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Adobe Illustrator CS5 is a graphics editor based on vector drawing that allows high accuracy when it comes to creating designs. With this full trial version you will obtain some of the main tools that this software provides, and you can find tutorials, templates and brushes to download for free online.

Benefits of the full trial version

These kinds of tools can be difficult the first time you work with them, but you will become accustomed to using AI CS5 fairly quickly in a couple of sessions. If you have used Adobe software before, you will find that the interface is very similar to others, like Adobe Photoshop.

This program provides you with the necessary elements to create high quality designs - the essential hallmark of this suite. Moreover, there are lots of free templates you can find and download in order to increase the creative possibilities of this program.

Bitmaps and vectors

AI CS 5 can create 3D objects. Use existing designs and turn them into 3D. Add shades and different kind of effects in order to create a true sense of depth, or to achieve the image you have in mind.

This trial version includes a tool called Live Trace that turns bitmaps into vector pieces, thanks to the tracing capacity of the program. The engine has been refined to run smoothly when in heavy use.

AI can also add some animation to your images, in addition to the usual tools that a graphic editor must have.

Advanced functions

As usual with Adobe software, Adobe Illustrator CS5 has some advanced features that will delight users that have some experience dealing with this kind of program, yet will leave beginners despairing.

You can integrate Flash into your designs, which is very useful if you are creating web banners. Mix some objects and effects and you can create dynamic works. However, if you don’t want to complicate yourself there are plenty of templates to start out with.

If you are novice at graphic design, don’t worry! Keep calm and watch or download some tutorials on the Internet so that you can get a feel for the workflow and the mechanics of the full application.

Alternatives

Since Adobe has evolved into the company it is nowadays, it's competitors can seem to fall far behind. However, there are some applications that may get your attention. AutoCAD is one of those applications that might never fade away, for it is frequently updated and continues to own market share. FreeCAD is perfect if you want to start using this kind of software, since it is free and quite basic.

Adobe Illustrator CS5 Features

This software includes several new features and some improvements such as:

  • New Perspective Drawing feature which includes Perspective Selection and Perspective Grid tools
  • Multiple draw options thanks to the ‘variable-width strokes’ tool
  • Bristle Brush to change the bristle density, length and stiffness, among others
  • More precise arrowheads and improvements to the Dashed-Line tool
  • Combine shapes with the Shape Builder tool
  • New enhancements in the Multiple Artboard
  • Draw Inside mode which creates automatically clipping masks
  • Improved nine-slice scaling support according to symbols
  • Create graphics for mobiles

If you’re interested in reading more, you can do it here

Conclusion

Adobe Illustrator CS 5 is a complete creative suite useful for designing web elements or your own objects. Explore the possibilities it has to offer.

Pros
  • Full trial version
  • Powerful tools
  • 3D objects
  • Smart vector use
Cons
  • Difficult if you’re a new user

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USER REVIEWS

Creating Powerful, Attractive and Creative Designs with this Software Application

By Isa Almenanza

On Monday, April 14, 2014

Adobe illustrator is a creative vector that allows accuracy in creating designs that was developed by Adobe Systems. The application helps me in any project that I do. I always use this especially if I want my project to be improved. What I like about this software is that it provides precision and powerful refined drawing tools. It gives me even more control over the type, scale and rotation of individual characters.

I find the application amazing because it provides elements that enables me to create high quality designs and there are lots of useful tools to make my projects look good. It also has remarkable features like Multiple Draw Option, new drawing tools and you can also use this application in creating graphics for your mobile.

Based on what I observed in this application, the visible development in this application are those applied to the painting system. It includes brush corner, arrowheads and enhanced dashed lines and with these improvements, I can use this to make perfect designs. It can be used by professional flash designers and technical designers including newbies like me. This application truly helps me to make my designs powerful and attractive so, even if I am having a hard time to use CS5 I am putting my efforts just to understand this software.

Pros

  • It has attractive new tools
  • It is easy to download
  • Extensive and useful art board enhancements
  • It has a lot of new features

Cons

  • Not every user will benefit from all of the new features
  • It is hard to use
  • It has a cluttered menu
  • This application might be expensive for others
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One of the best vector graphics editor in the global market

By Adam Nikki

On Friday, April 11, 2014

Adobe Illustrator CS5 (Adam Nikki)

This vector graphics editor is the most famous one because it belong to the Adobe suite. The CS5 version was released in April 2010 with new features such as the Bristle Brush or the Perspective Grid. With this software, you will be able to create vector artworks with a profession look, draw very accurately, play with perspectives, and all this with accuracy and in a very smooth way.

The most important new features of Adobe Illustrator CS5 are the ones related to perspective. With perspective grids, you want draw scenes and shapes in 1-, 2- and 3-point linear perspective. In addition, you can also move, scale, transform or even duplicate object without losing the perspective. If you insert a plane object, it will take the perspective thanks to this new feature. The other mentioned new feature is the Bristle Brush. This way, you can create true-to-life brush strokes in your works. You can customize the size, the stiffness, the thickness and even the length of you brush to create your works at will. In conclusion, this is the perfect tool for those people who want to create a professional-like project to their web designs, etc.

Pros

  • CS5 version has improved features
  • It belongs to the adobe suite and this provides security

Cons

  • It is too much expensive
  • A bit difficult to use for non regular users
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For designing everything you need, Adobe Illustrator CS5 is the one

By Chris Larrage

On Tuesday, April 8, 2014

As a fan of Adobe designing software, I tried this Adobe Illustrator CS5, and it is very useful for creating my own designs from the beginning, using just this application alone. The first couple designs weren’t that bad, and having used different programs from Adobe you feel like using almost the same software as Photoshop but with different tools. This always helps, making it similar to other popular applications is a good idea for attracting those users to this one. Its main utility is for creating all kinds of designs, from bitmaps to vectors, using advanced technology for even converting formats.

Although newer versions include more features than this one, I think that Adobe Illustrator CS5 works just fine and doesn’t require a powerful computer for creating your images. Vector designs are specially useful having a little technical knowledge since their possibilities allows their users to control every aspect of the image. Its advanced functions included by default and the possibility of installing additional content for increasing the number of tools make Adobe Illustrator CS5 a great alternative to other CAD tools like AutoCAD. It is a recommendable tool in case of starting in the design world, but you should take it easy since beginners may take a little longer for creating great designs.

Pros

  • Nice and powerful tools and functions
  • Possibility of managing and editing 3D objects
  • Vector tools enhances their use

Cons

  • Hard learning curve for beginners
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