Adobe Illustrator Alternatives

    Adobe Illustrator is a vector graphics editor that allows you to increase or reduce the size of images without affecting their quality, contrary to what happens in the case of images created or edited in bitmaps or pixels with software such as Adobe Photoshop or GIMP. This is useful for producing visual content for digital art or as a print template for large formats. However, its high price, restrictive monthly subscription model, and unstable performance often make Illustrator simply not the best option for all. That's why we would like to recommend you a list of alternatives for editing vector graphics that may better fit your needs.

    This page was last updated Nov 24, 2021

    1. Unlike Illustrator, Inkscape is completely free and open source, and it uses Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) as its native format. This lightweight app is usually recommended if you don't have a powerful computer, as it also has many of the useful features from illustrator, including layers, grouping objects, drawing, shape, calligraphy, pencil tools, path simplification with variable threshold, bitmaps, and boolean operations. Plus, you can open or import a wide range of file formats including SVG, PDF, EPS, CDR, or even AI (Adobe Illustrator).
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      Inkscape vs Adobe Illustrator opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Inkscape is a great alternative to Adobe Illustrator.
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      If your end product is svg files, Inkscape is just better, it's built around the SVG standard and supports nearly all of it.
      Top positive comment  about 1 year ago

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      Low on memory and packs lots of features.
      Top positive comment  over 2 years ago

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      ShnitzelKiller Inkscape has very bad performance (especially on mac), due to jank in the rendering code, and being optimized for CPU rather than GPU rendering, probably due to being a very old piece of software. It doesn't seem like this will be fixed anytime soon, based on the discussions taking place which are years old at this point.
      Top negative comment  4 months ago

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      paulocoghi It's feature complete, professional and as capable (or even more capable) than Illustrator
      Positive comment 10 days ago

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      It's fast and has super tools which you can do your tasks speedily and without any complex
      Positive comment 3 months ago

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      orangespock Inkscape feels way too old
      Negative comment 11 months ago

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      working with gradients is much much easier than illustrator. keyboard control is much easy and fast than of illustrator
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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    2. Affinity Designer is fairly new when compared to the more popular vector editing apps, however it has gradually grown in popularity and influence, and for very good reasons. Its one time purchase (perpetual license) turns out to be a good argument for those who do not want to to pay a monthly subscription fee like Adobe's. In addition, it's available on iPad with an app that has ALL the features from the desktop version, which makes it probably the most complete vector editing mobile app on the market. It also has some unique features that Illustrator doesn't, like the ability to switch between raster and vector workspaces within the same tool, one million+ percent zoom, and unlimited redo.
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      Affinity Designer vs Adobe Illustrator opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Affinity Designer is a great alternative to Adobe Illustrator.
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      Really easy to use, one-time payment, a bunch of tools and especially how fast it is.
      Top positive comment  almost 5 years ago

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      It has all the tools I need, minus the junk I never use, and it's a one-time price that is very reasonable; no subscription model!
      Top positive comment  about 5 years ago

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      RogerHsu Interested tool and easy to use. I'll share this tool with my team.
      Positive comment 22 days ago

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      It's fast, more intuitive and far cheaper to run - after 20 years of using illustrator Affinity Designer has been a revelation for me. I've also been working with it's sister apps Publisher & Photo which all integrate in your work flow - an absolute joy.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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      lolrepeatlol It's easy to use and super optimized.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      hansgroener The Adobe alternative is too expensive for a non-professional like myself. As far as Windows (and Mac) is concerned Affinity Designer is an excellent alternative, as good as AI (IMHO), and very affordable.Together with Affinity Photo and Affinity Publisher this is a perfect trio. Unfortunately not (yet) available on Linux...
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      Ease of use, light on system resources and just the right tools you need to get the job done.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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    3. Vectonator is a very complete free vector editing app, known mainly for its iPad apps, focusing on simplicity and ease of use. You can export to JPG, PNG, SVG and PDF. Also, unlike Illustrator, you can render a time-lapse video of your project to share on social media (with some limitations). Cloud syncing allows you to continue work started on iPad and finish it directly on macOS.
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      Almost everyone thinks Vectornator is a great alternative to Adobe Illustrator.
    4. Excellent alternative to Illustrator since it allows you to edit vector graphics directly from the browser without the need to download any software. It has online storage space similar to Dropbox or OneDrive where you can save your designs as well as upload existing graphics and add them to your current design. In addition to this, Gravit has several free design templates at your disposal, an extensive library of icons (approximately 29,000), more than 1,000 photos, and Google fonts support. You can also collaborate simultaneously on the same file thanks to its teamwork tools. Please note that some features such as the CMYK workspace will require a premium paid account.
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      Gravit Designer vs Adobe Illustrator opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Gravit Designer is a great alternative to Adobe Illustrator.
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      It's free, and also easy to use. Some advanced features are lacking, but the dev team is constantly adding new ones.
      Top positive comment  over 3 years ago

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      rvanarsdale Entirely free. Easier to use than Inkscape, better with vectors than Krita, and available on more platforms than Sketch. It's a little slow and gummy when you've made a very complicated picture, but it's honestly the best possible alternative I've found. Thank you, and thanks to Gravit.
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

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      this is wonnderful webside
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      Good components, easy and free.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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      transition from Illustrator is very easy
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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      lindsayshaver33 Intuitive, many of the same basic and intermediate functions as Adobe Illustrator. Icons/illustrations provided are great! Love the cloud storage capabilities too.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

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      It is a simple yet powerful vector editing program suitable for vector artists, web designers, publishers, logo designers, etc. It also features non-destructing boolean operations (better pathfinder), showcase mode, multiple strokes and fills, global palettes, and more, surprisingly without any clutter.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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    5. It is one of the oldest and most reliable vector tools in the industry, not only offering excellent performance, but also providing an intuitive interface that's ideal for any beginner designers. Different from Illustrator, you can choose to pay a monthly subscription or obtain a license through a one-time purchase (although a bit expensive), which will include other compatible Corel design software such as Photo-Paint (Corel's alternative to Photoshop), as well as a font manager and content organization applications. CorelDRAW lets you edit multi-page documents, non-destructively convert bitmaps to vectors, and create QR codes.
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      CorelDRAW Graphics Suite vs Adobe Illustrator opinions
      Almost everyone thinks CorelDRAW Graphics Suite is a great alternative to Adobe Illustrator.
      Compatibility with .ai files, is a vector manipulator. Includes a "Hairline" stroke weight, which is very useful for certain applications. One-time license purchase
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

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      Excellent Graphics Suite, I've been using it since version 3
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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      The first vector illustrator I ever used. Sadly not available on the Mac
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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      It's much easier to use and understand. It gives the average user a quicker grasp of editing and creating graphics. It is also less greedy with RAM.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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    6. Sketch is the perfect alternative to Illustrator if you are a web designer as it has a strong focus on user interface and icons design, which quickly led to it becoming the industry's standard for apps and websites design projects. Although it doesn't have all the complex features offered by Illustrator for things like digital illustration, it does has a much simpler and easier-to-use interface that focuses mainly on useful tools for web design such as textures, gradients, color palettes, patterns, navigation, among others. One of its main advantages is the ability to create visual prototypes that allow clients to preview your design and see what happens when they click, swipe, or touch the design elements on their desktop, laptop, tablet or phone.
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      Sketch vs Adobe Illustrator opinions
      Some users think Sketch is a great alternative to Adobe Illustrator, some don't.
      Much more basic than Illustrator, but capable
      Top positive comment  over 3 years ago

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      Matt_Pub Especially for prototyping and sketching, it is much better than Photoshop or Illustrator.
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

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      1. mac only 2. focus more on UI/UX rather than illustrations.
      Top negative comment  over 2 years ago

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      chipthrasher It is very simple, as well as has a similar UI.
      Positive comment almost 5 years ago

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      Good integration with InVision, prototyping tool. Good replacement for Illustrator : light, easy, less functionality but good conception. Try it, you keep it after !
      Positive comment almost 5 years ago

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    7. Figma has a bigger focus on UI design, wireframing and collaborative work. Like Sketch, its interface is cleaner and easier to understand than Illustrator. It's can also be used throught web browsers and collabore with more members of your team in real time. It features automatic cloud synchronization so you can use your files on the platform you want, in addition to unique features such as arc tools and vector networks, which allow non-designers to format their templates easily. Animated prototypes are definitely a great advantage to interact with your design before coding.
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      Figma vs Adobe Illustrator opinions
      Most users think Figma is a great alternative to Adobe Illustrator.
      With a focus on UI, it is a much better tool to use for UI design and prototyping
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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      RCLeahcar Figma places a heavier focus on user interface design, while Illustrator is a general vector graphics editor.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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    8. The biggest difference with Illustrator is that MyPaint works with bitmaps instead of vector graphics. It's open source software designed mainly to illustrate and draw with a digitizer tablet. It has a simple interface, where almost all the basic drawing functions are assigned to keyboard shortcuts, which improves workflow speed. In addition, you can hide the entire graphical interface and focus all attention on the drawing without being distracted by unnecessary or complex buttons or palettes. It's a good option if you are interested in digital illustration without too many overwhelming features.
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      MyPaint vs Adobe Illustrator opinions
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      Dmitrii_Kunicin the application is suitable for use by children, simple
      Positive comment 5 months ago

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      Illustrator is a vector graphics tool, MyPaint is a raster graphics tool.
      Negative comment 4 months ago

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    9. Vectr is completely free and browser-based, offering a quick and easy way to get started with vector editing through an intuitive interface. Since it's browser based, each image has a custom URL that you can share with others to be reviewed and collaborate in real time with multiple people. You can export your finished work as an SVG, PNG, or JPEG file. Its features are much more simple than those offered by Illustrator, so it's really not recommended for very complex projects. However, it is an excellent choice if you are a beginner with vector editing software.
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      Vectr vs Adobe Illustrator opinions
      Most users think Vectr is a great alternative to Adobe Illustrator.
      ibuddy66 Vectr has a great user interface and has lots of tools to fine tune designs. They have plenty of numerical value boxes to get better results with what you want and have an easy to learn interface. I have used it for quite a few projects. Great to make new icons with too! Love it!
      Positive comment 3 months ago

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      Cannot open existing ai- and eps-files. Exporting is very limited.
      Negative comment over 4 years ago

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    10. It's a great alternative to Illustrator if you are looking to illustrate comics or manga, since in addition to the most common features for digital illustration, it also includes extensive editorial compilation tools and specific comic features such as screentones, saturated lines, batch management of pages, ?smart fill tools, AI colorization, text balloons, 3D figures for pose references, and even some animation features! It's available on Windows, macOS, and mobile devices.
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      Clip Studio Paint vs Adobe Illustrator opinions
      Some users think Clip Studio Paint is a great alternative to Adobe Illustrator, some don't.
      It's a bitmap editor - used mainly for painting and creating comics
      Negative comment almost 4 years ago

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