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

Adobe Illustrator CC

Industry-standard vector graphics editor

4.77/5 (5,436 reviews)

Adobe Illustrator CC overview

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.
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Pricing

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$19.99/month
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United States, Asia, Australia, Brazil, Canada and 9 other markets, China, Europe, Germany, India, Japan, Latin America, Mexico, Middle-East and Africa, United Kingdom

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 What's New in Illustrator CC  | 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 Adobe Illustrator CC What's New in January 2014  | Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe Illustrator CC reviews

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David Yurkovich

An Essential Tool for Graphic Designers

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-08-16
Review Source: Capterra

I 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.

Pros
Adobe 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.

Cons
Unlike 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.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Anonymous

“It creates your imaginations visually on media”

Used occasionally for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-07-16
Review Source: Capterra

when 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 .

Pros
Ai 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

Cons
I 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.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Suzanne Simpson

Industry Standard For Good Reason

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-06-13
Review Source: Capterra

I consider Illustrator to be an essential program for anyone who works in vector graphics.

Pros
Overall, 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.

Cons
Some 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.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Ishak Benaziz

The most powerful tool for creating vector-based graphics

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-06-08
Review Source: Capterra

Adobe 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.

Pros
Adobe 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.

Cons
Illustrator 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.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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samuel toby

Best Graphic Design Software for Creating Vector Graphics

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-05-08
Review Source: Capterra

Illustrator 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.

Pros
Adobe 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.

Cons
Adobe 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.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Adobe Illustrator CC pricing

Starting from
$19.99/month
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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
Application Integration
Collaboration Tools
Data Import/Export
Drag & Drop Interface
Third Party Integration

API (296 other apps)
Access Control (96 other apps)
Activity Dashboard (142 other apps)
Alerts / Escalation (70 other apps)
Auditing (89 other apps)
Automatic Notifications (117 other apps)
Customizable Reporting (67 other apps)
Monitoring (204 other apps)
Real Time Data (84 other apps)
Real Time Monitoring (92 other apps)
Real Time Reporting (71 other apps)
Reporting & Statistics (100 other apps)
SSL Security (74 other apps)
Workflow Management (90 other apps)

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
  • Content library
  • Design management
  • Activity logging
  • Activity tracking
  • Application integration
  • Content filtering
  • Document imaging
  • File management
  • Image library
  • Multiple projects
  • Search functionality
  • Data synchronization
  • Third party integration
  • Data import/export
  • Image editing
  • Content management
  • Projections
  • Collaboration tools
  • Drag & drop interface
  • Import / export data
  • Asset management
  • Data recovery
  • Synchronous editing
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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.