Adobe Illustrator 2020

Accelerated performance and more.

You’ll notice with the latest release accelerated performance and stability on the desktop. Effects like drop shadows and gaussian blurs renders faster. We’ve rearchitected Illustrator under the hood, so that large, complex files with multiple artboards save more than 2x faster.

We have also included the top requests from the community. With spell check, now you have the option to turn on indicators to alert you of spelling errors as you type. If you work with complex paths, we’ve also updated the Path Simplification feature so it removes unnecessary anchor points efficiently while maintaining the paths’ integrity.

Last but not least, we announced that Illustrator is coming to the iPad in 2020. You will soon be able to design on the iPad with the tools you know and love. You’ll also experience completely new ways of creative expression never seen before. Learn more at

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Here are more details of the release:

Files open 2x faster

We fixed many small issues to make this the most reliable release yet. Illustrator’s save processes have been revamped so that files with very complex vector illustrations, multiple embedded images, and files with lots of artboards open significantly faster.

Work uninterrupted. Files now save in the background

Now when you save a file in Illustrator, you no longer have to stop what you’re doing. Saving files can run in the background so you can continue working.

Fast rendering of effects and live previews

If you use Drop Shadows or Gaussian Blurs in your designs, they will now render faster. Moreover, you can now preview the effects on your designs before committing to them.

More efficient path simplification

We’ve updated the Path Simplification tool so that it is even more effective in removing stray points, unneeded points, and redundant points.

See alerts for spelling errors

If you have text in your files, now you have the option to turn on spell check with real-time alerts. If there’s a spelling error, you’ll see a red indicator around potential misspellings. You can now get suggested spelling right from within your document.

For the latest updates, see the August 2020 release of Adobe Illustrator.