- Perspective Drawing
- Variable-Width Strokes
- New Bristle Brush and Other Brush Improvements
- Enhanced Strokes: Dashed-Line Adjustments, Precise Arrowheads
- Shape Builder Tool
- Multiple Artboard Enhancements
- Drawing Enhancements: Joining Paths, Select Behind, Draw Behind, Draw Inside
- Roundtrip Editing with Adobe Flash Catalyst CS5
- Symbol Enhancements
- Crisp Graphics for Web and Mobile Devices
Enhanced Strokes: Dashed-Line Adjustments, Precise Arrowheads
The Stroke panel, which hadn't changed much over several prior versions, now boasts a host of new features. Aside from creating a dashed line, something available in the Stroke panel for some time, now you can also control the alignment of dashes. For example, you can align dashed strokes symmetrically around corners and at the end of open paths, or preserve the dash and gaps within strokes (see Figure 5).
Figure 5 Illustrator CS5 provides some features that users have had on their wish lists for a long time.
Another addition to the Stroke panel is the ability to select and define arrowheads. Not only can you choose from a host of new arrowheads; you can also extend an arrowhead beyond the end of the path or place the end of the arrowhead tip at the path endpoint. Granted, that improvement may not seem groundbreaking, but it certainly makes life easier.