Symbolism Tools in Adobe Illustrator

Lubomir Bourdev

Adobe Research

While vector graphics applications like Adobe Illustrator have been used to create some amazing art, we have only scratched the surface of what computers can do. By building some intelligence into the tools, we could enable a new generation of art that would be too time consuming to generate and edit by hand. This idea inspired the Symbolism Tools — a suite of tools in Illustrator that allow for scattering, moving, "combing", coloring and applying styles to a collection of graphical symbols. These tools could be used for a variety of objects, like hair, organic shapes, and pen-and-ink style of shading.


Here is some sample art created by these tools.

The Symbolism tools have received outstanding reviews .