Adobe Illustrator

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Adobe Illustrator is one of the most commercially successful vector graphics applications among artists and graphic designers, with MacromediaFreehand now dead, and CorelDraw coming in as a distant second. However, the relative strength of various vector editors depends on the market; for example in Russia and some other markets in Europe, CorelDraw is more common than Illustrator.

See also: Inkscape for Adobe Illustrator users

See also: Current Adobe Illustrator support


Commercial Proprietary Software. Retails for roughly $500 USD alone but is also available as part of the Adobe Creative Suite. Educational discounts can vary greatly.

Although Adobe Photoshop Elements provides a budget alternative to Adobe Photoshop, Adobe makes no attempt to provide any such simplified alternative for Illustrator.

Further information

Please post links to screenshots and/or insights of this vector graphics application. We must learn from strengths and mistakes of others.

We can often learn more from criticisms of Illustrator than we can learn from praise, and a Corel Draw user by the name of Guntis make some interesting criticisms of Illustrator, especially the comments about how it fails even to be consistent even with Adobe Photoshop.

Sample Files

Please consider linking to, or uploading, Illustrator sample file, for which you own the relevant rights.



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