Two Easy Steps to Make Adobe Illustrator CC Ten Times Faster

by Michael Steele

Adobe Illustrator CC is an amazing tool. It can be used to create beautiful vector art for print, web and even video productions.  But growing display resolutions and complex designs can drain performance, causing choppy response times as designers interact with their art.

It’s enough to overwhelm even the fastest CPU.  And as an artist, the last thing you want is for your hardware to get in the way of your creativity.

Now, for the first time, you can use NVIDIA GPU acceleration for smooth interactive performance at even the highest resolutions and with the most complex designs.


A new GPU Performance feature in the latest update to Illustrator CC speeds up the entire canvas by over 10x, letting artists pan and zoom seamlessly in real time, regardless of image size, feature mix or display resolution.

There are two simple steps to speed up Illustrator CC:

  1. Upgrade to Adobe Creative Cloud to get the 2014 release of Illustrator CC.
  2. Equip your system with a  supported NVIDIA GPU.

That’s it. What an easy way to get a major performance boost.

This new feature is available on Windows-based systems and supported by our Fermi, Kepler, and Maxwell generation GPUs.  It’s also natively enabled for RGB documents, and can be optionally enabled for CMYK documents. For all the details, check out the NVIDIA GPU-Accelerated Illustrator CC FAQ.

To learn more about the GPUs supported and the technology behind this, check here.

Try it out.  And let us know what you think.