Adobe Illustrator - A Powerhouse for your design needs
June 08, 2022

Adobe Illustrator - A Powerhouse for your design needs

Bill Black | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Adobe Illustrator CC

Adobe Illustrator is THE industry standard for creating vector graphics and digital illustration. I use it extensively in my graphic design business to create many different kinds of graphics - event posters, custom typography, newspaper advertisements, T-shirt designs, etc. It is a VERY powerful and full-featured software tool for creative types. It integrates seamlessly with other Adobe products - Photoshop, InDesign, Aftereffects, etc.
  • Handles typography and creating custom type based designs very well.
  • Integrates seamlessly with other Adobe products.
  • Makes it easy to control and manage color (particularly for print purposes).
  • The user interface is a bit confusing and takes a bit to get used to.
  • Managing the "art boards" is kind of clunky compared to other Adobe products.
  • Other than that, I don't have any complaints or suggestions.
  • Industry standard so my print vendors also use it.
  • Integration with other Adobe Suite products.
  • Powerful vector design tool that helps me create graphics quickly and professionally.
  • This is a bit touchy for me. ROI was better when you could purchase Adobe products. That is harder to calculate with their subscription price structure now. With this new model, ROI goes down if you don't use the tool EVERY DAY. There are times when it isn't necessary for a project I am working on... So that is a negative.
  • On the flip side, with the subscription model, I always have the "latest, greatest and most updatest" version of the software - so that is a positive.
  • After getting familiar with the updated interface and working with it for a bit, this is a powerhouse design tool! That is definitely a positive.
Both are powerful design/vector art tools. And they do the same things - just in a little different way. Tools and interface are a little different. Illustrator thinks like a designer, Corel thinks like an architect. I picked Illustrator mostly due to integration with Photoshop. Corel offers PhotoPaint - again same end product, but different tools and interface. In the end, I picked the Adobe Suite due to industry standard usage.

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Illustrator is GREAT for graphic design applications. Creating great looking vector graphics is what it is made for! Brochures, posters, advertisements, logo design, T-shirts, custom typography - that sort of thing, Illustrator really shines!

It is NOT great for image editing (that would be Photoshop) or multipage layouts like books or magazines (that would be InDesign).