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 Oct 11, 2021

    1. MYPACKBRAIN is the leading innovative software provider for packaging artwork automation. It sets new market standards in delivering speed to market, cost reduction and efficiency.
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    2. RealWorld Paint is an free portable image/photo/animation editor. It supports layers with styles and can import and export Photoshop, GIMP and images with layers.


      The program is no longer updated. Last version, 2013.1, released in June 2013, can be still downloaded from the official website.

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    3. Paintbrush is a simple paint program for Mac OS X, reminiscent of Microsoft Paint and Apple’s own now-defunct MacPaint.
    4. VectorStyler (for Mac) is an advanced vector graphics and illustration software, with a competitive feature set, and several new features and workflow enhancements.
    5. Adobe FreeHand is a computer application for creating two-dimensional vector graphics (use of geometrical primitives such as points, lines, curves, and polygons to represent images, also known as geometric modeling), oriented to the professional desktop publishing market.


      Adobe has no plans to continue development to add new features for FreeHand. It does not work with Windows Vista or higher and Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. Anyway they will continue to sell FreeHand and offer technical and customer support in accordance with their policies.

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      Freehand was and is great would still be using it if it would work with updated os but again Adobe buys out another great company
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    6. Create 2D cartoons and web animations in minutes It is unique: Create your own style of animation, or combine multiple! It is deep: Scales from beginner to professional, a life long journey! It is complete: Everything you need from start to finish!
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    7. Amadine is the perfect solution for vector graphics design professionals as well as amateurs with creative minds. Developed with precision and attention to what users need, this graphic design app offers every tool and function to bring the craziest ideas to life.
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    8. Xara Photo & Graphic Designer (formerly Xara Xtreme) is quite simply the worlds fastest graphics software, with truly flexible illustration tools and revolutionary photo handling. A single application for all types of creative work.
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    9. Creative Docs .NET is a vector-based graphic design tool with support for rich text, ideal to quickly write short documents, manuals, posters, illustrations, schemas, plans, flow charts, and much more.


      The program seems to be no longer updated. Last version, 3.3.6, released in October 2011, can be still downloaded from the official website.

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      Explore your creativity with Vector Artist! Whether you are an artist, a designer or just for fun! Vector artist is great for the beginner and a useful tool for professional graphic designers.
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