Adobe Illustrator Ratings

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4.8/5
Ease of Use
3.9/5
Customer Service
4.2/5

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. Learn more about Adobe Illustrator

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David Y.
Editor and Designer
Publishing, 1-10 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Features
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
8/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
August 15, 2019

“An Essential Tool for Graphic Designers”

OverallI often need to create vector-based art and logos. Vector files are advantageous because they can be scaled to any size with no loss in quality or resolution. Thus, if I need to create a logo that can be sized to 1,200% for a large banner, I can output a vector file in formats such as .eps, .ai, and .pdf that can be used by commercial printers. It's an essential product for this type of work.
ProsAdobe Illustrator solves the problems that I need to have solved in my graphic design role. It enables me to create vector-based art and logos, which is essential for printed material. It is an excellent complement to Adobe Photoshop, and I use the two programs interchangeably, and also in harmony with Adobe InDesign.
ConsUnlike Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator is a bit more complicated to use. However, I found answers to every question I've ever had (there have been many) on the Adobe Help pages as well as via Google searches. New users need to understand that Illustrator is a high-end design program, so the rules that govern its operations are more complex than what you would find in, for example, PowerPoint. However, those who are willing to follow the tutorials will find that Illustrator is an invaluable asset.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
August 15, 2019
Verified Reviewer
Human Resources, 11-50 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
July 16, 2019

“"It creates your imaginations visually on media" ”

Overallwhen you look at the price, instantly you will exclaim 'oh my gosh'. As I explained previously, there are nearly 100 million images available in adobe stock, over 12000 fonts in adobe fonts, plus all the other features to run wild with creative ideas. Who else offers so much? Therefore my opinion is a designer can always make designs that can claim a value if you are using the license of Illustrator. At the same time, with illustrator you need just a fraction of the time in doing your designs compared to some others which will keep you way behind. Illustrator is definitely for professional designers and as a professional designer, will need to use compatible hardware to get the best use of AI .
ProsAi is ideal for professional Vector graphic designers. After many years of studies with the inputs of designers around the globe, Adobe has developed Ai to create almost anything that comes into billions of creative (or weird) minds. Just about anything. Once you pass the learning curve which would take months and months with all that learning material available (which is quite reasonable), then you can make your dreams visible to you and others too. But still you will learn, as there are so many developments and updates take place continuously. The Free form gradient, which is also a new addition, allows you to drop points of color which blends together to form rich color blends. Adobe font integration lets you select thousands of fonts and use the most suitable fonts that goes with the project. You just dream what you need and you get it in Illustrator creative cloud. With its three 'snap to pixel' options, it automatically aligns to the pixel grid the drawing, scaling and moving path and vector shapes. With their massive stock of creative resources in graphics, templates, images etc which are close to 100 million in numbers and are organized in Adobe Stock, designers can access and easily design templates for various jobs saving time for additional work. The 'True size view' and 'Trim size view' features are added benefits for the User. Features of Illustrator are endless if you look at an artist's point of view. It can put into reality all the dreams of a creative mind
ConsI wouldn't hesitate for a moment to call a wiper 'a wiper'. The bad side of AI is it can just wipe off all other competitors in just one Illustrator stroke.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
July 16, 2019
Suzanne S.
Graphic Designer
Graphic Design, Self-employed
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Features
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
June 13, 2019

“Industry Standard For Good Reason”

OverallI consider Illustrator to be an essential program for anyone who works in vector graphics.
ProsOverall, this is a wonderful program that has well earned its reputation as industry standard. When working with a lot of precise calculations, perspectives, exact distances, and/or alignments, Illustrator does most of the heavy lifting so I can focus on just creating great art. Working with vectors is a great way to create very polished and clean designs that are infinity scalable. Small file sizes are also especially handy because it makes it easy to make backup-copies of your layers at different stages in case you ever need access to an earlier version. Even if I've worked with huge dimensions or had hundreds of objects in a single file, I've generally only experienced serious lag if I incorporate non-vector elements to my file, such as placed photographs or special effects like drop shadows. Illustrator is extremely handy to use in conjunction with other Adobe products. I've especially frequently created a vector in Illustrator then copied it over to Photoshop or InDesign. When pasting things into Photoshop, I can create a Smart Object so that I can still edit it in Illustrator and it will then automatically update in Photoshop.
ConsSome of the keyboard shortcuts, such as select/deselect all, are different between different Adobe products like Illustrator and Photoshop. While this can be customized by users, that isn't always possible in situations like one of my old jobs where I shared a computer with another designer and we constantly went back and forth between Illustrator and Photoshop. Improving consistency between Adobe products would allow for smoother workflow. The perspective tools can also be rather clunky to use sometimes. One of the most frustrating aspects has been if I need to use any shape-building tools on an object already in perspective - after I've used the shape building tools, I can no longer use the perspective move tool because Illustrator tries to reapply the perspective onto an object already in perspective. Another example is that the 3D tools don't automatically have options in the drop-down menu to work with the perspective grid in place. If you, for instance, want to extrude an object and place it into alignment with your perspective grid, you have to either do the math yourself to create a custom extrude, or you have to manually rotate and extrude the object without the use of the 3D tool. On occasion, I have also had issues with art dimension size limitations and had to copy to Photoshop to enlarge to the size I needed to print. I also dislike that this program is currently only available through subscription.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
June 13, 2019
Ishak B.
Marketing coordinator
Information Technology and Services, 1-10 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
June 8, 2019

“The most powerful tool for creating vector-based graphics”

OverallAdobe Illustrator is one of the most important softwares that i use all the time, this is by far the best in creating vectors and it contains all the tools you need that other softwares does not have. from printing materials to web ads, i use Illustrator for all types of design work.
ProsAdobe Illustrator is the most flexible tool for creating vector-based graphics that allows you to design anything from scratch. It communicates and integrates smoothly with other Adobe's softwares. Adobe Illustrator is definitely my go to software to create large format graphics. Adobe Illustrator makes it very easy to undo mistakes that you have made. It also works with both Mac and Windows.
ConsIllustrator has so many features, so this tool is not suited for beginners who don't have prior experience with Adobe's softwares. There is a learning curve for this tool and it requires a lot of training and practice to get the most of it. when working with heavy graphics, Illustrator will eat up most of your computer's RAM and CPU and tend to crash, so you're going to need a powerful computer to run it correctly.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
June 8, 2019
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samuel t.
Chief Executive Officer
Graphic Design, Self-employed
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
May 7, 2019

“Best Graphic Design Software for Creating Vector Graphics ”

OverallIllustrator is great, perfect for Vector design, Logo creation, drawing Cartoons etc and it gets the job done and even do more. For a graphic designer, the software is recommended since there isn't any better alternative. Once it's features are mastered, one can easily play with the software and create something out of it.
ProsAdobe illustrator is a great software for Graphic Designers to add to their collection. The software is made for creating a vector graphics and it so good at it. Over the years, I have learnt to use Adobe Illustrator to create project like Cartoon and Logo designs. It is a great software and it gets the job done easily. One of the best option for using the illustrator is the vector-graphic which makes design a perfect still quality, no matter how the design's size is adjusted, the resolution stay the same. With Adobe illustrator users can easily draw a design from scratch by mastering the Pen Tool and with tons of other tools like the Pathfinder Tool, the software made it very easy to design almost anything and even beautify it with the color guide.
ConsAdobe illustrator is great, no doubt one of the best drawing software out there, however the best can be too best.. if that makes sense. For beginners, Illustrator has so many complex features which are not easy to learn at all, even with knowledge of other Adobe softwares. The software is also heavy while operating, it requires a very strong PC to properly use without slowing down your operations or hang the PC while at it. Illustrator is just good for drawing, editing image isn't recommended on the software, it lacks some basic features to edit image and working with layers on this software can be very frustrating.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
May 7, 2019
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Javiera M.
Freelance Graphic and Web Designer
Graphic Design, Self-employed
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Features
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
May 2, 2019

“An absolute must for graphic designers”

ProsAdobe Illustrator is one of the three basic tools for graphic designers -along with Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign. It is in my opinion the one with the most accessible learning curve of the three. You can really go a long way with very little training. However, this software is so powerful that even after 10 years of daily use I am still learning new functionalities that make my work easier and faster. Illustrator excels at vector image creation but is versatile enough to allow you to incorporate raster images into its files as well. It borrows some filter functionality from Photoshop and allows for perspective designs as well -although admittedly I have not explored that aspect to its full extent. Some people even use it to build more complex, text-centric documents and it does very well even though it is not intended for that purpose.
ConsWhen it comes to larger-sized print documents, such as billboards, Adobe Illustrator might not be your best bet. The canvas allows for a maximum of about 18-19 feet. Although I appreciate the graph tool, the way that it has been set up makes it more difficult than necessary to adjust the aspect and I sometimes feel my creativity gets locked in as the data presentation settings are not malleable enough. The other aspect that may be considered a con but it's really not is based on its text-handling abilities. It does not allow for such in-depth control over text as does Adobe InDesign because it is not intended to do so.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
May 2, 2019
Liam S.
Innovation Designer
Non-Profit Organization Management, 201-500 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
April 28, 2019

“Vector Art for the win”

OverallI use Illustrator every day, opening it up is reflexive when I get to work. I've also taken advantage of the additional functionality available using it with a Wacom tablet and pen which opens up a whole new range of possibilities. My design skills have grown, just as Adobe has continued to grow the functionality fo the program over the years.
ProsIllustrator is my go-to for graphic design, and it's getting better all the time. You can be super precise compared to editing raster images with Photoshop. In Illustrator, you can make cuttingly straight lines and big bold designs. The only limit is your imagination! Best of all, Adobe is rolling out new features all the time. The Puppet mode, trim view, and new gradient tool, just to name a few, are awesome innovations. You can tell they are not content with doing what they've always done, Adobe is learning and changing right along with us, and I appreciate that. The new layouts have also been a big improvement, as it's always been a challenge to have your perfect tool set up when there are so many to choose from.
ConsLearning the many tools can be a big learning curve, not to mention all the new ones that are becoming available with every update. You can't fully appreciate the new gradient tool unless you've been stuck with the limitations of the old one for years. And even when you do master the controls, it's not a guarantee you will be pumping out amazing designs. At the end of the day, the tool is limited to the creativity of the user. But Adobe is doing what it can to make this software as versatile and powerful as it can be.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
April 28, 2019
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Burhan K.
User Interface Designer
Information Technology and Services, 1001-5000 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
April 24, 2019

“Best Industry Standard Vector Designing Software, Period”

OverallI've been using Adobe Illustrator since I stepped into the software industry-almost 4 years now. The tool has no comparison to other tools currently available in the market. I mostly use Illustrator for designing illustrations, icons for mobile and websites, wireframes for mobiles, and print documents like brochures, business cards, etc. I now use Sketch for designing UI, but it's really hard to design icons there. So I design icons in Illustrator and copy those icons to sketch. This is the best tool and it's an industry standard.
ProsWork on Windows, Mac, iPad, and even on iPhone with limited features. You can have multiple artboards when designing in Illustrator. A lot of tools to make your workflow easier. For building shapes, it has tools like pen tool, Pathfinder and shape builder. It has a dynamic gradient feature, which means your gradient is not limited to a linear or radial gradient. You can create a gradient with as many colors and as many points as you like and you can change the position of those color points too. Now our gradient colors can go into multiple directions. So no need to create multiple gradient layers and blend those. Advanced features to round the corners of sharp corners. You can make rounded corner by putting value as well as you can drag a small icon near points with mouse. One of the reason to use Adobe Creative Cloud softwares is their Echo System. You can use your work designed in Illustrator and directly Import in After Effects. You can also copy elements from Illustrator (Ctrl+C) and directly paste it in Photoshop (Ctrl+V). And this also works in Sketch for Mac. There are a lot of features like perspective tool, If you wanna create an illustration in a single or multiple point perspective. Blend tool, Mesh tool, 3d Effects and many more. You can also create symbols and changing in one place will change it everywhere. Exporting Assets are just one click away. Tons of shortcuts to speed up your workflow.
ConsThe long learning curve, especially when you have no previous design background. So expect to invest at least 6-12 months to fully master it. You have to fully grasp the core concepts of it when playing with paths and shapes. Joining paths perfectly using the grid may take time If you have not much experience with it.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
April 24, 2019
Verified Reviewer
Graphic Design, 11-50 employees
Used the software for: 6-12 months
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
April 4, 2019

“Perfect for quick sketching & complex projects”

OverallMy work is layout-centric and Illustrator is perfect for drawing up sketches for me. I can only recommend it to anyone working with Adobe products, given that the integration is completely seamless. My warm recommendations!
Pros- Standard in the Creativity Industry, supports a broad variety of file types I've been in the industry since last year and am still yet to discover someone who doesn't have Illustrator. Illustrator (together with other Adobe products) is the de-facto standard for creating graphics which means that file-sharing and cooperating on files won't be a problem. What's really important is that it supports many filetypes: for example svg and eps. - Creative cloud: Updates are free, all older versions are easily accessible Illustrator (CC) is a recurring subscription which means that you'll get new updates without having to pay extra for them. As part of the CC application, you will also get access to all older versions of Illustrator CC, which can be useful for compatibility reasons. - Stable Only once have I experienced a crash with Illustrator and it was the fault of my graphics card driver. I can vouch that Illustrator is extremely stable and provided that your computer's specifications meet the minimum requirements, you shouldn't have any problems with it. -Integrated with InDesign and other Adobe Suite Products This, to me, is the distinction between Illustrator and other software types. I use InDesign heavily and the intercompatibility of Adobe has left me wanting anytime I have to use something else. My favorite example of this is editing with Illustrator in InDesign-it lets you adjust certain already layouted elements in InDesign without relayouting everything.
Cons- Subscription Payment This is a double-edged sword. For private users this is problematic because it ends up being expensive down the road. However, for companies and organizations this means that you get tech support and updates included into the price. - Steep learning curve The premises of the program are basic. However, for advanced tasks, you will need to consult manuals/tutorials if you've never used the software before. Even if it is intuitive, the sheer amount of features can be overwhelming for beginners. - High System Requirements I believe this one explains itself. For advanced projects, you will need a beefier machine
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
April 4, 2019
Verified Reviewer
International Trade and Development, 11-50 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
8/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
March 20, 2019

“Lack of Major Function”

OverallNo software is perfect for all users. With the functionality and versatility which are so powerful for the creation of your imagination, it's worthwhile to go for it.
ProsIllustrator is one of the very powerful software for vector images. I used to start with some few different vector creation software like Corel Draw, Handsfree etc, but eventually, I stayed with Illustrator till now for over 10 years. The built-in functions are versatile and honestly, I am not able to utilize all of them for my daily works. The hardest part of using Illustrator is the manipulation of the Pen Tool. Once you are familiar with it, you are almost there for a world of unlimited creativity. One good thing for Illustrator is that it is part of Adobe, so it's 100% compatible with Photoshop. You can easily import/place an image from Photoshop into Illustrator for further enhancement of your vector artwork. One of the functions I like is the Action Tool which helps to perform repetitive works automatically. And more important is that the building an Action is easy in Illustrator.
ConsHowever, when it comes to a stage where you want to build some artworks with dimension/measurement indications, you come to a nightmare. Illustrator doesn't come with any dimension tool, you have to purchase and install third-party software (which is always costly) if you want to make your life easier. On the other hand, Adobe upgrades Illustrator on an annual basis. The dimension software installed 2 years ago may not be compatible with the latest version of Illustrator. This is to mean you will have to upgrade the dimension software at the same time. This is costly and created some kind of inconvenience to users.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
March 20, 2019
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Tawanda M.
CWBTS
Non-Profit Organization Management, 1001-5000 employees
Used the software for: 1-2 years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
February 13, 2019

“Illustrator is An extension of my hand”

OverallIllustrator is the most professional and flexible vector graphic software out there on the market. My creativity suddenly increased as i transitioned to Illustrator because the powerful features it offers allow me to fell like I'm using my freehand. Sometimes it even allows me the odd accidental design inspiration. I like the fact that you can connect it to Adobe Bridge for further functionality and automation of repetitive tasks.
ProsI mostly love the path finder, shape builder and expand functionality as it allows me to create unlimited complex shapes which can be single units as opposed to grouped elements. I'm a fan of monograms so this features allow me to create monograms easily no matter how complex my graphic starts out as. I like the fact that it handles scale-able vector formats exceptionally well (svg, vector, pdf). I like the arrange and distribute functions which afford me the luxury of unprecedented precision while aligning and positioning my graphics on the artboard. I especially love illustrators ability to create custom strokes and fills over graphics and be able to expand them into shapes for further manipulation. This flexibility is everything i ever wnated in a vector graphic software. The way Illustrator implements this is just right for me. I enjoy the various workspaces which suit different design professionals and their preferences. The various effects that it offers for example the arch effect allow me manipulation capabilities that extend my creativity to insane levels. Illustrator is my got to software for everything graphic even for projects that are in the bitmap domain as it handles those equally well compared to traditional raster/bitmap applications. The artboard system is another one of my favourite features espeially when exporting or alinging items based on artboard.
ConsIt can be a put off the fact that Illustrator as a relatively steeper learning curve. The multitude of features that it offers and its workflows can be difficult to comprehend at first.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
February 13, 2019
David P.
Marketing & Communications Manager
Design, 10,001+ employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
3/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
3/5
Likelihood to Recommend
8/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
January 16, 2019

“Long-time Adobe User”

OverallMy overall experience with Adobe Illustrator, and other Adobe products, has generally been good. However, since they moved to a subscription model, I have run into several glitches that required re-authorizing the software on my computer, and in at least once instance I was unable to connect to Adobe's server, couldn't authorize my software, and lost a day of work time when I was on a deadline.
ProsHaving worked in graphic design for 25 years, I have used many iterations of Adobe Illustrator, and currently use Illustrator CC on a daily basis. I also used to teach an Illustrator course at a local community college. What I like most is that the core functions have remained largely the same over time, and the software is mature and stable. It's actually the only program I've ever used for creating vector graphics, so I don't have anything else to compare it to, but I find Illustrator to be intuitive, and the learning curve for competence is average for a design program. I typically use Illustrator for logos and infographics, and it is ideally suited to those tasks.
ConsMy main complaint with Adobe Illustrator is that certain tools which share similar functions across programs in the Adobe line-up - most notably, Photoshop and InDesign - don't operate consistently. For instance, the resize tool in Illustrator works differently than it does in Photoshop, and it works differently in Indesign, compared to the other two. My other main complaint is that Adobe has changed the icons for several of the tools in the tool bar, and changed the arrangement of tools, for no apparent reason. This creates a lot of unnecessary confusion, particularly for long-time users who have grown accustomed to the old tool bar that remained relatively unchanged for many years. The new icons are no more intuitive than the old ones, and in some cases they are less. Now that Adobe has gone to a subscription model, and doesn't need feature updates to drive software sales, most professional Illustrator users (and Adobe Creative Cloud users) would prefer the company focus on security updates and stop fixing things that aren't broken.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
January 16, 2019
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Brian S.
Instructional Systems Designer
Military, 1001-5000 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
6/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
January 15, 2019

“Great once you get over the learning curve”

OverallI have used Illustrator for over a decade, and it is the best vector graphic software on the market, and the industry standard. While it has a steep learning curve, with its litany of features and capabilities, Adobe and third party sites provide a lot of resources for just-in-time training and tutorials for most features. While it may be cost prohibitive if you are not using it for business purposes, I wouldn't say the application is overpriced because of its capability, quality, and industry-standard reputation that has been built over the years.
ProsI use illustrator for my job on a regular basis, and it is unmatched in terms of its capability for creating and editing vector graphics. There are so many features and capabilities within the software, I doubt that I have even scratched the surface of Illustrator's capability. What I really love about Illustrator is how versatile your graphics can be if you create everything in an organized manner. For example, if I create a graphic with flower pots in the background, for example, and later I need an image with flower pots as the focus, it's very easy to grab those layers or objects from the original image and use them for my new graphic. Because everything is vector, I don't need to worry about resolutions, backgrounds, etc. So time up front to create well organized work will help you build a versatile library over time. Additionally, the internet provides a vast amount of resources and sites where you can download other AI files and use parts of them to create graphics that meet your needs.
ConsIllustrator has a steep learning curve that might not make it the best resource for casual users. While Adobe provides a lot of learning resources through their site, other third party sites provide a lot of training, and Youtube always has videos that can just-in-time train you on about anything, there's always more features and capabilities to discover within the application. My first experience with Illustrator was way back in college, around 2005, and I've used it pretty consistently in my career ever since. I still feel like I have a lot to learn before I could be considered an Illustrator "expert". The other "con" about this application is the cost. With the Adobe Creative Cloud subscription service, the cost is now annual subscription, so you don't have to buy and update a version every year, but the cost may be prohibitive if you're not using Illustrator for business. However, given its capabilities, I wouldn't say it is overpriced.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
January 15, 2019
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Steve C.
Web Developer & Graphic Designer
Internet, 1-10 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
2/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
3/5
Likelihood to Recommend
8/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
November 28, 2018

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

OverallWhen working with vectors, I go to Illustrator and have for many years and will continue to. In my estimation, it far exceeded the competitors at the time I started, such as Corel Draw (20 years ago). It continues to serve me well. For those who work with Web Design primarily, there are other vector tools that have edged their way into the market and at a fraction of the price and they do some pretty cool things. If I was was just starting our and/or had a tighter budget, I might consider them as alternatives. Illustrator is no longer the young, cool kid on the block and some of these other software packages have found supporters in younger designers, but I still think its the best overall if you have the time and resources to learn it.
ProsI'm a professional graphic designer, so Illustrator has been my go-to program for working with vector art for many years. Pretty much whatever you want to do in this program, you can do if you know how. It's nice that they have been able to keep up with a lot of the crossover to web needs, like the ability to export SVG files and such.
ConsThis is a difficult question to answer because what constitutes a "con" might not actually be a con at all. It depends on your needs. I could say that it's gotten a little bloated with features I don't need, but someone else may need them and, surely, I use a lot of features that others don't need. But it does make the learning curve a bit steeper, both for newbies getting their feet wet, or experienced users using newer features. But, again, with a powerful tool comes some investment of time in learning to use it right. Similarly, cost: Adobe has sort of priced themselves out of "consumer" and into "pro-sumer" with their Ccreative Cloud. For someone like me, the price for all that great software they offer, including Illustrator, it's a good deal! For someone who doesn't need all that software (or this one in particular) as much as I do, then it might seem pricey.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
November 28, 2018
Pamela G.
Marketing Manager
Packaging and Containers, 11-50 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
September 28, 2018

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

OverallI like all its features. I cannot work without Illustrator anymore. All my graphic design projects, once sketched, take their shape in Illustrator. Through its vector tools, you might be able to create almost every design you need. Texts, geometrical shapes or custom ones, Béziers curves and many other tools could be employed to create logos, flyers, posters, web designs, brochures and many more. Illustrator is also easy to learn, even if you will always find new features while working with it. If you have any doubt, you can just contact the support or browse on the internet to find millions of tips, tutorials, how to, and so on. Its scaleable results are perfect both for web and printing. No pixelation anymore! A very professional software for professional works.
ProsEasy-to-use and easy-to-learn. Its menus and toolbar are intuitive and offer a wide range of action or tools to create your artwork. Starting from simple shapes till really complex projects. You may contact the Adobe support at any time if needed. There are also a lot of helpful resources online, so you only have to ask to figure out any issue. It allows creating vector projects that are completely scalable and so perfect for any use. It works on almost any OS. It is the most complete vector graphic design software at the moment, even if Affinity Designer is becoming very competitive and is turning out to be a good alternative to Illustrator.
ConsYou might encounter some bug while working on Illustrator. It may happen that the software will crash while using it so pay attention to activate the recovery option and to compulsively save your work to avoid the loss of the work done. It's a little bit expensive, considering that Affinity Designer is increasing its features at an unbeatable price.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
September 28, 2018
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I. Adrian A.
Fotógrafo
Graphic Design, 51-200 employees
Used the software for: 1-2 years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
September 5, 2018

“Creativity through illustration is the maximum strength of this software”

OverallThose designers and companies that need to improve their designs and the performance of their designers, should have this software as a priority among their next acquisitions, as it happened with me, I'm sure that those who start using the software will discover a new world in design thanks to Adobe Illustrator.
ProsAdobe Illustrator is simply impressive software, since I started using it I have gone into great depth with my designs. On the one hand, it has a powerful graphic engine defined as vector drawing, which is none other than the mathematical constitution of image design, making the task of designing more precise and visually attractive than the well-known "bitmap". Among the most outstanding benefits I can mention are the following: The software is not so heavy, taking up little space on the hard disk. But even though it seems to be more incomplete because of this, on the contrary, it is the software that offers more tools for design. This is a great advantage as we can see images with a lot of design content on any computer, with acceptable features in your system. Some of the formats are susceptible to the addition of animations, this has allowed me to make designs much more interesting and attractive for the client who requests it. Vector drawing is an excellent methodology because it simply improves the quality of the design, lines, colors, shapes, layers and other characteristics of the design being undertaken.
ConsOne of the limitations or cons that I can place on this software is that it is not easy to use. When I discovered it, it took me a while to learn how to use most of its tools. So I recommend doing courses and training while using the software, because what makes this software interesting is to use it to its maximum capacity.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
September 5, 2018
Verified Reviewer
Design, Self-employed
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Features
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
August 3, 2018

“Scaleable results”

OverallI 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.
ProsEasy 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.
ConsSome 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.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
August 3, 2018
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Darla B.
Senior Project and Content Manager
11-50 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
5/5
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
July 31, 2018

“Not too difficult for a non-designer to figure out”

ProsI 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!
ConsThere 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.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
July 31, 2018
Verified Reviewer
Computer Games, Unspecified
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
2/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
July 16, 2018

“Illustrator is the king of vector graphics”

OverallIllustrator 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.
ProsFor 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.
ConsThe 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.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
July 16, 2018
Niraj J.
NIRAJ
Unspecified
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
July 9, 2018

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

OverallThis 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.
ProsAmazing 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.
ConsHight 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.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
July 9, 2018
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krishan k.
Sr. Developer
Unspecified
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
June 29, 2018

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

OverallI 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.
ProsAdobe 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.
ConsIf 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.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
June 29, 2018
Badshah B.
Operations Manager
Information Technology and Services, 11-50 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
June 29, 2018

“The perfect tool for vector illustration and professional designing”

OverallA 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.
ProsWe 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.
Cons1. 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.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
June 29, 2018
Verified Reviewer
Internet, Unspecified
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
May 14, 2018

“Adobe Illustrator a great tool to handle vector design”

OverallI 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.
ProsYou 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.
ConsA 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
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
May 14, 2018
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Steve B.
Lead User Experience Engineer
Unspecified
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
2/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
8/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
May 9, 2018

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

OverallI need the ability to create high-fidelity mockups in my job as a UX designer. Without Illustrator, I couldn't do my job.
ProsAdobe 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.
ConsThe 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.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
May 9, 2018
Tom O.
Designer
Graphic Design, 11-50 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
3/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Source: Capterra
June 12, 2017

“I could not do my job without Adobe Illustrator”

OverallBetter synergy between colleagues and suppliers. Hugely improved design capabilities. Incredible integrations with other key Creative Suite programs.
ProsAdobe 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.
ConsThe 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.
Source: Capterra
June 12, 2017
Verified Reviewer
Design, Self-employed
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
September 24, 2019

“Preferred vector based graphics software on the market!”

OverallAs a Graphic Designer and Illustrator, I have been using Illustrator on a daily basis for over 6 years. It is the most versatile vector based graphics software, and I prefer it above anything else. It was a bit intimidating when I first began to learn during my training in school, but It has since become second nature to me.
ProsAdobe Illustrator has all of the functionally of tools you need to create flawless vector designs, useful for novice to advanced designers. It allows you to create simple vector drawings to complex 3D elements. Once you learn the basics, it becomes easier to use over time. One thing that is really helpful is that I can work with multiple art boards, which allows me to make different versions of a design and be able to view them side by side. Being able to store elements outside of the art boards is really beneficial and saves me a lot of time. I really love that I don't necessarily have to work in layers. Illustrator can be integrated smoothly with other Adobe applications.
ConsIllustrator is very difficult to learn if you are not professionally trained, as there are certain complex formulations to creating vector graphics. It is a bit expensive, but is to be expected with a high professional graphics software. The application can be buggy, even after updates. It's interface can be difficult to navigate, and sometimes tools will randomly get hidden under other visible tools. Some tools can be annoying to turn off if you accidentally choose them. But to me, those are just minor irritations.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
September 24, 2019
Verified Reviewer
Higher Education, 501-1000 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
November 14, 2018

“Powerful vector graphics builder!”

OverallI work full-time as a designer plus do some freelance side jobs. Illustrator is my go-to for creating custom logos and vector graphics.
ProsMy favorite aspects of this software are it's pen (bezier) and shape building tools. When creating vector paths/shapes, the pen tool is able to be adjusted using shortcuts while in use - allowing you to both adjust the location of the anchor point AND the shape of the path at the same time. This control is extremely user-friendly as you don't need to commit to creating a point where you click, but can move it around to the exact location you want before finalizing. It sounds small, but it's an amazing feature. In addition, the shape building tool is fantastic. It lets me create complex, custom objects by combining/overlapping basic shapes together. Then I can highlight all the shapes and use the builder tool to quickly merge or remove the overlapped bits. It might sound confusing, but once you get in there, it's really easy to do and lets you create professional work even if your drawing ability is lacking.
ConsLike most Adobe Programs, it's bloated with tools and interfaces. This was recently improved significantly in their 2019 update.. as now they have one panel that detects what tools you may want/need based on what is selected. However there's still a ton to learn before you can access it's full potential. That being said - the potential available is one of the exciting aspects of the program, so the extra learning required pays off.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
November 14, 2018
Verified Reviewer
Unspecified
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
August 1, 2018

“Illustrator has no competitors.”

ProsIllustrator 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.
ConsIt 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.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
August 1, 2018
Verified Reviewer
501-1000 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Customer Service
3/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
4/5
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
April 23, 2018

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

ProsAs 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)
ConsA 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.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
April 23, 2018
Jason R.
Sr. Graphic Designer
Design, Self-employed
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Features
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
October 8, 2019

“I love this program but I haven't always.”

OverallWhen I first started using it, I had been used to working with Macromedia Freehand. I loved Freehand so much so when I was forced to start using Illustrator because my new job only had it and not Freehand, I was very frustrated. It didn't do a lot of things that Freehand did. In fact it took many years for Illustrator to catch up to what Freehand could do but now I love Illustrator and would never switch. I've even looked at less expensive options and they just aren't as powerful. Illustrator helps you draw really precise shapes and the new(ish)combine tool speeds things up so much as opposed to using the pathfinder. I also find the curve tool to be really amazing. Where I used to struggle to get really smooth curves, this tool does it for me. It's such a time-saver! Illustrator really is my go-to program for logo, designs, flyers, and even web design. I much prefer to design web designs in Illustrator because it's so easy to move things around and align things and scale things if needed. I then export my designs into Photoshop to get them web ready.
ProsIt's so comprehensive and creates amazing results. The last few years, they have really added many great features that I wished were there all along.
ConsIt's so comprehensive; meaning there is so much to learn. My son asked me to teach him lately and I just laughed. I wouldn't even know where to begin. There is so much this program does and I have been using it for over 15 years so that's how I know how to get around but there is still stuff I don't know how to use in it.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
October 8, 2019
Sydney L.
Multimedia Designer
Marketing and Advertising, 51-200 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
3/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
November 27, 2018

“Absolutely Necessary”

OverallAwesome. I was super scared of Illustrator before I learned it in college because it has so many abilities and so many tools, but once I got over that learning curve, it became my most-used program for design. It makes me look like a much better artist than I really am because of the amount of control I have over the program.
ProsIllustrator allows me to create designs and have full control over them. I am able to implement just about every idea I could possibly have to any design I could think of. Illustrator is a great tool that has become 100% necessary in the design community. Illustrator is best used for creating things like logos, large illustrations, ultra-high-quality designs, and other similar things. I love the amount of control I get with Illustrator.
ConsI don't like using it for multi-page designs. My coworkers tend to like Illustrator more than InDesign, so I often get templates for projects like booklets or things like that that include lots of type layout. I do not like using Illustrator for extensive type layout. It is not a type layout program, it doesn't handle type as well as InDesign. I also don't love the inconsistencies from Illustrator to Photoshop. For example, when creating a clipping mask, the layers that clip each other in Illustrator are the opposite of the order of the layers in Photoshop. I understand that, conceptually, it makes sense the way they are, but for someone who's often switching between the two, it can become just a bit of a pet peeve.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
November 27, 2018
Verified Reviewer
Design, Self-employed
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Customer Service
3/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
April 27, 2019

“My favorite vector program”

OverallI have been using Illustrator consistently for 5 years. I initially attempted using it 9 years ago. It was incredibly frustrating to switch from using Photoshop regularly to using Illustrator regularly, but as a branding consultant and logo designer, vectors were very necessary for my workflow. I do almost everything in illustrator now and have spent money on plug ins to make it work even better. I don't know what I'd do without it.
ProsOnce I got over the learning curve it was fairly easy to use and achieve exactly what I was going for. My favorite features are the shape builder, puppet, Adobe Color, and the pathfinder tools. I have played with the spot gradient feature only a little, and even with the glitch explained below, it's a fantastic tool. I look forward to improvements on it.
ConsIf you have a lot of fonts installed, it takes a long time to load the program. Also, the program tends to lag when using fonts. It's common to have a number of complicated fonts on your system, and illustrator will let you know by slowing down a great deal that there's a font it doesn't like. Good luck figuring out which one. The spot gradient tool resets randomly. Sometimes when I move an object that I've set colors for, and sometimes when I simply select the object. When you go through the trouble of selecting all the appropriate colors for your design and they all reset to only 1 of the colors you chose, it is frustrating. This feature needs work. I would use it regularly when it gets fixed.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
April 27, 2019
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Edgar R.
Consultor en comunicación y tecnologías de información
Performing Arts, 201-500 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
February 18, 2019

“Getting faster and with more flow on each version”

OverallEven though I've tried other vector design software I still come back to my roots (I've been doodling around with it since version 4 back in 1992. I'm not an expert, but I can say that Illustrator always seems to amaze me. From the tremendously big app that needed alot of resources to even more fluent and fast versions, when I need to get the designs done the right way, to be used on print or screen, Illustrator is my place to go.
ProsEach update seems a very big overhaul of the last version. Shape editing gets better and better by the day. Minimal adjustments can be made in seconds that make designing and drawing much quicker and not necesarily with a stylus pen. Making your vector designs shareable through other Adobe apps like Photoshop, Indesign, Premiere and even After Effects for motion graphics without quality loss is a big plus over other vector design software. Plus, how about exporting your vectors to MS Office! you can do that on Powerpoint and Word just to make your daily office work and reports shine!
ConsThe price can be a bit of a draw back, but considering the Cloud version of Illustrator, getting your hands on a piece of software that is also a world standard in design can really be a good investment for anyone in th industry. If you're new to Illustrator, the learning curve can be a little daunting... but, a plus to Illustrator is the common similarities with the interface and tools that can be found in other software from Adobe.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
February 18, 2019
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Jeff W.
Creative Director
Design, 51-200 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
January 14, 2019

“Could you live without it?”

OverallOverall, we've seen Adobe Illustrator go through some (this is an understatement) massive changes over the years, I feel as if it's finally coming into its 21st century self and showing all of us designers what it can really do for and with us as far as accommodating our needs for MORE fonts MORE "smart" tools and more useable templates and mock-ups that are quickly available in the start menu. Overall, Illustrator and I are inseparable. Isn't that what every tech company would want to hear from a user?
ProsAdobe Illustrator has been around for decades. Let that sink in. While it's come a long way in that time, and my experience with it has spanned one and a half of those decades, it hasn't always been the supreme beast we all know it can be and is now. The pros are the latest UI updates, font accessibility, feature functionality and its overall integration with CC (which I, admittedly, hated at the beginning, but I think the growing pains are fading) as a feature-rich and wildly functional design tool for print, web and everything in between.
ConsImagining myself 15 years ago as a new inductee to the current software is nightmarish. It can be cumbersome and the learning curve can be steep if you're accustomed to Photoshop icons and keyboard shortcuts that simply do not translate even though the tool icon or shortcut are the same. While all of those things are fully customizable, the tweaks lie deep in the menus and can be off-putting and frustrating for new or non-daily users.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
January 14, 2019
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Milos M.
Hospitality Retail
Graphic Design, Self-employed
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
January 13, 2019

“Top Pros and Cons of Adobe Illustrator CC”

ProsUsing Adobe illustrator CC is good for beginners also for advance users in graphic design world. After using it for few years, I manage to accomplish many goals as graphic designer and also to specialize in specific style of design. Adobe Illustrator gives many options and opportunity to express your design style as a graphic designer. What's more important it is not so hard for use. There are allot of tutorials and learning material that can help you grow as a graphic designer. The latest version offers better use of vector to graphic designers who specialize in this area. Some of these improvements include: simple Free Transform tool that is very useful and practical if you need to resize an object without a hustle. Also, there are big improvements on other existing tools. For example: The latest version now supports Microsoft's Surface Dial. Next to that, there's is support for CSV and XML in the Variables Panel. Now you can import multi page PDFs within one project. Also, you can use the software to browse Dropbox files without downloading it. In general, Adobe Illustrator CC vector editing tools are much superior to most other vector graphics software that can be found on the market.
ConsSometimes, the Program can crash when you're working with extremely large object and when large pixel resolution is included. The cost of this software is relatively high, but again, it depends on what you're planning to use it for. Another frequent issue that occurs on lower-spec rigs is the performance drop when editing, resizing, manipulating and otherwise changing the shape and size of objects. This can be a real drag as it slows down the computer and the entire process
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
January 13, 2019
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Jhonnathan M.
Freelancer
Internet, 201-500 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
December 21, 2018

“Illustrator, on vectorization and illustration.”

OverallAt first I really had a hard time running the program. I had previous knowledge of Photoshop, but in part this was more confusing because the commands and organization of Illustrator for some reason are different from the rest of the Adobe family. But once I started to control the program its use became really faster, and ended up being a powerful tool for building much more complex and advanced illustrations. I ended up producing higher level content. Really recommended!
ProsHandling vector elements and reorganizing them in the desired way make illustrator a powerful tool if you want to apply in the field of Digital Illustration. Its automatic vectorization with different levels of configuration make it an excellent companion when creating large illustrations with fragments of elements or images of generic use. If infinite variety of brushes, colors and transparencies allow each line and spot is exactly in place. It has the perfect balance between interface and functionality. Probably the best program on the market in this area.
ConsIf you want to start in the world of digital illustration, Illustrator is your best option, but it is also a difficult tool to learn how to use. Because of its high professional level it is not usually mastered at first. Apart from its high difficulty the program provides many elements at a glance, but many others remain hidden in an interface that seems to be an endless maze for those who do not know or are familiar with the programs of the adobe family.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
December 21, 2018
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Will S.
Graphic Designer, Character/Concept Artist - Freelance
Design, 11-50 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Customer Service
2/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
3/5
Likelihood to Recommend
7/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
November 19, 2018

“Adobe Illustrator Packaging Designer Review”

OverallOverall I don't love it, but there aren't many great alternatives. Inkscape comes close, but it has a long learning curve; Affinity designer is also great, but, like Illustrator, is paid. In addition, I think people are generally distrusting of Adobe ever since the hack that compromised all their source code, as well as the massive security problems with Flash player, even after Adobe said these problems would be tended to. In my opinion, Adobe has a few years left to save itself. It is doing great now, yes, but given a little more time, programs like GIMP will have poached so much of their market that if Adobe doesn't find a way to make itself more trustworthy or worth the money they will be headed for a slippery slope. Best option would probably be to create a mix of Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, like they said they'd do years ago. Breaking into the 3d game might seem like a good idea, but Autodesk has that whole side of design pretty well wrapped -- and the name attached may be even bigger than Adobe.
ProsWhile I have to admit it is miles better in CC than it was in CS6, there are still many problems Adobe Illustrator has yet to fix. One thing they did very will in CC is the new UI layout and navigation, especially for Mac users. Not much changed in the layout, but it was all positive, and the navigation overhaul was a much needed fix.
Cons-Crashes & the 'saving but not saving' bug, and especially the 'saving on desktop as a temp file' bug, which I have only experienced on PCs. -On some computers in our office, it was almost astonishingly slow. I'm not sure what caused this, but it always worked on my (new) PC at work, and especially well on my speedy home Mac. -Adobe's documentation and help staff may be the worst I have ever seen. I can't tell you how many times I have seen people complain about a flaw only to have adobe staff reply that it is part of a 'feature.' If every user says it is a flaw, call it what you want -- it is still a flaw.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
November 19, 2018
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Chad W.
Front-End Developer
Internet, 11-50 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Features
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
October 23, 2018

“A powerful and precise tool for editing vector graphics and more”

OverallIllustrator is my go-to for creating and editing icons, logos, user interfaces. It has lots of robust features that have been time-tested by creatives for decades. It does have a bit of a learning curve for new users, but people familiar with Photoshop or InDesign will have no problem navigating.
ProsSome people think Illustrator is unnecessary when Photoshop and InDesign both have vector editing capabilities, but Illustrator is so much more than a clone. The way that Illustrator is laid out - its interface, toolbars, property panels, asset exports - are all centered around quickly and powerfully iterating on vector assets. Illustrator is all about giving precise control over every piece of every asset in a reusable way. Lines and anchors all have precise positions and orientations, down to the thousandths of a pixel. Strokes and fills can be stacked and affected in different ways. The artboard layout combined with traditional layers is perfect for creating a dozen related graphics. Guidelines and grids are very powerful as well, with recent updates making snapping smarter and more helpful.
ConsIllustrator takes a little bit to get used to, and the 2018 UI update (while I love it) can be confusing at times. For example, if you click on a group of shapes and look at the properties panel you may see half of the options and commands, while clicking on a single shape gives you the other half of them. There is one big thing missing from Illustrator compared to the Sketch app: editable pathfinder layers. In Sketch you can stack shapes and select whether they unite, minus front, divide, etc. Then you can move and tweak those shapes until it's perfect. I SO wish you could do this in Illustrator, but sadly you have to move your shapes first and descructively unite and divide them.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
October 23, 2018
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Fedra S.
Photographer
Photography, 1-10 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
April 11, 2019

“Not so easy to use but with many useful functions”

OverallAs part of my work I make photo albums, calendars, etc. and for that I use several Adobe products such as Indesign, Photoshop and of course, Adobe Illustrator to make the elements that accompany my photographs. Although it was a little difficult to handle, it wasn't impossible and today I enjoy making illustrations to complement my photographs. It's interesting to see how all these softwares complement each other and allow us to create and expand our imagination and skills. I like a lot Adobe products and I use them widely in my profession.
ProsIllustrator is the best when it comes to making graphic elements of different complexity. I like drawing tools, they are perfect and precise. The use of layers is excellent because I can work elements of different scales to maintain the precision of the drawing and work them separately. It's compatible with other Adobe products so I can use several and migrate from one to another for a better finish.
ConsThe learning curve is uphill, you have to make an effort to understand how the tools are used. There're some tools that you can't find them at first glance, so you should investigate and try to use the shortcut keys to speed up the work. I don't see all this as a disadvantage because when it's mastered, the work flows much better, so I think it's an incentive to know the software well to handle it with precision. If you have used other Adobe products, learning will be much faster since the graphical interface looks like it.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
April 11, 2019
Hélder B.
Digital Designer
Financial Services, 11-50 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
March 29, 2019

“The go to software for vector drawing... and a lot more.”

OverallAs a digital designer and creative, Illustrator is the software I use for 12 years now for illustration and vector design. Although there are other options out there, Illustrator is still the most complete you can get. Obviously, if you're a designer you'll need more than Illustrator and the fact that for a monthly fee you get the entire package of different pieces of SW from Adobe is a big reason to use it.
ProsIllustrator is a BIG software in the creative industry. From any freelance designer to huge agencies use it or have used it in the past. Because it's part of a big ecosystem from Adobe, there's a lot of interconnectivity in between different pieces of software. One simple but very important example is the use of dynamic 'smart objects' (vector designs) within Photoshop for example. You edit it on Illustrator and automatically updates on Photoshop. Very neat! Also, Illustrator is so much more nowadays. The 3D capabilities are really impressive considering it's a vector drawing program.
ConsBeing such a specific piece of software there's a considerable learning curve. But with the amount of tutorials online that should not be a problem. Also, having used the most up to date versions (on macOS) I've been noticing some slight bugs. As an example, when rasterising a relatively simple 3D design at high-res (300dpi), the bitmap it creates is glitchy and doesn't really match with the original 3D design. That is a pain.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
March 29, 2019
Matthew L.
Freelance Graphic Designer
Graphic Design, Self-employed
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
April 10, 2019

“My everyday tool for 10+ years”

OverallI have used Illustrator nearly every day for over 10 years as my main graphic design tool. I have made years and years of compensation from clients and never felt like I was overpaying for it as there was no other software that did what I needed. I use it to illustrate, create logos, make websites, catalogs
ProsThe possibilities are endless when it comes to creating in Illustrator. Sometimes it can be overwhelming to learn all of its capabilities, but once you have a good grasp, it's hard to even think about using other software to complete any design-oriented task. I love that everything I do is deeply integrated across all of the other software that Adobe offers. Illustrator was my gateway software into becoming a full time designer, which has led me to learn photography, animation, vinyl printing, catalog design, illustration, branding, web design; the list goes on. I hate to make such a bold statement, but I do think that picking up Illustrator 10 years ago is the reason why I am able to do what I do as a freelance designer.
ConsI dislike the varying hotkeys that come with moving from Illustrator to Photoshop to After effects to InDesign. I also think the learning curve for new users is rather high. Lastly, Illustrator's integration with other design programs outside of the Adobe suite (eg, Sketch) is usually pretty bad, which is okay by me as I stay within the Adobesphere.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
April 10, 2019
Patricia S.
Writer & Designer
Non-Profit Organization Management, 201-500 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Features
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
February 22, 2019

“Industry Standard for a Reason”

OverallIllustrator has freed me up to be the designer I never thought I could be. It's the place I start for all my projects, and then go from there to other programs. I'm probably not even using all the functionality available or in the "right" way, but it's more than enough to keep me in my job as a designer producing things others are unable to.
ProsAdobe Illustrator is my go-to application from the entire suite. I probably use it way too much, but I can always find a way to do what I need with relative ease - even if the task is better suited to Photoshop or InDesign. I find that Illustrator offers the most flexibility and creativity for my projects. I can't design without it! Plus Adobe is continually upgrading and improving the software to make it more powerful and intuitive.
ConsWhen people want to know how I design amazing graphics, reports, and slides - they're always faintly disappointed to hear that I do so in Illustrator because it means they're unlikely to be able to replicate my results. Yes, it is an investment of money as well as time to learn, and just because you can master the controls doesn't mean you have the instinct or eye of a designer. That's one of the main hurdles and reason I don't recommend going out and learning Illustrator for the casual person interested in design. It is a commitment, and can feel technical at times. But once you have it down, the only limit is your imagination!
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
February 22, 2019
Verified Reviewer
Design, Self-employed
Used the software for: 1-2 years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
February 7, 2019

“Illustrator is the best design software”

OverallAdobe Illustrator is a very useful app with many possibilities. I have been able to contain its cons and that has enabled me to create wonderful graphic designs.
ProsAdobe illustrator integrates well with other Adobe products. I have been using adobe flash and Adobe Photoshop. Once I downloaded adobe illustrator and learned to use I perfectly, I was able to create anything of my imagination from the software. Adobe Illustrator works with virtually all systems. I operate the software from a creative cloud and I have always been able to us the software from any computer with any kind of OS. Adobe illustrator enables me to improve the precision of my designs. It is the best app for graphics that are designed with precision. Adobe illustrator supports multiple page outputs, especially when working on multiple pages of a website. The vector in Adobe illustrator provides me with infinite resolution hence I don't have to deal with the pixels in my graphic design. It allows me to work with high-resolution graphics in a superior way.
ConsIt takes a lot of time to learn how to operate the app especially if you are not familiar with any of its older versions. Adobe Illustrator has limited photo editing features. For me, I use adobe illustrator to design my initial graphics then finish up with Adobe Photoshop. Although adobe illustrator files are relatively small, they are sometimes difficult to share. Sometimes I want to deal with pixel art but adobe illustrator will not allow me to do so.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
February 7, 2019
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Kevin L.
Founder
Food & Beverages, 1-10 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
3/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
3/5
Likelihood to Recommend
8/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
October 22, 2018

“Adobe's latest Illustrator rocks!”

OverallCouldn't really operate without Illustrator. All of our design projects start with Illustrator and end with Illustrator. Since we print often, we use Illustrator to create, edit, and finish our designs for print. Other designers also send .ai Illustrator files and save these to the cloud for us to download and view. Illustrator s a great tool for designers and I would highly recommend the software to anyone who is in need of vector editing software or if they need software to create print-ready files.
ProsI've been using Illustrator for over 8 years now, and the latest CC 2019 version is absolutely stellar. They've built in Global Editing now -- ability to edit multiple similar objects and making it a global style, something that was nifty and found in other Vector editing programs but missing in Illustrator. This is a huge time saver for editing multiple objects and saving the style to re-use over and over in UX/UI projects. With the new improvements in Creative Cloud 2019 version, Illustrator's really a butt-kicking solution for Print Projects as well as vector projects.
ConsThere's a pretty big learning curve to using Illustrator. When I first set out to learn it, I was overwhelmed, but it's very powerful and a ton of features. The pro's far out weigh the cons, where some might stick to a program that's easier to pick up. My only complaint would be the learning curve, but once you get over the hump, it's a beast of a software.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
October 22, 2018
Diana G.
Consultant
Marketing and Advertising, Self-employed
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
June 23, 2018

“A Review from a Novice AI user”

OverallI 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.
ProsThere 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.
ConsIf 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.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
June 23, 2018
Tracy L.
Owner/Operator
Design, Self-employed
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
February 16, 2018

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

OverallI make my living with it! It allows me to create incredibly versatile designs.
ProsHands-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.
ConsThere 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.)
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
February 16, 2018
Verified Reviewer
Marketing and Advertising, 1-10 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Features
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
August 31, 2019

“Perfect for Crafting Scalable Graphics and Art”

OverallI tend to utilize Illustrator as my primary design tool. It's the program I am most the most familiar with, and thanks in part to its vector premise I make use of the software to create company logos, web art, icons and background displays. As native Illustrator assets, these elements can also be easily modified and re-used for specific displays or alternate designs. I highly recommend this program for users looking for versatility and the ability to craft crisp designs for any resolution.
ProsBecause the software deals in vectors, everything you create can be easily scaled up or down whilst maintaining perfect resolution. This allows designers to zoom in deep to craft pixel-perfect details for any display, as well as edit and swap Illustrator elements regardless of original dimensions.
ConsWhile one can make use of filters such as blur etc., they don't appear as good as they would in a more suited program like Photoshop. The filters can also drag the program's performance down, particularly when trying to drag the screen. The ability to modify stroke profiles is another great feature, though it's sometimes frustrating that such fancy lines cannot be applied to any object you've made into a clipping mask. Perhaps the biggest issue, depends on what one is attempting to create, is the software's lackluster perspective skew tool which forces users to make adjustments in a tiny popup box with no live preview.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
August 31, 2019
Judah M.
Game Designer
Computer Games, 1-10 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
2/5
Customer Service
2/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
May 29, 2019

“Perfect for any type of graphic design job”

OverallI have been using it for over 2 years now, and it has helped me create graphics of all kinds for my company and other companies as well.
ProsI use it literally every day for my job. It's user interface is more or less the same as photoshop, so it's easy to learn one if you know the other. Illustrator is great because you can create logos, graphics, backgrounds, and cartoons, all in the Vector art style, meaning you can scale your artwork up infinitely with no loss of quality.
ConsIt is a little difficult to get the hang of, and the amount of features can get overwhelming at times. Additionally, out of the box, you will have to do some tweaking in settings to make it run the way you want on your computer
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
May 29, 2019
Amanda J.
Multimedia Designer
Gambling & Casinos, 1001-5000 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
February 14, 2019

“It's the industry standard for a reason!”

OverallIn my current role, I use Illustrator for everything from creating logos to updating incredibly detailed maps for our interactive way-finding system. I use it to create icons, illustrations, layers for animation, and laying out packaging designs too.
ProsIllustrator can do just about everything, and it's an integral piece to any creative digital workflow. I love being able to design assets and easily format them for every facet of a campaign. I also love the freedom of building designs with precise shapes, freehand with a tablet, or live tracing and editing my physical artwork. It is 500% worth investing the time to learn this incredible set of tools, because once you get the basics you can expand your knowledge in all kind of directions, whether you end up developing brand identities, writing web comics, creating characters for animation, or designing apps.
ConsThe biggest challenge I faced starting out was the sheer magnitude of Illustrator's functionality. In college I learned to use it passably enough, but always felt a little awkward and overwhelmed. Being primarily trained as a fine artist, Photoshop always felt more intuitive and reflective of a physical workflow. As my design career progressed, however, I became much more fluent Illustrator by necessity. Take the time to explore the menus and learn as many shortcuts upfront as you can!
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
February 14, 2019
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Harper J.
Graphic Designer
Dairy, 501-1000 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
December 8, 2018

“The best editing program”

OverallMy experience with illustrator has been perfect, it has helped me to do almost all the work I do and today I use it every day for all the design work I have, it's perfect to be able to work with vectors because it gives you that possibility to edit the convenience thing that very few softwares offer to you, and that in addition to it avoids that the resources are deformed when expanding or reducing them, in my opinion a software super recommended and without equal in the area of the design.
ProsAdobe Illustrator is a born software for graphic designers, perfect to obtain amazing results, what I like most about this software is the ability to work with vectors and the degree of detail that is so great that is achieved, perfect for creating logos, advertising campaigns, brochures, everything that has to do with graphic design, the truth is that it is a super complete tool, the brushes, the edition of colors, the gradients that are achieved, the ability to acquire and work with any source you want, And not only that, but the huge stock of resources already created, both free and payments that can be used.
ConsIn truth in my opinion the only negative could be the price but I think that for everything that the price is well deserved, and also that knowledge and management of the software is needed to achieve excellent results, since for someone inexperienced it can be a little difficult to use it.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
December 8, 2018