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Adobe Illustrator


5 / 5
3957 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

Students, photographers, and small businesses.


Average Ratings

3957 Reviews

  • 5 / 5
    Overall

  • 4 / 5
    Ease of Use

  • 4 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $9.99/month/user
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
    Installed - Mac
    Installed - Windows
    Mobile - Android Native
    Mobile - iOS Native
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
  • Support
    Online

Vendor Details

  • Adobe
  • www.adobe.com/products/illustrator.html
  • Founded 1982
  • United States

About Adobe Illustrator

Adobe enables students, photographers, and small to medium businesses to create beautiful clothing designs with easy access to all your favorite assets, including images, colors, brushes, and type styles. Allows you and your team to work across desktop and mobile devices. Prices range from $9.99/month to $49.99/month.


Adobe Illustrator Features

  • CAD Tools
  • Color Matching
  • Design Export
  • Fabric Matching
  • Fashion Illustrations
  • Pattern Grading
  • Pattern Layout / Print / Cut
  • Pattern, Color & Art Storage
  • Presentation Tools
  • Textile Pattern Design

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Illustrator is An extension of my hand

Feb 13, 2019
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: I mostly love the path finder, shape builder and expand functionality as it allows me to create unlimited complex shapes which can be single units as opposed to grouped elements. I'm a fan of monograms so this features allow me to create monograms easily no matter how complex my graphic starts out as. I like the fact that it handles scale-able vector formats exceptionally well (svg, vector, pdf). I like the arrange and distribute functions which afford me the luxury of unprecedented precision while aligning and positioning my graphics on the artboard. I especially love illustrators ability to create custom strokes and fills over graphics and be able to expand them into shapes for further manipulation. This flexibility is everything i ever wnated in a vector graphic software. The way Illustrator implements this is just right for me. I enjoy the various workspaces which suit different design professionals and their preferences. The various effects that it offers for example the arch effect allow me manipulation capabilities that extend my creativity to insane levels. Illustrator is my got to software for everything graphic even for projects that are in the bitmap domain as it handles those equally well compared to traditional raster/bitmap applications. The artboard system is another one of my favourite features espeially when exporting or alinging items based on artboard.

Cons: It can be a put off the fact that Illustrator as a relatively steeper learning curve. The multitude of features that it offers and its workflows can be difficult to comprehend at first.

Overall: Illustrator is the most professional and flexible vector graphic software out there on the market. My creativity suddenly increased as i transitioned to Illustrator because the powerful features it offers allow me to fell like I'm using my freehand. Sometimes it even allows me the odd accidental design inspiration. I like the fact that you can connect it to Adobe Bridge for further functionality and automation of repetitive tasks.

Long-time Adobe User

Jan 16, 2019
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
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Pros: Having worked in graphic design for 25 years, I have used many iterations of Adobe Illustrator, and currently use Illustrator CC on a daily basis. I also used to teach an Illustrator course at a local community college. What I like most is that the core functions have remained largely the same over time, and the software is mature and stable. It's actually the only program I've ever used for creating vector graphics, so I don't have anything else to compare it to, but I find Illustrator to be intuitive, and the learning curve for competence is average for a design program. I typically use Illustrator for logos and infographics, and it is ideally suited to those tasks.

Cons: My main complaint with Adobe Illustrator is that certain tools which share similar functions across programs in the Adobe line-up - most notably, Photoshop and InDesign - don't operate consistently. For instance, the resize tool in Illustrator works differently than it does in Photoshop, and it works differently in Indesign, compared to the other two. My other main complaint is that Adobe has changed the icons for several of the tools in the tool bar, and changed the arrangement of tools, for no apparent reason. This creates a lot of unnecessary confusion, particularly for long-time users who have grown accustomed to the old tool bar that remained relatively unchanged for many years. The new icons are no more intuitive than the old ones, and in some cases they are less. Now that Adobe has gone to a subscription model, and doesn't need feature updates to drive software sales, most professional Illustrator users (and Adobe Creative Cloud users) would prefer the company focus on security updates and stop fixing things that aren't broken.

Overall: My overall experience with Adobe Illustrator, and other Adobe products, has generally been good. However, since they moved to a subscription model, I have run into several glitches that required re-authorizing the software on my computer, and in at least once instance I was unable to connect to Adobe's server, couldn't authorize my software, and lost a day of work time when I was on a deadline.

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Great once you get over the learning curve

Jan 15, 2019
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
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Pros: I use illustrator for my job on a regular basis, and it is unmatched in terms of its capability for creating and editing vector graphics. There are so many features and capabilities within the software, I doubt that I have even scratched the surface of Illustrator's capability.

What I really love about Illustrator is how versatile your graphics can be if you create everything in an organized manner. For example, if I create a graphic with flower pots in the background, for example, and later I need an image with flower pots as the focus, it's very easy to grab those layers or objects from the original image and use them for my new graphic. Because everything is vector, I don't need to worry about resolutions, backgrounds, etc. So time up front to create well organized work will help you build a versatile library over time.

Additionally, the internet provides a vast amount of resources and sites where you can download other AI files and use parts of them to create graphics that meet your needs.

Cons: Illustrator has a steep learning curve that might not make it the best resource for casual users. While Adobe provides a lot of learning resources through their site, other third party sites provide a lot of training, and Youtube always has videos that can just-in-time train you on about anything, there's always more features and capabilities to discover within the application. My first experience with Illustrator was way back in college, around 2005, and I've used it pretty consistently in my career ever since. I still feel like I have a lot to learn before I could be considered an Illustrator "expert".

The other "con" about this application is the cost. With the Adobe Creative Cloud subscription service, the cost is now annual subscription, so you don't have to buy and update a version every year, but the cost may be prohibitive if you're not using Illustrator for business. However, given its capabilities, I wouldn't say it is overpriced.

Overall: I have used Illustrator for over a decade, and it is the best vector graphic software on the market, and the industry standard. While it has a steep learning curve, with its litany of features and capabilities, Adobe and third party sites provide a lot of resources for just-in-time training and tutorials for most features.

While it may be cost prohibitive if you are not using it for business purposes, I wouldn't say the application is overpriced because of its capability, quality, and industry-standard reputation that has been built over the years.

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Illustrator is a Professional Program and the Learning Curve and Cost Will Reflect That

Nov 28, 2018
5/5
Overall

2 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
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Pros: I'm a professional graphic designer, so Illustrator has been my go-to program for working with vector art for many years. Pretty much whatever you want to do in this program, you can do if you know how. It's nice that they have been able to keep up with a lot of the crossover to web needs, like the ability to export SVG files and such.

Cons: This is a difficult question to answer because what constitutes a "con" might not actually be a con at all. It depends on your needs. I could say that it's gotten a little bloated with features I don't need, but someone else may need them and, surely, I use a lot of features that others don't need. But it does make the learning curve a bit steeper, both for newbies getting their feet wet, or experienced users using newer features. But, again, with a powerful tool comes some investment of time in learning to use it right. Similarly, cost: Adobe has sort of priced themselves out of "consumer" and into "pro-sumer" with their Ccreative Cloud. For someone like me, the price for all that great software they offer, including Illustrator, it's a good deal! For someone who doesn't need all that software (or this one in particular) as much as I do, then it might seem pricey.

Overall: When working with vectors, I go to Illustrator and have for many years and will continue to. In my estimation, it far exceeded the competitors at the time I started, such as Corel Draw (20 years ago). It continues to serve me well. For those who work with Web Design primarily, there are other vector tools that have edged their way into the market and at a fraction of the price and they do some pretty cool things. If I was was just starting our and/or had a tighter budget, I might consider them as alternatives. Illustrator is no longer the young, cool kid on the block and some of these other software packages have found supporters in younger designers, but I still think its the best overall if you have the time and resources to learn it.

One of the best vector graphic design software available. Useful and highly versatile!

Sep 28, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
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Pros: Easy-to-use and easy-to-learn. Its menus and toolbar are intuitive and offer a wide range of action or tools to create your artwork. Starting from simple shapes till really complex projects.

You may contact the Adobe support at any time if needed. There are also a lot of helpful resources online, so you only have to ask to figure out any issue.

It allows creating vector projects that are completely scalable and so perfect for any use.

It works on almost any OS. It is the most complete vector graphic design software at the moment, even if Affinity Designer is becoming very competitive and is turning out to be a good alternative to Illustrator.

Cons: You might encounter some bug while working on Illustrator. It may happen that the software will crash while using it so pay attention to activate the recovery option and to compulsively save your work to avoid the loss of the work done.

It's a little bit expensive, considering that Affinity Designer is increasing its features at an unbeatable price.

Overall: I like all its features. I cannot work without Illustrator anymore. All my graphic design projects, once sketched, take their shape in Illustrator.

Through its vector tools, you might be able to create almost every design you need. Texts, geometrical shapes or custom ones, Béziers curves and many other tools could be employed to create logos, flyers, posters, web designs, brochures and many more.

Illustrator is also easy to learn, even if you will always find new features while working with it. If you have any doubt, you can just contact the support or browse on the internet to find millions of tips, tutorials, how to, and so on.

Its scaleable results are perfect both for web and printing. No pixelation anymore! A very professional software for professional works.

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Creativity through illustration is the maximum strength of this software

Sep 05, 2018
5/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Adobe Illustrator is simply impressive software, since I started using it I have gone into great depth with my designs. On the one hand, it has a powerful graphic engine defined as vector drawing, which is none other than the mathematical constitution of image design, making the task of designing more precise and visually attractive than the well-known "bitmap".

Among the most outstanding benefits I can mention are the following:

The software is not so heavy, taking up little space on the hard disk. But even though it seems to be more incomplete because of this, on the contrary, it is the software that offers more tools for design.

This is a great advantage as we can see images with a lot of design content on any computer, with acceptable features in your system.

Some of the formats are susceptible to the addition of animations, this has allowed me to make designs much more interesting and attractive for the client who requests it.

Vector drawing is an excellent methodology because it simply improves the quality of the design, lines, colors, shapes, layers and other characteristics of the design being undertaken.

Cons: One of the limitations or cons that I can place on this software is that it is not easy to use. When I discovered it, it took me a while to learn how to use most of its tools. So I recommend doing courses and training while using the software, because what makes this software interesting is to use it to its maximum capacity.

Overall: Those designers and companies that need to improve their designs and the performance of their designers, should have this software as a priority among their next acquisitions, as it happened with me, I'm sure that those who start using the software will discover a new world in design thanks to Adobe Illustrator.

Scaleable results

Aug 03, 2018
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: Easy to use after some practice. The commands are approachable for a firsttime user and varied enough to fulfill the needs of a very experienced user. It is quite practically a blank canvas for vectors with which you can do anything you might need in static graphics and manipulate to your desire with a drag to copy command. After mastering the pen tool, you might find illustrator to be an alluring alternative to sketching or prototyping by hand because of how quickly things can be drawn out while still be very precise with aid of snapping/ grids. The combination of the shape tool with pathfinder allow the user to reach complexity of forms in few simple steps. It grants any user a higher level of craft without much effort. The more you use it, the more you discover. It becomes an essential tool for anyone who learns how to use it. Essentially anyone can find a reason to use Illustrator and pretty much anyone can get a hold of it within half an hour. Since it uses the same language and ecosystem, the Illustrator environment will be very familiar for anyone who has had the pleasure of playing around with Photoshop. An illustrator document also communicates well across other software for example, motion graphic, 3D modeling & printing, laser cutting, etc. It's a standard that will afford a user plenty of flexibility. If I had to choose only one design tool to depend on for the rest of my career, I would choose Illustrator.

Cons: Some commands / tools are hard to discover until you are in dire need of them and are forced to do an online search for a solution. There are a few commands that do not match up with other software in the Adobe ecosystem which can get confusing. (i.e Indesign / Photoshop / XD). Based on your computer's GPU performance, you may get strange glitches in the rendering of a graphic when the file gets large which can make working with that file a hassle- this however does not happen very often and there still are many workarounds. Adding effects can make the file sluggish as well. Managing groups and different appearances within a group can become cumbersome as things become nested within the layers. To some degree, the user has to learn the Adobe way of doing things which may not be entirely intuitive at first but makes a lot of sense once you figure it out. For those who are new to Adobe they will have to learn to organize their filling system as assets such as a linked image can otherwise disappear from a file and must be retrieved. Unfortunately, you cannot make sweeping changes across multiple artboards, but instead must individually edit each item.

Overall: I have been using Illustrator for approximately three years now as a student and freelance graphic designer. I still learn new tips and tricks today that allow me to advance my skillset. Whatever issues I had or commands I couldn't figure out on my own, a simple search online has always resulted in numerous answers to the same question that others already had. Problem solving has always been easy with the software as it has become my go-to tool for graphics.

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Not too difficult for a non-designer to figure out

Jul 31, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I was thrown into using this software when I started at my current company four years ago. I had only ever used PhotoShop, and then only on very basic terms. For someone who is not a designer, Illustrator was daunting at first, but it is actually a fun program to work in, and I have enjoyed learning more about it as I've worked in it as a Content Strategist.

Our designers use it to create a broad spectrum of marketing pieces from logos to single-page print pieces to full website designs, and they are all stunning. The ability to combine design and content is perfect for marketing creatives as it allows us to collaborate on our work without having to work in separate software and then combine elements at the end.

The learning curve with Illustrator is easily overcome by Adobe's plethora of online tutorialsvideo and printas well as the wealth of knowledge from other creatives willing to help you learn your way around the program. Trial and error is also a great way to learn the program. Click around and see what happens because you never know what great effect you might figure out!

Cons: There is definitely a learning curve with this program, as there is with any program similar to this. If you want to create an effect or illustrate something, you'll need to look up some tutorials if you've not worked in Illustrator before. Luckily, Adobe is great with these kinds of tutorials. And if you're still struggling, ask the internet because someone out there probably knows and can help.

It also won't do everything you're looking to do. For instance, it just isn't PhotoShop. If you need to edit a photo before you place it, you're still going to want to do that in a program like PS because that is what that software is for. Illustrator just isn't for that. Adobe has compartmentalized its programs a bit, and this one is no exception.

Illustrator is the king of vector graphics

Jul 16, 2018
5/5
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2 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: For years, Illustrator has been the ugly brother to Photoshop, (And it still largely is) - designers everywhere would get frustrated with Illustrators 'alternative' work flow when doing the simplest of tasks that would take seconds in Photoshop. - but in the last few years, Adobe have worked hard to make the unique abilities of Illustrator come to the fore.

It's not the ubiquitous image editing powerhouse that is Photoshop, and it's not trying to be. What Illustrator has become is the designers best friend. It has a layer of accuracy that isn't in Photoshop, you can design logos, layouts, text, fonts, anything using Illustrators methods and produce things that can be rendered at any resolution because of it's mathematical vector output.

As software developers, the world is becoming more and more resolution agnostic, every bit of software we make must work on multiple different display resolutions. From tiny mobile phones to gigantic televisions.

If we were to create our user interfaces using photoshops rasterised bitmap output, we would be forever making different resolution sized files. But with illustrator, (when you know what you're doing) - you simply need one file and the use of it's amazing exporting abilities.

Cons: The learning curve (pun intended) of Illustrator is steep. Much more steep if you've come from Adobes other amazing image manipulation software Adobe Photoshop.

For years, the layout of Illustrator, and the subtle UX interface differences has alienated its use for the beginning user, but once you get over the learning curve and the hurdles of "simply finding the right button" - it all starts to click, layers, and masks, and paths all become normal and then a world of accurate design is opened up. Making things that would take a long time in Photoshop a simple task in Illustrator (circular paths, for example, or pattern making are done so much easier in Illustrator than could ever be achieved in Photoshop) -

The best of both worlds (bitmap and vector) is to become proficient in both, but one area Adobe could look at is making Illustrator more uniform with Photoshop in it's way of presenting its user interface. There are *so many* inconsistencies between the two brother software packages.

Overall: Illustrator has a tough learning curve, but once scaled, it unlocks a whole new world of layout and design methods that cannot be matched with other software packages.

Adobe Illustrator is hands down the best illustration software that is available in the market.

Jul 09, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: Amazing interface.

They crafted it so perfectly that no other competitor can match it.

Easy to learn.

What is the best thing about any software? It should be easy to learn for a complete new person. Adobe Illustrator nails it. A person with artistic skills will learn this software in no time.

Quick support.

Are you stuck at any step or you have a bug that is stopping your project? Just contact Adobe and you will get support before you finish closing the software. Seriously, I have never seen such a swift support from any other company.

Vast amount of resources.

You don't need to worry about the help here. Millions of people use and post helpful resources on daily basis over the Internet forums. You will get many helpful professionals helping you when you are stuck at any of your progress. The best thing about this is that they will like to help you.

Multi OS support.

If you have a latest version of Adobe Illustrator, you can use it across many different OS. Be it Windows. Be it Ubuntu. Just connect your create cloud account and you don't have two worry about your operating system.

No pixelation!

So, most of the people struggle with one thing in the graphics industry and that is pixelation. But with the vector technology of Adobe Illustrator, you don't have to worry about the pixels anymore. You can zoom your art in a microscopic level and it'll still be crisp and clear.

Cons: Hight system resources.

So, it's very safe to assume that you're going to need a good computer to properly use Adobe Illustrator. It's a very advanced software with countless features that will use up your system resources.

Can't handle digital images very well.

As the purpose of Adobe Illustrator is to create vector art, it's not coded very well to be compatible with digital images that contains pixels. Pixels cannot be converted into vector so don't confuse photo editing softwares with illustrations softwares.

Very complex interface from other Adobe products.

Since it's a very powerful software, Adobe couldn't compromise on the complexion of its user interface. Artist will have to get used to the interface before starting to work on complex projects.

Overall: This software gave me the opportunity to express my imagination into the form of artwork. The best thing was that it didn't take much time to get a hold of this beautiful yet very complex software.

The fact that there is not a single better alternative to Adobe Illustrator says everything about the work they have put in to create it.

I was able to learn this software very quickly and got good in few weeks. I earn living with the use of this tool.

I'm glad that I came across this software.

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Whenever I thought to create any vector, Adobe illustrator is my priority tool to develop any vector

Jun 29, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Adobe illustrator is a fine software with Rich set of tools and functionality. It is best suited to develop 2d vector images, 3d vector images, logos, icons with very sharp and deep edges. Due to producing finest quality of vector, Adobe illustrator has become my first choice to make any 2d or 3d vector design.

There is variety of tools with ease of use them, which makes illustratror more adaptable to a user. I strongly recommend Adobe illustrator to web and print purpose graphics design. There are many other graphics tool available in the market but illustrator is something else it convert your imagination to reality in terms of graphics designing.

Cons: If I thought for CONS, then it will be really very difficult for me. But I would definitely say that there should be a training forum started from adobe who will teach to others, and there should be some kind of contents also be organised.

I know this is not a CONS for illustrator.

But this is what I thought to be done, otherwise everything is fine.

Overall: I learnt a lot from adobe illustrator. It has become part of my life. I have created numerous designs using adobe illustratror. It give me idea of perspective. It gave me knowledge to enhance my graphics. It is the best software I have ever used for the purpose of graphic designing. I am earning my bread and butter using adobe illustratror. Thank you very much for adobe to develop such a nice software. I am using adobe illustrator in my organisation to create each design like logo design, pamphlet design, advertising design, card design etc. Everyone appreciate my work to create such nice designs, but I appreciate to illustrator to provide such nice functionality and tools to create these kind of designs.

The perfect tool for vector illustration and professional designing

Jun 29, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: We have been using the original licensed version of the software in our organization for a pretty long time. The creative dept. uses the software for designing icons for web and app, logos, print materials and business cards. Can be virtually used for almost any type of designing. Expertise in Photoshop and InDesign will be very much helpful in using this software. A wide set of tools, filters and effects are available which makes sketches, designing and illustration an easy task. The paid version has a bundle of stock arts, high-quality vector artwork and fonts that can be used extensively. It also supports files from other external software such as PSD files from Adobe Photoshop, PDF, vector formats such as EPS, and CDR files from Corel Draw. Adobe cloud is an added advantage that makes sharing of creative data easy with others users.

Cons: 1. Even though tutorials are useful, only a professionally trained designer can take full advantage of the software. The learning curve is steep. 1-2 year is required for attaining proficiency.

2. Quite expensive. This may be due to the monopoly Adobe has over this space.

3. Updates are very rare. For fixing minor to major bugs and errors, we have to wait a long time.

4. For editing objects with multiple nodes and for complex designing, the system resources are consumed very quickly and cause the system to hang or crash at many times.

Overall: A must-have tool for designing department in any organization. The software is not resolution dependent which gives guaranteed best print output every time. Affinity Designer is a close call but our team will go with Adobe Illustrator any day.

Adobe Illustrator a great tool to handle vector design

May 14, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: You can improve your drawings by freehand with the effects tools that allow you to modify the strokes in a natural way, without modifying the anchor points, it honestly helps a lot by keeping the composition of the surroundings close to the modified area.

It works with the Mac and Windows platforms, as well as an APP to start ideas from the phone and then improve them on the computer. The work modules are more intuitive than the previous versions.

It allows us to easily export the final image to PDF, JPG, PNG as well as XML and CSV formats, this version facilitates much more the exchange of products, to manipulate them as we want or as the others involved in the project want.

The tools of form and selection are splendid, the palette of colors very complete and the option of downloading from the cloud any complex color not defined in the palette is presented and even basic designs can be downloaded by other users.

The new guides allow you to move objects and play with the proportions and alignments of the other objects present.

Cons: A high performance team is required to take full advantage of the program, it is recommended to use a graphic card.

It has no option under the Linux operating system.

In some situations, other adobe programs are required to provide the most accurate and fastest solution, especially for users who do not have much experience in the program, the learning curve is very long and very fruitful.

Editing objects with many nodes becomes a heavy task that consumes a large amount of computing resources.

The cost of the license is high, but there are many payment options, as well as help for students, universities and foundations, which make their acquisition possible in the short term.

If you do not take care with the handling of the objects, the result can occupy many MB, complicating the printing, diffusion and handling

Overall: I use Adobe Illustrator in the process of postproduction of thematic maps, where the modules of improvement and adjustment of colors guarantee that the message is transmitted with a professional finish. In the configuration of the logo, the proportionality of the forms that are sometimes impossible to modify in the programs that generate the cartography, the final product that I obtain with Illustrator is excellent, it improves the image exponentially.

There are textures, shadow effects and shapes that I only get in Illustrator. I needed many hours of driving to get the experience necessary to extract the best performance from the menus I use, although I certainly do not handle all the options, since my work is aimed at cartographic editing and not graphic design, I feel satisfied with the improvements and development that the tool carries today.

In relation to the investment made to obtain the software, I believe that the institution has recovered that investment, both in terms of product quality, the consumption of man hours per finished product and the benefit of the contracts.

The possibility of interacting through the cloud with other users, is a very good trend, although we have not yet used it frequently, because our web servers have connection problems.

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Quite simply, I could not design software without Adobe Illustrator.

May 09, 2018
4/5
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2 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: Adobe Illustrator has been an evolving tool for so long that its checkered history is sometimes hard to remember. I was a die-hard Freehand user when Adobe acquired Macromedia, and I missed artboards to the point that I refused to use Illustrator. When they were added to the product in the CS3 or CS4 release, I reevaluated the tool, and I've used it almost daily since then. While nearly all of the Creative Suite/Creative Cloud applications have a steep learning curve, there is a multitude of videos and blogs and groups that can help you accomplish what you're trying to do in Illustrator. Because files are vectors, they're not nearly as large as Photoshop, making them ideal for use with high-res systems. Import of EPS, SVG, and other vectors is fantastic. Export to them and PDF is also great. Export for Screens is a great addition, making icon generation for iOS and Android excellent. The recent integration with Adobe XD gets me closer to a fantastic workflow in static wireframing to interactive prototyping than possible using other tools.

Cons: The sheer complexity of Illustrator is only exceeded by Photoshop or Premier in the Creative Cloud suite. There are so many different ways of accomplishing nearly the same thing that the results can be meaningfully different at scale or when other effects are applied. Adobe Illustrator files can be imported into Sketch, but Illustrator cannot import Sketch files, which is problematic as I do not use a Mac and often receive Sketch assets, requiring me to find someone with a Mac to download a Sketch trial to convert to EPS or PDF so I can use the assets in Sketch. Adobe was late to getting its UI to support high-density displays on Windows, so older version were nearly impossible to use as the menu and toolbars were so tiny that they were almost illegible. While Adobe has made great strides in solving this, it still doesn't feel like the tool is ready for touch displays, rather ironic for a product named "Illustrator." Feature integration with the Microsoft Surface line of tools is nice, but not easily explained by the product. When I want to know what things it can do with my Surface Book, for example, I always have to hit up YouTube to find someone to explain it to me.

Overall: I need the ability to create high-fidelity mockups in my job as a UX designer. Without Illustrator, I couldn't do my job.

I could not do my job without Adobe Illustrator

Jun 12, 2017
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: Adobe Illustrator is an industry staple for graphic design and rightly so. The vector capabilities, typographic options, and artboard flexibility make Illustrator tough to rival. Integrating well with other staples such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign and Adobe After Effects mean that the full Adobe Creative Suite are vital to my every day work as a graphic, web & motion designer.

Specific strengths of Adobe Illustrator are the clever 'anchor point' mechanics that make all shapes wonderfully flexible and the simplicity & flexibility of the UI. Options familiar from the rest of the Adobe Creative Suite such as blend modes, layers, distortion tools etc are all available making it quick to adopt for users of other Creative Suite tools.

It's hard to find fault with Illustrator at all as a tool. I have been using it for well over a decade through various different versions and iterations and for several different purposes. each version improves on the functionality without upsetting the classic benefits of the system. A recent update included the incredibly useful 'Asset Export' tool which has helped streamline my web development process hugely.

Cons: The two drawbacks that spring to mind with Illustrator are the cost and the size. As a powerful solution, Illustrator is naturally a large program. As a result, load times, even on higher end computers can be slow. Larger documents with multiple effects and raster graphics exacerbate this further but it's par of the course for the functionality required.

Cost wise, I can't comment on Illustrator alone as it is usually retailed as part of the larger 'Creative Suite' or "Creative Cloud' packages. for the full suite (which is justifiably vast), the cost is on the higher side for subscription-based software. Illustrator can be purchased alone for but I can think of few users who would use Illustrator as a stand-alone product.

All that said, Illustrator is an essential design tool and justifies both it's size and cost comfortably.

Overall: Better synergy between colleagues and suppliers. Hugely improved design capabilities. Incredible integrations with other key Creative Suite programs.

Powerful vector graphics builder!

Nov 14, 2018
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: My favorite aspects of this software are it's pen (bezier) and shape building tools. When creating vector paths/shapes, the pen tool is able to be adjusted using shortcuts while in use - allowing you to both adjust the location of the anchor point AND the shape of the path at the same time. This control is extremely user-friendly as you don't need to commit to creating a point where you click, but can move it around to the exact location you want before finalizing. It sounds small, but it's an amazing feature. In addition, the shape building tool is fantastic. It lets me create complex, custom objects by combining/overlapping basic shapes together. Then I can highlight all the shapes and use the builder tool to quickly merge or remove the overlapped bits. It might sound confusing, but once you get in there, it's really easy to do and lets you create professional work even if your drawing ability is lacking.

Cons: Like most Adobe Programs, it's bloated with tools and interfaces. This was recently improved significantly in their 2019 update.. as now they have one panel that detects what tools you may want/need based on what is selected. However there's still a ton to learn before you can access it's full potential. That being said - the potential available is one of the exciting aspects of the program, so the extra learning required pays off.

Overall: I work full-time as a designer plus do some freelance side jobs. Illustrator is my go-to for creating custom logos and vector graphics.

Illustrator has no competitors.

Aug 01, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: Illustrator does everything a vector drawing program needs to do, plus a ton of other stuff I would never have thought of (and some I still haven't had occasion to try, in 15+ years of using it). Once you get the hang of the interface, the workflow is exquisite. It's full of well-thought-out keyboard shortcuts that make it possible to complete complex procedures rapidly, and workspace presets that display only the most relevant tools for the type of task at hand.

What I love most about all of Adobe's creation software is that with the endless keyboard shortcuts and combinations, using it well becomes like playing a musical instrument you develop skills that can be stored as motor memory, allowing your conscious mind to focus on creative decisions while your hands do all the work.

Illustrator can read and export just about every format relevant to vector work (and then some), so when you're working with a variety of clients and can't predict what kind of files they'll be bringing to you, it's a pretty safe bet you'll be able to open anything. Of course, chances are their files were created in Illustrator anyway, because it's pretty much the industry standard. When it comes to all the different file types you might need to export for web, 2D presses, 3D printers, laser cutters, screen printing, etc., Illustrator has always had me covered.

Cons: It takes some time to fully train yourself on the many, many aspects of using Illustrator effectively. That said, even a novice can open it up and get SOMETHING done. It'll just take a lot longer, and they likely won't make use of many of the available features until some experience has been gained. Since it's been around so long and is so widely used, any questions that come up can always be answered with a quick Google search, which will bring up tutorials published by Adobe and others, as well as forums where the trickier questions have already been discussed.

Being such a feature-rich program, it's also a bulky program to run. That's fine as long as you're working with state-of-the-art hardware, but could start to get tricky if you're stuck on an old machine.

Great for vector graphics if already in the Adobe ecosystem, but other software can do it better

Apr 23, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: As with any Adobe software, once you know one program you can pretty much pick up the rest quite easily. So, if you are already familiar with Photoshop and Indesign, then this will be a piece of cake to learn. However, if you don't have any experience in these programs the learning curve can be rather steep. What's great about this program is that there are very few limitations. Basically whatever you see in your minds eye, you can create. There are a plethora of tools that can meet any of your illustration needs (and plenty of plugins that can be found online that will expand your tool set as well)

Cons: A major downside is that because Adobe's software is developed by different teams, it can sometimes be frustrating that a tool that works so well in one program is incredibly underdeveloped in another. For example, the transform tools in Photoshop are fantastic; you can warp an image to anyway you see fit. The transform tools in Illustrator however, for a very long time, lacked a lot to be desired (and while I know that this has been fixed in recent updates, it's still a point of contention for me). In a lot of ways, the competing software "Affinity Designer" has expanded upon and surpassed the capabilities of Illustrator. It's masking tools, the way it handles layers, and pathfinder functionality far exceed Illustrator's. If I wasn't already so deep in Adobe's world, I would consider using that program more frequently.

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Adobe ilustrator is the best tool for graphic designers

Dec 30, 2018
5/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: The structure of this tool allows me to understand and use it immediately. This software has many tools to illustrate from scratch without requiring digitized sketches. What attracts me most is the way in which Adobe Illustrator can draw, correct that drawing and finish it with a work of more quality and cleanliness that exceeds what we imagined the first time. I also like that the mesh tool allows to apply shades and glitters in various colors, which leaves as a result a beautiful illustration that can be seen more realistic each time. In addition, the perspective grid is great for creating 3D art because it is easy to use and allows you to work first on one side and then on the other with more precision. This software allows to create realistic drawings of comic style, images, vectors and any other type of illustrations.

Cons: I dislike that when I need to use an image or edit a photograph I have to make sure to save all the photos just in case I have to open the original file on another computer. The editing and effects functions are very elementary and are shown in the final result.

Overall: Adobe ilustrator has allowed me to present productions with clean and high quality lines and shapes. In addition, with this software I have been able to present and detail easily the work done, because thanks to it it is easier to understand the creative process and draw when new ideas arrive. This tool is ideal for vectorizing and designing logos, drawings and icons required to handle a client's image.

Absolutely Necessary

Nov 27, 2018
5/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
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3 / 5
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Pros: Illustrator allows me to create designs and have full control over them. I am able to implement just about every idea I could possibly have to any design I could think of. Illustrator is a great tool that has become 100% necessary in the design community. Illustrator is best used for creating things like logos, large illustrations, ultra-high-quality designs, and other similar things. I love the amount of control I get with Illustrator.

Cons: I don't like using it for multi-page designs. My coworkers tend to like Illustrator more than InDesign, so I often get templates for projects like booklets or things like that that include lots of type layout. I do not like using Illustrator for extensive type layout. It is not a type layout program, it doesn't handle type as well as InDesign.

I also don't love the inconsistencies from Illustrator to Photoshop. For example, when creating a clipping mask, the layers that clip each other in Illustrator are the opposite of the order of the layers in Photoshop. I understand that, conceptually, it makes sense the way they are, but for someone who's often switching between the two, it can become just a bit of a pet peeve.

Overall: Awesome. I was super scared of Illustrator before I learned it in college because it has so many abilities and so many tools, but once I got over that learning curve, it became my most-used program for design. It makes me look like a much better artist than I really am because of the amount of control I have over the program.

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Illustrator, on vectorization and illustration.

Dec 21, 2018
5/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Handling vector elements and reorganizing them in the desired way make illustrator a powerful tool if you want to apply in the field of Digital Illustration. Its automatic vectorization with different levels of configuration make it an excellent companion when creating large illustrations with fragments of elements or images of generic use. If infinite variety of brushes, colors and transparencies allow each line and spot is exactly in place. It has the perfect balance between interface and functionality. Probably the best program on the market in this area.

Cons: If you want to start in the world of digital illustration, Illustrator is your best option, but it is also a difficult tool to learn how to use. Because of its high professional level it is not usually mastered at first. Apart from its high difficulty the program provides many elements at a glance, but many others remain hidden in an interface that seems to be an endless maze for those who do not know or are familiar with the programs of the adobe family.

Overall: At first I really had a hard time running the program. I had previous knowledge of Photoshop, but in part this was more confusing because the commands and organization of Illustrator for some reason are different from the rest of the Adobe family. But once I started to control the program its use became really faster, and ended up being a powerful tool for building much more complex and advanced illustrations. I ended up producing higher level content. Really recommended!

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Adobe Illustrator Packaging Designer Review

Nov 19, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

2 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
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Pros: While I have to admit it is miles better in CC than it was in CS6, there are still many problems Adobe Illustrator has yet to fix. One thing they did very will in CC is the new UI layout and navigation, especially for Mac users. Not much changed in the layout, but it was all positive, and the navigation overhaul was a much needed fix.

Cons: -Crashes & the 'saving but not saving' bug, and especially the 'saving on desktop as a temp file' bug, which I have only experienced on PCs.

-On some computers in our office, it was almost astonishingly slow. I'm not sure what caused this, but it always worked on my (new) PC at work, and especially well on my speedy home Mac.

-Adobe's documentation and help staff may be the worst I have ever seen. I can't tell you how many times I have seen people complain about a flaw only to have adobe staff reply that it is part of a 'feature.' If every user says it is a flaw, call it what you want -- it is still a flaw.

Overall: Overall I don't love it, but there aren't many great alternatives. Inkscape comes close, but it has a long learning curve; Affinity designer is also great, but, like Illustrator, is paid. In addition, I think people are generally distrusting of Adobe ever since the hack that compromised all their source code, as well as the massive security problems with Flash player, even after Adobe said these problems would be tended to.

In my opinion, Adobe has a few years left to save itself. It is doing great now, yes, but given a little more time, programs like GIMP will have poached so much of their market that if Adobe doesn't find a way to make itself more trustworthy or worth the money they will be headed for a slippery slope.

Best option would probably be to create a mix of Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, like they said they'd do years ago. Breaking into the 3d game might seem like a good idea, but Autodesk has that whole side of design pretty well wrapped -- and the name attached may be even bigger than Adobe.

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Could you live without it?

Jan 14, 2019
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: Adobe Illustrator has been around for decades. Let that sink in. While it's come a long way in that time, and my experience with it has spanned one and a half of those decades, it hasn't always been the supreme beast we all know it can be and is now. The pros are the latest UI updates, font accessibility, feature functionality and its overall integration with CC (which I, admittedly, hated at the beginning, but I think the growing pains are fading) as a feature-rich and wildly functional design tool for print, web and everything in between.

Cons: Imagining myself 15 years ago as a new inductee to the current software is nightmarish. It can be cumbersome and the learning curve can be steep if you're accustomed to Photoshop icons and keyboard shortcuts that simply do not translate even though the tool icon or shortcut are the same. While all of those things are fully customizable, the tweaks lie deep in the menus and can be off-putting and frustrating for new or non-daily users.

Overall: Overall, we've seen Adobe Illustrator go through some (this is an understatement) massive changes over the years, I feel as if it's finally coming into its 21st century self and showing all of us designers what it can really do for and with us as far as accommodating our needs for MORE fonts MORE "smart" tools and more useable templates and mock-ups that are quickly available in the start menu. Overall, Illustrator and I are inseparable. Isn't that what every tech company would want to hear from a user?

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A powerful and precise tool for editing vector graphics and more

Oct 23, 2018
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: Some people think Illustrator is unnecessary when Photoshop and InDesign both have vector editing capabilities, but Illustrator is so much more than a clone. The way that Illustrator is laid out - its interface, toolbars, property panels, asset exports - are all centered around quickly and powerfully iterating on vector assets.

Illustrator is all about giving precise control over every piece of every asset in a reusable way. Lines and anchors all have precise positions and orientations, down to the thousandths of a pixel. Strokes and fills can be stacked and affected in different ways. The artboard layout combined with traditional layers is perfect for creating a dozen related graphics. Guidelines and grids are very powerful as well, with recent updates making snapping smarter and more helpful.

Cons: Illustrator takes a little bit to get used to, and the 2018 UI update (while I love it) can be confusing at times. For example, if you click on a group of shapes and look at the properties panel you may see half of the options and commands, while clicking on a single shape gives you the other half of them.

There is one big thing missing from Illustrator compared to the Sketch app: editable pathfinder layers. In Sketch you can stack shapes and select whether they unite, minus front, divide, etc. Then you can move and tweak those shapes until it's perfect. I SO wish you could do this in Illustrator, but sadly you have to move your shapes first and descructively unite and divide them.

Overall: Illustrator is my go-to for creating and editing icons, logos, user interfaces. It has lots of robust features that have been time-tested by creatives for decades. It does have a bit of a learning curve for new users, but people familiar with Photoshop or InDesign will have no problem navigating.

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Top Pros and Cons of Adobe Illustrator CC

Jan 13, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Using Adobe illustrator CC is good for beginners also for advance users in graphic design world.

After using it for few years, I manage to accomplish many goals as graphic designer and also to specialize in specific style of design.

Adobe Illustrator gives many options and opportunity to express your design style as a graphic designer.

What's more important it is not so hard for use. There are allot of tutorials and learning material that can help you grow as a graphic designer.

The latest version offers better use of vector to graphic designers who specialize in this area. Some of these improvements include: simple Free Transform tool that is very useful and practical if you need to resize an object without a hustle. Also, there are big improvements on other existing tools.

For example:

The latest version now supports Microsoft's Surface Dial.

Next to that, there's is support for CSV and XML in the Variables Panel.

Now you can import multi page PDFs within one project.

Also, you can use the software to browse Dropbox files without downloading it.

In general, Adobe Illustrator CC vector editing tools are much superior to most other vector graphics software that can be found on the market.

Cons: Sometimes, the Program can crash when you're working with extremely large object and when large pixel resolution is included.

The cost of this software is relatively high, but again, it depends on what you're planning to use it for.

Another frequent issue that occurs on lower-spec rigs is the performance drop when editing, resizing, manipulating and otherwise changing the shape and size of objects. This can be a real drag as it slows down the computer and the entire process

Illustrator is the best design software

Feb 07, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Adobe illustrator integrates well with other Adobe products. I have been using adobe flash and Adobe Photoshop. Once I downloaded adobe illustrator and learned to use I perfectly, I was able to create anything of my imagination from the software.

Adobe Illustrator works with virtually all systems. I operate the software from a creative cloud and I have always been able to us the software from any computer with any kind of OS. Adobe illustrator enables me to improve the precision of my designs. It is the best app for graphics that are designed with precision.

Adobe illustrator supports multiple page outputs, especially when working on multiple pages of a website.

The vector in Adobe illustrator provides me with infinite resolution hence I don't have to deal with the pixels in my graphic design. It allows me to work with high-resolution graphics in a superior way.

Cons: It takes a lot of time to learn how to operate the app especially if you are not familiar with any of its older versions.

Adobe Illustrator has limited photo editing features. For me, I use adobe illustrator to design my initial graphics then finish up with Adobe Photoshop.

Although adobe illustrator files are relatively small, they are sometimes difficult to share.

Sometimes I want to deal with pixel art but adobe illustrator will not allow me to do so.

Overall: Adobe Illustrator is a very useful app with many possibilities. I have been able to contain its cons and that has enabled me to create wonderful graphic designs.

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Adobe's latest Illustrator rocks!

Oct 22, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
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3 / 5
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Pros: I've been using Illustrator for over 8 years now, and the latest CC 2019 version is absolutely stellar. They've built in Global Editing now -- ability to edit multiple similar objects and making it a global style, something that was nifty and found in other Vector editing programs but missing in Illustrator. This is a huge time saver for editing multiple objects and saving the style to re-use over and over in UX/UI projects. With the new improvements in Creative Cloud 2019 version, Illustrator's really a butt-kicking solution for Print Projects as well as vector projects.

Cons: There's a pretty big learning curve to using Illustrator. When I first set out to learn it, I was overwhelmed, but it's very powerful and a ton of features. The pro's far out weigh the cons, where some might stick to a program that's easier to pick up. My only complaint would be the learning curve, but once you get over the hump, it's a beast of a software.

Overall: Couldn't really operate without Illustrator. All of our design projects start with Illustrator and end with Illustrator. Since we print often, we use Illustrator to create, edit, and finish our designs for print. Other designers also send .ai Illustrator files and save these to the cloud for us to download and view. Illustrator s a great tool for designers and I would highly recommend the software to anyone who is in need of vector editing software or if they need software to create print-ready files.

A Review from a Novice AI user

Jun 23, 2018
5/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: There are a million options to use with Adobe Illustrator and it's a lot of fun to play with. I mostly used Illustrator to adjust vector graphics I received.

This review is for novices. I'm not a graphic designer with experience to use this product to its fullest potential. My work in Illustrator is very basic. I'd take vector graphics and adjust colors, move objects, work with layers, rasterize fonts, add fills, resize.

I did purchase a course to learn how to create my own logo from scratch in Illustrator but I never completed it because it wasn't an urgent priority compared to other skills I need to keep up to date. It's a cool enough piece of software that I wanted to learn more but my work doesn't require that level of expertise.

If you're a graphic designer you're already well versed on the horse power behind Adobe Illustrator and are able to continually up your game to produce amazing designs with it.

I decided to cancel my subscription and I want to give a big credit to the customer support agent who handled my request. I wasn't put through a painful extraction process to keep me on the subscription. I was offered a free month in the interim if I wanted to change my mind. That agent did a fine balance of encouraging me to stay on without crossing that line where I could get frustrated. Kudos.

Cons: If you're a novice like me and don't mind spending the monthly subscription to use Illustrator have at it. I decided it was time to cut the cord for something I not only rarely used but don't have the skill set to use the sheer force behind all the tools it has to offer.

I can't compare it to other graphic design solutions, though there are some free options that I will be taking a look at to address my super basic needs.

Overall: I was able to teach myself a few things when I worked with various graphics. I'm not a graphic designer and a pro may have another solution to recommend.

As a novice I enjoyed learning Illustrator which does a good job of presenting a lot of training clips to teach you how to use it.

Unless I'm doing page layout or photo editing, Illustrator is my go-to first choice for design.

Feb 16, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: Hands-down the most powerful and versatile design software in my toolbox. Vector art is the superior choice for a lot of design work, and I love the seamless way Adobe products work together when I do need to bring various elements together. The sheer number of tools available could be overwhelming, but the way the interface is designed keeps it from feeling like too much.

Cons: There are so many possibilities that it can be quite a steep learning curve. Also, I'm not loving the way the most recent update changed creating a new document - I can see how it might be handy for some to start by choosing a template or previous layout size, but for me it just adds extra steps...especially with having to choose from among options on several tabs - web, print, etc. I generally go in knowing what size I want my document to be, and I just want to enter the numbers, not pick the closest thing and change it. The extra steps are annoying. It's a small thing in terms of the overall software experience, but because it's always the very first thing that happens, it comes up a lot and annoys me. (I did find a checkbox for reverting to a legacy interface when creating new documents, so that's a plus. I just hope Adobe doesn't decide to change that up again. "Conveniences" like that cost me time.)

Overall: I make my living with it! It allows me to create incredibly versatile designs.

It's the industry standard for a reason!

Feb 14, 2019
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Illustrator can do just about everything, and it's an integral piece to any creative digital workflow. I love being able to design assets and easily format them for every facet of a campaign. I also love the freedom of building designs with precise shapes, freehand with a tablet, or live tracing and editing my physical artwork. It is 500% worth investing the time to learn this incredible set of tools, because once you get the basics you can expand your knowledge in all kind of directions, whether you end up developing brand identities, writing web comics, creating characters for animation, or designing apps.

Cons: The biggest challenge I faced starting out was the sheer magnitude of Illustrator's functionality. In college I learned to use it passably enough, but always felt a little awkward and overwhelmed. Being primarily trained as a fine artist, Photoshop always felt more intuitive and reflective of a physical workflow. As my design career progressed, however, I became much more fluent Illustrator by necessity. Take the time to explore the menus and learn as many shortcuts upfront as you can!

Overall: In my current role, I use Illustrator for everything from creating logos to updating incredibly detailed maps for our interactive way-finding system. I use it to create icons, illustrations, layers for animation, and laying out packaging designs too.

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The best editing program

Dec 08, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Adobe Illustrator is a born software for graphic designers, perfect to obtain amazing results, what I like most about this software is the ability to work with vectors and the degree of detail that is so great that is achieved, perfect for creating logos, advertising campaigns, brochures, everything that has to do with graphic design, the truth is that it is a super complete tool, the brushes, the edition of colors, the gradients that are achieved, the ability to acquire and work with any source you want, And not only that, but the huge stock of resources already created, both free and payments that can be used.

Cons: In truth in my opinion the only negative could be the price but I think that for everything that the price is well deserved, and also that knowledge and management of the software is needed to achieve excellent results, since for someone inexperienced it can be a little difficult to use it.

Overall: My experience with illustrator has been perfect, it has helped me to do almost all the work I do and today I use it every day for all the design work I have, it's perfect to be able to work with vectors because it gives you that possibility to edit the convenience thing that very few softwares offer to you, and that in addition to it avoids that the resources are deformed when expanding or reducing them, in my opinion a software super recommended and without equal in the area of the design.

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Illustrator and designers: a straight way for creativity

Oct 31, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
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Pros: - Very easy to use: Adobe illustrator is easy to learn and it come with a bit of practice. For beginners, you can create awesome illustrations in a very short time.

- Multipurpose tool: You can use it for creating high complicated illustrations, logos, web frames even CV's.

- Very rich dashboard : it's very rich with options and controls that make your life easier, work faster and more efficiently.

- Auto save is a life saver: it has the ability to save your work and even customize the saving time frequency.

- Very high quality : The final graphic result is always satisfying and even optimized to respect other expectations like size ( especially for web designs ).

- Good documentation: Adobe provide an online documentation for using illustrator and adjusting its features.

Cons: - Some bugs from time to time about opening files, saving files, changing colors ( shapes take a gray color some times ) etc...

- A bit expensive even for a pro

- High resource consuming, so you need a powerful machine to enjoy using it.

- Learning some skills can be tricky some times like curved shapes that need a lot of practice.

- Re-downloading and installing it for changing the language.

Overall: Helped me getting interesting jobs, paid my bills and growing my skills as a web designer and a front-end developer.

Illustrator is my must have tool to design high quality vector graphic images that I use every day.

Mar 07, 2018
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: This software is fast and very reliable. It gets regularly updated by adobe where they are constantly innovating new tools and things that the software can do. This keeps the software on the cutting edge. Adobe is great about making sure you know there is a new tool and just how to use it.

Illustrator excels in typography and the way you can manipulate test. The creation of shapes and graphics is second to none.

Illustrator is an industry standard when it comes to graphics and vector designs. I work as a Media and Communications Minister and I use this software everyday to create everything from social media graphics, to logos, to T-shirts, to branding, and beyond. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination.

Cons: It is hard to find something to not like about the software so I will say this, there is a pretty big learning curve when first starting the software. It can be quit intimidating for someone who has never used a design software although adobe is good at offering tutorials on how to get going.

It is also a bit expensive when you consider wanting multiple different adobe software. I have had the random crashes when working on some pretty intricate designs but there is a recovery feature that works more times than not.

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The right tool for the job

Jan 20, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
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Pros: The ability to quickly create new designs and pump them out in many different forms and fashions to tailor to the client or purpose. The capabilities of of the software and the tools to take you as far as your imagination can go is pretty awesome too. Also the training that is out there for this product is wonderful because it is so widely used, someone before you has most likely attempted to do what you want to do so you are almost limitless with this software. Also the uniformity and consistency within all adobe software makes it easy to learn and use on all their platforms.

Cons: Updates!! While they are great for new advances and fixing problems (bugs/glitches), they are terrible because they are ever changing. Meaning the way you've done something in the past or for the last 20 years could change at any moment. Sometimes for the better, a lot of times for the worst. In my case at least. With it being subscription based now, I have found, the tools reset upon updates and I spend more time resetting, updating, or learning the new tricks then in the past before CC came around. Also being on subscription forced to pay a premium stinks. Yes it is worth it, but there are rival products out there that are sometimes easier and less expensive for a smaller projects.

This program is the best program I have used for graphic design in my career.

Jan 20, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: Illustrator is easy to use. The interface is great and intuitive. New patches usually fix older problems or make it more efficient to use the tools. It really does everything I need for work. Creating vectors from scratch or updating files from clients is easy. It also works with other programs like photoshop and indesign seamlessly. Ability to learn more tools and methods is easy to learn through experimenting and online videos.

Cons: Artboards can be improved and allow more customization. Print preferences can be simplified and easier to change. It is hard to make adjustments to previously saved version of print preferences. Also, with the new creative cloud updates the print preferences were deleted and had to be reinstalled. That is another area that can be fixed is that there always seem to be some problems (just a few) when you update a patch. I have a font bug on my computer where I cannot search for a font in the font finder search. Using swatch assets in links panels a lot of the time freezes my illustrator and forces it to crash. Font preferences can be improved similar to InDesign.

Overall: Ability to do my job properly. If I didn't have this software my job would take a lot longer to create and edit graphics. I know there are other software out there, but this is the industry standard. It is for a reason.

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2019 Release is Packed With Awesome New Features and Workflow Enhancements

Oct 16, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: The new features in the 2019 release of Adobe Illustrator CC are amazing and have the potential to drastically improve every Graphic Designer's workflow. For example, Global Editing enables a Graphic Designer to edit all instances of the same element by just work on one of the instances. So, if you have a layout with a banner, business card, flyer, and advertise that are all using the same logo, you can modify the logo on just one of the pieces of artwork and the logo on all the other pieces will update with the changes made.

You can also customize the Tool Bar on the left-hand side of the interface. You can organize the tools to fit your workflow best. Adobe also made vast improvements to how the artwork can be viewed. They made zooming in faster, enabled a Trim view to see how the artwork will look as printed, an actual size preview, and more.

Cons: I think the only thing that gets in the way when working in Illustrator is that, in many cases, you can do the same thing many different ways. If there was a way to disable some methods of performing some actions to clean up the interface, that would be cool.

Overall: Adobe Illustrator just got a whole better with the 2019 Creative Cloud update. I'm excited to start using these new feature enhancements!

The Industry Standard for Vector Graphic Creation

Jul 11, 2018
5/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Adobe has been the leader in Graphic Design tools from the beginning and Adobe Illustrator is no different. I have been using Adobe Illustrator for nearly twenty years, starting in college and then branching out on my own with my own Graphic Design business. Adobe Illustrator has so many pro's that they are difficult to list all of them. From a wide array of industry standard output and input options, graphics and color management, flexibility and endless possibilities with the many tools for graphic creation are just some of the many benefits of a software that has been not only setting the standard but has invented many of the tools that we enjoy today.

Cons: Adobe Illustrator is not an easy program to learn. Luckily, there are various levels of usablity that make it possible to learn the basic tasks fairly easily but the vast majority of the software remains out of many new user's understanding without classes, tutorials and lots of research. This is a good problem to have, however, as there is so much you can do with the software. Learning to use it may be a chore but the benefits far outweigh the effort.

Overall: A powerful graphic design tool that makes it easy to create industry standard documents and graphics with a high level of professional polish.

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Adobe Illustrator is an editing program par excellence

Nov 27, 2018
4/5
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2 / 5
Ease of Use

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4 / 5
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Pros: Adobe Illustrator is a software that has a wide range of benefits and undoubtedly are indisputable, but the things I like most about Adobe Illustrator are the tools it has, and the possibility of working with vectors and thus have a greater ability to edit them. resources that we use, being able to modify colors and shapes without very big efforts, besides that it allows to design the front-end of web sites or of systems in production so as to know the objective that one wants to reach, also allows the creation of advertising material , of logos among other things. The tools that have illustrations are quite accurate, such as the use of the brush, the color recognizer, the gradients that can be reached, also has a fairly large font library to which you can add those that are not there, too you can play with free resources found on the internet, in short, the amount of benefits provided by adobe illustrator is infinite.

Cons: I said before that Adobe Illustrator is a software with many benefits but in my opinion it also has one or another negative aspect, and the main ones are: The fact that it is not easy to understand, you need experience in the interface to make correct use of It is software that requires a lot of equipment so that people who do not have updated equipment will be limited in the use of this software and finally the price may be somewhat high for some people.

Overall: As for my personal experience making use of Adobe Illustrator it has been very good and has helped me to solve problems in the field of work and in the personal field, even as a student has helped me solve problems. Some examples have been the design of the total front-end of websites and php systems, plus it has allowed me to work with the content for the same, having at hand the ability to see what colors to use, among other things. As a student he helped me repeatedly to do certain jobs where the physical or visual section was the most important, and the truth is that the results of a work done in adobe illustrator are quite professional.

The biggest and best vector design software, but be prepared to pay big money.

May 24, 2018
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: Consistent upgrades, new features and functions. This is THE vector design software and just blows the competition out of the water. Integration with other Adobe products like Photoshop and InDesign are huge synergistic boosts to your workflow and production.

Adobe is the 500 pound gorilla of the design world, and they've earned that reputation by providing useable, robust and stable design programs. This program is the industry standard and if you are serious about working in a design job, you need to be competent in Adobe products. Illustrator tends to be the second most used Adobe design program after Photoshop, but only because Photoshop can simulate some of the things that Illustrator does, but does better.

Illustrator is a must have for logo and vector designers. No other program is better for it, period, full stop.

Cons: Be prepared to pay a serious amount of money for access to this product. Now that Adobe has gone to their Creative Cloud format, you'll be paying a monthly fee. This is a purely professional product that can earn you a lot of money if you know how to use, but it is not a casual or "have fun and mess around" product for the price.

Overall: It helps me pay my bills.

Powerful, professional software which is a leader in its field, but not without it's frustrations.

Mar 08, 2018
5/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: I use, and appreciate this software for it's capability, and it's commitment to continually progressing possibilities within the software.

Cons: Lack of stability compared to some other Adobe apps while this has improved over recent versions, this can still be an issue.

The other main achilles heel of Adobe Illustrator is it sometimes feels weighed down by it's legacy, and the way things have 'always been done'. When compared with other software across the entire adobe suite, it also becomes clear that it was developed by an individual team due to the discrepancies/lack of consistency, and lack of general feature parity. For example, the inconsistency re: typographic features within Illustrator and InDesign. Given how many professional designers use Illustrator, it would make sense for Illustrator to have the same basic level of typographic functionality.

Generally, it seems Adobe cares about the opinions of their software users, but it would be great to see better engagement with professional users of the software, which would, in turn, help them understand the needs of their professional user base better, and continue to keep Adobe software relevant in an increasingly competitive landscape.

Overall: I rely on Adobe Illustrator to do my job

Illustrator for Legendary Graphics

Jan 07, 2017
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: 1. Expansive editing and enhancement tools

2. Scaling of photos and original artwork

3. Useful import tools to convert content to vector graphics

4. Adobe's Creative Cloud subscription which allows for easy access to the latest version of Illustrator from a cloud-based service.

Cons: 1. A difficult to learn tool to learn for beginners (requires training).

2. Results vary with a mouse so an electronic drawing pad and stylus are most useful.

Overall: I'm a big fan of simple and fast. Then I discovered Adobe's products and I was floored by the power and exhausting array of tools. The first thing that I had to learn was that Illustrator is NOT Photoshop. Yes, they share quite a lot of bells and whistles, but the two are not alike. The main difference took me a while to understand. Basically, Photoshop deals with pixel based images made of little tiny squares on your computer display. Illustrator helps you create vector-based images which are based on something quite different. A vector image has instructions built-in to tell the software how to draw an image. So when creating artwork in Illustrator, you are creating art, but behind the scenes, you are telling the software how to draw the art. This helps with scaling an image from a small size to a very large size. A vector based image will always look smooth and clean, while a pixel-based image will either add pixels (if you enlarge a graphic) or subtract pixels (if you reduce the size of an image). Enlarged pixel images always look blurry while the same vector-based image would look just as clean and sharp in any size.

That said, working in Illustrator is not easy at first. It helps if you have an electronic drawing pad and stylus. It helps if you get some training too and for that, there's Lynda.com and other on-line sources.

Overall, if you're looking to get into graphic design where you're manipulating the size of your images then look no further than Adobe Illustrator. It is the go-to software for professional graphics and photograph generation.

Recommendations to other buyers: If you're looking to learn about Illustrator, rent before you buy. Get a subscription to Adobe's Creative Cloud to start before you commit to the full version then compare the power of Illustrator to Photoshop and notice the difference between vector and pixel based images.

Decent, but the CC subscription pricing model is offputting

Sep 15, 2017
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

1 / 5
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Pros: Illustrator is one of the best vector editing packages. It has a wide range of tools to use in modifying vector shapes, including pathfinder tools for combining shapes and swatches for managing colours. It has many tools that can help with streamlining the process of creating vector compositions. For example, if you save an object as a symbol you can use it in multiple places. Then if you make a change to one of your objects, all instances of it will be automatically updated. Illustrator also has great scripting support, so you can automate many tasks with a click of the mouse.

Cons: The main problem with Illustrator is the subscription pricing model. The amount of updates to the app isn't enough to justify the monthly fee, especially if you've paid outright in the past. It was so much better when you could pay outright in the past and then choose when you wanted to upgraded (especially as you could often get away with upgrading every other version or every third version). The old CS6 is still available to purchase outright. The new CC version doesn't have anything significant over CS6, so I would recommend getting that older version to avoid the subscription fee.

Among the best graphic design software i've ever used. Easy to use and always produces quality.

Apr 04, 2018
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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3 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: I like the wide variety of tools such as Pen tool which allows you to create shapes at you own free will with the only limitation being your creativity.

Additionally i love how you an save an image or shape as an object and the output has very minimal or no pix-elation. Such an additional feature ensures all your graphics come out at the best print quality.

Not to forget it's extensive diversity in the type of output which ranges are PNG -8, PNG-24, GIF and JPEG. This allows you be able to produce a more diverse variety of graphics.

Also it allows for a 'Save For Web' function that allows you to optimize the graphics you've created while still retaining quality. For web developers this proves to be a key feature during image optimization and i would highly recommend it to them.

Cons: Takes a while to understand and get the flow of things but once you know the features and tools you will have a really exciting and fairly easy time producing wonderful graphics.

Also to mention the cost of the license key is a bit high for upcoming graphic designers but worth the purchase.

Overall: 1. Wide variety of useful tools that a graphic designer (upcoming or experienced) will ever need.

2. Great user interface that makes those long hours spent designing graphics bearable.

3. Great graphic output options allowing designers to choose the file format that best suits them or their clients.

4. Amazing optimization capability allowing for image optimization thus helping web and software developers use 'smaller' images without loosing quality.

5. The effect features that allow the designer to produce game changing graphics.

Industry Standard with Some Tweaks To Be Made

Dec 12, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: I love how for an industry-standard software, Adobe has made this program accessible to the public, meaning anyone can become a designer and qualify for jobs and contracts in the field. I also love how intuitive Illustrator is with the custom toolbox, TouchPad zooming, and the accessibility across different windows. I also really like the file presets according to my project type, whether I'm designing an iPhone screen or an A4 print or a document on a legal paper size.

Cons: The LAGGING, and I'm not the first to mention this. Perhaps there's something about creating vector images that slows down my computer-whether it's my 2012 MacBook or a very recent Mac desktop. It's problematic when I'm trying to work on Photoshop at the same time and I don't want to slow down my work even more by force quitting Illustrator to work on the bulk of the Photoshop work. I use both applications at the same time half of the time and the lag dampens my experience.

Overall: Adobe Illustrator has allowed me to complete my freelance contracts successfully while inspiring me to push my boundaries and explore my creative abilities. I continue to use it to my advantage by experimenting with the tools and churning out new work for my portfolio.

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ILUSTRATOR THE EDITOR FOR EXCELLENCE

Oct 24, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: It is the most extended design and photo editing program thanks to the ease of its software for graphic design work or we need to make assemblies or photographic compositions from the simplest complicated ones and you do not need an internet connection to work it.

There is no doubt that ILUSTRATOR is a program that will always have very favorable comments, since it allows to edit images easily, however, its only disadvantages are related to its installation, since this is a very important issue that makes it difficult to work on some computers because it is very heavy, we also have the fact that, if you do not know how to handle the interface well, you will not be able to work with all its potential, a problem that is solved by watching the tutorials and, finally, its high price.

Cons: There is no doubt that ILUSTRATOR is a program that will always have very favorable comments, since it allows to edit images easily, however, its only disadvantages are related to its installation, since this is a very important issue that makes it difficult to work on some computers because it is very heavy, we also have the fact that, if you do not know how to handle the interface well, you will not be able to work with all its potential, a problem that is solved by watching the tutorials and, finally, its high price.

Overall: At the business level with Photoshop I make edits of design and images, logos, banners, photos, etc. For the pages and social networks

Likewise at a personal level it has been useful for the editions of the images in the pages in which I am an administrator giving a more personalized touch.

The benefits are in the wide spectrum that we can capture in the editions once you are familiar with the entire Photoshop interface.

The standard for any type of digital illustration.

Nov 02, 2018
5/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: You can do almost anything with Illustrator. As you might expect, Illustrator works in concert with other Adobe applications making sharing and collaboration between tools very efficient. I have created many logos using this tool; which allows you to be as creative as you want or use prebuilt components and/or tools; which can then be altered to make unique content. The precision capabilities allow Illustrator to be used for things you may not have thought of. I have used it to do site plans for my home and yard, to help in re-decorating and DIY projects. Hands down my favorite CC tool.

Cons: Illustrator can do so much it is hard to know where to start. Unless you keep up with all the new features and functionality, you can be left behind doing things the same way you used to, which now there is a new tool and feature to make things easier. This could also be a PRO, but for new users, Illustrator can be very overwhelming and intimidating. I also find that I have to do a lot of trial and error to find the best way to do something. It is great because you learn, but it can take some time.

Ideally, take a class or some program to learn the basics, but don't stop there keep working with it

Overall: I have been using this software for 20+ years, it never ceases to amaze at how Adobe makes processes easier and adds new features. I've used it to build layouts (prior to InDesign), logos, drawings, icons, site or screen mock-ups, art and more. I used to be a designer, so it was my everyday tool, not it is my every so often tool and I look forward to using it when ever I can.

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Adobe Illustrator is the best design software

Nov 22, 2018
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
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3 / 5
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Pros: I used Adobe Illustrator for the first time when I decided to enter the graphic design field three years ago, it was hard at first, but after hard work on it, I found that Illustrator is really brilliant software for designers.

The best thing in Illustrator that it can be used to design logos, business cards, posters, T-shirts, website pages, printable materials and anything you want. also the output resolution is perfect because it converts anything to vectors.

Every tool in Illustrator has it's job, which made the design process much easier. Any designer

decided to be a friend with Illustrator would make a creative designs.

Cons: It has a hard learning curve, you need to study it's tools very well, to look up some tutorials and maybe purchase a courses if you haven't work on it before.

You need to have a drawing tablet for better output which is quit expensive. Also Illustrator need a computer with high RAM to not slowing the system.

Overall: Adobe Illustrator was my first experience in design, which give me the opportunity to discover how beautifully the design is, it makes me happy when using it.

it help me to enhance my designs, it's the best software I had ever used for designing.

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Exceptional Tool

Nov 14, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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Pros: I've been creating vector graphics in illustrator for more than 10 years. I enjoy how powerful the program is with the wide array of tools, as well as how simple it is to use. Granted, since I've been using it so long it seems simple, but really the creative suite apps are all very similar so if you know one, you can learn all of them.

I don't often create from scratch in Illustrator because it is often too difficult to make my vision a reality on a screen without having first sketched it in the real world. I like to scan my sketches and then import them into Ilustrator to trace. This gives me such better, and quicker, results than trying to do it by scratch.

Cons: The gradient map tool is my least favorite feature. I've never mastered this tool despite all my years of experience. I know it is powerful and I've seen those who have mastered it make it look easy. For me, however, it is still a challenge.

I also don't like how they keep changing the UI in recent updates. Sometimes change is good, but these recent changes haven't been my favorite.

Overall: I use Illustrator to create vector graphics, including icons, for interface design and marketing design.

Favorite Software of this Designer

Sep 27, 2018
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: I love working in Vector format. You can design something and there is no problem taking it from a size that fits on a business card to a size that fits on the side of the empire state building. No resolution issues, no printing issues. Its amazing to design pieces in this program. I also prefer it to InDesign for certain projects like wall wraps. I noticed a lot of other designers used InDesign however all that brought was headaches for me in regards to resolution and layout of the actual wrap.

Cons: If you need to edit anything in the photos that you import, it is not easily possible. Yes you can and should have everything linked through Adobe but that doesn't always happen. It sucks to have to go to Photoshop to edit or adjust layers. The learning curve is a little steep. I know for a lot of people, they have issues thinking in the vector mathematically format to do things as they are usually using Photoshop first. I believe you are in either the Photoshop or Illustrator camp depending on what you design. and your skill level.

Overall: I was able to create wall wraps, posters, flyers, anything I needed for the businesses I have worked for. I LOVE THIS PRODUCT.

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With this software I have been able to design and create many drawings

Jul 31, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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3 / 5
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Pros: I can design and then save it in different formats, from PNG, JPG, PDF, EPS, AI, DWG, and many other formats.

I love that you can make designs and specify if you want RGB or CMYK colors, depending on how you are going to use your design. It has pantone palettes that are very good for web designs.

What I like most about this software is that the interface is very friendly for people who do not have any experience, in just a week or less you can learn the basic tools to start creating your own drawings.

I have more than two years of experience working daily with this software and every day I discover new tools that make the creations of my drawings easier.

Cons: It is very difficult to say something that I do not like about this software but what is not very friendly is that it requires a computer with a very good hard drive so that it can work perfectly.

Overall: I would give a 20 of 10. This software has helped me throughout my career to do a lot of work, as a designer I can say that it serves to create, modify, edit, draw and much more. I have forgotten the basic programs such as Paint, Word or Power Point and I use this to do from basic designs to much more elaborate works.

Adobe, still King of Vectors

Jan 08, 2019
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Probably one of the easiest and most powerful design tool out there. If you've ever used Microsoft Paint, you'll find the UI intuitive and you should have no issues getting started. It seems they've really improved stability and reliability over the years. I couldn't recall the last time one of my project just crashed on me, an issue that plagued the Adobe Suite years back. It enables people that perhaps are more on the logical side of the spectrum rather than the art side, to bring their vision to life.

Cons: Unfortunately, and for a couple years now, Adobe has gone from a license based pricing model to a subscription-based pricing model. If you're a student you'll either get access to computers who already have this software or you'll be able to get discounts towards the subscription. But this does create a factor of diminishing returns to take into consideration. If you are not a professional or an aspiring one, it will be harder to justify a recurring fee. I'd also like to mention that while the basics are quickly learned, more complex tools are often hidden behind stacks, which won't feel natural or logical in its organization, stifling growth or discovery in newcomers. It might sound like a petty critic point but the quality of a UI's design and therefore a software's usability lies in its ability to be self-evident.

Overall: From creating logos to creating graphic designs, Adobe Illustrator remains my tool of choice. It's powerful, it's reliable and at the end of the day, it's simply the best tool for the job.

Adobe Illustrator is the best option for creative software in the design industry.

Jan 03, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: The user interface is easy to use with a minimal learning curve while most other complex programs take a lot more time and effort to become usable. As a perfectionist, I find the features, such as the align and distribute panel, very useful and satisfying. The dark UI not only looks cool but also seems to prevent eye fatigue, especially when spending hours at a time staring at a computer screen.

Cons: Like any complex software, Illustrator has some bugs every now and then but are usually resolved after closing and reopening the file or quitting and restarting the program. This can be annoying at times, especially when when working on a time-sensitive project. For example, sometimes Illustrator will keep an object selected after clicking off of the work area or selecting a different object.

Almost every time I save a file, the program briefly goes into "not responding" and parts of the UI turn white like it's about to crash. This makes me question if it at some point it really will crash and not save my work, but so far it hasn't been a problem.

Overall: Adobe Illustrator helps me effectively design promotional products for both print and web platforms.

My go-to program for designing almost anything

Oct 10, 2017
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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3 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: Sooner or later almost anything you design is going to be easier to use if you have it in vector format. So unless I'm doing something specialized like photo editing, I always turn to Illustrator to create my designs, from websites to brochures to logos. The past few versions have unleashed some very helpful features, such as multiple artboards. I think it's also become quite a bit easier to create basic designs and add features like drop shadows and rounded corners (but maybe I'm showing my age - I've used it since 2000).

Cons: It bugs me how hard it is to make a truly pixel- or dimension-perfect image. Even with guides, grid, and snap settings tweaked as much as possible, I still end up entering dimensions in the pathfinder to make sure everything is perfectly aligned.

One other thing I'd really like to see is a much larger limit on the canvas size. Right now if you want to design something large like a 30-foot banner, you have to do it scaled down - meaning you have to do math. It would be so much easier for me personally if I could design at full size and just see the dimensions - or if they're going to keep constraining the size, at least have a pane that allows you to tell it the scale, so it can calculate things like letter height for you. Speaking of letter height, it would also be really helpful to see the height of ascenders in the transform panel - it varies widely by font and you have to convert text to outlines to get the true letter height.

Illustrator is a must have for vector art

Jan 01, 2019
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
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Pros: Illustrator is a great application for creating vector art. It has great drawing tools, as well as some great features like image trace that is very helpful in converting a png or other artwork to a vector. I also use the envelope distort quite often to fit text inside a shape. The pathfinder tools are invaluable for combining shapes into single objects, as well as splitting apart overlapping shapes into single pieces. There are also some 3D tools to transform a flat shape into a 3D object.

Cons: My biggest problem with illustrator is that every so often when opening a document it acts as though it's opened, but I can't see it--I've tried changing or resetting the workspace, and using a "bring-em-back" window tool, but the only way I've found to resolve it is to shut down illustrator and start again. It doesn't happen every time, but enough to be a nuisance.

Overall: Overall, Illustrator is an invaluable tool for me. As a graphic designer, I find it a necessary piece of software that I use quite often for logo and other illustration work. I'm sure there are many more features that I'm unfamiliar with, as there seem to be a lot of changes after every update.

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Vector illustration and graphic its a easy peasy and perfect with Illustrator

Oct 26, 2018
5/5
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4 / 5
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Pros: Im using Adobe Illustrator since my firts year in college, and always been really useful tool, to vectorise anything you want.

The user interface is very easy to use, on the left you have access to your essential tools and on the right you have your layers and others. On the top you have other options to edit, type, etc

When you open Ilustrator you can choose your kind of document, if is for web or printing, for mobile also video. They have determinated format if you want to choose any or you can customize also kind of file colors (CMYK or RGB)

Im always use it to do vector illustration for Social Media, to create icons, design branding or packaing. I thing I like the most is doesnt have resolution issues you can work with any format actually.

Cons: sincerely I cant found anything I don't like about Illustrator, maybe the cost than is very expensive for a college student and when you are editing vectors with multiple nodes and complex designing, the system resources turns very slow and cause the system crash

Overall: For me and my job is a MUST HAVE tool, there is no day i'm not using it

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Better for create vecters !

Sep 27, 2018
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: Adobe artist is a fine programming with Rich arrangement of apparatuses and usefulness. It is most appropriate to create 2d vector pictures, 3d vector pictures, logos, symbols with sharp and profound edges. Because of delivering best nature of vector, Adobe artist has turned into my first decision to make any 2d or 3d vector outline. I unequivocally prescribe Adobe artist to web and print reason illustrations outline.

Cons: In any case, I would state that there ought to be a preparation gathering began from adobe who will instruct to other people, and there ought to be some sort of substance likewise be composed.

Overall: I learnt a considerable measure from adobe artist. It has progressed toward becoming piece of my life. I have made various outlines utilizing adobe illustratror. It give me thought of point of view. It gave me information to improve my designs. It is the best programming I have ever utilized with the end goal of realistic outlining. I am winning my bread and spread utilizing adobe illustratror. Much thanks for adobe to grow such a decent programming. I am utilizing adobe artist in my association to make each plan like logo outline, flyer configuration, promoting configuration, card plan and so on.

Best in class for vector work

Jan 07, 2019
5/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: Illustrator feels like the most powerful vector editing software I've come across. It's definitely got a bit of a learning curve, but one you're past that stage, it's a great platform for all areas of artwork - whether that's creating a layout of something to be laser cut or sketching a piece of art with a tablet.

Cons: The learning curve is high, though that can be overcome by investing time in some tutorials and projects.

It would be nice to have a few more photo editing options in Illustrator. Obviously it's never going to be Photoshop and everyone who has Illustrator has access to Photoshop anyway, but it sometimes feels overkill to switch over to another program to edit something minor.

Despite saying that I'd like to add more to Illustrator, it's not exactly a lightweight piece of software.

Overall: This is some very powerful software, it's a great tool for both quickly creating artwork and slowing down to make something far more intricate. I wouldn't use it for many many pages/artboards for eg. UX design, it's too heavy for that. You'd be better off using Adobe XD, Sketch or Figma - each of which have far simpler but lightweight vector editing capabilities

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My First Adobe Experience

Nov 27, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Illustrator is such a flexible program and I use it daily. I love the cleanliness of the program itself. Starting out with a clean empty artboard it truly the best way to start my day. This was the first Adobe program I was introduced to as a Graphic Designer and I instantly felt like it was something I could grasp. It felt familiar even though I had never used a creative program like it before.

Cons: Sometimes I will accidentally implement something by pressing a certain key and I won't know what key i pressed or how to remove what I've just done. It would be so helpful to have a message that lets you know what to press to remove what you're viewing. I often need to describe what I'm looking at to the internet and hope to find someone else with the same situation.

Overall: As with most Adobe products, Illustrator is very user friendly. The menus are cleanly organized. The tools use images that are very explanatory of what they do. I very rarely will feel lost using this program. I'm also constantly learning more and more of it's capabilities. The possibilities are truly endless with Illustrator and I can see why it would be valuable in a variety of fields.

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The best vector illustration software

Feb 27, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Adobe Illustrator is the best vector illustration software, It is my favorite program. I really enjoy Illustrator for its ease of use. For vector illustrating, this product does wonders. I cannot see myself relying on any other tool for my design work since this is what I know as the best. numerous tutorials out there that will help you to get started. is perfect to edit prints, photos and graphics. It is compatible with other Adobe products such as Photoshop, using these two software together makes my life much easier.

I love all the things you can achieve with Adobe Illustrator, I do not know what I would do without it.

Cons: It lacks online publishing feature as that found in InDesign and it would be better f it was also available. Besides this detail for me it is excellent.

Overall: The efficiency and quality of the designs is unparalleled, which has helped us to be more productive in the business, allows to create logos and brands that connect well with the target audience and add value to the product or service or the business in general. For marketing and advertising needs, Illustrator has been wonderful to create the best logo designs.

Long Time User

Jan 05, 2019
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Adobe Illustrator has been around the block for years and it is an extremely versatile tool for both print and media design. It can be picked up by basic users but in the hands of an advanced user there is a lot of tricks that can be pulled off. It is the preeminent software for vector designs and it succeeds in ways that Photoshop does not.

Cons: While there has not been a lot of "innovation" with the software in the last 5 years, aside from becoming far more accessible, the biggest con is the inability to purchase the software outright anymore. Subscription services are great, but they add up to more than the single purchase of the past and make it harder to recoup the purchase price when it is an ongoing charge.

Overall: I have used Illustrator in all its versions since the mid 90s for all different sorts of applications. It is fairly intuitive for beginners and of course for advanced users there is a lot of magic that can be performed. While the changes in the last 5 years have not been massive, Adobe continues to make the software more robust and user friendly. It is great for everything from newsletter creation, advertisements, pdf creation, to general design.

Getting Better, getting easier

Oct 12, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: This software allows you to improve your abilities, the more you know about the functions, commands and tools, more creativity, innovation, and quick you get.

Cons: Sometimes I got a lot of problems with the smart guides. It's not that happens all the time, but sometimes, for an unknown reason the smart guide gets inexact, even if you activate or inactivate them, with the magnet tool, or you change the preferences tolerance, it just doesn't work, in the best of cases you got close the program and restart.

It a thing that can delay you for hours if you don't fix it .

Overall: I spend almost all my work hours with illustrator, and I can say that it's a software that allows me to make everything that comes to my mind, and even more.

The tools have been modified across the versions and without doubt they are getting better, more definition, delicate. You can make all types of shapes, with a very long options of effects .

All the actualizations provide, a lot of improoves, In the latest version, CC 2018 the artboard organization is easier, and its perfect for big files that include different sizes and spaces. The icloud libraries are very very useful, and now that you can have texts there, it make reduce a lot of time.

Essential for design and art.

Oct 30, 2018
4/5
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3 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: As a graphic designer, I do think this is one of the best software products out there. I find myself frequently using Illustrator too. I love the interface a lot and the space I can use to create new designs. While most of my work consists of graphic design pieces, I do tend to use Illustrator for art from time to time. I enjoy that the program can be used for multiple things.

Cons: Illustrator is by no means easy to use. Although the product does take you through a tutorial when using it the first time, it doesn't cover everything Illustrator has to offer. It will take a while to understand its features. A big recommendation is to watch videos on some of the basic functions this program has. The program can be difficult to understand but it's not impossible to get a grasp of it.

Overall: While the program is difficult to learn, if you take the time and interest to learn it, I feel that it's worth it. It's great that the product can be used for different things. In my case, I use it for both design and art. Once I began to understand Illustrator and its features, the program was easier to navigate.

Overall, I would recommend this product.

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Amazing! I can`t belive yet how much this software has helped me.

Jun 25, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Adobe Illustrator is very versatile, if you are a graphic designer, illustrator, or artist. is the right tool for you.

You do not have to be an expert to use it because has an excellent touch type feature, simplified free transform tool and a powerful new puppet warp feature that allows transformation of select portions of illustrations. All this makes the experience of using illustrator very friendly and simple.

With a little practice you can get the most out of the software. In my personal experience, I am an amateur plastic artist and I use Illustrator recursively to vectorize my designs to be able to print them in large format with high resolution. In a very short time I became an expert using Adobe and it allowed me to express my creativity to the fullest.

Acording PC Magazine this is one of the best design tools in the market.

Cons: I really do not have any complaints about this program, it seems to me that the Adobe team has developed an excellent product that adapts to the particular needs of the client.

Powerful tool for graphic designers

Nov 13, 2018
5/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Illustrator is the standard for creating and working with master graphic files. The vector capable workspace means everything will look good at any size and format which is critical for graphics that will be shown in a variety of places (like logos). Having access to every aspect of your graphics in layers allows you to adjust only the parts you need to without changing anything else or hurting the quality. Basically, any file I have in an eps, ai or other vector format, I know I can open it in Illustrator and get any part of it that I need for whatever graphic project I'm working on.

Cons: The learning curve is a bit steep mainly because of all the settings and places you need to look for different tasks. Other than a few basic items, it is not very intuitive regarding the results you will end up with so unless you work in it often, there will be trial and error or digging through help and support manuals to do a lot of things.

Overall: I could not do my job as effectively without Illustrator but I only use it when I can't do something with another software like Photoshop. Since Illustrator allows you to create and edit graphics at a mathematical level, you know you can potentially do anything with it. When I am in a tough situation where some graphics aren't working for me, I can fix it with Illustrator and then export what I need to work back in Photoshop or whatever other software. This is really essential especially for higher resolution images for things like video and especially print projects.

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Adobe Illustrator is the best software for creating and editing vector graphics

Sep 20, 2018
5/5
Overall

2 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
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3 / 5
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Pros: This application is basically intended for the creation and edition of vector graphics. This software has a quite intuitive platform that offers multiple tools and functionalities. One of the advantages of adobe illustrator is that it allows you to edit layers, work tables and tables with greater efficiency and directly on the panels. Another of its most attractive aspects is that it offers the possibility of creating illustrations with a very realistic look of depth and distance. It also offers a large number of tools to create forms that allow you to combine, edit and fill forms in a very intuitive way directly from the desk.

Cons: Despite all its advantages, adobe illustrator has some disadvantages. For example, most vector graphics are not suitable for encoding real videos or photographs.

Overall: Adobe Illustrator has given us an incredible experience and that is why it is an indispensable tool in my work. Mainly I use it to create logos, graphics, banners, content for social networks, illustrations or any other type of content that is going to be published on the web or printed.

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designing is a permanent software challenge

Sep 17, 2018
5/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: It is a potential software for us designers. the best tool to work with vectors and bitmap, its use is satisfactory with the excellent and optimal quality of images obtained.

in its greater benefit I consider that its lightness and mobility, its wide range of graphic tools that make the work of a designer simpler and more modern.

the vectorization capacity is great. simplifies many tasks in layers. I think it is an extraordinary design and editing tool, with many more benefits that undoubtedly allow the user his maximum artistic expression.

Cons: without much to add, I consider that the biggest disadvantage is that it is a very complex software, it is not learned in a short time nor is it so easy to use, it requires a lot of investment time in study and practice. between tastes does not prevent it from being stylized by its high standards.

Overall: I have been using the software for 4 years as a graphic designer I have had a great satisfaction with it, 90% of my designs are made here. I highly recommend it and I just think that having patience is the key to your absolute mastery.

I use this probably more than I should

Nov 16, 2017
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Brand design, user experience/wireframing for websites, and basic print design are what I spend most of my time doing. The software doesn't change a ton over time, other than features/efficiency hacks, so I don't ever have to re-learn new software. It just works. Now saving web-ready SVG's is a breeze, which makes high-res graphics for websites that much easier to produce. Illustrator is my go-to, even if I should technically use InDesign instead (with some exceptions of course).

Cons: There are 2 that I can think of off the top of my head: 1.) Large amounts of text bogs down the application, especially when you have multiple text boxes that link to each other. You should definitely use InDesign for that sort of thing. 2.) You have to run a powerful computer to keep up with the CC versions of the application, especially if you're doing any 3D artwork or gradient mapping. Older CS versions do basically the same thing, minus some bells and whistles, and you can get away with an older/less powerful computer if that's what you have access to.

Unlimited possibilities for creativity & design

Nov 02, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Adobe Illustrator gives me a reliable user interface to accomplish common vector tasks with ease. The tools are well thought, it's easy to work with shapes, and you can go deep with layers and scripts. One of my favorite features is the ability to type in the Font selection box, searching for terms like "Narrow Bold" and seeing all fonts, or "Sans," or even using the "Similar To" when looking for a font--to trace logos and other items quicker and match the exact fonts.

Cons: The learning curve is steep for beginner users; it takes a creative mind to work well with the tools provided, and also realize the reason for many of the features and tools. It is best to methodically go through all tools and features so you can grasp the overall power of Adobe Illustrator.

Overall: Illustrator primarily allows me to work with client's logos, tracing them (if they're raster) or tweaking them to send to print or material production. The layout of the interface matches Adobe's other suite programs, and can be customized to my exact "workspace"--an unbelievably useful way to get use the tools I need most often.

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Illustrator is a fun and easy way to build and create new images, logos and unique illustrations.

May 18, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: The drawing tool is my favorite, I use it for personal projects and can create unique drawings by being precise and using the points to move things around if necessary. The guidance within Illustrator is incredibly helpful when you're a new user, but also as you get familiar with the product. Learning more about the tool is very easy with the trainings and additional help tools that individuals have created. Creating in general is fun and simple when utilizing illustrator, we utilize it on my team to create small illustrations for our software site quickly and easily. It's also simple to know sizing for specific illustrations if you want to create something similar.

Cons: I would love for a more advanced guidance to be put into the product as well. For maybe 1 year after you have been utilizing the product, show the user the new features along with advanced features that you can use. Illustrator sometimes requires a little bit of googling to figure out how to do something, but the trainings that adobe provides are super helpful.

Overall: Being a creative is fun when it comes to illustrator, it provides you with enough information to get started. But also holds back enough so that you have time to explore new opportunities within the product through searching on the web. When you find something new in illustrator it's like finding a hidden key that you never knew existed, like a kid in a candy store! I greatly appreciate this product and all it has to offer!

Illustrator Review

Jan 14, 2019
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
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3 / 5
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Pros: I like that I can so easily edit files in illustrator and bring them into photoshop or indesign. I also like that once you know all of the functions of symbols it is very easy to navigate. My other favorite things are how much easier the key commands make things.

Cons: My illustrator sometimes is really lagging even with the updates- I also wish that in illustrator you could create guides easier like in indesign or photoshop that just appear showing the pixels in between. I think that it would also be great if in in illustrator there was an easier teaching guide the way photoshop has. It would also be really helpful if there was within illustrator, a way to open a section of adobe on the internet that gives you all the shortcut key commands. My other least favorite thing is that when i move an image or logo or something into another folder on my desktop it no longer is in illustrator.

Overall: My overall experience with illustrator is very positive. Illustrator was the very first program I learned how to use at college so I think the learning curve is generally very short.

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Adobe Illustrator for Graphics/Photography

Nov 30, 2018
5/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: As a photographer, I occasionally use Illustrator for design projects alongside Photoshop. Here are pros:

- It is probably the most powerful tool that exists for creating and working in vector based art.

- It carries over well to other Adobe products. I sometimes jump back and forth between Illustrator and Photoshop and the transitions are always smooth.

- When working with vectors in Illustrator, the resolution is unlimited, so you don't have to worry about how your end product will look on screen or in print.

Cons: - Illustrator has a steep learning curve. When I first started using it, I thought it would be a breeze due to my extensive knowledge of Photoshop and other Adobe programs. But I found Illustrator to be more difficult to "get the hang of" despite my fast-learner abilities with these programs.

- The interface is almost too complex. There are multiple ways/tools to perform the same task. I wish that Adobe would clean this up for a smoother experience.

- In my experience, Illustrator is a memory hog, so I need to be using a computer powerful enough to handle the program without being bogged down.

Overall: I use Illustrator secondary to Photoshop to complete all projects in my photography business. It picks up the areas that Photoshop lacks. Put the two together, and you'll never need other software in the context of photography. I'm not aware of any other program that does everything that Illustrator does in vector based art.

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Adobe Illustrator is the industry standard for a reason.

Mar 19, 2018
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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4 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: Illustrator is the industry standard for a reason. Adobe may be known for lacking the innovation that some of its competitors have as they rest on their laurels, but in recent years Adobe has been stepping up their game to stay at the front of the pack and change that misconception. Illustrator is a prime example of this forward change.

Adobe could rest of the laurels of having the leading edge products in this arena, but they still are constantly improve. The features included in the newest Illustrator continue to make it the best program out there for vector based illustrations and designs. I have used it endlessly for logo designs, conceptual designs and artwork, and even for print projects and layouts and it never fails me.

The tools just can't be beat and the features that help make designing even easier allow newer graphic designers to learn faster.

Cons: Illustrator has come a long way in terms of being user friendly, but my main gripe is with how Illustrator differs from Photoshop in some fundamental ways and although things are changing there are options and shortcuts that don't translate between programs and can be frustrating.

However, with practice you get the hang of it and all is good!

Overall: The main benefit from Adobe Illustrator is having the Industry standard program at my fingertips and being able to create top quality products without a hitch.

The most powerful vector-editing software ever!

Mar 10, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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3 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: In my opinion, Adobe Illustrator is the most powerful vector-editing tool ever created! I'd even call it the gold standard for any digital illustator or graphic designer. It has so much tools and potential to create absolutely anything in vector, from tiny icons to print-ready illustrations and giant billboard ads. Some designers even create web designs in this software (but I personally prefer Sketch or Photoshop for creating UI interfaces). Besides of excellent functionality you can extend its power with additional plugins that will take your productivity to new level :)

Cons: The only downside is related not specifically to Adobe Illustrator but to support from Adobe as a corporation. When some bugs appear it takes too much time to see these issues resolved. It so strange to see that such large company can't fix serious bugs in short time terms (e.g. fixing bugs with Retina displays took about 1.5 (!) years). Other than that, this tool is great!

Overall: Great vector-editing tool! Really must-have for any graphic designer.

The best software for vector graphics

Apr 27, 2018
5/5
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4 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: I love working with Adobe Illustrator. It's a stable peace of software that can handle large projects.

The Overall Quality is perfect. It's professional software that will help with your business goals. Professional as well as beginners can use this software which will meet any needs- from simple web sketches to professional vector art/graphics.

The Ease of Use is not perfect , however it's good. I personally like the design of Adobe Illustrator and find it simple. You can customize your work space and easily access each tool and it's properties. I love the integrations with Adobe Suite as well as the similarities with Photoshop. If you used the Adobe Suite before you will find yourself in very similar World. On the other hand, if you are complete beginner it might take a while until you learn the basics.

Features & Functionality are great! Adobe Illustrator has ton of tools that allows you to create basically anything . I use it mostly for web graphics , however I do not think there is lack of features .

Value for Money is great as well. It's not cheap solution , however it's perfect value for your money.

Cons: Adobe Illustrator can be difficult to learn if you are beginner or never worked with Adobe products.

Software has high system requirements and the price is not at the low end.

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Illustrator is the best vector-editing tool for Graphic Designers

Oct 19, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: The feature set is incredible. There are so many tools and when used correctly, provide limitless options for compelling artwork. I have quite a bit of money as a freelance graphic designer over past 8 years. I've put in hundreds of hours of effort and love working in this program. The newest version also an awesome 'Puppet Warp Tool,' which can be used to create simple animations using multiple art boards. Illustrator is also the industry standard for vector illustrations. All major printing and ad agencies accept Illustrator file types.

Cons: Illustrator can seem a little overwhelming to new users because of the many methods to do the same function. For example, there are multiple ways to transform an object, change the color of an object, and other common tasks. But, because of the wide popularity of this program, there are multiple avenues for training for new users.

Overall: I do a lot of freelance graphic design work using this program. Plus I've created a how-to course on Udemy, which has provide some fairly modest passive income.

A graphic designer's go-to, top, favorite design program!

Feb 25, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
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4 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: I work for an advertising agency. I love the versatility of this program. From business cards and vehicle wraps, to digital web banner ads and presentations, this is our go-to favorite! I prefer it over photoshop and InDesign, because I'm able to manipulate vector artwork, with the addition of place imagery, with ease and see all of my designs in my workspace, in one, simple overview. Of course I use photoshop for image editing and InDesign for multi-page layouts, but Illustrator lets me quickly has out all of my ideas in one file, on multiple artboards. It remains my favorite, go-to program.

Cons: Although it's great to be able to package files, I still don't like the clunky functionality of and "red tape" that you have to go through when re-linking files, one by one, vs. to a folder. Also, it'd be great if you could make charts and tables easily, as you can in InDesign.

Overall: It helps me and my team develop creative print, web, and social media design solutions for clients at our advertising agency on a daily basis.

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Adobe ilustrator is an excellent software for the graphic designer.

Jun 30, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: One of the most valuable elements that Adobe Illustrator has is its creative options, endowed with great versatility to create more fl exible drawings, rich and full of details necessary to create an excellent design.

Another important element to add, is the optimization in the layout, being able to recover details that in other versions can not be made.

And finally, I think that the option of developing several work tables is an element of extraordinary value, since you can add details of other designs, make comparisons and take more complete designs.

Cons: This software has an infinity of tools, which some are very difficult to use, having to do specialized design courses to adapt them to the style of the designer.

Adobe Illustrator is very complicated to modify photographs and videos of real life, making limited certain functions with this software.

It is imperative to have a powerful team to be able to use this software to its full potential.

Overall: Adobe ilustrator is an excellent software for all graphic designers by profession. You can achieve professional illustrations thanks to its system of mathematical vectors that make the illustration a task of precision.

I could not designany websites without using Illustrator.

Feb 09, 2019
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: Hi, i am a websites designer, so Adobe Illustrator is very important to me, i use it more than any other Creative cloud software. I use illustrator in making a professional icons for a websites. I use also illustrator to export images and logos to SVG form to use it in websites development.

Personally, I use Adobe Illustrator CC, i find it much better than other creative cloud softwares, because it works with vector system, which gives the designs more professionalism.

Cons: There's not a lot to "not like" about Adobe Illustrator, there are some tools that have the same function, which makes it more difficult to select. In addition of very small menu and tool bars, making using the program hard.

But Adobe Illustrator is still the best software in my computer, which I can not worck without it.

Overall: I've been using Adobe Illustrator since 2010, when i start my freelancing business. I could not pass my day without using Illustrator. Simply, i have not seen any other softwares with vectors system like Adobe Illustrator.

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Adobe Illustrator is a complete vector graphics tool that unleashes my creativity everytime I use

Jul 25, 2018
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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3 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Adobe is a great vector graphics Software that unleashes your potentials.

This software works with virtually any computer and the features are seamless. One of the very great qualities of the software is that I never have to deal with design pixels because of its high resolution. If you have great ideas you want to actualize, Adobe Illustrator is the best software application that would help with the Illustartion. With a variety of embedded design tools, you are set to create the best vector designs you could ever imagine. I am always very satisfied with the results I get from using this software because every user is given the access to seamlessly download and install plugins, fonts and other tools that makes designing interesting. I never regreted using this software as a UI/UX designer.

Cons: The only thing is that there is a limited photo editing tools but obviously it was not designed to do that because it is a vector graphics software.

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Ai is the standard of the graphics industry.

Jul 03, 2018
4/5
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4 / 5
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5 / 5
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4 / 5
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3 / 5
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Pros: Vector based programs can produce complex graphics at any scale with a small file size. So you can create art for the side of a building or the side of a promotional pen. I work on package design and all the designs are created from initial concept to final printing in Illustrator.

Cons: Sometimes I want to create a simple small document and don't need access to all the effects and pallets and tools . My dream would be to create a custom version that runs fast do if I am opening 20 documents and making edits I can do it lightning fast like a speedy print production mode. Then I want to be able to launch into Design mode to add drop shadows and puppet warps and gradients without any limits. The two jobs in graphic design are Design and Implementation. Why not have two modes?

Overall: AI is the industry standard of graphic design. There are no substitutes in the industry. Vector based programs are the best way to create resolution independent graphics quickly and effectively. Ai has creative tools to capture every look and idea you can think of.

Industry Standard Vector Tool

Feb 11, 2017
5/5
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1 / 5
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5 / 5
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1 / 5
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3 / 5
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Pros: You can create anything you want.

Cons: It can be complicated for new users.

Overall: I have been using Illustrator since 1996, and at that point in time I was also introduced to Corel Draw. The difference between the two was clear then and it is the reason Corel has faded into the background.

I use Illustrator regularly. I create custom graphics, signage, adverts, logos, technical drawings, cartoons - basically anything. In fact, I used to teach this program in the early 2000s.

Illustrator is not easy to use for those who struggle with the idea of vector graphics, but if you skip the pen tool during your first exposures and focus on the shape tools, then you can ease into it. Artwork created with Illustrator can be printed at literally any size without losing quality (because the graphics are vectors and not pixels).

Illustrator outputs to all major file formats which gives you the freedom to share your complex creations with anyone, whether or not they actually have Illustrator. There is even a fairly comprehensive set of 3D tools, as well as a few pastor effects that you can apply to your vector objects.

If you're in the graphics fields, then you will use Illustrator.

Recommendations to other buyers: I recommend become skilled with Illustrator if you're working in the graphics fields.

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Easy and straightforward illustration tool

Jan 15, 2019
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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Pros: I like the versatility of this platform. I use it for a variety of things, including:

- Creating web graphic assets, including email headers, social media mockups, etc.

- Designing retail product and packaging

- Vectorizing hand-drawn illustrations into digital files for printing at scale

- Enhancing personal sketches

- Creating a variety print assets, including flyers, postcards, banners and OOO ads

Cons: The only thing I find clumsy, which is true of all Creative Suite products, is syncing to Creative Cloud. I think the cloud-based file saving and sharing could be helpful, but it never seems to work, and version control becomes difficult. However, we use Google Drive for all file sharing and storage, which solves the issue nicely. I don't find it a negative for this product, but I'm aware we're also not using it to its fullest.

Overall: I run a nonprofit that has a wide range of design needs, so we decided early on to invest in this (instead of offloading design, or using one-off platforms like Canva).

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Illustrator as an essential part in 2d digital animation workflow

Sep 07, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: I like how intuitive the tools became with the time, I think there are the right amount of tools and flexible enough to use in many types of projects with different visual styles.

I like the resemblance of the interface to any other in the Adobe family, which allows you to easily understand how to use it and to jump to another Adobe program and learn how to use it too.

I also think one of the most useful things of Illustrator is the compatibility of the files with other Adobe software, like After Effects, which allows you to have an integral workflow and allows for easy and fast modifications if needed.

Cons: I can't think of something I don't like. It is the design software I use the most and everytime I think there could be an improvement, it's not that long when Adobe already updated it.

Overall: I have used it through many types of projects, from digital design, printed design, editorial design, graphic design to illustration and animation, so i think it is a really versatile software.

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make reality everything your imagination creates

Jun 27, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: It is a great tool since it allows you to design images in a vectorized way, with this you can open other formats and work with what other colleagues have already done in other software, but the best thing is that with the amount of tools you have, you can manipulate the image and create effects that give a unique finish to everything you want to create as well as being able to manipulate the image with great ease.

Cons:

Their updates improve the experience every time, allowing the user to have more focus on their creations and better manipulation on the effects and properties that they want to give the detail is that depending on the equipment used and how heavy the work demands enough requirements to equipment that is being used but if the same one has good benefits will not have any problem.

Overall: In my work they sometimes seek to make new images but at the time of creating them they had difficulties since the images are pixelated or they can not give good effects and they asked me for help to see what program to use then look for a friend who recommended several options but especially this tool and when I started using it I understood why it was recommended to me and likewise it was acceptance at work.

30 Years of Illustrator Use - and it just keeps getting better

Feb 13, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: I've used Adobe Illustrator for a long time (actually since 1988). I recently made the switch to Creative Cloud from Creative Suite 6 and haven't looked back. Most of the basic features available in that orig version of AI are still in there, in exactly the same form, and usually new versions offer only minor shortcuts. But I'm a big fan of using multiple artboards and keeping my files in AI PDF format. I use AI for everything from logos to prototyping websites, to print designs. Frankly there's not a lot of competition since Macromedia Freehand died (CorelDRAW used to be pretty good), so if you want to draw vector graphics you don't have a lot of choices. Fortunately Adobe has the influx of new funds with the monthly subscription model and continue to improve it.

Cons: Illustrator can be a bit bloated sometimes. I miss the early days of simple applications. Adobe used to add features to new versions, it seems, to justify buying an upgrade.

Steep Learning curve, but once you get it, a whole new world is unlocked.

Jan 05, 2019
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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3 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: When I first opened Illustrator, I must admit, I was terrified. I had grown up using Photoshop and Illustrator looked nothing like Photoshop. For the first few weeks, everything I wanted to do was a google search. Eventually , I took a Lynda course and that helped substantially. I highly recommend that as it gave me the basics and eventually the advanced level things I needed to begin to figure things out. Fast forward a year and Illustrator was virtually all I ever used. Perfect for anything related to print media and websites. Great features allowing you to shrink/ compress files with ease and get the perfect size graphic every time! I use this program daily and am in love with it! Definitely worth the investment of time!

Cons: The initial few months, everything was a struggle. Not a terribly intuitive program. Requires a great amount of insider knowledge to fully learn. I wish there were better tutorials available for free.

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As a geographer so creating great/dynamic maps is very important and Illustrator is perfect for this

Apr 02, 2018
5/5
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4 / 5
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5 / 5
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4 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: I love the graphic outputs, the vectorization tools and all the file formats that I can work with in Illustrator without any problem.

I love the fact that I can work with my shapefiles from ArcGIS without the need of any conversation.

But the thing that I love the most about working with illustrator is that I can open any type of file from shapefiles, SVG, CAD, PNG, JPG, PDF among others. Beside the AI and PDF files are universally established and accept.

Cons: I think that the only thing that I dislike about Illustrator is the prices of the license, which is a little bit high for people like me that likes and works in Latin America, but apart from that I would say that Illustrator is without a doubt the best vector graphics editor in the market because it gives you all the tools and options to manage, edit and create vector data in an easy and quick way, allowing me to create great maps and presentations.

Overall: Making great maps in and easy and quick way.

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It makes it possible to illustrate in an impressive way with professional result.

Jan 20, 2019
4/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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3 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: The Adobe interface has left me pleased, each update improves the performance of the available tools and facilitates the work of vectoring and illustration, the workspace is very fluid and also has very interesting developments that have allowed me to generate gradients freely and edit my toolbar in a personal way, the option of global editing is simply efficient and magnificent.

Cons: The time of implementation and learning of the Adobe environment is long and complex, its introduction to the use of tools and explanation of functions is very basic and weak, the creation of a new document is somewhat tedious since you should always be adjusting the basic configurations that you want to have predetermined.

Overall: Its possibilities are very good, I dare to say that it makes my job much easier in the design office, the projects that I execute with this tool have a very professional aspect, the results are very positive and also have a very well achieved aspect when dominated the options offered by the software.

A powerful tool for vector manipulation

Sep 11, 2018
5/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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4 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: Adobe Illustrator allows me to have full control over vector images. My two favorite features are making patterns and creating outlines. Illustrator's pattern tool helps the user multiply objects along a path, creating spiral shapes, rounded patterns and much more. The Create Outlines option processes a raster image and produces a vector path along the outline of the image. This allows the shape to be resized to any size.

Cons: There is definitely a learning curve to Illustrator. Like any high level program, the processes to perform the more unique manipulations aren't exactly intuitive, but there are helpful tutorials from Adobe and plenty of help on the internet.

Overall: As a multimedia director, Adobe Illustrator sneaks into my workflow on a daily basis. Many different project types, from illustrations to logo management to animation, require the powerful tools in Illustrator. It's taken me 5 years to become adequate at any problem I need to solve using Illustrator, but the time taken t learn it is well worth it.

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Ideal for working with vector files and designs

Jan 09, 2019
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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5 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: - with the help of Illustrator and your own imagination, you can create pretty much any kind of design - shirts, banners, movie characters, etc.

- once you get the hang of it, it can become your best friend and it would be hard to go back to something simpler or rasterized :D (Even Photoshop.)

- unless you embed a huge photo file to your picture, the resulting vector files are quite lightweight (granted, that was my experience as a non-professional designer)

Cons: - it takes a while to learn (probably faster when someone else is actually teaching you instead of just trying to figure it out on your own in spare time between work)

Overall: I have used Adobe Illustrator in conjunction with Adobe Photoshop for various design needs at work. I started using it at first for editing vector files that I had and slowly have learned more and more about using it. While there are many features that I am probably not aware of, I really like it because it allows me to create designs that help my digital operation's job position :)

Adobe Illustrator is the gold standard for creating vector artwork.

Apr 20, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: It's very easy to jump in and start working with simple shapes and text to create razor sharp images. Once you get the hang of the different panels (which won't take long) it's very easy to navigate. The pathfinder panel is a really powerful tool that makes changing your shapes, altering text etc literally one click. I love the color palette options with a much better way than Photoshop to access Pantone color books and the ability to have your entire palette accessible to change colors on the fly. On the subject of color handy editing tools like "Recolor Artwork" that let you take a piece of art and essentially recolor the entire thing to your specification is a ridiculously good time saver for your workflow.

Cons: Being someone who started designing in Photoshop I had a little bit of trouble getting used to how layers are handled in AI vs PS. They don't operate quite the same way and even doing things like creating clipping masks is different. So there's a little bit of a learning curve if you are used to a raster based program. Also, even though it has improved over the years the tracing feature when working with photographs never quite reaches what I am trying to hit - but overall does a good job for being a vector based program working with raster images.

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My Favorite Adobe Software To Work With!

Sep 06, 2018
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Once you get the hang of Illustrator, you're able to work quickly and efficiently. I have a lot of projects to work on at my job and knocking out quality graphics in the least time as possible is a must. I also love the updates that come with Creative Cloud.

Cons: Some features in Illustrator are in Illustrator are just unnecessary and outdated, and should be removed because it's just clutter at this point. There are so many great features and they keep coming out with new ones, but I wish I would delete some of the ones I don't need so I'm not so overwhelmed by the workspace. Also, I wish that when I exported to PDF, that the PDFs weren't so file heavy.

Overall: I use Illustrator the most for my business. It's not the most intuitive software but once you get the hang of all the features (that are important to you), you're able to get the hang of it and work pretty fast. I use the Creative Cloud software, and every update I get just keeps getting better and better. Illustrator is a must for a graphic designer!

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A place for all your scalable art.

Sep 19, 2018
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
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5 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: 1. Adobe Illustrator is one of that software which can't get more user-friendly.

2. I like the UI for the overall experience and it makes my work easy by making me focus on the art I want to create and not on just figuring out the tools to do so.

3. It is easy to export or import data from any other Adobe products.

4.You can easily export individual artboards.

Cons: 1. Tho, an elegant UI, it has a very steep learning curve and needs effort and time to learn illustrator.

2. Very limited Photo editing tools, if using photos in your artwork it is sometimes difficult to manipulate it.

3. You need to be perfect at your artwork, illustrator won't help you instantly get better at your art, it just manipulates your art skills to a more digital format.

Overall: Adobe illustrator overall has helped me and my organization in building a strong creative relation in-house and with my clients. It gives me a creative workspace which helps me for achieving the output that my client needs.

Great working tool

Jul 06, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: As a designer, I use Adobe Illustrator practically every single day since many years. The number of features that are available to create graphical works is huge. What I really like is that you can always learn something new, or that there are many ways to achieve something, you can pretty much customize your working area as you prefer. Since I did try many graphical programs, I can totally say that Adobe Illustrator is the best one you can find especially if you are a designer.

Cons: There is not something that I do not like about the Adobe Illustrator, but it must be said that it is not easy to learn to use it correctly at the beginning, it is a program that requires a lot of practice and dedication to get to do very advanced things, but it's worth the time.

Overall: Since I work as a designer I got great benefits from it, both academic and professional. Any graphical, illustrative, commercial material that I have created was made with Adobe Illustrator.

Solid tool for graphic design inside the Adobe ecosystem

Jan 24, 2019
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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3 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: It's a very competent platform with a plethora of features. It's pretty much the golden standard for vector illustration. It integrates seamlessly with other Adobe products and allows for top of the line designing. My favorite feature is the pen tool as it's incredibly versatile and makes my life easier. On top of that, their exporting capabilities are solid, since I can easily export a file depending on my needs (web, print, etc)

Cons: The main problem is Adobe's decision to turn this into a subscription model. I remember the days of the Creative Suite, where I would pay one huge fee that would pay for itself as the years went by, basically owning the software forever. However, now the only option is subscribing. While it's understandable from a business perspective, for people who just want one piece of software, it can be incredibly pricey and you may only use a couple of the Adobe products instead of the dozens they offer. Also, the lack of real-time collaboration, sort of like Google Docs does, is something that is really missed. On a final note, the learning curve is a bit big if you come as a newbie.

Overall: I've used this in school and at work and while it did take me some time to get used to everything, once you get the hang of it, it's fascinating the amount of detail you can create with this tool

Illustrator is my favorite adobe software

Dec 23, 2018
5/5
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3 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: After going through each tools and learning what the software has to offer this is a great design tool.

The ability to scale anything you make is a major plus for anyone who needs to make designs that are going to be used in a variety of different mediums. Over all I love this product and would recommend it for anyone who is a graphic designer.

Cons: The price. While I understand the subscription service and why it was implemented, for anyone who wants access to this software on a budget, it would be extremely difficult with a starting price tag of 20-30 dollars a month and going up to 60 a month. Also, the learning curve is pretty steep if you want to become well versed in the product.

Overall: I love Illustrator. It is the Adobe software that I am most versed in. Once I understood what each tool did and how to use them it was smooth sailing from there, but it did take some time to actually understand. If you are willing to learn the software it is a fantastic tool for designing.

Industry Standard

Feb 04, 2019
4/5
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4 / 5
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5 / 5
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3 / 5
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Pros: I've been using Adobe Illustrator since CS2 and I've seen it evolve and become a truly amazing product. I love the constant addition of features that truly speak to how I use the program. The addition of the Shape Builder for example, was phenominal, making some tasks much more intuitive. Adobe, for the most part, isn't afraid to innovate on tried and true methods in favor of something more clever. I can't wait to see what it is like in a few years.

Cons: This is a pro and con. There are just so many features and shortcuts that you can easily screw your program up with little hope of knowing how to fix it just by lazilly hitting a shortcut you don't know or didn't know you hit. I've seen this screw-up interns, students, and beginners time and time again and it frustrates them to no end.

Overall: I've been using it for as long as I can remember. It's like my legos. I love it and it has earned the right to be considered the industry standard.

Adobe Illustrator is the best vector software

Jan 08, 2019
5/5
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4 / 5
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4 / 5
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3 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: This software prints illustrations/designs perfect. Vector. It is also a great tool to design graphics for websites or mobile devices. I can set up layers, colors, blends, art boards, cut out web art, create graphs, patterns and more. I mostly use this for logo design and illustrations. The new tools help me quickly design shapes with text to build nice designs. I love the options to set up my workspace pallets base on my work preference, such as: print, web, interactive... etc. I love the new update of the mesh blending tool. This is THE BEST vector software for digital artists out there.

Cons: The latest update makes the pallets harder to find and use. This slows me down. Adobe does not have a very good customer service rating in my opinion.

Overall: I have been using Illustrator since its launch in 1988. I have not seen any other vector tool like this one. I can complete simple or very complex illustrations without leaving the tool.

Leader in Vector-based artwork

Feb 07, 2019
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Shape tool's editing features are much better. 3-D rendering is amazing for not being a standalone application. Editing PDF pages in multi-page documents is surprising; it saves that page into the original PDF document, instead of having to import it. And good export for screen function.

Cons: Artboards would be nicer of they possessed their own set of layers (maybe a preference setting). I iterate designs on the fly, drag-copying content to new artboards. Unfortunately, the layers are the same across the whole document, so I have to manually create new artboard-specific layers for better organization. Also, printing multiple artboards on one sheet of paper is not intuitive, and is an 'all-or-nothing' function. It'd be nice to select specific artboards to print together.

Overall: I've been using Illustrator since 1992. From prepress printing to print design, production art, and digital design, this vector image application continues to lead the field.

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Best Vector Software Out There

Jan 11, 2018
4/5
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3 / 5
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5 / 5
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3 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: Adobe Illustrator is easily the best vector design software on the market. It is intuitive, powerful, yet user friendly. When creating print pieces, there is no other software like Adobe Illustrator. Our company has utilized Adobe Illustrator as our main graphic design software. Saving files out as a PDF is also a huge bonus as well. If you are making banner stands, billboards, business cards, letter heads, etc this is definitely the software for you.

Cons: It is user friendly, after you learn the basic layout of the software. All adobe products are very similar in their layouts, functionality, etc. Adobe Illustrator can be a little difficult to learn at first, but if you find tutorials online, etc you will be good to go! If you are coming to Adobe Illustrator from Adobe Photoshop, you may find some trouble adjusting. It took a while to relearn keys, asset location and others. Like I said in the earlier sentence, if you are having trouble, just watch some tutorials on the internet and follow along. You will be designing in no time!

Overall: Our entire print department uses Adobe Illustrator as their main software for making print pieces. We are able to make beautiful banner stands, letter heads, marketing pieces, and other things. We love using it because since all of the designers use it, it makes making revisions a breeze.