Adobe

Adobe Illustrator

5 / 5 1946 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

Students, photographers, and small businesses.


Average Ratings

1946 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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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
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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
Customer Support
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
Customer Support
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
Customer Support
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
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
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
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
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.

Illustrator has no competitors.

Aug 01, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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.

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
Customer Support
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.

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

Mar 07, 2018
5/5
Overall
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
Overall
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
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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.

The Industry Standard for Vector Graphic Creation

Jul 11, 2018
5/5
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3 / 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.

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
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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.

Illustrator for Legendary Graphics

Jan 07, 2017
4/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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3 / 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.

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

Mar 08, 2018
5/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
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

Decent, but the CC subscription pricing model is offputting

Sep 15, 2017
5/5
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5 / 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
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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.

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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
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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 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
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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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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.

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The best vector illustration software

Feb 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: 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.

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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
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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.

I use this probably more than I should

Nov 16, 2017
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: 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.

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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
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 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!

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Adobe Illustrator is the industry standard for a reason.

Mar 19, 2018
5/5
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4 / 5
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5 / 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
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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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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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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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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
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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.

Industry Standard Vector Tool

Feb 11, 2017
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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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Jul 03, 2018
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 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.

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

Jul 25, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

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.

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
Features & Functionality
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.

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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.

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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
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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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.

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.

More power than you could want or use.

Apr 10, 2018
3/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
2 / 5
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Pros: It's a good solid professional program and does its job well. Once you learn the inherent oddities and discover how to navigate both the tools and the menus, which is typical of most of Adobe products, you can create, quite nicely, almost anything you can imagine. It is stable and once you get into it, relatively easy to use to produce great results. It has lots of options for preparing all sorts of file types which also makes it a great software tool.

Cons: This list of cons could be long, but here's the short list. It can be difficult working with the layers which stack only. In Photoshop you can organize layers into folders and therefore groups, not so in Illustrator. The program like to anticipate what you might want to do, so you alway need to change tools to avoid doing something inadvertently making an unwanted change. If you're custom to using your mouse for changing tool, Illustrator filter options and tools that you may never use or want to use and they are there whether you want them or not, it might be nice to have the option to load there when you wanted them. Adobe rents Illustrator, as it does with all of its software, and has a crack team constantly working to improve its software, so you'll get to spend your time upgrading each month, if you want.

Great working tool

Jul 06, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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.

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Jan 11, 2018
4/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 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.

much better than before

Sep 18, 2017
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: It is the go-to software to design. I use it to work everyday. This CC version is the most complete version yet. From the UI the redesign of the software is good, easier to use, and more intuitive. I love how easy it is to export to screen. Also to export for other means like print. As of now AI works flawlessly. Had no problems or freeze screen.

Cons: Probably the Adobe brand is so big that the customer service/support also is huge. And that is not a compliment. Just to check an answer you HAVE to sign in. I mean you are not giving the answers, we are! the community, so let us be free. If I want to comment then ask for me to sign in. But sometimes you are in a rush to deliver, a deadline, you need an answer fast! In a few words, be huge but do not transform into this legal/government organization that is imposible to use.

Overall: Can get my work done easily. No huge bugs or anything so the work is smooth. It is an esencial tool for my work .

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The best vector based illustration software by far

May 16, 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: What I like the most about Adobe Illustrator is the freedom that it gives you to Illustrate, sketch and develop the forms and drawings you have in your mind or in a piece of paper. It's perfect for designing logos and brand materials, from the most simple to the most complex.

I'm not professional trained to use Illustrator, but there's a lot of tutorials and content on how to get the results you are looking for and even the techniques on the specific tools that are available within the software.

Cons: There's a little to "not like" about Illustrator, the price is a bit steep, but for the professionals is a tool that's worth every penny.

Sometimes Illustrator can be a bit overwhelming for small and simple tasks, but once you get the feel of it, it's the tool you can't live without.

Overall: I have developed the brand for some clients, designed some logos for work projects and a lot of designs for social feeds and pages.

Without a doubt, this is the best software for graphic design

Apr 26, 2018
5/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
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Pros: Adobe Illustrator CC has a stunning user interface. The interface is easily rebooted and configured. The ability to quickly navigate through the program using your own custom layout for toolbars makes designing more simple and effective. Vector graphics, for example, illustrations, diagrams, graphics, logos, diagrams - Adobe Illustrator is the best in this. I would not change Illustrator with any other vector graphics software, because it is absolutely the most powerful tool, and it works perfectly with Photoshop.

Cons: Updates are very frequent and it is difficult to constantly be aware of all the innovations. The big problem is the price, for large companies this is not a problem, but for small companies or start-ups this program will be very expensive. Although my opinion is that the price is fully justified by the richness of the functions and the overall power of the program.

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I've been a designer for more tahn 10 years and this is the best vector software I've used.

Jul 13, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: It's relatively easier to use than other softwares like CorelDraw.
It has a lot of features and with each version it's getting better and better.
I love the feature of creating and editing pdf even when they're not made with Illustrator.
Love the new touch interface when I work on my Windows tablet
The actual desktop interface has been improved with each version
Linking images is a really great feature to get smaller file sizes

Cons: Sometimes it crashes and I've lost my work.
It consumes a lot of resources when files are really big
Not that good for making gigantography or handling really big images
It has less printing an pdf options than other softwares like CorelDraw

Overall: I definitely save time, because its features are easy to use. It's fantastic for making illustrations and working with vectors. *ai files are standard in the industry so, it's safe to share my files with my colleagues or anyone and everybody cand work with them.

Adobe Illustrator CC helps your creative ideas become reality

May 12, 2018
5/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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Pros: I like the plug-in that Illustrator has. There are options for everything you want, some of them help me keep track of my working hours, some helps search for color themes and synchronize my account directly with Illustrator and so on. Illustrator is used on a regular basis as part of our marketing and design strategy. We use it for print media, online content and company branding. The interface is easily reset and customizable. Being able to navigate the program faster with your own custom layout for the toolbars really makes designing more fun and efficient.

Cons: The Illustrator is not very convenient if you just start working on it. It took some time to understand how it works, and I understand that I do not know all the possibilities. I had occasional glitches when working on some pretty complex projects, but there is a restore function that works just magically.

Nothing compares to Illustrator!

Apr 10, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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Pros: In my opinion/experience, nothing really compares to Illustrator. What you can do with the program is amazing. From logos, to illustrations, the quality is excellent. There are so many tools that can save you a huge amount of time. One of my favorites is the shape builder tool. I love how easy it is to work with other Adobe products. The library is a wonderful feature to store your most-used colors and elements. Since they've implemented the cloud, you're always up-to-date, so it's great to have all the latest and greatest features.

Cons: The biggest (and possibly only) con about this software is the cost; however, since they implemented the cloud, they do have payment plans, which is what I use. This helps immensely because you're always on the latest version and you can break the cost down into affordable payments.

Overall: I create infographics, logos, illustrations, and more.

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The Best Vector Drawing Tool you will find in the market.

Jul 09, 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: When we speak about Adobe, we always expect quality, and Adobe Illustrator is not exempt of this. As old as I am, I remember designing my Firm's logo using the first version of Adobe's Illustrator (Somewhere around the 80's) a logo that still remain, and that I have enhaced over the years using newer versions. Nowadays you can find a few freeware vector drawing softwares that are not bad, but not as powerful and reliable as Adobe Illustrator. I also love experimenting with Vector Brushes (Adobe has a wide variety to choose from, and many users have designed their own, that range from free brushes to paid ones, some of the paid ones are quite sophisticated and fun to use!). Even though Graphics is not precisely my area of expertise, I have been able to deliver what I needed using Adobe Illustrator (And an extensive amount of Youtube tutorials to learn properly). I definitely recommed people to give it a try, all Adobe's softwares include a free trial, check it out and see if it fits your needs, I am sure it will.

Cons: Adobe Illustrator delivers great quality, although, I am an old man who sometimes struggles to be able to understand some of the technical concepts, the newer versions have a lot to offer but learning how to use every tool properly can be a little demanding, specially at my age. Adobe Creative Suite can be a little bit pricey but I must admit it is worth it. And this is definitely a must have for anyone in the Graphics department.

Overall: A very powerful and reliable Vector Drawing tool. I designed my firm's logo using it!

I have been using Adobe Software for more than 10 years. Illustrator is the leader in Design.

Mar 10, 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: This professional Platform offers amazing tools and options to design, edit and customize any shape, photo, texture and Image format for professional use, including web, print, presentation etc. I love the tools and the possibilities a user can have, to edit and customize their own artwork. The tools are friendly to use, and overall the design and the layout is totally professional and easy to deal and work with.

Cons: Sometimes, the program can crash if there isn't enough memory / RAM available. This is due to the big files and because of different layers edited simultaneously. Users need to save their project frequently to avoid crashing and losing their project. Overall the performance and quality of this product is on top and highly recommended for new users, amateurs and professionals.

Overall: To design my Logos, Artwork and customize Images and designs for promoting my work.

When it comes to vector editing and creation, there is no other.

Jun 14, 2018
5/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
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Pros: Adobe Illustrator is the standard when it comes to vector editing. It has been around for years, and I have used every single version. While there are "drawing" tools, the name Illustrator is really just a name. I don't think they could ever change it because too many people would not know what to do with themselves. There are a lot of other products that Adobe has that have similar features, like XD and InDesign and even Photoshop, but Illustrator is still the best place to start with.

Cons: Over the years it has gotten a little bloated while trying to stay relevant with newer Adobe products like XD and InDesign. Its kind of tweener software, where it does some things that Photoshop can do, and some things XD and InDesign do, but not everything. If you live in the Adobe echo system, it is a must learn, even it you only use it for certain things.

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Best option for large scale printing

Aug 16, 2018
5/5
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4 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: I used to use Photoshop for all my creative and printing work. Until I got introduced to the power of Adobe Illustrator. I now use this for all my large-scale print projects. It is an obvious choice for vector images editing and creation. Photoshop images I created got pixelated when super scaled up.

Illustrator has the same look and feel of the familiar Photoshop. This made my transition easy since the navigation of the app is familiar as well as the icons and tools.

The support is great both in terms of available documentation, books, and a ¿community of users online. There are many tips and tricks available on YouTube as well.

Cons: Illustrator can be a bit demanding in terms of computer hardware so make sure you have more than the barebones computer model (best with dedicated GPU/graphics card). For beginners, there is a ¿steep learning curve to use this as the toolbox and menus can be intimidating at first. But those familiar with Photoshop should be fine.

Overall: Adobe Illustrator is offered by Adobe as a standalone app or as part of Adobe's Creative Cloud suite of applications, all via a subscription. It is well worth it since you get the best of Illustrator combined with the benefits of being always up-to-date in terms of features and security.

The best vector drawing application for professionals working in design.

Oct 03, 2017
5/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: Despite all the new competitors on the market, Illustrator is still the best vector editing app there is for pro work. It's a fast solid workhorse that really comes into it's own in combination with the rest of the Adobe suite and of course is an industry standard. The interface is well laid out with UI improvements all round.
The new typography tools bolster the already excellent text handling, borrowing greatly from the undisputed champion, indesign, and adding super useful features like clever font search functions and live previews. Illustrator has everything you need to create stunning vector graphics.

Cons: I suppose the worst aspect of this software isn't really an issue with the app itself but the fact that Adobe moved from a single payment model to a monthly subscription. This has probably been the biggest seller of competing apps there is. Unfortunately once you go illustrator it's really had to move somewhere else.

Overall: Compatibility with the whole Adobe suite of products which is essential in the graphics industry. Speed and bullet proof work flow. And the knowledge that I'm working with an industry standard that means I can send docs to everyone without any issues. Plus it just works. Ive used illustrator since 1989 and used every version since.

It is a perfect program for professional design.

Apr 17, 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: - Works with virtually any type of graphic file: PDF, EPS, FXG, Photoshop (PSD), TIFF, GIF, JPEG, SWF, SVG, DWG, DXF, and many more.
- Apply dynamic effects without affecting the underlying artwork, so you can edit it at any time without starting from scratch.
- Edit objects using isolation mode, which allows you to temporarily edit your selection without altering other areas of your illustrations. You can isolate any type of object.
- Images may require less disk space than a bitmap, images formed by flat colors or simple gradients are easier to be vectorized. The less information to create the image, the smaller the file size will be.
- They do not lose quality when climbed.
- Objects defined by vectors can be saved and modified in the future.
- Some formats allow animation

Cons: - Vector graphics are generally not suitable for encoding photographs or videos taken in the real world.
- The data that describe the vector graphic must be processed, the computer must be powerful enough to perform the necessary calculations to form the final image.
- As much as an image with vector graphics is built, its visualization must ultimately be translated into pixels.

Adobe Illustrator is our go-to vector software!

Jun 27, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
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Pros: Adobe Illustrator, like most Adobe programs, are the pinnacle of graphic design software for a wide range of reasons.

It allows our designers exponential freedom to shape, structure and create. They have all of the tools necessary right at their finger tips and then some.

Illustrator is used heavily for our large format advertisements and it works great from a technical standpoint as well as a financial perspective.

Cons: The complaints from our team have been few and far in between. The worst complaint that we have had is that certain files tend to go corrupt and will be unusable going forward, but it hasn't been a major pain point yet.

The only other challenge is that when updates occur, it causes some challenges from an ease of use standpoint, but that's also not a major deal.

Overall: Our creativity is at full force with Adobe Illustrator.

Adobe Illustrator is a state of the art software system for illustrators and graphic artists, etc.

Oct 05, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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Pros: I love all the Adobe products, but as I love to draw, I would have to say that Illustrator is one of my favorite programs. Without illustrator, I could not create vectorized logos and professional illustrations for my work. I really love how you can change your work view, toggle different menus, and all the different tools in the program. I know there are alternative programs like Sketch which I would love to explore, but so far Illustrator has been all I have needed as a graphic designer for the 2D illustrative aspects of my work.

Cons: The cost is now very high due to having to purchase the Adobe Creative Cloud. I love that everything is always updated with my software, but the cost is high. If you are going to invest in purchasing a plan, make sure you are really going to use the program. As a graphic designer and illustrator it is definitely worth it to me. I do wish it was a bit cheaper.

Overall: I use this program often as a graphic artist. I do a lot of illustration in my work. This program is vital for logo design for me, and is also fantastic for layout if you are doing pieces that have lots of illustrative components. I really want to dive in deeper and I know I have a ways to go with my skill in the program, but I truly love it.

Adobe Illustrator is my go-to program for logo editing.

Jul 19, 2018
5/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: Editing vector art is a breeze within Illustrator. My job requires me to manipulate color and transparency within pre-created logo files. Illustrator is a must have to make these manipulations. It is also a great program to create artwork in that will be resized to large scale such as billboards and large format advertising. I never have to worry about my images being pixelated when I create them as vector art within Illustrator. I also like their "package" tool which makes packaging all of the images and fonts within a document a breeze when preparing files for press.

Cons: Basic training is needed to use this software. Even if you are familiar with other Adobe products (InDesign, Photoshop), there are so many different tools and settings that one would benefit from a couple starter classes.

Adobe Illustrator has been my go-to design program for 10 years!

Jul 05, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: Adobe Illustrator has the ability to take an idea and bring it to life. With less expensive software designs are limited to the effects and designs available. Illustrator, in contrast, is vector based and allows you to create, manipulate and design any way needed. Designs become a fluid work instead of having to "start over".
Adobe Illustrator is a well-developed platform that is virtually error-free and once opened works without delay. The multiple flyout menus are consistent with Adobe Photoshop so it integrates well with or without Adobe Bridge.

Cons: The pro's come with a price. For those on a limited budget, the Adobe Suite can be difficult to afford. Once purchased those it will meet your needs and last for years.

Overall: Flexibility and a professional product are the biggest benefits of Adobe Illustrator!

I absolutely love Illustrator. It's always my first-choice platform for whatever I'm creating.

Apr 24, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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Pros: My favorite overall feature of Illustrator is the complete and total control I have over text and typography. I can make very subtle adjustments to spacing/alignment/etc. much more easily than with other programs that seem to force you to "stay in the lines" which results in a cookie-cutter look.
This freedom to create spills over to most of the other tools, such as the pen tool for drawing lines, curves, and many others. It makes the design process very fluid! What I'm imagining in my mind, Illustrator simply has all the features I need to make it happen with very few obstacles.

Cons: There's not a lot I don't like about Illustrator, but if I had to choose something it's the palette functionality - just the way they collapse and open isn't intuitive for me but it's really minor.

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Illustrator is an essential part of my web design workflow.

Jan 16, 2018
5/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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4 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: I love producing web graphics with Illustrator. I create all of my web images and custom graphics using it's powerful design tools and "Save for Web" feature.

I also love the fact that it doesn't use as many system resources as Photoshop, so it runs more efficiently on my computer. It integrates with my stock photo house making it easy to find and process the images I need.

Finally, I like the fact that saved Illustrator images are so much smaller than Photoshop images. No, I still have to use PS if I want to do any heavy photo editing or color correction, but I can so a lot of sizing and saving in Illustrator.

Overall: The main benefits I get from using Adobe Illustrator are speed and efficiency. I am able to blow through large collections of images for websites very quickly and the end results are fantastic.

Best Vector-based software packed with ever growing features

Jul 07, 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 use Illustrator to create just about anything from fonts, logos, mock up, and templates. I am able to highlight specific features to increase my workflow, as well as create my shortcuts. Being able to access my CC library lets me bring any design to any other CC programs and do not require copy and paste. The best thing is that once i make changes to the original vector in Illustrator, any other file with the specific vector is automatically updated! BANANAS!!!

Cons: This program may seem overwhelming to those barely starting, however it is easy to pick up. Adobe even provides tutorials, step by step teaching on how to get the most from Illustrator. Sadly, it does not provide persistence, determination, and effort. That is the user's responsibility :)

Overall: create stunning and unique vector graphics

Couldn't do my job with out this software!

Mar 13, 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: There are so many incredible features in the new creative cloud version that make my daily workflow sooooo much easier. As a graphic designer, this is a software you can not afford to do without. Plus, now that it's part of the Adobe Creative Cloud subscription, you can get access to all their software for a fraction of the price of previous Adobe licenses. Incredible value!

Overall: My work flow is faster, easier, and I can do so much with it. I used to try to do some of this stuff in Photoshop, but it's so much easier in Illustrator. Fantastic product.

Best vector software

Oct 16, 2017
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: I am self-taught on Adobe Illustrator after learning Photoshop, so I have a strong love/hate relationship with Illustrator. I love being able to edit and create scalable vector artwork and logos. We print on t-shirts and garments and need to be able to re-size artwork and separate it by colors for output, which can all be done effectively and quickly in Illustrator.

Cons: Coming from Adobe Photoshop first, some of the keyboard shortcuts are similar and yet different in Illustrator, which always throws me off when going back and forth between the programs. But it's only little things like that, which are more annoyances than a true "con".

Overall: We are a screen printing company and use Illustator daily to vectorize artwork and output it for screen burning and printing. It's invaluable and essential to our day-to-day business.

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Perfect tool for graphic design

Apr 03, 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 very good tool for me that I am an integral graphic designer, it allows me to create a number of graphic projects, corporate identity, logo, corporate manual, advertising photography, banner design, editorial design adaptation, etc.

Cons: The software is pretty good and essential, the only thing that worries me are the commands since some do not work as they should, for example, by holding down the space bar, you should be able to navigate the work table without any problem, but in the latest versions of the software this has disappeared. I suggest you verify this aspect and the other commands to do the job effectively and effectively in the shortest possible time.

Overall: Greater speed when making a graphic art, integrating the different Adobe Creative collection software with Illustrator, the results are very favorable.

You can do just about anything!

Jul 27, 2017
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: The versatility of Adobe Illustrator is incredible, one minute you could be creating products labels, the next a customizable logo, or flyer. The possibilities are endless. I find incredibly helpful to my career progression and will continue to learn it's capabilities to master the craft of digital illustration.

Cons: The learning curve is a bit steeper than projected but flattens out dramatically with time and effort. Large functionality often results in increased difficulty, but nothing easy in life is worth doing. If you want software that is easy to use, you will have to sacrifice functionality. The choice is yours.

Overall: More professional digital content, that can be learned by anyone with a little art experience and computer know how. Easily design custom sell sheets, logos, labels, mock up designs, business cards etc.

This is an top level graphic software for all your imagination want to achieve

Jan 18, 2018
5/5
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2 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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4 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: This software is simply amazing, it allows to create designs of any type and class, through the use of an infinity of available tools, that allow finishes and customization of the highest level. It is not just software, it is a set of tools designed for graphic designers, UX & UI designers, web designers, digital illustrators, editorial designers and much more.

Cons: If it's your first time using design software, the learning curve may turn uphill, however, there is an infinite amount of practical material, on the web and in videos, that can help you get anything you want. design

Overall: This software has allowed me to take my graphic design and web design capabilities to a higher level, since the extensive amount of tools available in the software allows me to make professional use and with an excellent finish for any digital medium.

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Long the industry standard vector illustration tool--and still the king

Mar 12, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Tight Adobe After Effects integration allows efficient, lightweight files to act as asset containers for entire animated explainer videos in just a few megabytes. Frequently updated toolset makes vector drawing creation easier every few years. Photoshop integration for editing vector smart objects efficiently stores Illustrator documents in the PSD container.

Cons: Load times can be extreme when dealing with larger files. Occasional file saving errors can create invisible problems where the link to an After Effects document using the .AI file is compromised, making updates to the Illustrator file impossible. Raster image manipulation tools remain extremely limited despite some obvious gaps that could be easily filled, forcing the user to hop back and forth to Photoshop.

Perfect for Logos, Ads, Banners & More!

Dec 15, 2017
5/5
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3 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: I love how Adobe Illustrator allows users to adjust the size of the workspace (or the "artboard" as it's referred to on Illustrator). It gives you the freedom to create any marketing piece of any size and export it in high resolution. I've used it as a tool to build content that's helped the marketing team meet its goals from assisting sales to increasing event registration.

Cons: Understanding how to use a lot of the features is difficult for beginners - especially since certain things that are easy on other applications like Microsoft Office are much more complicated on Illustrator. For example, there is no cropping option. If you want to crop something, you have to create a shape and use it to build a "clipping mask". Some things should be much easier on Illustrator.

Illustrator is the design standard for good reason.

Jul 12, 2018
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: The best thing about illustrator is it's speed and ease (once you learn the basics) at creating something. Taking an idea from my head to the computer is common, and illustrator is always my go-to solution because it can create industry-standard files easily, and handles several common but tedious tasks well. My favorite tool by far is illustrator's edit colors option. This allows me to tweak a design I created and produce multiple versions in different colors easily, and scientifically so things look incredible! Another great thing is it keeps improving and getting easier to use.

Cons: Occasionally a bug or glitch will stop me from working, but overall this is Adobe's most consistently solid piece of software.

Overall: There is just nothing like adobe illustrator.

Ideal for designing graphic identities its easy use makes me focus all my attention on my designs.

Jul 25, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: What I like most about this software is the diversity of tools for the creation of geometric and organic forms, the possibility of composition from vectors allow me to focus my creativity on the designs I need to develop, without worrying about complications due to operation.

Cons: The files in vectors usually do not have much weight, but when you convert it to .jpeg tend to occupy a lot of disk space, in addition to that it requires a lot of power to the machine, this implies that you must have a very powerful computer to work image large size.

Overall: It is ideal for graphic design work, when it comes to compositions based on geometric or organic image, in addition to complementing Photoshop you can create images or graphic pieces that combine photographs or photographic effects, for me it is a fundamental program in my creative work.

I love Adobe Illustrator more than most things in life

Aug 13, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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Pros: It is an incredibly versatile tool, and it creates the most beautiful visuals. It is not easy to use at first if you have no idea what you're doing. That being said, it offers an extensive library of tutorials, so you always have the opportunity to learn and create. There's almost nothing you can't do with this program. It's fluid, ever-changing with technological demands and trends, it's easy to use (once you know what you're doing), it offers unlimited possibilities, and all in all is a wonderful tool.

Cons: How long it takes to master the software. (although it's nice to be an expert in a world full of simplified DIY software and programs).

Overall: I will never stop using Adobe Illustrator. It is what I turn to for almost everything, and a program I will continue to learn and master.

This is my go-to Adobe software.

Jul 10, 2018
5/5
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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: This software is the most versatile platform within the Adobe suite for designing. Once you get past the learning curve, the options of what you can do are almost limitless. I know many designers who use Illustrator for both print and digital media. Setting up multiple art boards makes it easy to see your work and how well they correlate with each other.
This is also the must have tool for creating gorgeous vector logos. Using this program, you won't ever have to worry about pixelated logos ever again.

Cons: I wish there was a feature where you could toggle on and off to see how your artwork will look like without the bleeds on it (or any over flow), similar to Adobe InDesign. It would make previewing your artwork a lot more fluid and accessible.

One of the tools i rely on not only in design!

Mar 07, 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: It's extremely light and fast. Since it operates on the concept of objects and vectors, it9s great when you have to design large complex illustrations, but also very handy when you need to outline a low-res logotype and make a vector version. I use it on a daily basis - I even make my presentations in it because it's much easier to put your ideas on an artboard with it, rather than making the same thing in PowerPoint, for example.

Cons: Sometimes it crashes when you work with both Photoshop and Illustrator simultaneously (with multiple tabs opened). Other than this small technical challenges which also depend on the power of the computer, it's a tool developed to perfection.

Overall: It helped me understand the concept of vectors and objects. It opened up so many possibilities for me!

There¿s a reason it is so prevalent. It works.

Mar 14, 2018
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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Pros: Illustrator is the standard for vector artwork. It was 15 years ago and years before that and will be years into the future. It handles almost any task you need your vector program to do and offers a host of features. It¿s also cross platform which is nice.

Cons: It has quirks. It¿s old but new. Some quirks have been there forever and are part of illustrator filing new roles related to web design and svg that it really wasn¿t intended for. Sometimes it crashes. Sometimes it just doesn¿t open. Sometimes you have to reinstall it. All oar for the course. When it works it works well but when it doesn¿t you start browsing the web for an alternative while you redownload the installation files, it you¿re lucky enough to have your CC license work properly.

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Great software, very high price

Aug 15, 2018
5/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
2 / 5
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3 / 5
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Pros: the software has been an industry standard for many years. I use the software for patent drafting, which is somewhow a light weight application for a software of this magnitude. The software is stable and familiar

Cons: The price. as it is a subscription base model, the only choice Adobe gives you is to pay just for the software per month or for the complete suite of products for per month. I have tried to cancel the service for a couple of years and every time I attempt to do that, they make me a "deal" to get some months for free.

Overall: I have been using it since I move from PC (Corel Draw) to Mac (Corel draw is not available for Mac) back in 2012. I was a Corel Draw user since 1992. The difference between both programs is not that big, but Illustrator is better and easier to use.

The industry standard for a reason

May 04, 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: Illustrator does anything you need to create beautiful vector projects, and it plays nice with all of the Adobe software, allowing you to import projects between them to create different effects, layouts, etc. An experienced user can start and complete projects quickly with the handy built-in, preconfigured keyboard shortcuts, making you look like a Graphic Design Ninja. I've completed full-page color magazine ads within 30 minutes using Adobe Illustrator.

Cons: Aesthetically, it looks outdated. Remember how Microsoft released Windows 10 and they had a setting where you could 'optimize it for performance' and when you clicked that button, it reverted back to looking like Microsoft Windows 2000? It looks a little newer than that.

My go-to program for design.

May 16, 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 love illustrator and its capabilities. I use this pretty close to every day in my job. I create tons of items for marketing and to use in our business. I love that you can open a PDF in it and design off of that. The functionality is crazy, the more I learn, the more I love it. I taught myself how to use it for my job and it was easy enough to learn over time with no experience.

It's great that you can save the file as a PDF vs just an .ai. I always end up saving as a PDF so I can send to co-workers.

Cons: There really isn't a lot that comes to mind in the con department. The only real wish is that I could resize an image and its data like you can in photoshop.

Overall: Great design program with so many features I keep discovering more!

Still A Strong Toolset

Aug 15, 2018
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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Pros: I've been using Adobe Illustrator for many years. My primary use is creating website layout comps and graphics for use on the web. The Illustrator team has done well adding tools and features for generating CSS and web-optimized Assets. While there's always room for improvement, Illustrator's feature has continued to work well as part of my workflow and I'd say it's even become more useful in the past 3-5 years.

Cons: I have no major dislikes about Illustrator that come to mind immediately. Most of my issues have to do with glitches or bugs and any software application is going to have those. Some users may have gripes that don't apply to me due to my workflow.

Thinking about this a little more, some of the recent interface changes were significant enough to disrupt my use of Illustrator for a short time, though Adobe does usually provide methods of turning those things off or reverting to a "classic" mode. It would be nice if existing users would be presented with the option of switching to the new interface rather than just having it forced on them when an update is installed.

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A must tool for any designer

May 15, 2018
5/5
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2 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
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1 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: If you are a graphic designer you basically can't live without Illustrator. Both Photoshop and Illustrator offer different design functions so you really can't have one without the other. I use Illustrator for all design and layout projects as I find it is easier to use than InDesign. It is especially designed for vector based graphics.

Cons: Hard learning curve. You need to watch a tutorial or take a class to really understand all that Illustrator has to offer. It is a very complex program that is the key to being a designer. You get better with practice but it takes time and patience.

Overall: My business runs off of my ability to use Adobe software. Most if not all professional designers use Adobe Creative Suites, there are other options out there but they are not as pro.

Amazing design tool, both for graphic designers and web developers

Mar 17, 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: You can do so much with Illustrator: icons, illustrations, infographics and and all kind of graphic designs. What I like the most as a developer is that you can automate some kind of work to make your workflow even better. It's possible to use variables for generating different graphics on the fly. Also you can use various data to generate such helpful things like diagrams and charts. This is simply awesome!

Cons: Unfortunately, it's impossible to import graphics from other design softwares like Corel Draw. Also, as other Adobe tools, it becomes working slower when you work with large files. And the situation become worse with every new release. But maybe it's just time to update my PC.

Overall: Excellent tool for creating vector graphics!

A Great Tool for Experts

Jan 09, 2018
5/5
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2 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Illustrator is a fully featured tool. It is great for artists that know exactly what they want, and need the ability to make each pixel on their computer do exactly what they need. Another pro is that Illustrator has been integrated into the rest of the Adobe Creative Cloud. This allows me to save brand standards and other assets to use in other Adobe applications on my desktop or iPad.

Cons: It is really complicated. You have to be familiar with how Illustrator works, and know what you want it to do. It helps to have familiarity with the design lexicon, because Illustrator uses the proper names for each feature. Thankfully, there are a lot of videos and articles that make it easy for you to learn how to use Illustrator.

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Great!

Aug 01, 2018
5/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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3 / 5
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Pros: I love how easy it is to create multiple versions of a graphic via copying artboards and editing size. This used to entail LOTS of different files when I made graphics on powerpoint, but I can now house everything in one file. The align feature makes creating clean looking flyers a breeze. There are a lot of handy features and short cuts that will make your life much easier if you invest the time to learn! I recommend using two screens as you are starting out and having illustrator open on one screen and tutorials (either YouTube or ones put out by Adobe) on the other screen.

Cons: When you are duplicating an artboard, the material will stay in the same layers (even with the remmber layers feature) so you have to re-distribute materials for every new artboard. It also take quite a bit of time to get comfortable with.

Overall: - Quality Graphics for Event Promotion
- Easy editing

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Exceptional, complete, stable. the best design software on the market

May 01, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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3 / 5
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Pros: the vectorization tools are wonderful, the editing options are almost endless, once they become objects or texts in contours it is very easy to edit them, the effects are great, the software is very stable and allows to work with large volumes of information, it has a great variety of formats that you accept to import

Cons: It is difficult to find something negative in this software, but if something can be improved is to incorporate a greater number of sources with the software or a module that allows to create sources. another aspect that negative is undoubtedly its price, is high and therefore is not available to all

Overall: is a wonderful tool, essential for anyone who works in the world of design, has become the best design software on the market

Designed for Designers

Nov 04, 2016
5/5
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3 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Powerful import and export functionality for multiple file types.

Cons: So many tools can create a steep learning curve.

Overall: Illustrator is my favorite piece of the Adobe Creative Suite. I use it for almost all of my graphics because of its power and flexibility.

I would not say it is easy to use. There are a TON of settings/options/tools to use and can take a while to learn all of the features (I still feel like I only use it for half of what it can do). I know that I still sometimes do things the hard way because I haven't even learned about all of the features.

Keep in mind, illustrator is for creating vector-based graphics. It can handle rastered images also, but photoshop will be more powerful for photo effects.

Illustrator also has several import and export options and can handle opening .ai, .eps, gif, jpg, pdf, svg, and other file formats - which is hugely valuable.

I do have trouble on occasion with version issues when passing files between users, but if you communicate, you can save files to legacy formats for other users.

Illustrator may be overkill for an occasional design project or beginning user, but if you work on marketing or design on a regular basis, want to create amazing logos and websites, or even publications (I also use illustrator over InDesign for this), then Illustrator will be a must-have for your toolkit.

Best software for Illustration works

Feb 14, 2017
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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4 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: This software help me create my artworks as I needs. The outcome is as precise as I draw myself but this depends on skills of the user as well. There are many users out there to produce the how to videos to help many beginners. Adobe keeps develop new features to make drawing work on computer easier than before.

Cons: Price still seem high but understandable.

Overall: I have been using Illustrator for my Vinyl diecut shop for 2 years. Most of the time I will need to convert either photo , text into vector in order to let them cut from cutting machine. I also design product packages and labels with this software and it works flawlessly.

Recommendations to other buyers: If you want to works as a Pro. You need to use this software even there are many similar software out there but none still comparable to Adobe illustrator in term of universal format (.EPS, .AI)

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The best vector based design program out there.

Jul 19, 2018
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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4 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Using most of Adobe software now this program is just another tool in their swiss army knife. The ability to create vector art in their clean and responsive UI is a pleasure and now being able to incorporate the mobile apps in conjunction with this program allows me to be as creative as possible. Just recently the new update in 2018 with the intelligent property panel allows me to edit on my laptop (single screen) and still be efficient which is a huge plus.

Cons: This program alone is very expensive for what you're getting. Currently I am subscribed to all the adobe products so it's not an issue. But if you're only using this program for vector based design there are other cheaper options out there.

Best vector image creation and manipulation software out there!

May 07, 2018
5/5
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3 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: It's hard to list pros about a software as well-known and liked as Illustrator, but the biggest Pro here is that Adobe has an extensive network of engineers and helpdesk officials that are always on the job and pushing the limits of what the software can do and how it can do more. Any issues are quickly fixed, and with the addition of the subscription based price models a few years ago Illustrator is more accessible than ever.

Cons: The software is VERY expensive, no matter how you choose to license it, and isn't an easy one to pickup and learn yourself.

Overall: Adobe Illustrator allows me to create world class high-end graphics with a program that is always being updated and innovated, and whose customer service and assistance as best in-class!

The industry standard. For a reason.

Feb 01, 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: This is it. If you're working with vector illustration good luck getting anything done with any, it would be charitable to call them: alternatives. The rare gem that is both a mile wide and a mile deep, Illustrator is accessible to beginners who are just getting their feet wet and essential to those who really need to work their material.

Cons: If there's one critique that might be leveled at most of Adobe's graphics suite, it would be that the products are so deep that to really unlock their potential one must invest considerable time. That said, Adobe has done a fine job making this app along with the rest of their CC graphics suite easy enough that a neophyte can quickly sort out how to do the most basic tasks with only a bit of help from "Google University", while still containing the depth that bona fide pros need to work the kind of magic we might all enjoy seeing in print. If I had to level a criticism I might say that the professionalism of this piece of software has been honed to the point where there's not a lot of fun to be had in just experimentation - something where Photoshop still soars.

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My go-to app for vectors and large-scale printing!

Jul 20, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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4 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: I am surprised that up to now there is still confusion as to what separates Illustrator from Photoshop. Both are great software hands down. But, hello world... Illustrator is best for vector image creation and manipulation.

Illustrator is so intuitive, the tools are there and the icons (and handy tool tips) are easy to decipher even for a newbie. The tools are powerful and covers about every function you'll need to work on vectors. We used this for our company logo (design and subsequent large-scale printing), posters, and marketing materials.

Cons: There is a slight learning curve before one can use this software. It would be great if Adobe (or the Internet in general) releases a more in-depth training for this software. There is a ton for Photoshop! (Why not extend it to Illustrator?)

Also, Illustrator is now part of Adobe's Creative Cloud suite of apps. This means you can no longer but a single perpetual license as before. Of course, there is a similar (free) open source version available out there. But not nearly as powerful.

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Mar 09, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: The program is not as heavy as for example corel draw, in addition to having more tools,

Images may require less disk space than a bitmap, images formed by plain colors or simple gradients are easier to be vectorized. The less information to create the image, the smaller the file size will be.

They do not lose quality when climbed.

Objects defined by vectors can be saved and modified in the future.

Some formats allow animation

Sometimes the photoshop program is necessary as a complement. (Maybe it's because I do not handle it well)

Cons: Sometimes the photoshop program is necessary as a complement. (Maybe it's because I do not handle it well)

When one is going to export the document for example in PDF or JPG it also saves what is left of the work table and everything remains in the file but the grace would be only that of the table ps if I want also the outside thing would reduce it and that everything will enter the page.

It is a bit tedious tool to cut especially when there are many nodes

Vector graphics in general are not suitable for encoding photographs or videos taken in the real world.

The data describing the vector graphic must be processed, the computer must be powerful enough to perform the necessary calculations to form the final image.

Overall: It is a tool that we have used in addition to others to create creative presentations, full of beauty content and impact, to impress our customers.

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It help me alot to create awesome logos and Mobile UI

Mar 20, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: It integrates very well with other Adobe products.
infinite resolution with the vectors in AI.
supports multiple page outputs.

Cons: got to have an eye for the fine details of your art.
There is limited photo editing.
does not handle pixel art.

Overall: 1. It works with virtually all systems.
You don't have to answer the PC or Mac question. You can even be on an open source operating system. Adobe Illustrator works with virtually any computer as long as it isn't more than 5-7 years old. Just connect to your Creative Cloud account, download the software, and you're ready to rock your graphics.

2. It integrates very well with other Adobe products.
If you're already using products like Flash or Photoshop, then you won't believe how well Illustrator is going to work for you. Once you learn how to use this app, you'll be able to create whatever your imagination is able to produce. There are so many new distortion effects and slicing options that you can do virtually anything.

3. You are able to improve your precision.
If you want graphics that are designed with precision, then Illustrator is the app for you. It's perfect for design projects of any size or scope, especially when you need to start from scratch. Many designers will finish an Illustrator project in Photoshop to put on the finishing touches, but the bulk of the work is done in AI.

4. You have infinite resolution with the vectors in AI.
In some ways, this feature is nice because then you don't have to deal with pixels in your graphic design. This allows you to work with high resolution graphics in a superior way. The end result is a flat, clean image that is suitable for the web or for print if you prefer. Your images are also scalable to an infinite degree without losing resolution, allowing you to keep the sharp lines that make your designs stand out.

5. It supports multiple page outputs.
When you're working on a website, sometimes you need to work on multiple pages at once to get a feel of the complete design. AI allows you to do just that. Most other programs force you into a system which provides single page support only.

I use Illustrator for my freelance graphic design work and to create 2D content for mobile games.

Jul 11, 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: Illustrator is a great tool for designers. I mainly use it for content creating such as mobile game UI designs, 2D character designs, as well as logo designs, posters, art work etc. I personally think that if you have a basic knowledge of the software, your own creativity is the limit. I also like the fact that all adobe software is connected. This makes it easy to switch from one software to another. As an example, sketching in Illustrator and paining in Photoshop. One of the great advantages is the connectivity to external devices such as a drawing pad/tablet.

Cons: Adobe products such as Illustrator is mainly used among design students. It would be great if adobe could offer a student discount package or a different version for students to purchase for learning purposes.

Overall: Illustrator is one of the most user-friendly software that I have used. I would strongly suggest anyone to use illustrator, specially if you are a designer. Illustrator is very beneficial for my work as i use it daily for graphic design work. I also think that the support you get from adobe creating cloud is great.

Huge Fan of Illustrator

Aug 08, 2018
5/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
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Pros: Adobe Illustrator has become so functional with photos as well as vector design that I often complete entire projects in the one program. One of my favorite features is the way it handles art boards. Photoshop has them as well but they are clunky (to me) and create huge files.

Cons: I do wish the export options were better. For example, "Export for screens..." is supposed to crunch the size and keep the quality, but the best menu option for doing that is the (Legacy) "Save for Web...". The downside is the save for web function only saves one art board at a time.

Overall: We run a multi-site, media heavy organization and sharing Illustrator packages is an efficient way for us to keep our standards high while keeping file sizes low.

Includes many features and a very useful tool, but does get slow overtime

Dec 14, 2017
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: The software allows a user to create graphical representations of anything they could imagine. It is also a great tool for easily creating PDF files that can be distributed across the world. There is a sharp learning curve, and you need to be an experienced user, but once you learn the software, you cant be without it.

The limits of the software is the user

Cons: It takes quite a while to get a hang of using this software. If you have not used the suite of adobe products before and are not computer savvy, the process will be long and tedious.

The software also does not import some files that well. I wish i could import a Photoshop file without having to manipulate the file.

I use Adobe Illustrator just about every day and for the most part, I love it.

Dec 05, 2017
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Pros: I love the editability of everything once I start working. And I love how easy it is to work within the interface and everything.

Cons: Some of the most recent updates have been driving me crazy. Like the fact that when you are selected on something and zoom, it jumps to the item you are selected on rather than the area you are looking at. And also, when selecting fonts, I hate the new update where when you go into your fonts to change it, it goes to the top of the list, rather than starting from the spot in the list where you actually are on the font you are selected on. Makes it much harder to scroll through and click through a few different fonts instead of starting at the top of the list each time.

Good for everything.

Aug 07, 2018
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
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4 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: I use illustrator to create logos, create sprites for my animations, create backgrounds, create my presentation slides. As a designer you have to be good at illustrator because it is everything. You can do almost everything here and then more. I love this because it is so versatile and it is like a one stop shop for most of my designing needs.

Cons: I cant think of anything that I did not like about Illustrator so far it has not disappointed me.

Overall: I love this software, I am a game designer and an Animator so I have a lot of making sprites and creating backgrounds and other things that I need. I am so glad I can do almost all of that using Illustrator. makes it so much easier that I don't have to switch between too many software's when I am working.

Adobe Illustrator is for the people who want to go professional

Apr 30, 2018
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Illustrator is probably the best software out there when it comes to creating unique designs and logos. I've searched for countless solutions where I can create a unique look and signature without jumping through hurdles and etc. This software provides you with everything you need to accomplish those tasks. There are a bunch of helpful tutorials online and tools you can use inside the software to elevate you to the next level. I highly recommend Illustrator for any designer looking to go professional.

Cons: The Adobe Illustrator is kind of pricey. This might not be the perfect software for beginners or people that aren't trying to go professional in the world of designing. There is also a bit of a learning curve and you must watch various tutorials in order to properly use Illustrator.

Overall: I've learned how to create my own unique designs and brand through Illustrator. it is something that I'd recommend to any designer looking to take their business to the next level. Whether it's helping out clients or using it for your own brand, you will find that Illustrator will be your go to solution.