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Adobe Illustrator

Industry-standard vector graphics editor

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Adobe Illustrator Feature Reviews

25 reviewers had the following to say about Adobe Illustrator's features:

Rodrigo S.

All about Smart objects

2019-01-09

Creating, managing, and exporting Assets for animation is easier every Adobe Illustrator comes up.

Pros

- The compatibility with the rest of the Creative Suite (specially After Effects) - Multiple ways to export smart objetcs - The new Export Central is the greatest feature of all

Cons

- I think User Interaction could be better - Layer management and Layer visualization should be larger from the start, seems like its not relevant, but it is - It's the Creative Suite software that crashes the most.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Devin S.

I've been using Adobe products for over 10 years and Illustrator is my main program.

2018-05-17

Pros

Artboards are helpful, while still being able to design outside of them. Export features are easy and assist with workflow.

Cons

Can be a little buggy at times, but this is likely caused by my personal computers processor. No real complaints at this time.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Source: Capterra
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Ana K.

My favorite Vector-Based software.

2018-06-13

If you're familiar with InDesign or Photoshop, the interface and tools are easy to pick up quickly.

Pros

I couldn't see myself spending as much time in another program for Vector design as I do in Illustrator.

Cons

I wish the preset dashboards were more user-friendly; I feel like I wouldn't use half of the tools in their presets.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
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Is there really an alternative to vector editing?

2018-03-06

I need it, I use it... there are no alternatives!

Pros

Importing and exporting data is well solved and integration with the cloud makes it easy for me to work on larger projects.

Cons

The program is not easy to understand, it takes time.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Sara A.

User Interface

2019-06-26

I think it helps me in team building, since all set of iterations are being done in one file over multiple art boards and referencing to each other's work becomes really easy. There are other platforms too but Illustrator is the most versatile one.

Pros

I really appreciate the flexibility in import/export formats, i never faced any trouble in opening files of multiple formats, file compatibility is very broad.

Cons

Text style management is also not user friendly i haven't explored it so far either but still Character style is not easy to handle, it takes a lot of manual effort like text dropper tool to match the style.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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EBIN E.

Good tool for creating digital creatives

2019-03-22

Our designers can now create a mock design in just one day and the entire creative is done in a couple of days, our clients are happy as the new design is so perfect and classy.

Pros

It is one of the great tool to be used for all the poster, banner related activities. We are mainly impressed with the UI and simple design concept on Adobe Illustrator.

Cons

The software bundle is too bulky and takes a lot of space on our machines, better introduce cloud based UI so that we do not need to install on our local machines.

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Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Marialcira B.

the essential tool for a designer and is the best software on the market

2018-03-14

I use it daily in my work to make covers for reports and illustrations for academic presentations

Pros

is stable, fast, great variety of tools for the edition of vectors and texts, the design possibilities are endless, with this program the limit is your imagination, it is the best design program that has been created

Cons

it is necessary to improve the module to import PNG images, sometimes it is a bit slow and make precision adjustment in the automatic vectorization tool

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Marketing and Advertising company, 1-10 employees)

Best for professionals. Difficult to master, but let's you create nearly anything!

2019-03-22

As an agency owner, I'd feel unequipped to take on new projects if we didn't have access to this the software.

Pros

The ability to create and design vector graphics from scratch and then export them into any format that you need is something that we require in our daily workflow as an agency.

Cons

It requires many hours of trial and error, watching how-to videos, and possibly even spending money on a third-party course to really get deep into the features that are available to you.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Burhan K.

Best Industry Standard Vector Designing Software, Period

2019-04-24

I now use Sketch for designing UI, but it's really hard to design icons there.

Pros

You can use your work designed in Illustrator and directly Import in After Effects.

Cons

The long learning curve, especially when you have no previous design background.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Mysti S.

Illustrator

2020-12-15

Most of the time it works great.

Pros

They are constantly adding upgrades to make design and printing easier.

Cons

Wish they would leave the dashboard tools where it was set prior to updates.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Information Technology and Services company, 1001-5000 employees)

Adobe illustrator review

2020-06-21

It has most features I need to quickly create good UI for clients.

Pros

This tool is very custom is able with filters and other editing tools.

Cons

Adobe illustrator is not the easiest tool to use for me.

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Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Marketing and Advertising company, 1001-5000 employees)

illustrate your way to perfect poster and reports design

2020-07-26

Pros

We create post templates based on our brand colours that can be exported by our junior members for quick social media posts.

Cons

Sometimes it shows weird random errors that would take you a good hour or two of digging through the different design forums to figure out.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Jillian P.

Create Aesthetic and Compelling Graphics and Illustrations

2020-10-20

Awesome product and I really like the new and enhanced features like real-time drawing.

Pros

Because it is a vector graphics editor, there are differing stroke lengths, various drawing tools, visual font browsing, and real time drawing (that's now available on an iPad and Apple Pencil).

Cons

Illustrator is not for someone who just wants to casually design graphics, but rather it is for someone who is serious about design.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Mukul C.

A place for all your scalable art.

2018-09-19

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

Pros

It is easy to export or import data from any other Adobe products. 4.You can easily export individual artboards.

Cons

Tho, an elegant UI, it has a very steep learning curve and needs effort and time to learn illustrator. 2.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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jim p.

Best vector graphics tool on the market

2018-11-27

Once you understand how to use Illustrator, you will see that it will be your go to tool for many graphics solutions.

Pros

A must have software for anyone in design: - Great selection of tools for illustrations and UI design - Many resources on the web for help and online courses to get you started or learn advanced features - The property panel allows fast access to the most useful settings and saves searching thru menus - Easy to learn if you are familiar with other Adobe software - Versatile, allows you do perform tasks such as simple diagrams, logo design, UI design and even CAD or 3D

Cons

Not much to dislike: - Relatively expensive software - May take some time to get started (but after a while you can see how intuitive the UI is) - Export to Photoshop can work better

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Judy B.

Illustrator is only limited by your imagination

2021-02-09

Illustrator has met my challenge in the ability to design artwork not constrained by the tool I use.

Pros

The ability to store graphics (trademark designs, backgrounds) saves time and ensures compliance to design requirements.

Cons

the help feature, and training tools will assist you with most issues.

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Amber H.

Still the Best Software for Graphic Design

2019-05-17

Ability to have total control over our designs and export for the web.

Pros

While I may try to get away with "light" graphic design tools for basic tasks, at the end of the day, Adobe Illustrator is truly the one and only powerhouse.

Cons

The most challenging aspect of this tool would have to be the learning curve and keep track of changes between editions.

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Jake D.

Designed for Designers

2016-11-04

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

Pros

Powerful import and export functionality for multiple file types.

Cons

So many tools can create a steep learning curve.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Iván René R.

Best program to vectorize images

2019-05-10

In my company we do many graphic design jobs where using this tool is indispensable, from retouching low resolution logos to create complex vectorized images, thanks to this software we can generate a constant cash flow in our company.

Pros

I like Adobe Illustrator because images may require less disk space than a bitmap, also images formed by plain colors or simple gradients are easier to vectorize.

Cons

No matter how much an image is constructed with vector graphics, its visualization ultimately has to be translated into pixels.

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Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Susan H.

Illustrator is the best!

2018-10-16

I use Illustrator to create posters, flyers, banners, and cards for printing as well as to design images of all sizes and shapes for online use.

Pros

I love the easy-to-use guide and alignment features.

Cons

When I got a larger monitor, the menu and tool bars stayed the same size - VERY small - as with the smaller monitor.

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Eric M.

Great Graphic Design Software

2020-01-06

I particularly like the vast export options that allow a user to save work for web and print.

Pros

More so, I like the vast export options that allow me to save work for web and print.

Cons

There are not enough support features to deal with some of the tools and features.

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Vicente R.

No real alternatives

2019-04-05

Most of my designs come from Illustrator and in combination with photoshop makes it really easy to manage my workflows.

Pros

Adobe Illustrator is by far the most featured vector-based tool in the market.

Cons

What i dislike the most is that it has no real competition in the market, which can have some nasty effects on product development.

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Christtian E.

Best vector graphics editor of all time

2019-02-05

Adobe Illustrator has managed to create artistic works of great quality in all the scales, from something small like the art attached to an enterprise mail, a massive publications for the clients or all the corporative image of an entire company, in all the cases our Department of Marketing has used Illustrator for its development. This tool has allowed to provide professionalism in all areas of corporate image of the company.

Pros

Integration with many Adobe applications such as Photoshop or InDesign Applications in several languages, facilitating the application management for beginners Large number of features, filters and plugins that allow different designs in the works Great resource management, allowing large jobs without problems of slowness or performance Large number of fonts and fonts, as well as other design resources

Cons

High licensing cost Requires high performance hardware, preferred Mac computers

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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justin a.

Adobe Illustrator - an industry standard for a reason

2020-09-29

Can't complain too much — it offers all of the functions anyone could need in a vector design software.

Pros

Illustrator has evolved over the years ... one of the key evolutions I've appreciated is its ability to integrate with the other pieces of software within the Adobe Creative Suite.

Cons

The arrangement / organization of tools within Illustrator is much different than the drop down organization of tools within InDesign.

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Andrew F.

Daily Illustrator user

2019-01-23

Pros

Pros: - robust software for design, many tools available to complete projects - workspaces can be individualized for specific users - color management eases the work flow between prepress and proofing - compatible with industry specific plug ins such as Esko Pack edge

Cons

Cons: - crashes if files are too big - requires programs such as PhotoShop if working on CT images - requires other prepress programs if trying to export High-res LEN files for print

Rating breakdown

Value for money
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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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