After the launch of Photoshop, Adobe further explains its interest in the iPadOS platform by officially presenting the iPad Illustrator version.
Illustrator will be rewritten from scratch to optimize the app for the iPad touch screen and Apple Pencil. The Apple Pencil will be a key tool for illustrators who need more precision. The new Adobe apps are designed using Spectrum, the company’s development system designed to deliver consistent experiences across all devices.
Illustrator on the iPad closely resembles Adobe Fresco and Photoshop for iPad with a set of tools tailored to the needs of vector illustration work.
Cloud documents will feed Illustrator file management system, this means that documents will be shared between desktop and mobile versions of Illustrator using Creative Cloud. Files opened on the iPad will not suffer a loss of quality or accuracy. Adobe is also developing features unique to the iPad version of Illustrator, such as the ability to take a picture of a hand-drawn sketch and immediately turn it into vector shapes.
Other features Adobe previewed include clipping masks, radial repetition templates and tools, the new dot blending tool and symmetrical illustrations.
Adobe is also developing solid character support in the app, with full integration with Adobe Fonts.
Adobe Illustrator for iPad will be released in 2020.