Adobe Illustrator CC

Adobe Illustrator CC

Industry-standard vector graphics editor

4.8/5 (5437 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.

Pricing

Starting from
US$20,00/month
Pricing options
Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

Devices

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Markets

Asia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China and 5 others, Europe, Germany, India, Japan, Latin America

Supported Languages

Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch and 16 others, English, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian

Adobe Illustrator CC Reviews

Overall rating
4.8/5
98% positive reviews
4269
Excellent
1076
Very good
82
Average
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Poor
2
Terrible
David Y.

An Essential Tool for Graphic Designers

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 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.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend

8.0/10
Verified Reviewer

“It creates your imaginations visually on media”

Used Other for 2+ years
Reviewed on 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.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Suzanne S.

Industry Standard For Good Reason

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 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.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Ishak B.

The most powerful tool for creating vector-based graphics

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 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.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

9.0/10
Samuel T.

Best Graphic Design Software for Creating Vector Graphics

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 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.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10

Adobe Illustrator CC Pricing

Starting from
US$20,00/month
Pricing options
Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

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
  • Access Control
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Alerts / Escalation
  • Auditing
  • Automatic Notifications
  • Customizable Reporting
  • Monitoring
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Monitoring
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • SSL Security
  • Workflow Management

Additional information for Adobe Illustrator CC

Key features of Adobe Illustrator CC

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

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.

  • Adobe Illustrator CC FAQs

    Below are some frequently asked questions for Adobe Illustrator CC.

    Q. What type of pricing plans does Adobe Illustrator CC offer?

    Adobe Illustrator CC offers the following pricing plans:

    Starting from: US$20,00/month

    Pricing model: Subscription

    Free Trial: Available

    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.

    Q. What are the main features of Adobe Illustrator CC?

    Adobe Illustrator CC offers the following features:

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

    Q. Who are the typical users of Adobe Illustrator CC?

    Adobe Illustrator CC has the following typical customers:

    Freelancers, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Non Profit, Public Administrations, Small Business

    Q. What languages does Adobe Illustrator CC support?

    Adobe Illustrator CC supports the following languages:

    Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian

    Q. What type of pricing plans does Adobe Illustrator CC offer?

    Adobe Illustrator CC has the following pricing plans:

    Subscription

    Q. Does Adobe Illustrator CC support mobile devices?

    Adobe Illustrator CC supports the following devices:

    Android, iPhone, iPad

    Q. What other apps does Adobe Illustrator CC integrate with?

    Adobe Illustrator CC integrates with the following applications:

    Brandfolder, Ceros, Cosential, Easy Projects, MediaBeacon, MediaValet, OpenText Hightail, Webdam, Wedia, WinWeb

    Q. What level of support does Adobe Illustrator CC offer?

    Adobe Illustrator CC offers the following support options:

    FAQs, Forum, Knowledge Base, Online Support, Phone Support, Video Tutorials

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