Adobe Illustrator CC

Adobe Illustrator CC

Industry-standard vector graphics editor

4.8/5 (6399 reviews)

Adobe Illustrator CC Overview

What is Adobe Illustrator CC?

Adobe Illustrator CC is an industry-standard tool in vector drawing and editing for professional design and artwork. Users can create graphic designs that go virtually anywhere including print, websites, video games, logos for brand corporations, packaging for general merchandise, as well as business cards, billboards, bus wraps and even clothes.

Illustrator CC enables graphic designers to create sketches, typography and illustrations for print, web, video, and mobile, and offers a wide set of tools, filters and effects. Illustrator works with vector graphics which are resolution independent and defined mathematically for quality control, and also with the more traditional, raster graphics.

Illustrator CC comes with thousands of royalty-free stock art and all projects can be loaded into InDesign for a complete design workflow. The solution also integrates with animation and video apps like Animate CC, Premiere Pro, and After Effects.

With the seamlessly integrated Adobe Creative Cloud, users can easily access, organize, and share creative assets with other users, as well as other Adobe desktop and mobile apps.

Adobe’s mobile apps include Illustrator Draw, Capture CC, and Comp CC that let users intuitively capture creative vision with shapes, color, and typography with their mobile devices and seamlessly continue projects on the desktop with Illustrator CC.

Adobe Illustrator CC Overview

Pricing

Starting from
US$19.99/month

Pricing options

Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

Individuals
US$19.99/month
Latest version of selected app
ProSite portfolio website
Typekit desktop and web fonts
20GB of cloud storage

Business
US$29.99/month
(per license)

Choice of one creative desktop app or the entire collection of 20+ apps
Team website, premium fonts, and up to 100GB of storage for collaboration
24/7 technical support

Additional pricing options for students & teachers, schools & universities.


Adobe Illustrator CC Features

Devices
Business size
S M L
Markets
Asia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China and 5 others, Europe, Germany, India, Japan, Latin America
Supported Languages
Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch and 16 others, English, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian

Screenshots

Adobe Illustrator CC screenshot: With Illustrator CC, the touch type tool allows users to take individual letters and transform them, as well as change the text itself
Adobe Illustrator CC screenshot: With Illustrator CC, the touch type tool allows users to take individual letters and transform them, as well as change the text itself Adobe Illustrator CC screenshot: Illustrator CC users have the possibility to free transform elements in a more intuitive way Adobe Illustrator CC screenshot: Use images in brushes (pattern brush tool) and choose the way the image runs around corners with Illustrator CC Adobe Illustrator CC screenshot: The export CSS feature in Illustrator CC allows users to copy elements from the illustrator document and transfer them into CSS directly Adobe Illustrator CC screenshot: Search fonts quicker with Illustrator CC's font search window that enables the choice between searching entire font names or first words only Adobe Illustrator CC screenshot: Import multiple images and place them on the page with the integrated place gun tool that allows users to drag and place images exactly where they want them with Illustrator CC Adobe Illustrator CC screenshot: Illustrator CC's live corners tool lets users intuitively shape corners with on-art controls or specific values

Adobe Illustrator CC Reviews

Adobe Illustrator CC Reviews

Overall rating
4.8
/
5
Excellent
5026

Very good
1256

Average
105

Poor
9

Terrible
3

Value for Money
4.3
Features
4.7
Ease of Use
3.9
Customer Support
4.2
98% recommended this app
Samuel T.

Best Graphic Design Software for Creating Vector Graphics

Illustrator is great, perfect for Vector design, Logo creation, drawing Cartoons etc and it gets the job done and even do more. For a graphic designer, the software is recommended since there isn’t any better alternative. Once it’s features are mastered, one can easily play with the software and create something out of it.


Matt B.

Great Resource for Intermediated Users

Allows us to create files for use on our promotional print/event apparel at a scale that looks well. Have also used to digitize hand-drawn concepts or ideas from staff or a volunteer and work into our digital media elements.


Todd G.

Rich features come at a cost

Overall, this product allows you to make some amazing artwork. It's very powerful, feature rich, and without a real competitor to speak of. If you want to create really high quality raster art for graphic design, literature, videos, etc, then this is the program for you. The subscription model is all that gives me pause, because it guarantees that you're going to pay dearly over time just to have editing access to what you create today.


Sean G.

The go to Vector Art Software

I use Illustrator day in and day out. I wouldn't be able to do my job as efficiently if I needed to use any other software.


Maria G.

Such a powerful tool - but sometimes it's difficult to keep up with it.


Samuel T.
Industry: Graphic Design
Company size: Self Employed

Best Graphic Design Software for Creating Vector Graphics

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 8/5/2019
Review Source: Capterra

Illustrator is great, perfect for Vector design, Logo creation, drawing Cartoons etc and it gets the job done and even do more. For a graphic designer, the software is recommended since there isn’t any better alternative. Once it’s features are mastered, one can easily play with the software and create something out of it.

Pros

Adobe illustrator is a great software for Graphic Designers to add to their collection. The software is made for creating a vector graphics and it so good at it. Over the years, I have learnt to use Adobe Illustrator to create project like Cartoon and Logo designs. It is a great software and it gets the job done easily.

One of the best option for using the illustrator is the vector-graphic which makes design a perfect still quality, no matter how the design’s size is adjusted, the resolution stay the same.

With Adobe illustrator users can easily draw a design from scratch by mastering the Pen Tool and with tons of other tools like the Pathfinder Tool, the software made it very easy to design almost anything and even beautify it with the color guide.

Cons

Adobe illustrator is great, no doubt one of the best drawing software out there, however the best can be too best.. if that makes sense. For beginners, Illustrator has so many complex features which are not easy to learn at all, even with knowledge of other Adobe softwares.

The software is also heavy while operating, it requires a very strong PC to properly use without slowing down your operations or hang the PC while at it.

Illustrator is just good for drawing, editing image isn’t recommended on the software, it lacks some basic features to edit image and working with layers on this software can be very frustrating.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Matt B.
Industry: Religious Institutions
Company size: 13-50 Employees

Great Resource for Intermediated Users

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 3/12/2019
Review Source: Capterra

Allows us to create files for use on our promotional print/event apparel at a scale that looks well. Have also used to digitize hand-drawn concepts or ideas from staff or a volunteer and work into our digital media elements.

Pros

The ability and functionality to create media for use across a multitude of platforms. Especially in the case of where we needed a design or event logo for print, the ability to create as vector or to rebuild it for this purpose has been a huge benefit.

Cons

There is a slightly more advanced learning curve and technical ability required to use this. As one who has been using iterations of the adobe suite from a young age into professional career, illustrator took the most learning and for the finer tuning required the most technical eye and care.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 7.0/10

Todd G.
Industry: Plastics
Company size: 13-50 Employees

Rich features come at a cost

Used Weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 18/2/2020
Review Source: Capterra

Overall, this product allows you to make some amazing artwork. It's very powerful, feature rich, and without a real competitor to speak of. If you want to create really high quality raster art for graphic design, literature, videos, etc, then this is the program for you. The subscription model is all that gives me pause, because it guarantees that you're going to pay dearly over time just to have editing access to what you create today.

Pros

Creativity is almost limitless with Illustrator. There are tools and options to do just about anything you can imagine. The integration with Photoshop, InDesign, and the rest of the Suite is excellent. Newer features that help with shape building and object continuity help to make it easier to design complex designs. Working with images in your Library allows them to be shared back and forth and updated live.

Cons

The monthly subscription pricing model is obnoxious. I started with CS3 many moons ago and it worked well for me for a good many years. When I went to upgrade I was forced into a monthly subscription even though I would be perfectly happy with the software as it was a year ago when I started with the subscription model. This allows Adobe to be slow with feature updates while they milk the users for subscription fees. I'd much rather pay more up-front and deal with the software as-is. I also do not like how items are saved once they are updated in the Library. I have a massive temp folder that changes my artwork links. I'm guessing there's a setting to make it more how I would want it, but I haven't found it.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 5.0/10

Sean G.
Industry: Marketing & Advertising
Company size: 13-50 Employees

The go to Vector Art Software

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 13/12/2019
Review Source: Capterra

I use Illustrator day in and day out. I wouldn't be able to do my job as efficiently if I needed to use any other software.

Pros

Illustrator is the industry standard software for vector based design. They have been around forever and have made great improvements with nearly every upgrade version. Now with the cloud based solution, it is easy to remain up to date and constantly receiving the new features. User interface is customizable, so you can set everything exactly how you prefer to have it laid out. There are many add-on's available that help to grow the power of the software even further.

Cons

My biggest complaint has been and will always be, until they finally fix it, the size limitations on working / artboard space. I work in an industry that is primarily large and grand format printing, so I can rarely design in Illustrator at full scale. Other vector softwares I have used in the past are not as powerful or convenient as Illustrator, but they have a nearly infinite artboard size available. I have worked in Illustrator for many years, and this has always been a pain, but even more so than that, you can run into issues with stroke widths changing size when scaling up to print if they were not outlined before the size increase which can mean costly reprints if not caught in time.

On a side note, the newest version (2020) crashes constantly for me since upgrading. Never had a bad issue with the software before this latest one. But it is a huge headache.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 9.0/10

Maria G.
Industry: Internet
Company size: 201-500 Employees

Such a powerful tool - but sometimes it's difficult to keep up with it.

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 28/4/2019
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

So, I've been an AI user for now almost 10 years. I've used it at it's worst, at it's best and at it's "ok" moments. It's powerful and the type of work that you can create is really just limitless. There has been a significant effort in onboarding users whenever it gets a design overhaul or new features are added. I've found that a lot of these updates do tend to boost my ability to perform or create work at a faster speed, and same goes when making edits. I'm a heavy pathfinder user and the ability to just tweak my workplace to my needs, adding different windows and condensing them into one section has been a huge time saver. So in terms of granting you the ability to really modify the space to your liking, it's great.

Cons

I think one of the aspects about illustrator that has over time made it a more difficult tool to rely on has been the constant updates. Yes, those updates are sometimes great and very much needed, but there is no onboarding and the existing tour points hold so much information, it's hard to keep up with it.

I think generally speaking, I want to also be able to use the same shortcuts I have been using over time with the software, so when certain aspects of it change - sometimes it does affect my ability to perform at the same speed. I think more efforts need to be done to really create a focused on boarding for users when you introduce new features.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 4.0/10

User recommendation
8.9/10
Based on 6,399 user ratings
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Adobe Illustrator CC Pricing

Adobe Illustrator CC Pricing

Starting from
US$19.99/month
Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

Individuals
US$19.99/month
Latest version of selected app
ProSite portfolio website
Typekit desktop and web fonts
20GB of cloud storage

Business
US$29.99/month
(per license)

Choice of one creative desktop app or the entire collection of 20+ apps
Team website, premium fonts, and up to 100GB of storage for collaboration
24/7 technical support

Additional pricing options for students & teachers, schools & universities.

Individuals
US$19.99/month
Latest version of selected app
ProSite portfolio website
Typekit desktop and web fonts
20GB of cloud storage

Business
US$29.99/month
(per license)

Choice of one creative desktop app or the entire collection of 20+ apps
Team website, premium fonts, and up to 100GB of storage for collaboration
24/7 technical support

Additional pricing options for students & teachers, schools & universities.

Value for Money
4.3/5
Based on 6,399 user ratings
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Adobe Illustrator CC Features

Adobe Illustrator CC Features

API
Access Control
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Alerts / Escalation
Application Integration
Auditing
Automatic Notifications
Collaboration Tools
Compliance Management
Data Import/Export
Data Visualisation
Drag & Drop Interface
Monitoring
Real Time Data
Real Time Monitoring
Real Time Reporting
Reporting & Statistics
Third Party Integration
Workflow Management
Features
4.7/5
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Video Tutorials

Video Tutorials

Additional information for Adobe Illustrator CC

Additional information for Adobe Illustrator CC

Key features of Adobe Illustrator CC

  • Activity logging
  • Activity tracking
  • Adobe Stock marketplace integration
  • Anchor point enhancements
  • Application integration
  • Area-type auto-sizing
  • Asset management
  • Auto corners for pattern brushes
  • CSS extraction
  • Close paths with control
  • Cloud libraries
  • Collaboration tools
  • Color syncing
  • Content filtering
  • Content library
  • Content management
  • Creative Cloud libraries
  • Curvature tool
  • Custom brushes, graphics and colors
  • Custom tools panels
  • Data import/export
  • Data recovery
  • Data synchronization
  • Design management
  • Document imaging
  • Drag & drop interface
  • Dynamic symbols
  • Edit once, update everywhere
  • Ellipses, polygons and lines shapes
  • Exchange panel
  • Expanded links panel option
  • Fast zoom and magnification
  • File management
  • File packaging
  • Font search
  • Freeform merge/subtract mode for the Shapebuilder tool
  • Image editing
  • Image library
  • Images in brushes
  • Import / export data
  • Integration with the illustrator family of mobile apps
  • Join tool
  • Live corners
  • Live shapes: rectangles and rounded rectangles
  • Multiple file place
  • Multiple projects
  • On-art free transform tool
  • Path segment reshaping
  • Pen tool preview
  • Perspective drawing enhancements
  • Projections
  • Rebuilt pencil tool
  • Responsive SVG export
  • SVG export option
  • Search functionality
  • Settings import and export
  • Shaper tool
  • Smart Guides
  • Snap to pixel, point and grid updates
  • Sync settings
  • Synchronous editing
  • Third party integration
  • Touch type tool
  • Touch workspace
  • Touch workspace
  • Typekit integration
  • Unembedded images
  • Windows 8 support for touch and pen pressure
  • Windows GPU acceleration

Benefits

  • Create freeform vector designs on-the-go with the Adobe Illustrator Draw app for Android, and seamlessly move the designs over to desktop Illustrator CC.

  • Users can pull creative assets (live text, images and graphics) into the Comp CC iPad and iPhone app from the shared Creative Cloud Libraries and instantly send layouts to Illustrator CC.

  • Creative Cloud is always synced so users can browse and access colors, type styles, graphics, brushes and more anytime, anywhere, from within Illustrator and mobile apps like Sketch and Draw.

  • With the Capture CC app, users can extract a color theme or create a vector graphic using an iPad, iPhone or Android phone and load them into Illustrator for further editing.

  • Users can import / export content and projects from Photoshop and Dreamweaver with testing support for content management solutions like WordPress, Joomla!, and Drupal.

  • Adobe Illustrator CC FAQs

    Adobe Illustrator CC FAQs

    Below are some frequently asked questions for Adobe Illustrator CC.

    Q. What type of pricing plans does Adobe Illustrator CC offer?

    Adobe Illustrator CC offers the following pricing plans:

    Starting from: US$19.99/month

    Pricing model: Subscription

    Free Trial: Available

    Individuals US$19.99/month Latest version of selected app ProSite portfolio website Typekit desktop and web fonts 20GB of cloud storage Business US$29.99/month (per license) Choice of one creative desktop app or the entire collection of 20+ apps Team website, premium fonts, and up to 100GB of storage for collaboration 24/7 technical support Additional pricing options for students & teachers, schools & universities.

    Q. What are the main features of Adobe Illustrator CC?

    Adobe Illustrator CC offers the following features:

    • Activity logging
    • Activity tracking
    • Adobe Stock marketplace integration
    • Anchor point enhancements
    • Application integration
    • Area-type auto-sizing
    • Asset management
    • Auto corners for pattern brushes
    • CSS extraction
    • Close paths with control
    • Cloud libraries
    • Collaboration tools
    • Color syncing
    • Content filtering
    • Content library
    • Content management
    • Creative Cloud libraries
    • Curvature tool
    • Custom brushes, graphics and colors
    • Custom tools panels
    • Data import/export
    • Data recovery
    • Data synchronization
    • Design management
    • Document imaging
    • Drag & drop interface
    • Dynamic symbols
    • Edit once, update everywhere
    • Ellipses, polygons and lines shapes
    • Exchange panel
    • Expanded links panel option
    • Fast zoom and magnification
    • File management
    • File packaging
    • Font search
    • Freeform merge/subtract mode for the Shapebuilder tool
    • Image editing
    • Image library
    • Images in brushes
    • Import / export data
    • Integration with the illustrator family of mobile apps
    • Join tool
    • Live corners
    • Live shapes: rectangles and rounded rectangles
    • Multiple file place
    • Multiple projects
    • On-art free transform tool
    • Path segment reshaping
    • Pen tool preview
    • Perspective drawing enhancements
    • Projections
    • Rebuilt pencil tool
    • Responsive SVG export
    • SVG export option
    • Search functionality
    • Settings import and export
    • Shaper tool
    • Smart Guides
    • Snap to pixel, point and grid updates
    • Sync settings
    • Synchronous editing
    • Third party integration
    • Touch type tool
    • Touch workspace
    • Touch workspace
    • Typekit integration
    • Unembedded images
    • Windows 8 support for touch and pen pressure
    • Windows GPU acceleration

    Q. Who are the typical users of Adobe Illustrator CC?

    Adobe Illustrator CC has the following typical customers:

    Freelancers, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Non Profit, Public Administrations, Small Business

    Q. What languages does Adobe Illustrator CC support?

    Adobe Illustrator CC supports the following languages:

    Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian

    Q. What type of pricing plans does Adobe Illustrator CC offer?

    Adobe Illustrator CC has the following pricing plans:

    Subscription

    Q. Does Adobe Illustrator CC support mobile devices?

    Adobe Illustrator CC supports the following devices:

    Android, iPhone, iPad

    Q. What other apps does Adobe Illustrator CC integrate with?

    Adobe Illustrator CC integrates with the following applications:

    Brandfolder, Ceros, Cosential, Easy Projects, MediaBeacon, MediaValet, OpenText Hightail, Webdam, Wedia, WinWeb

    Q. What level of support does Adobe Illustrator CC offer?

    Adobe Illustrator CC offers the following support options:

    FAQs, Forum, Knowledge Base, Online Support, Phone Support, Video Tutorials