Adobe Illustrator 2024 Updates | From Adobe MAX 2023

Adobe Max 2023 has rolled out some exciting new features for Illustrator that you can try out in the new 2024 update. Illustrator continues to evolve, providing you with powerful tools and ground breaking new features such as how to convert text to vector in Illustrator and how to identify a font from an image.

Some of the Adobe Max highlights include a significant focus on Artificial Intelligence (AI) to augment the creative process. In this article we’ll dive into the top 5 new features that you can try out right now in this latest update.

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How to Update Adobe Illustrator

To try out all the fun new features that were announced in Adobe Max 2023, including the Adobe Illustrator AI generator, the first thing you need to do is update Adobe Illustrator. Open up the Adobe Creative Cloud app and make sure you’re signed in.

Click on the ‘Apps’ tab and scroll down to find Adobe Illustrator update in the list of installed apps. 

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Click on the ‘Update’ button next to Adobe Illustrator to start the updating process. Once the update is complete, you’ll have access to all the new features available! Now let’s check out the top 5 Adobe Illustrator updates and Adobe Max highlights below.

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1. Retype (Beta)

Now let’s learn how to convert text to vector in Illustrator. With Retype (Beta) in Illustrator it can act as a font identifier. Identifying fonts from raster images and outlined text becomes easy, removing all the guesswork. We can also learn how to vectorize text in Illustrator.

Now let’s try the font identifier feature. Select Type > Retype (Beta) and a new panel will appear. Simply select the image or outlined text and then click on the Enter button.

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The Retype (Beta) panel will then show the matching font from the image as well as some font suggestions from Adobe Fonts and system fonts (which are ordered by how close the font matches the image). To vectorize the text, simply hit the Apply button.

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2. Retype (Beta) Type Conversion

So now that we know how to turn text into vector Illustrator, what if we already had outlined text? If you want to convert outlined text back into editable text, Retype (Beta) can help with that too! Simply select the outlined text and in the Retype (Beta) panel, hit the ‘Enter’ button.

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Select the font that was used and then hit ‘Apply’. Once you’ve done that, the selected text will convert to live text which you can edit. 

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3. Generative Recolor

Generative Recolor is powered by Adobe Firefly and let’s you recolor your vector artwork with ease. In this example, we can take an image of a drink and create new colors and flavours with a simple description.

Select the vector image that you want to use and then go to Edit > Edit Colors > Generative Recolor to bring up the panel. Click on the new ‘Generative Recolor’ button that is located at the top of the panel.

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In the prompt section, simply describe the color scheme that you want to use. In this case we’ll go with a new flavour like ‘chocolate chip cookoies’ and then select the Generate button.

The Illustration AI generator will then do it’s thing! Once that’s done, you’ll see that if has generated 4 different color scheme variations to choose from. You can then select Advanced Options to further customise and save your colors.

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4. Text to Vector

Now let’s explore the exciting new text to vector graphic feature. To get started simply create a new rectangle using the rectangle tool and then when we select it you’ll see that a new generate button appears on your contextual bar.

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Click on it and you’ll see that we have options to create subjects, scenes, icons and patterns. Once you’ve chosen a type, enter a prompt and Adobe Illustrator will start working at creating a new vector image.

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The Illustration AI generator will then do it’s thing! Once that’s done, you’ll see that it has generated your own mockup vector image with some variations to choose from.

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You can also go back to the Properties panel to increase/decrease the level of detail of the next batch of generated images, using the settings button.

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5. Style Picker

And finally we have the style picker. To demonstrate this let’s generate a new scene first using the text to vector feature.

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This will generate your new mockup vector image and some variations as expected. However it can sometimes be difficult to express in words the style that you want to generate for a prompt.

So let’s bring in an image that contains the style that we want to emulate. Using the style picker we can then click on the image and then hit the Generate button again.

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As a result, you’ll find that the vector image has now extracted the style and colors and used it for the new variations for you to use!

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So that’s our top 5 latest new 2024 updates for Adobe Illustrator! Adobe Illustrator’s new features from Adobe Max 2023 significantly enhance its capability, making it an even more powerful tool for graphic artists. The infusion of AI, through the Firefly Vector Model, not only augments the creative process but also heralds a new era of generative graphics. Make sure to update your app now to try out these new and exciting features!

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