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Maria Clara Daly | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Logo creation
  • Single page flyer design/fast comps for digital pieces
  • Infographics
  • Charts with far more custom options than Excel provides
  • This is a tough one: I feel the system is incredibly powerful and incorporates beautifully with the CC suite.
  • The system can on occasion seem a bit slow to 'recognize' a new font that's been added through the external font management system, so it sometimes takes a few (or even a restart of the program) for it to 'see' a missing font that's been reactivated, but this may be local to my machine and network.
  • The pop-out menu for the pen/anchor point tool used to be more robust, including the ability to add and delete points as well as adjust vector paths all from one condensed little menu, I do wish that arrangement would return.
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Chris Hecox | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 13, 2019

Adobe Illustrator Review

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Pros and Cons

  • Illustrator has tons of options for creation. I feel confident in saying that if you can dream up any sort of 2d design, it can be recreated within Illustrator.
  • Illustrator can handle .pdf files and other types of image files. I find this helpful when I'm working on a number of different file types, so compatibility isn't usually an issue for me with Illustrator.
  • Illustrator has many tools that are easy to use once you've learned some basic understanding of how they can be used. The software is incredibly complex and offers many ways to accomplish whatever design tasks you are interested in.
  • Illustrator offers pretty good compatibility between itself and other Adobe programs, so I've found that to be a great thing when working within the Adobe Suite.
  • It feels as if Adobe products are all created individually, and as if all of the developers work in different parts of the world. Even though there are great advantages to using these applications in tandem. They don't share keyboard shortcuts, and there are other things that work one way in one program, but work differently in Illustrator.
  • Illustrator is complex and has an incredibly steep learning curve. I've been using it for the last 6 years or so, and I feel I've only scratched the surface. Adobe does an OK job of providing tutorials, but you have to look for them online, and even then, you might find better tutorials on YouTube.
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Emily Giannakas | TrustRadius Reviewer
November 19, 2019

Use This Every Day!

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Pros and Cons

  • Lots of options for sizes (inches, points, pixels)
  • No bounds to creativity and what you can make
  • Love the ability I have to take something I create within Illustrator and make tweaks within other Adobe products, such as Photoshop and Premiere.
  • It might be my computer, but it takes a while to load each time I'm opening up the application.
  • Sometimes certain tools along the side bar don't work, which can be a pain when you have to figure out how to get them to work again in your current work space.
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Robert Brown | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Illustrator is a very robust toolset with tons of ways of accomplishing the same things - you can take the path that makes you most comfortable (most of the time).
  • Illustrator is an industry standard - many people make videos on YouTube to show how to accomplish things so you can learn from them without reinventing the wheel (so to speak).
  • Illustrator does a good job of pretending to make organic shapes using the variable tools to tweak your lines. It allows the seasoned user to create truly stunning images that encompass their imagination.
  • Complicated and dense - Illustrator has so many ways of doing the same thing, it's easy to get lost. Much like Photoshop, you can use it for years and never even notice tons of tools that might make your life easier if you could only tell how they worked.
  • Hotkeys are sometimes weird (compared to Photoshop).
  • Pen tool separates the newbs from the pros. If you can't use the pen tool and you want to work with Illustrator every day you will have difficulty. I'm only halfway decent after taking a Masters class and I could definitely improve.
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Alfred Simmons | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Flexible graphics tool.
  • High-quality graphics.
  • The best vector tool so far.
  • Very convenient price and comes with adobe creative cloud package.
  • Suitable for almost anything related to printed marketing materials.
  • Not suitable for beginners.
  • Requires training to know how to use it.
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Holli Drewry | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • You can create multi-layered illustrations or graphics.
  • You can use the layers and styles to create many versions of a document from the same file.
  • You can export your art in a variety of formats that suite high-resolution print and 4K screens as well as images tailored to small screens or the web.
  • Vector art files can scale endlessly with no loss of detail.
  • The drawing tool is not as intuitive as the much older and no longer available tool in Freehand.
  • Make it easier or more intuitive to add points to a shape.
  • Make it easier or more intuitive to edit a shape by moving a point or changing it from curve to straight.
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Jason Wilkinson | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Lightweight vector design software - our go-to to quickly put together scamps for a proposal, or mockup some initial icons or logos.
  • Rips PDFs apart - when you're working with limited resources Adobe Illustrator lets you take any PDF and claim assets for use elsewhere, regardless of the software used to create it.
  • Great for typographic exploration - if you want to quickly try out a type combo, illustrator handles fonts beautifully without the restrictions software such as Adobe Indesign or Photoshop can put on your workflow.
  • Mobile - Adobe lacks a full mobile version of Illustrator, which would be very handy when working on an iPad when you're out of the office. Affinity Designer does this well.
  • Half pixels - Illustrator can annoyingly play with half pixels, which when designing for web or email, can be extremely frustrating for developers.
  • Improved handling of complex files - Illustrator tends to get bogged down as soon as you insert complex drawings or large amounts of artboards.
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Lisa Cooley | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Illustrator provides incredible precision and flexibility for two-dimensional design.
  • I find that I call upon Illustrator for my first drafts of anything visual because it is so versatile. It's a great place to sketch out ideas which can then either be fleshed out within the program, or switched over to something different like InDesign, XD, or AfterEffects.
  • I love using it for resumes.
  • The most recent interface redesign is annoying. I can't find things where I expect to find them, especially critical tools like Align.
  • The way selections get made is harder than it needs to be.
  • Also, the way text boxes have to be created is kind of weird. It's like Illustrator took text boxes from Quark, but it was just fine without them.
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Jonathan Cantu | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Vector-based graphics.
  • Constant software updates that bring in quicker shortcuts and fixes.
  • Integrate cloud library that allows you to access files from other Adobe products like Photoshop and InDesign.
  • Sometimes bugs are found in new updates. It is cloud-based software, rather than a yearly update of buying new software, they have the ability to push out code and updates at any time.
  • No other weaknesses.
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Ostap Yaroshevych | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • It is easy to use.
  • It has the most important wide range of tools to create, modify and customize draws, images, vector, details, navigator, and more.
  • Working with vectors is a great way to create very polished and clean designs.
  • There is nothing that I currently dislike about using the software.
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Lacey Tallmadge | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Allows vectorization of artwork
  • Easy-to-follow guidelines and tutorials
  • Allows extensive design edits
  • It a massive program that can sometimes slow down other programs on my computer.
  • More tutorials, there could never be enough.
  • Tutorials within the program that guide you through your design live.
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Hanzhi Jiang | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Compatible with InDesign, Photoshop, and Adobe CC so objects can be placed into each other as is, without converting into a different format.
  • Easy to use for cover design, and easy to draw.
  • It is demanding for the RAM of the computer - We had to upgrade the RAM to 16G otherwise it's way too slow and the laptop may crash.
  • For beginners it's a little hard to use with so many buttons and interfaces.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Integration with other Adobe products is seamless.
  • The image trace feature has been enhanced over the years, and in this version it is able to create vector art easily ands with much more accuracy.
  • Working with artboards makes creating multiple versions a breeze.
  • The free distort/transform feature is still difficult to use.
  • The color libraries function is difficult to navigate.
  • Some of the tools that ares supposed to be "just like Photoshop" are not just like Photoshop.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • It is great for creating vector graphics.
  • Great for creating animations or cartoons.
  • Create logos and artwork for websites.
  • Ease of use or get started with it for a new user could use some extra improvement.
  • It can be intimidating for a new user to begin using the software if they have not had any experience with it prior.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
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Pros and Cons

  • Logo design
  • Shape making
  • Illustration
  • I hate when I hit a button and unknowingly change my workspace setup, or disable a setting, and then need to take hours of searching on forums to figure out why my program isn't doing the things I want it to. I'd love an undo button for times like this!
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
October 30, 2019

Amazing for vectors!

Score 10 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Vector creation including icons, logos, and illustrations.
  • Logo creation and export in different file formats.
  • Gradients aren't the best in Illustrator. They almost always look a little off.
  • I don't like using Illustrator for large body text. It's not made for that.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
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Pros and Cons

  • Adobe Illustrator CC is graphic design software that is primarily used to create detailed vector images.
  • Opposed to its counterparts Photoshop & InDesign, Adobe Illustrator is used for creating logos and more advanced graphics with high resolutions.
  • Granted Adobe's other design software products pick up any slack that Illustrator presents, I think they could integrate some native features that Photoshop and InDesign have to make this software more fully-functional.
  • The snap-to features could be enhanced to better position and align different graphic aspects.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
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Pros and Cons

  • Logo and corporate ID design and development. No better app for this.
  • Detailed editing of PDFs, including pulling out embedded images not otherwise available.
  • File conversion, including the ability to simply copy from Adobe Illustrator CC and then paste into Adobe Photoshop CC.
  • Color management. Creation of color palettes for use across all Adobe CC applications.
  • An actual manual, like the old days.
  • Simplified functionality.
  • Easier way to spec and use colors.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Industry-standard vector creation. If it can be done, Illustrator does it.
  • Decades of development and user expertise.
  • Seamlessly works with other Adobe Creative Suite applications.
  • As part of Adobe's Creative Suite, there is the cost to consider. There are open and free alternatives if you are willing to make trade-offs.
  • There is quite a learning curve for new users.
  • All of the Creative Suite have similar but slightly different interfaces. It can be a bit jarring at times looking for a tool when you are used to it in a different spot.
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About Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator CC is a vector-based graphic design software.
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