Overall Satisfaction with Adobe Illustrator CC
We use Illustrator for designing vector graphics and branding materials in conjunction with other programs in Adobe's creative suite. It is used mostly by our designers and helps us produce large format graphics for marketing materials. We use it for both internal and external projects and we consider it a core app we use to conduct business.
- Managing vector formats is made pretty easy.
- Pro tools for creating digital illustrations.
- Robust features for complete control over your projects.
- You can jump in as a beginner, but it takes a long time to master some of the more advanced tools.
- It's a resource hog. If you're running multiple programs, make sure you have enough resources.
- Artboards can be confusing at first.
- Illustrator is a digital standard and it would be difficult to operate without it.
- It allows us to take existing assets and easily fit them into our design workflows.
- The trace tool can save hours of digital illustration if trying to recreate graphics.
The learning curve is steep and it's not always obvious why a path is behaving a certain way, but it does a great job of presenting a set of tools to the pro user for artwork creation. Of all of Adobe's Creative Suite products, Illustrator is the one we ask ourselves the most internal "How to" questions about. We can usually figure out a path forward, but it's not always an obvious answer.
We haven't ever needed to contact Adobe support for Illustrator. Once installed, it performs how it should and updates when expected. We certainly have questions about how certain features work sometimes, but we usually are able to answer those questions internally before needing to reach out to the support team.
Illustrator is the industry standard and, though there are other programs that can help with vector graphics and digital illustration, none of them offer the same suite of tools, ease of workflow integration, and general acceptance as Illustrator does. It would be difficult to find another solution for what Illustrator does well.
Illustrator is great for handling vector artwork. We use it for digital illustration, branding, iconography and anything else that would be helpful to create as a vector. I think it excels in handling artwork for print. I know many people also use it for designing interfaces, but I personally think it is less well-suited for that application.