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Michael Schuster is an engineer at Adobe Systems who was responsible for early development of Adobe Illustrator.

Adobe co-founder John Warnock spearheaded the Illustrator project, acting as the designer, while Schuster implemented the architecture and key features, such as the pen tool and display rasterizer.[1][2] Steve Schiller later joined the development team.[3]

Schuster adapted the rasterizer from Illustrator into a separate codebase named the "Smart Art Library" (SAL) which formed the basis of project "Carousel", which would eventually become Adobe Acrobat.[3][4]


  1. David Gelphman on Adobe, PostScript, and General Magic by Rene Ritchie, iMore. 2013-06-19.
  2. How long does it take to master at the pen tool in Adobe Illustrator? by Stephen Scholnik, Quora. 2019-04-02.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Desktop Publishing Pioneer Meeting Day 2 Session 6: Adobe (PDF) by Burt Grad and David C. Brock, Computer History Museum. 2017-05-23.


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