Alternatives to Adobe Illustrator for all platforms with any license

  • Inkscape

    Inkscape is a professional vector graphics editor for Linux, Windows and macOS. It's free and open source.

    • 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! phillipsalfFeb 2017 • 43 agrees and 13 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 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. Guest • Aug 2017 • 29 agrees and 5 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Low on memory and packs lots of features. Guest • Mar 2019 • 19 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It has everything you need for a vector graphic editor, it's quite simple to use and it's completely free. I totaly recommend it! Guest • Apr 2017 • 21 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • I see no reason to try, let alone purchase, any other software for dealing with vector graphics cidianJun 2019 • 9 agrees and 5 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Although it does crash at times (since it's still in beta), it is also much easier to use and I even took an E2020 class that uses this. I am surprised that such a powerful vector graphics tool is free unlike Adobe Illustrator. Honestly, whoever made this is one of the most experienced in recreating a paid app and making it free as well. SLZEROAug 2019 • 7 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It is open source and runs on Linux rockigerDec 2018 • 4 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Fast program and have native support for SVG Guest • Oct 2019 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 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. Guest • Oct 2019 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It has (almost) everything that AI has, but free! Guest • Jul 2018 • 6 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Despite it has issues on mac, it works awesome on linux. Has a lot of on-the-way functions that Illustrator only could dream at. renemartnezJan 2018 • 6 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Inkscape is just as capable and powerful as Illustrator, if not more powerful while being free and open source. quadraticSep 2018 • 5 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Not a word...It's just awesome.. itsgauravjain22Dec 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Ease of use, completely free, it keeps on improving. Guest • Feb 2018 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Lack of raster control along with image resizing. Poor alternative. Guest • Oct 2018 • 2 agrees and 11 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Apart from the advanced setup to get it to work on Mac OS, it is almost as capable as Illustrator, with very similar tools. Guest • Mar 2018 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • certains functions present in Ilustrator are not in Inkscape or are more dificult task to acomplish Guest • Apr 2018 • 2 agrees and 9 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • hard to use for website design purposes. default viewport dpi is 90 and there is no way to change it Guest • May 2018 • 1 agrees and 11 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's more professional and easy to use other than adobe illustrator Guest • May 2017 • 11 agrees and 11 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Read (some) Illlustrator files. Guest • Jan 2017 Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux Windows S BSD ... Snapcraft FLATHUB X11 MacPorts XQuartz

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  • Affinity Designer

    Affinity Designer is the fastest, smoothest, most precise vector graphic design software available. Built from the ground up over a five-year period, every feature...

    • Really easy to use, one-time payment, a bunch of tools and especially how fast it is. Guest • Jan 2017 • 24 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Affinity Designer is faster, cheaper and can handle bitmap and vector illustrations. I finally got rid of Adobe. POXJun 2019 • 3 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Affordable, UI is top notch, Handles are actually adjustable versus 20 years of AI :) boyusNov 2018 • 7 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 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! Guest • Nov 2016 • 24 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It is easy to use and has just about everything you need. The one time price is a plus as well! zajiAug 2017 • 11 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Inexpensive, and rapidly developed by responsive team here in the UK. AammppaaJul 2017 • 10 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Easy to use, great interface, but the best thing is that it can do 90% of what Illustrator can do for just 50$, paid once. Guest • Feb 2018 • 10 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 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. Guest • 9 days ago Disagree   Agree
    • It's easy to use and super optimized. lolrepeatlolJun 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • Ease of use, light on system resources and just the right tools you need to get the job done. Guest • May 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • Because Affinity Designer supports Metal tecnology on Mac OS and therefore works much better (has better performance). Affinity Designer is much more cheaper as well with no subscription. PlasticHeadJan 2019 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 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... hansgroenerJun 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • best alternative at the moment without a doubt GabrielvocApr 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • Very slight but also intuitive difference in workflow and it has the same, vast breadth of vector features as Illustrator, only with a one-time purchase. Uniquely, it's highly optimized and super fast. UgotstaMar 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • As a veteran user of vector software from the beginning with MacDrawPro onto Freehand and then Illustrator, I consider Affinity Designer to be the most intuitive and user friendly of them all, amazing when you look at the size of the development team. Illustrator is a little more feature rich on the clever tool front but nothing that I really miss and the people at Serif continue to roll out updates – joy to use and now my default app, I can't sing their praises enough. Very well done! mailkosJan 2017 • 13 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • One time payment, actually stable, so much more useful and fast to design in. After 5+ years with Illustrator, I don't see a day when I'll ever return to it. greentea1Mar 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • Absolute Illustrator-killer at a not to beat price. For illustrations and UI design (check out responsive symbols) – this beats Illustrator hands down. wonderwarthogApr 2019 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • No subscription. One time payment. Has all of the most important tools you will need. Nice Design. Guest • Apr 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • It is perfect with vector drawing, it's only one time purchase and have update forever. Very professional WittyleaksJan 2019 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • No subscription pricing, better performance, easier to use, proper eGPU support, responsive developers, and a fully featured iPad version! wonderwarthogOct 2019 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • No subscription. Functionality is on par with Illustrator and has functionality for UX/UI design (responsive Symbols), very responsive developers. Extremely fast even on modest hardware, GPU acceleration throughout. Guest • Sep 2019 Disagree   Agree
    • Fast, intuitive, with great features and constant development Guest • Jun 2017 • 7 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Commercial $ $ $ Mac Windows iPad

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  • Sketch

    Sketch is a design toolkit built to help you create your best work — from your earliest ideas, through to final artwork.

    • 1. mac only 2. focus more on UI/UX rather than illustrations. Guest • Apr 2019 • 9 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Much more basic than Illustrator, but capable Guest • Mar 2018 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Especially for prototyping and sketching, it is much better than Photoshop or Illustrator. Matt_PubJul 2017 • 3 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It is very simple, as well as has a similar UI. chipthrasherFeb 2017 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Good integration with InVision, prototyping tool. Good replacement for Illustrator : light, easy, less functionality but good conception. Try it, you keep it after ! Guest • Feb 2017 • 0 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Commercial $ $ $ Mac

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  • CorelDRAW Graphics Suite

    With vector illustration, page layout, photo-editing and tracing software, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7 is ideal for professional and occasional designers tackling any...

    • Compatibility with .ai files, is a vector manipulator. Includes a "Hairline" stroke weight, which is very useful for certain applications. One-time license purchase Guest • Dec 2019 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Excellent Graphics Suite, I've been using it since version 3 Guest • Apr 2018 • 5 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • The first vector illustrator I ever used. Sadly not available on the Mac Guest • Mar 2018 • 6 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 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. Guest • May 2017 • 4 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Commercial $ $ $ Mac Windows Web

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  • Gravit Designer

    A cross-platform vector graphics tool, runs as desktop application and in-browser too.

    • It's free, and also easy to use. Some advanced features are lacking, but the dev team is constantly adding new ones. Guest • Jul 2018 • 4 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 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. rvanarsdaleMay 2017 • 6 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 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. Guest • Jul 2017 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Good components, easy and free. Guest • Jun 2018 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • transition from Illustrator is very easy Guest • Jun 2018 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Intuitive, many of the same basic and intermediate functions as Adobe Illustrator. Icons/illustrations provided are great! Love the cloud storage capabilities too. lindsayshaver33Jan 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • Intuitive, powerful and cross platform Guest • May 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • A modern intuative one stop shop for graphic creation, lot of smart features developed constantly from a very dedicated development team. And its free! e_tekApr 2017 • 0 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Freemium $ $ $ Mac Windows Linux Web Chrome OS

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  • Figma

    Figma is the collaborative interface design tool. Keep the team focused and on the same page with real-time communication and collaboration featuring commercial quality...

    • Figma places a heavier focus on user interface design, while Illustrator is a general vector graphics editor. RCLeahcarAug 2020 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Freemium $ $ $ Windows Linux Android iPhone Android Tablet ... iPad Software as a Service (SaaS)

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  • Vectr

    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...

    • Cannot open existing ai- and eps-files. Exporting is very limited. Guest • Apr 2017 • 6 agrees and 7 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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Adobe Illustrator Comments

Comment by joshuapowers281
about Adobe Illustrator · Aug 2019 · Helpful Not helpful 5 Helpful Report as spam

CoralDraw and Vectornator are more powerfull and more comfortable than AdobeIllustrator.


Comment by phillipsalf
about Adobe Illustrator · Feb 2017 · Helpful Not helpful 2 Helpful Report as spam

Solid and reliable - handles large vector files with ease. Love inkscape too but that falls over when you have big files.


Comment by peterstaack
about Adobe Illustrator · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

I still cheer for an open source, free or lower-priced vector graphics editor to come by and usurp Adobe Illustrator, but for now it's the de facto standard. I like it very much, but the price (even if I skip a generation) can be a little tough to swallow.



Comment by cesarmoreno11234
about Adobe Illustrator · Jul 2016 · Helpful Not helpful -2 Helpful Report as spam

I think it's great, i have use ilustrator for quite some time now and i'm very happy with it, easy to handle and very useful, it's a bit pricy but I think it is worth it