Adobe Illustrator - the vector drawing package that will make a man (or woman) out of you!
Robert Brown | TrustRadius Reviewer
November 12, 2019

Adobe Illustrator - the vector drawing package that will make a man (or woman) out of you!

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Overall Satisfaction with Adobe Illustrator CC

At Lennis Design, LLC, we use Adobe Illustrator CC for vector logos and shirt designs. We also use it for any print work we're producing and having outsourced. It's flexible and the industry standard so we always know the vendor we're working with has a template so we can give them their native format. Working with multiple vendors is much easier when you use the same tools and files.
  • 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.
  • Being packaged with CC makes it a no-brainer - as a web designer who does logos, corporate apparel and video production there's really no comparison to Adobe Creative Cloud (positive).
CorelDraw is a simpler tool and you'll find it used prevalently in the apparel business. It's buy once and also much easier to pick up, but Illustrator seems to have a more artistic slant to it. I spent 30 years working with Corel and have only started pushing myself to use Illustrator in the last 3, but I can already see areas where Illustrator just simply does things that Corel can't.
As an Adobe Creative Cloud user the support I get from Adobe is always good. They are always there when you need them and you don't have to feel like the Lone Ranger. I don't frequently ask for support so I might not be the best one to ask, but anytime I've had a problem they have been just a few clicks away.

Do you think Adobe Illustrator CC delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with Adobe Illustrator CC's feature set?

Yes

Did Adobe Illustrator CC live up to sales and marketing promises?

Yes

Did implementation of Adobe Illustrator CC go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy Adobe Illustrator CC again?

Yes

Logos and other artwork that needs to scale up and down are the best place to use Illustrator. I find it fast and powerful so I don't spend time waiting on it to refresh. As a CorelDraw user for 30 years, I can say that Illustrator is the more powerful of the two even if Corel is easier to just pick up and learn.