The Story Behind Adobe Illustrator (Part 1 of 3) | Adobe Creative Cloud

When Adobe Illustrator first shipped in 1987, the new product not only altered Adobe's course, it changed drawing and graphic design forever. See how Adobe Co-Founder John Warnock first conceived of Illustrator as a PostScript drawing tool and how PostScript's Bézier curves could be applied to the shapes illustrators painstakingly created by hand. This is Chapter 1 in a series of three videos on the story of Adobe Illustrator.

Ami Capen

Executive Producers
Jeffrey Severtson
Terry Hemphill
Dan Cowles

Co-Director/Director of Photography
Christian Bruno

Ami Capen
Louanne Ponder

Associate Producer/Music Supervisor
Kristin Tieche

Post-Production Supervisor/Additional Editor
Christine Steele

Chris Dunn

Sound Mix
Jeffrey Fuller at PLAY

Sound Recordists
Luis Granados
Lauretta Molitor

Andy Olson
K.C. Smith

Additional Camera
K.C. Smith
Motion Graphics
Jayson Tang

Andre Seibel

Opening Titles
Ben Child

Production Assistant
Joe Zolnoski

Jenny Chu
Jamie Omar Yassin

Creative Consultants
Tony Coleman
K.C. Smith

Technical Consultants
Kathleen Dargis
Debra Schaffner
Erik Espera

Historical Research/Story Arc
The History Factory

Justine Jacob

Archival Video & Images:
Doug Menuez/Getty Images/Stanford University Libraries
Xerox Palo Alto Research Center
TIME Magazine
Norm Cox

Bruce Damer/DigiBarn Computer Museum
Shayna Butler
Murray Elliot
Michael Evamy
Carl Johnson
Henning Krause
Sam Millen
Thomas Tieche
Raffi Kojian

Dylan Roscover

"Spring Duet For Piano And Cello"
Written by Tom Erba
Courtesy of 5 Alarm / Imagem Production Music

"Illustrator Beat" by Tony Coleman

"Tragic Overture"
Written by Johannes Brahms
Arranged by Keith Blainville
Courtesy of 5 Alarm / Imagem Production Music

Written by David Treahearn
Arranged by David Treahearn and Robert Haggett Courtesy of 5 Alarm / Imagem Production Music

Written by Iain Roberton
Courtesy of 5 Alarm / Imagem Production Music

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"The Annual New England Xylophone Symposium"
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"Pamgaea" by Kevin MacLeod (



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