Adobe Illustrator CC Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

Adobe Illustrator CC

Industry-standard vector graphics editor

4.74/5 (9,595 reviews)

Adobe Illustrator CC overview

What is Adobe Illustrator CC?

Adobe Illustrator CC is an industry-standard tool in vector drawing and editing for professional design and artwork. Users can create graphic designs that go virtually anywhere including print, websites, video games, logos for brand corporations, packaging for general merchandise, as well as business cards, billboards, bus wraps and even clothes.

Illustrator CC enables graphic designers to create sketches, typography and illustrations for print, web, video, and mobile, and offers a wide set of tools, filters and effects. Illustrator works with vector graphics which are resolution independent and defined mathematically for quality control, and also with the more traditional, raster graphics.

Illustrator CC comes with thousands of royalty-free stock art and all projects can be loaded into InDesign for a complete design workflow. The solution also integrates with animation and video apps like Animate CC, Premiere Pro, and After Effects.

With the seamlessly integrated Adobe Creative Cloud, users can easily access, organize, and share creative assets with other users, as well as other Adobe desktop and mobile apps.

Adobe’s mobile apps include Illustrator Draw, Capture CC, and Comp CC that let users intuitively capture creative vision with shapes, color, and typography with their mobile devices and seamlessly continue projects on the desktop with Illustrator CC.

Pricing

Starting from
$19.99/month
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Markets

United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, China and 5 other markets, India, Japan, Germany, Brazil, Mexico

Supported languages

English, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Danish and 16 other languages, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian
Adobe Illustrator CC screenshot: With Illustrator CC, the touch type tool allows users to take individual letters and transform them, as well as change the text itself Adobe Illustrator CC What's New in January 2014  | Adobe Creative CloudAdobe Illustrator CC screenshot: Illustrator CC users have the possibility to free transform elements in a more intuitive wayAdobe Illustrator CC screenshot: Use images in brushes (pattern brush tool) and choose the way the image runs around corners with Illustrator CCAdobe Illustrator CC screenshot: The export CSS feature in Illustrator CC allows users to copy elements from the illustrator document and transfer them into CSS directly Adobe Illustrator CC screenshot: Search fonts quicker with Illustrator CC's font search window that enables the choice between searching entire font names or first words only Adobe Illustrator CC screenshot: Import multiple images and place them on the page with the integrated place gun tool that allows users to drag and place images exactly where they want them with Illustrator CC Adobe Illustrator CC screenshot: Illustrator CC's live corners tool lets users intuitively shape corners with on-art controls or specific values What's New in Illustrator CC  | Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe Illustrator CC reviews

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Lauren Hazen

Illustrating Beyond Boundaries

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-04-06
Review Source: Capterra

I have faith in Illustrator and learned how it behaves. I know it will continue to update, as other Adobe applications do. Best to keep that belief in it and push on with resilience.

Pros
As a professional artist and business creative, Adobe Illustrator has been an application well used in my toolbelt of visual software. From vector creations to typographic layouts, Illustrator never ceases to amaze me in terms of innovation. The thing I like most about it is the guidance it provides for artists and designers really shines through. Specifically, Illustrator analyzes and

Cons
I've learned that each software has a strength of its own. And it's best to understand how it works so you can maneuver through it without a lot of issues. That's why Illustrator really works for me. The only setback would be the brush types. I do wish the variance in stroke would expand more in terms of the lines it creates. I've noticed that the strokes would have lines within them, but would just be copied versions. However, I believe this is a minor issue and not much to dwell on!

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Nabin Poudel

Industry Standard Vector Graphic Design Software

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-07-15
Review Source: Capterra

I have been using Adobe Illustrator software on daily basis for the production of vector graphics like logos, icons, abstract arts, advertisements and flyers. The software is really easy to use and production quality is best. It is a software on which I can completely rely on my vector graphic design needs.

Pros
Adobe Illustrator features cutting edge vector graphic design tools. The software supports wide range of file import and export formats. The user interface looks familiar for those with an experience of Adobe Photoshop. The Creative Cloud community support is really active. Process of purchasing and implementing the software was fast and smooth.

Cons
The price of Adobe Illustrator seems to be quite overpriced. It would have been really nice if they have developed animation features inside Illustrator.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Maria Gaston

Such a powerful tool - but sometimes it's difficult to keep up with it.

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-04-28
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
So, I've been an AI user for now almost 10 years. I've used it at it's worst, at it's best and at it's "ok" moments. It's powerful and the type of work that you can create is really just limitless. There has been a significant effort in onboarding users whenever it gets a design overhaul or new features are added. I've found that a lot of these updates do tend to boost my ability to perform or create work at a faster speed, and same goes when making edits. I'm a heavy pathfinder user and the ability to just tweak my workplace to my needs, adding different windows and condensing them into one section has been a huge time saver. So in terms of granting you the ability to really modify the space to your liking, it's great.

Cons
I think one of the aspects about illustrator that has over time made it a more difficult tool to rely on has been the constant updates. Yes, those updates are sometimes great and very much needed, but there is no onboarding and the existing tour points hold so much information, it's hard to keep up with it. I think generally speaking, I want to also be able to use the same shortcuts I have been using over time with the software, so when certain aspects of it change - sometimes it does affect my ability to perform at the same speed. I think more efforts need to be done to really create a focused on boarding for users when you introduce new features.

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Likelihood to recommend: 4/10

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Anonymous

The design standard flr any graphics company

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-07-19
Review Source: Capterra

I'm an Adobe user for several years, and Illustrator is one of the most powerful tools for any design. From packaging to character design due its versatility, it's easy to use tools. Very straightforward content to help any graphic artist deliver the best results for their project.

Pros
My favourite tools are everything on the tool set. Easy to access and capabilites to allow me to create something useful and visually appealing in the shortest time possible. It's capable of opening most of graphic file formats to allow the user edit, recreate or implement them in their projects.

Cons
It would be useful if it used less ram at the beginning so it didn't need as much resources as well wider and stable compatibility with older GPUs.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Edwin Wiesner

Adobe Illustrator Product Review

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-06-27
Review Source: Capterra

Hard to learn at first but once I got the hang of it, it's my go-to design software. I would say my overall experience is very pleasant and I am glad I took the time to learn Adobe Illustrator.

Pros
Adobe Illustrator is certainly a robust graphic design software, allowing you to design practically anything you can imagine. As weird as it sounds, I enjoy the hotkeys or keyboard shortcuts, making the design process very efficient and fluid.

Cons
At first, the software was hard to get the hang of...I have to admit I watched several online tutorials before even completing one design project. This left me feeling intimidated at first, although now, I would highly recommend it.

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Adobe Illustrator CC pricing

Starting from
$19.99/month
Pricing options
Subscription
Free trial
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Individuals
US$19.99/month
Latest version of selected app
ProSite portfolio website
Typekit desktop and web fonts
20GB of cloud storage

Business
US$29.99/month
(per license)

Choice of one creative desktop app or the entire collection of 20+ apps
Team website, premium fonts, and up to 100GB of storage for collaboration
24/7 technical support

Additional pricing options for students & teachers, schools & universities.

Adobe Illustrator CC features

Activity Tracking
Collaboration Tools
Data Import/Export
Drag & Drop Interface
Third Party Integration

API (382 other apps)
Access Control (154 other apps)
Activity Dashboard (207 other apps)
Alerts / Escalation (110 other apps)
Auditing (109 other apps)
Automatic Notifications (155 other apps)
Compliance Management (113 other apps)
Data Visualization (102 other apps)
Monitoring (253 other apps)
Permission Management (96 other apps)
Real Time Data (101 other apps)
Real Time Monitoring (128 other apps)
Reporting & Statistics (156 other apps)
Role-Based Permissions (96 other apps)
Workflow Management (132 other apps)

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Additional information for Adobe Illustrator CC

Key features of Adobe Illustrator CC

  • Cloud libraries
  • Touch type tool
  • Images in brushes
  • Font search
  • Multiple file place
  • CSS extraction
  • Color syncing
  • Sync settings
  • Auto corners for pattern brushes
  • On-art free transform tool
  • Exchange panel
  • File packaging
  • Unembedded images
  • Expanded links panel option
  • Live corners
  • Rebuilt pencil tool
  • Path segment reshaping
  • Typekit integration
  • Windows 8 support for touch and pen pressure
  • Custom tools panels
  • Settings import and export
  • Perspective drawing enhancements
  • Responsive SVG export
  • Live shapes: rectangles and rounded rectangles
  • Pen tool preview
  • Anchor point enhancements
  • Snap to pixel, point and grid updates
  • Close paths with control
  • Windows GPU acceleration
  • Creative Cloud libraries
  • Touch workspace
  • Curvature tool
  • Join tool
  • Area-type auto-sizing
  • Integration with the illustrator family of mobile apps
  • Custom brushes, graphics and colors
  • Edit once, update everywhere
  • Adobe Stock marketplace integration
  • Fast zoom and magnification
  • Freeform merge/subtract mode for the Shapebuilder tool
  • Shaper tool
  • Ellipses, polygons and lines shapes
  • Dynamic symbols
  • Smart Guides
  • SVG export option
  • Touch workspace
  • Activity logging
  • Import / export data
  • Activity tracking
  • Application integration
  • Content filtering
  • Content library
  • Content management
  • Data synchronization
  • Document imaging
  • File management
  • Image library
  • Multiple projects
  • Projections
  • Search functionality
  • Third party integration
  • Design management
  • Data import/export
  • Drag & drop interface
  • Data recovery
  • Image editing
  • Synchronous editing
  • Collaboration tools
  • Asset management
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Benefits

Create freeform vector designs on-the-go with the Adobe Illustrator Draw app for Android, and seamlessly move the designs over to desktop Illustrator CC.

Users can pull creative assets (live text, images and graphics) into the Comp CC iPad and iPhone app from the shared Creative Cloud Libraries and instantly send layouts to Illustrator CC.

Creative Cloud is always synced so users can browse and access colors, type styles, graphics, brushes and more anytime, anywhere, from within Illustrator and mobile apps like Sketch and Draw.

With the Capture CC app, users can extract a color theme or create a vector graphic using an iPad, iPhone or Android phone and load them into Illustrator for further editing.

Users can import / export content and projects from Photoshop and Dreamweaver with testing support for content management solutions like WordPress, Joomla!, and Drupal.