Adobe Illustrator Alternatives

    Adobe Illustrator is described as 'commercial vector graphics editor' and is a well-known app in the Photos & Graphics category. There are more than 50 alternatives to Adobe Illustrator for a variety of platforms, including Mac, Windows, the Web, iPad and iPhone. The best alternative is Inkscape, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Adobe Illustrator are Affinity Designer (Paid), Vectornator (Free), Gravit Designer (Freemium) and Sketch (Paid).

    The list of alternatives was last updated Apr 5, 2021

    • Inkscape is a professional vector graphics editor for Linux, Windows and macOS. It's free and open source. View 129 alternatives to Inkscape
      Almost everyone thinks Inkscape is a great alternative to Adobe Illustrator.
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      Inkscape vs Adobe Illustrator
      pros, cons and recent comments
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      phillipsalf Does some secret things that Illustrator doesn't or can't. Certainly has a more useable colour picker - shame on Adobe for that horrible colour picker!
      Top positive comment  about 4 years ago

      Inscape has a lot of tools and options. It's very stable. Updates are frequent. I never needed another software to get my job done.
      Top positive comment  almost 4 years ago

      orangespock Inkscape feels way too old
      Top negative comment  4 months ago

      working with gradients is much much easier than illustrator. keyboard control is much easy and fast than of illustrator
      Positive comment 7 months ago

      Totally free, and surprisingly powerful. You can run into the occasional bug, but I am more than pleased with the work the Inkscape team has provided us
      Positive comment 7 months ago

      If your end product is svg files, Inkscape is just better, it's built around the SVG standard and supports nearly all of it.
      Positive comment 7 months ago

      The only well maintained software that really can be an alternative to Illustrator. It's still 1.0 I suppose but it's already huge.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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    • Affinity Designer is the fastest, smoothest, most precise vector graphic design software available. View 45 alternatives to Affinity Designer
      Almost everyone thinks Affinity Designer is a great alternative to Adobe Illustrator.
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      • iPad
      Affinity Designer vs 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  over 4 years ago

      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  over 4 years ago

      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 8 months ago

      lolrepeatlol It's easy to use and super optimized.
      Positive comment 11 months ago

      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 11 months ago

      Ease of use, light on system resources and just the right tools you need to get the job done.
      Positive comment 12 months ago

      Gabrielvoc best alternative at the moment without a doubt
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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    • The vector graphics design software that allows you to create sophisticated graphics, amazing layouts and illustrations - all in just one super powerful tool. View 27 alternatives to Vectornator
      Almost everyone thinks Vectornator is a great alternative to Adobe Illustrator.
    • A cross-platform vector graphics tool, runs as desktop application and in-browser too. View 61 alternatives to Gravit Designer
      Almost everyone thinks Gravit Designer is a great alternative to Adobe Illustrator.
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      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • Chrome OS
      Gravit Designer vs 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  almost 3 years ago

      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  almost 4 years ago

      this is wonnderful webside
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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

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

      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 over 3 years ago

      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 almost 4 years ago

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    • Sketch is a design toolkit built to help you create your best work — from your earliest ideas, through to final artwork. View 80 alternatives to Sketch
      Some users think Sketch is a great alternative to Adobe Illustrator, some don't.
      • Mac
      Sketch vs Adobe Illustrator
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Much more basic than Illustrator, but capable
      Top positive comment  about 3 years ago

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

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

      chipthrasher It is very simple, as well as has a similar UI.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

      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 over 4 years ago

    • With vector illustration, page layout, photo-editing and tracing software, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7 is ideal for professional and occasional designers tackling any type of... View 82 alternatives to CorelDRAW Graphics Suite
      Almost everyone thinks CorelDRAW Graphics Suite is a great alternative to Adobe Illustrator.
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      • Online
      CorelDRAW Graphics Suite vs Adobe Illustrator
      pros, cons and recent comments
      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 over 1 year ago

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

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

      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 almost 4 years ago

    • A professional digital drawing and painting application for iPad (and iPhone as a Pocket version). View 43 alternatives to Procreate
    • The collaborative interface design tool. View 47 alternatives to Figma
      Most users think Figma is a great alternative to Adobe Illustrator.
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      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Online
      • Software as a Service (SaaS)
      Figma vs Adobe Illustrator
      pros, cons and recent comments
      With a focus on UI, it is a much better tool to use for UI design and prototyping
      Positive comment 7 months ago

      RCLeahcar Figma places a heavier focus on user interface design, while Illustrator is a general vector graphics editor.
      Negative comment 9 months ago

    • MyPaint is a fast, distraction-free, and easy painting tool for digital artists. It supports graphics tablets made by Wacom, and many similar devices. View 121 alternatives to MyPaint
    • Vectr is a free graphics editor. Vectr is collaborative like Google Docs, and runs both in your web browser and on your desktop as a native app. With an intuitive interface, Vectr is easy to learn and use. View 84 alternatives to Vectr
      Most users think Vectr is a great alternative to Adobe Illustrator.
      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • Chrome OS
      Vectr vs Adobe Illustrator
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Cannot open existing ai- and eps-files. Exporting is very limited.
      Negative comment about 4 years ago

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