Powerful Software for Vector Design
January 25, 2019

Powerful Software for Vector Design

Liz Wade | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Adobe Illustrator CC

I am a full-time professional freelance photographer, so I use Adobe Illustrator heavily for design projects, which is an important part of my business. Illustrator allows me to easily work with vectors text, and it contains many tools that Photoshop does not have (Photoshop is the other software I primarily use in my business).
  • Adobe Illustrator is probably the most powerful software for creating and editing vector-based graphics.
  • It integrates seamlessly with other Adobe systems, so in my case, bouncing back and forth between Illustrator and Photoshop is a breeze.
  • Projects that require precision and unlimited resolution are perfect for Adobe Illustrator.
  • Adobe Illustrator is not limited to one operating system; it works with both Mac and Windows.
  • This isn't a fault of the software, but a downside is that there is a steep learning curve with Illustrator. Be prepared to learn the extensive set of tools and features.
  • Illustrator doesn't do as great a job when it comes to working with images. I bounce between Illustrator and Photoshop when I need to incorporate an image into my project.
  • Illustrator will eat up most of your computer's resources so it will require a powerful desktop/laptop.
  • Working as a photographer, Illustrator has allowed me to complete design projects for clients when they involve more than imaging.
  • I used Illustrator to create some of the basic essentials to get my business off the ground, such as my logo and business cards.
  • I am starting to generate more business through social media, and I use Adobe Illustrator to create eye-catching web graphics to use in social media campaigns.
I have also used Adobe InDesign, which is similar to Illustrator in my opinion, but there are key differences. Illustrator is best used for scaleable vectors - for example, I would use Illustrator to create a logo or anytime I need to draw. I would use InDesign for projects that are text-heavy, such as designing a brochure. Both software are powerful Adobe products and work well together, but each one also stands alone in its final output.
Adobe Illustrator is well suited for design projects that involve vectors and graphics. It is extremely comprehensive with a steep learning curve for beginners, so it would be good to do your research before purchasing the software. I would not recommend it for projects which are more image heavy since Illustrator does not work with pixels; for that, I'd recommend Photoshop.