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    Free Adobe Illustrator Alternatives

    The best free alternative to Adobe Illustrator is Inkscape, which is also Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Adobe Illustrator and loads of them is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to Adobe Illustrator are Vectornator, Gravit Designer, Figma and MyPaint.

    Adobe Illustrator is mainly a Vector Graphic App but alternatives to it may also be Image Editors or Digital Painting Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Adobe Illustrator.
    This page was last updated May 10, 2022
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    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).
      Inkscape vs Adobe Illustrator opinions
      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
      Top positive comment  6 months ago

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      It's fast and has super tools which you can do your tasks speedily and without any complex
      Top positive comment  9 months 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  10 months ago

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      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
      Positive comment 15 days ago

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      danielcastelli More akin to Corel Draw than lllustrator, but a great alternative anyway
      Positive comment about 1 month ago

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      orangespock Inkscape feels way too old
      Negative comment over 1 year 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 over 1 year ago

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    2. 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.
      Almost everyone thinks Vectornator is a great alternative to Adobe Illustrator.


    3. 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.
      Gravit Designer vs Adobe Illustrator opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Gravit Designer is a great alternative to Adobe Illustrator.
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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  almost 5 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.
      Top positive comment  almost 5 years ago

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      this is wonnderful webside
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

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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.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

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      Good components, easy and free.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

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      transition from Illustrator is very easy
      Positive comment almost 4 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 over 4 years ago

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    4. 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.
      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 over 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 almost 2 years ago

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    5. 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.
      MyPaint vs Adobe Illustrator opinions
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      Dmitrii_Kunicin the application is suitable for use by children, simple
      Positive comment 11 months ago

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      richcarrera It works with bitmap, Illustrator with vector graphics. it has more similarities with photoshop than with Illustrator.
      Negative comment 3 months ago

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      Illustrator is a vector graphics tool, MyPaint is a raster graphics tool.
      Negative comment 10 months ago

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    6. 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.
      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 8 months ago

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      Cannot open existing ai- and eps-files. Exporting is very limited.
      Negative comment about 5 years ago

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      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.
      Most users think Karbon is a great alternative to Adobe Illustrator.
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      Vector Paint is a very simple drawing program, that lets you draw points, lines, curves and shapes.
      Almost everyone thinks Vector Paint is a great alternative to Adobe Illustrator.
    7. Raster & vector graphic editor with many tools and filters, written in Lazarus (Free Pascal). Portable, 32bit (under 3mb) & 64bit (3.55mb) versions, ORA format & 16384x16384 image support. In app 3D import & rendering.
    8. Draw, part of the Apache OpenOffice suite, is a graphics editor that gives you the tools to communicate with visuals and diagrams. With a maximum page size of 300cm by 300cm, Draw is powerful tool for posters, graphs, charts, and more.
      Apache OpenOffice Draw vs Adobe Illustrator opinions
      Some users think Apache OpenOffice Draw is a great alternative to Adobe Illustrator, some don't.
      More of a flowchart designer than a vector illustrator
      Negative comment about 4 years ago

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