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Adobe Illustrator Alternatives for Windows

There are many alternatives to Adobe Illustrator for Windows if you are looking for a replacement. The best Windows 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 Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to Adobe Illustrator are Affinity Designer, Gravit Designer, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite and Figma.

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. 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).

    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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    paulocoghi

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

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

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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

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    danielcastelli

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

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    orangespock

    Inkscape feels way too old

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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.

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

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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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    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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    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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  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.

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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.

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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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    this is wonnderful webside

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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.

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

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

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    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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  5. 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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    RCLeahcar

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

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

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  6. 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

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

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  8. 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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    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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  9. 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.

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    sK1

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    sK1 is an open source cross-platform vector graphics editor like CorelDRAW, Adobe Illustrator, or Freehand. The major feature of sK1 is a professional precise printing and prepress ready PDF output.

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