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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.

Adobe Illustrator alternatives are mainly Vector Graphic Apps but may also be Digital Painting Tools or Image Editors. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Adobe Illustrator.
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  1. Inkscape icon

    Inkscape

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    135 alternatives to Inkscape 

    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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    1.  Support for LayersInkscape supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    2.  Works OfflineInkscape can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    3.  Ad-freeInkscape doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    4.  Support for scriptingInkscape supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
    License is CC-By-SA 3.0, as it's using Rizky Djati Munggaran's image (https://inkscape.org/~ridjam/%E2%98%85freedom-machine)
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    Almost everyone thinks Inkscape is a great alternative to Adobe Illustrator.
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    paulocoghi

    It's feature complete, professional and as capable (or even more capable) than Illustrator

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    Guest

    It's fast and has super tools which you can do your tasks speedily and without any complex

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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.

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    banlogics

    The best software for vector art. A fully featured and professional software.

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    IdaKnow66

    I like Inscape because it is pretty accessible and easy to understand. I use it regularly to edit vectors and images.

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    Guest

    It is 100% Similar as Illustrator You can use it. It's Free and easy to learn I recommend you

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    Guest

    Primarily it is free and open-source and has support for Linux, which proprietary software typically don't support (especially Adobe software) and it stores its format as svg, which is good if you want to use it on-the-go for certain situations

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  2. Affinity Designer icon

    Affinity Designer

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    50 alternatives to Affinity Designer 

    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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    1.  Support for LayersAffinity Designer supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    2.  Works OfflineAffinity Designer can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    3.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsAffinity Designer can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    4.  WYSIWYG SupportAffinity Designer integrates a WYSIWYG editor to edit the look and content of a document, page, or file.
    5.  Custom BrushesYou can use modified/custom brushes in Affinity Designer.
    6.  Support for scriptingAffinity Designer supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
    7.  Ad-freeAffinity Designer doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    8.  Dark ModeAffinity Designer supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    9.  Color PickerAffinity Designer allows you to select and copy a color property from an image, object, or shape.
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    Almost everyone thinks Affinity Designer is a great alternative to Adobe Illustrator.
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    Guest

    Really easy to use, one-time payment, a bunch of tools and especially how fast it is.

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    Guest

    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!

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    jonathanjewell

    Far and away the best of these tools. The Serif/Affinity product is so underrated with the dominance of Adobe out there. I cannot see why anyone not locked into a service contract or who did not need the wider Adobe product suite functionality would stay with them at the price with alternatives like Affinity out there. And they haven't had a password breach that I know in the past two decades I have been with them as a customer...

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    Du

    I especially enjoy auto export feature, when changes in artboards are immediately exported to a custom set of formats. Just change the design, and your jpegs, pngs and pdfs of your preferred resolutions are already there, ready to use. A treat for web design, but also very useful for 3d modelling textures and decals.

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    LeopardBunny

    For the one-time price, it's a solid alternative. However, I will admit finding out it didn't have an Object Blend was a bit of a dealbreaker for me personally. Still, the UI is very clean and user-friendly, so if Object Blend isn't important to you, it's definitely worth your time.

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    danielcastelli

    Most affordable paid alternative. One of the best in class.

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    RogerHsu

    Interested tool and easy to use. I'll share this tool with my team.

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    Vectornator

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    32 alternatives to Vectornator 

    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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    1.  Works OfflineVectornator can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    2.  Ad-freeVectornator doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    3.  Support for LayersVectornator supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
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    Almost everyone thinks Vectornator is a great alternative to Adobe Illustrator.
  4. Corel Vector icon

    Corel Vector

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    70 alternatives to Corel Vector 

    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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    1.  PortableCorel Vector can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    2.  Ad-freeCorel Vector doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    3.  Works OfflineCorel Vector can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    4.  Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
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    Almost everyone thinks Corel Vector is a great alternative to Adobe Illustrator.
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    Guest

    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.

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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.

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    Guest

    this is wonnderful webside

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    Guest

    It's free, and also easy to use. Some advanced features are lacking, but the dev team is constantly adding new ones.

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    Guest

    Good components, easy and free.

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    transition from Illustrator is very easy

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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.

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  5. Figma icon

    Figma

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    70 alternatives to Figma 

    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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    1.  Support for LayersFigma supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    2.  File VersioningFigma has a version system that lets you view and go back to older versions of the project/file/document.
    3.  Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    4.  Transitions EffectsFigma allows you to apply transition effects between two different scenes/pages using pre-loaded or custom animated transitions.
    5.  Auto LayoutFigma supports layouts that dynamically grow and adapt to the size of its contents.
    6.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsFigma can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    7.  Embedded commentsUsers can leave comments that will appear within Figma
    8.  Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Figma simultaneously.
    9.  Automatic AlignmentFigma lets you position and snapping objects in relation to each other magnetically through gridlines and anchor points.
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    Most users think Figma is a great alternative to Adobe Illustrator.
    RCLeahcar

    Figma places a heavier focus on user interface design, while Illustrator is a general vector graphics editor.

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    Guest

    With a focus on UI, it is a much better tool to use for UI design and prototyping

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  6. CorelDRAW Graphics Suite icon

    CorelDRAW Graphics Suite

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    86 alternatives to CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 

    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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    Almost everyone thinks CorelDRAW Graphics Suite is a great alternative to Adobe Illustrator.
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    The first vector illustrator I ever used. Sadly not available on the Mac

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    Guest

    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.

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    Compatibility with .ai files, is a vector manipulator. Includes a "Hairline" stroke weight, which is very useful for certain applications. One-time license purchase

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  7. MyPaint icon

    MyPaint

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    116 alternatives to MyPaint 

    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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    1.  Support for LayersMyPaint supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    2.  Drawing Tablet SupportMyPaint supports the use of external drawing tablets as input devices.
    3.  PortableMyPaint can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    4.  Distraction-freeMyPaint has a distraction-free mode for when you need to focus.
    5.  Custom BrushesYou can use modified/custom brushes in MyPaint.
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    Dmitrii_Kunicin

    the application is suitable for use by children, simple

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    Guest

    Illustrator is a vector graphics tool, MyPaint is a raster graphics tool.

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    richcarrera

    It works with bitmap, Illustrator with vector graphics. it has more similarities with photoshop than with Illustrator.

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    Vectr

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    88 alternatives to Vectr 

    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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    1.  Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Vectr simultaneously.
    2.  Works OfflineVectr can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
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    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!

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    Guest

    Cannot open existing ai- and eps-files. Exporting is very limited.

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    Clip Studio Paint

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    100 alternatives to Clip Studio Paint 

    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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    1.  Pressure SensitivityClip Studio Paint can change attributes like thickness or opacity, based on how much force you apply to your stylus/finger.
    2.  Support for LayersClip Studio Paint supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    3.  Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in Clip Studio Paint, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
    4.  Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    5.  Drawing Tablet SupportClip Studio Paint supports the use of external drawing tablets as input devices.
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    Some users think Clip Studio Paint is a great alternative to Adobe Illustrator, some don't.
    Dakacha

    It has the best and most intuitive vector tools for the purposes of drawing that I've experienced. It may lack features that are useful for a fully vector workflow geared towards graphic design, but for illustration and comics the vector tools are great.

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    It's a bitmap editor - used mainly for painting and creating comics

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    Karbon

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    38 alternatives to Karbon 

    Karbon, component of Calligra Suite , is the scalable vector drawing application in KDE. It allows artists to create complex drawings without losing image quality when zooming in on, or resizing the drawing.

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