Adobe Illustrator CC

Adobe Illustrator CC

Industry-standard vector graphics editor

4.8/5 (5209 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
$20/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
4093
Excellent
1029
Very good
79
Average
7
Poor
2
Terrible
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
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
Liam S.

Vector Art for the win

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/04/29
Review Source: Capterra

I use Illustrator every day, opening it up is reflexive when I get to work. I've also taken advantage of the additional functionality available using it with a Wacom tablet and pen which opens up a whole new range of possibilities. My design skills have grown, just as Adobe has continued to grow the functionality fo the program over the years.

Pros

Illustrator is my go-to for graphic design, and it's getting better all the time. You can be super precise compared to editing raster images with Photoshop. In Illustrator, you can make cuttingly straight lines and big bold designs. The only limit is your imagination! Best of all, Adobe is rolling out new features all the time. The Puppet mode, trim view, and new gradient tool, just to name a few, are awesome innovations. You can tell they are not content with doing what they've always done, Adobe is learning and changing right along with us, and I appreciate that. The new layouts have also been a big improvement, as it's always been a challenge to have your perfect tool set up when there are so many to choose from.

Cons

Learning the many tools can be a big learning curve, not to mention all the new ones that are becoming available with every update. You can't fully appreciate the new gradient tool unless you've been stuck with the limitations of the old one for years. And even when you do master the controls, it's not a guarantee you will be pumping out amazing designs. At the end of the day, the tool is limited to the creativity of the user. But Adobe is doing what it can to make this software as versatile and powerful as it can be.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Burhan K.

Best Industry Standard Vector Designing Software, Period

Used Weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/04/24
Review Source: Capterra

I've been using Adobe Illustrator since I stepped into the software industry—almost 4 years now. The tool has no comparison to other tools currently available in the market. I mostly use Illustrator for designing illustrations, icons for mobile and websites, wireframes for mobiles, and print documents like brochures, business cards, etc. I now use Sketch for designing UI, but it's really hard to design icons there. So I design icons in Illustrator and copy those icons to sketch. This is the best tool and it's an industry standard.

Pros

Work on Windows, Mac, iPad, and even on iPhone with limited features.
You can have multiple artboards when designing in Illustrator.
A lot of tools to make your workflow easier. For building shapes, it has tools like pen tool, Pathfinder and shape builder.
It has a dynamic gradient feature, which means your gradient is not limited to a linear or radial gradient. You can create a gradient with as many colors and as many points as you like and you can change the position of those color points too. Now our gradient colors can go into multiple directions. So no need to create multiple gradient layers and blend those.
Advanced features to round the corners of sharp corners. You can make rounded corner by putting value as well as you can drag a small icon near points with mouse.
One of the reason to use Adobe Creative Cloud softwares is their Echo System. You can use your work designed in Illustrator and directly Import in After Effects.
You can also copy elements from Illustrator (Ctrl+C) and directly paste it in Photoshop (Ctrl+V). And this also works in Sketch for Mac.
There are a lot of features like perspective tool, If you wanna create an illustration in a single or multiple point perspective. Blend tool, Mesh tool, 3d Effects and many more.
You can also create symbols and changing in one place will change it everywhere.
Exporting Assets are just one click away.
Tons of shortcuts to speed up your workflow.

Cons

The long learning curve, especially when you have no previous design background. So expect to invest at least 6-12 months to fully master it.

You have to fully grasp the core concepts of it when playing with paths and shapes. Joining paths perfectly using the grid may take time If you have not much experience with it.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10

Perfect for quick sketching & complex projects

Used Daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 2019/04/04
Review Source: Capterra

My work is layout-centric and Illustrator is perfect for drawing up sketches for me. I can only recommend it to anyone working with Adobe products, given that the integration is completely seamless. My warm recommendations!

Pros

- Standard in the Creativity Industry, supports a broad variety of file types
I've been in the industry since last year and am still yet to discover someone who doesn't have Illustrator. Illustrator (together with other Adobe products) is the de-facto standard for creating graphics which means that file-sharing and cooperating on files won't be a problem. What's really important is that it supports many filetypes: for example svg and eps.

- Creative cloud: Updates are free, all older versions are easily accessible
Illustrator (CC) is a recurring subscription which means that you'll get new updates without having to pay extra for them. As part of the CC application, you will also get access to all older versions of Illustrator CC, which can be useful for compatibility reasons.

- Stable
Only once have I experienced a crash with Illustrator and it was the fault of my graphics card driver. I can vouch that Illustrator is extremely stable and provided that your computer's specifications meet the minimum requirements, you shouldn't have any problems with it.

-Integrated with InDesign and other Adobe Suite Products
This, to me, is the distinction between Illustrator and other software types. I use InDesign heavily and the intercompatibility of Adobe has left me wanting anytime I have to use something else. My favorite example of this is editing with Illustrator in InDesign-it lets you adjust certain already layouted elements in InDesign without relayouting everything.

Cons

- Subscription Payment
This is a double-edged sword. For private users this is problematic because it ends up being expensive down the road. However, for companies and organizations this means that you get tech support and updates included into the price.

- Steep learning curve
The premises of the program are basic. However, for advanced tasks, you will need to consult manuals/tutorials if you've never used the software before. Even if it is intuitive, the sheer amount of features can be overwhelming for beginners.

- High System Requirements
I believe this one explains itself. For advanced projects, you will need a beefier machine

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10

Adobe Illustrator CC Pricing

Starting from
$20/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
  • Projections
  • Third Party Integration

  • API
  • Access Control
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Alerts / Escalation
  • Auditing
  • Automatic Notifications
  • 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: $20/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, 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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