adobe Photoshop, and was originally meant to develop fonts and PostScript files.
A vector graphics editor, like the Adobe Illustrator, is mainly used for artistic illustrations (such as cartoons), and typography, logos, technical drawings, and flowcharts; it is mainly contrasted with a bitmap or raster graphics editor like Photoshop or GIMP which are mainly concerned with the retouching and post-processing of images and photo-realistic computer illustration. However, though they are different, their abilities complement each other, especially the Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator lines which have recently gained some features and capabilities from each other.
The Adobe Illustrator’s last version before being rebranded to the Creative Suite line was version 10, and since then it included advanced integration with the other CS lines via Adobe Bridge and other shared features.
File types supported by Adobe Illustrator
Our users primarily use Adobe Illustrator to open these file types:
Some users also use Adobe Illustrator to open these file types: