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Adobe Illustrator Alternatives for Mac

There are many alternatives to Adobe Illustrator for Mac if you are looking for a replacement. The best Mac alternative is Inkscape, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Adobe Illustrator and many of them are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to Adobe Illustrator are Affinity Designer, Vectornator, Gravit Designer and CorelDRAW Graphics Suite.

Adobe Illustrator alternatives are mainly Vector Graphic Apps but 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 Jun 5, 2022
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  1. Inkscape

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Windows S
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    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  7 months ago
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    5

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

    Top positive comment  10 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.

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    -2

    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 about 2 months ago
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    danielcastelli

    More akin to Corel Draw than lllustrator, but a great alternative anyway

    Positive comment 2 months ago
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    orangespock

    Inkscape feels way too old

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    -12

    working with gradients is much much easier than illustrator. keyboard control is much easy and fast than of illustrator

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  2. 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.

    Affinity Designer vs Adobe Illustrator opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Affinity Designer is a great alternative to 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 5 years ago
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    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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    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.

    Positive comment 2 months ago
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    RogerHsu

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

    Positive comment 8 months ago
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    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.

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    lolrepeatlol

    It's easy to use and super optimized.

    Positive comment about 2 years ago
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  3. 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.
  4. 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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    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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    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  about 5 years ago
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    this is wonnderful webside

    Positive comment about 2 years ago
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    0

    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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    3

    Good components, easy and free.

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    transition from Illustrator is very easy

    Positive comment about 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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  5. 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.

    CorelDRAW Graphics Suite vs Adobe Illustrator opinions
    Almost everyone thinks CorelDRAW Graphics Suite is a great alternative to Adobe Illustrator.

    Excellent Graphics Suite, I've been using it since version 3

    Positive comment about 4 years ago
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    3

    The first vector illustrator I ever used. Sadly not available on the Mac

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    2

    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 about 5 years ago
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    1

    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 2 years ago
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  6. 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.
    RCLeahcar

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

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    5

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

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  7. Sketch is the perfect alternative to Illustrator if you are a web designer as it has a strong focus on user interface and icons design, which quickly led to it becoming the industry's standard for apps and websites design projects. Although it doesn't have all the complex features offered by Illustrator for things like digital illustration, it does has a much simpler and easier-to-use interface that focuses mainly on useful tools for web design such as textures, gradients, color palettes, patterns, navigation, among others. One of its main advantages is the ability to create visual prototypes that allow clients to preview your design and see what happens when they click, swipe, or touch the design elements on their desktop, laptop, tablet or phone.

    Sketch vs Adobe Illustrator opinions
    Some users think Sketch is a great alternative to Adobe Illustrator, some don't.
    YvesStephan

    Sketch is soooo much simple than Illustrator! It also loads much faster too. Gets my vote every time, and is my default vector editor.

    Top positive comment  26 days ago
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    Matt_Pub

    Especially for prototyping and sketching, it is much better than Photoshop or Illustrator.

    Top positive comment  almost 5 years ago
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    1. mac only
    2. focus more on UI/UX rather than illustrations.
    Negative comment about 3 years ago
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    9

    Much more basic than Illustrator, but capable

    Positive comment over 4 years ago
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    chipthrasher

    It is very simple, as well as has a similar UI.

    Positive comment over 5 years ago
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    Good integration with InVision, prototyping tool. Good replacement for Illustrator : light, easy, less functionality but good conception. Try it, you keep it after !

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  8. 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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    Dmitrii_Kunicin

    the application is suitable for use by children, simple

    Positive comment about 1 year ago
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    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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  9. 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.

    Clip Studio Paint vs Adobe Illustrator opinions
    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.

    Positive comment about 1 month ago
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    It's a bitmap editor - used mainly for painting and creating comics

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  10. Karbon

    • FreeOpen Source
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    • Linux
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    • KDE Plasma Workspaces

    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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