A year after its announcement, Adobe rolls out Illustrator for iPad. The Illustrator iPad app brings the “core design capabilities” to work on Apple’s large touchscreen, with a simple form on the surface that unfolds more capabilities as you work.
With the Apple Pencil, you can draw just like you would in any other app. The Pencil tool in Illustrator converts your strokes and shapes into vector objects just as you do it. It also includes the Pen tool which holds the ability to edit points and curves to refine elements as required. When using Apple Pencil with the Pencil tool, Illustrator will automatically simplify the curves and the number of points in use.
Adobe says Illustrator will work with iPads that support Apple Pencil, and recommends the latest generation of iPads for working in Illustrator.
Illustrator is Adobe’s third app making way to the iPad. Lightroom has been on the iPad since 2014. Photoshop launched on iPad in 2019 but the app had a limited set of features. This led to frustration among the users, and the company later quickly updated the mobile app. After an extensive beta testing with more than 5,000 users, Adobe brings up key elements of the desktop app to iPad from the start, alongside a roadmap of the upcoming features for Illustrator.
Adobe Illustrator for iPad is free for Creative Cloud members with access to Illustrator for desktop, and is also available standalone for $9.99 a month. Adobe also offers a 30-day trial to put your hands on the software before you commit for a premium subscription.