10 Best Alternatives To Adobe Illustrator

It now costs $19.99 a month to get access to Adobe Illustrator CC. That’s $240 per year! Most graphic designers can’t afford a price like this.

Things used to be simpler when Adobe released its software under fixed prices. Now, you have to pay a monthly fee just to use the software. Even if you end up using the software only a few days a month, you still have to pay the subscription price year after year until you keep working as a designer.

This is why most freelance designers and individuals are turning away from Adobe Creative Cloud and seek affordable alternatives. Luckily, there are plenty of great software you can choose from.

If someone says “nothing beats Adobe Illustrator” then you can make them think again because we’ve lined up 10 of the best vector graphic designing apps and tools you can use instead of Adobe Illustrator. These tools are so good that you will never want to go back to Illustrator ever again.


  • Price: $99
  • Platform: Mac

User Experience and User Interface designers are going crazy over this new app. Sketch is already a favorite among the expert and it’s well-known as not just a top Illustrator alternative, but also a worthy competitor to Photoshop. Big companies, such as Apple, Google, Facebook, Dropbox are big fans of Sketch as well.

Best Features Of Sketch

Sketch is ideal for designing everything from mobile app user interfaces to websites, icons, logos, and everything in between. Sketch also features several unique features, like rounding up shapes to its nearest pixel edge and native text rendering.

Sketch is so amazing that even if you don’t own a Mac computer, it’s worth setting up a virtual MacOS environment inside your Windows PC just to use this software.


  • Price: $129.99 – $669
  • Platform: Windows

Corel is one of the first companies to offer alternative software to Adobe products and they are known for its successful Illustrator alternative, CorelDraw. The software is available as a Home edition for $129 with limited features and a full graphic suite for $669 for professionals.

Best Features Of CorelDraw

CorelDraw is much more beginner friendly than Illustrator and it’s designed with creatives in mind. It supports 4K multi-monitors, scalable user interface and workspaces, real-time stylus supports, and much more.


  • Price: Free
  • Platform: Windows, Mac, Linux

Inkscape is a popular app among Linux users because it’s the best vector graphics editor available on the platform, and it’s also completely free to use. If you’re a beginner who doesn’t want to spend money on premium software or only looking for a vector editor for simple design work, then Inkscape is the best free Illustrator alternative you can find.

Best Features Of Inkscape

Inkscape comes packed with features for both digital artists and vector designers, including tools for drawing, objects, transformations, node editing, embedded bitmaps, Z-order operation, and more.

Affinity Designer

  • Price: $49.99
  • Platform: Windows, Mac

Affinity Designer is both a drawing and a graphic design software that comes with a smooth user interface. It’s also one of the most affordable premium vector editing software in the market today. Simply put, Affinity Designer is similar to Sketch, except this software is cheaper and works on both Windows and Mac platforms. The app has even received the Apple Design Award at WWDC in 2015.

Best Features Of Affinity Designer

For illustrators and artists, Affinity Designer features an advanced pen tool for precise drawing and for graphic designers the software offers lots of unique features like real-time pixel preview, zooming beyond 1,000,000%, ability to undo/redo over 8,000 History steps, and much more.


  • Price: Free
  • Platform: Web-based

Gravit is an exceptionally amazing and a lightweight vector editor that runs on your browser. Which means it will work on any platform you can think of and it will allow you to easily sync your files between multiple computers to work on your designs from anywhere you like.

Best Features Of Gravit

While Gravit may not be ideal for digital artists and advanced designers because of its lack of better support for stylus and drawing pads, the tool is perfect for graphic designers who works with print design, branding, logo design, and social media graphics.

Gravit also features a marketplace full of templates, icons, and illustrations that users can browse and use for creating their own designs.

Autodesk Graphic

  • Price: $29.99
  • Platform: Mac

From the creator of popular software such as AutoCAD, Maya, and 3ds Max comes Autodesk Graphic, a vector drawing and illustration app that works across Mac OS and iOS devices. It’s not as feature-packed as Illustrator or as versatile as Sketch, but the app is more than capable of handling basic designs and illustrations.

Best Features Of Autodesk Graphic

Autodesk Graphic comes with a set of powerful tools for vector drawings, such as illustrations, graphics, and even technical drawings such as floor plans and schematics. It can also be used for designing user interfaces and app layouts. However, the features for that type of work are limited.


  • Price: Free
  • Platform: Web, Mac, Windows, Linux, Chromebook

Vectr is yet another browser-based vector editing tool that allows you to draw and design vector graphics on your browser for free. The software can either be used online or you can download the desktop app for Mac, Linux, or Windows for better performance.

Best Features Of Vectr

One of the main benefits of using Vectr is it’s easy to use and it’s beginner-friendly. When using the online version of Vectr, you will receive a unique URL for each image you design, which you can easily share with your friends and colleagues to let them collaborate with you on your designs.

Vectr is not the ideal tool for crafting complicating designs, but it can be helpful for user interface, website, logo, and social media graphic designers.


  • Price: $69.99
  • Platform: Windows

Xara Photo & Graphic Designer is a two-in-one photo and graphic design app that can be used for both photo editing and vector designing tasks. However, since this is a multipurpose app, the features offered in the software for vector designs are not as advanced as the other apps in our list. Compared to other apps, Xara Photo & Graphic Designer seems to feature a slightly outdated interface and technologies as well.

Best Features Of Xara

Xara comes with a set of powerful vector line and shape drawing and editing tools for basic illustration and vector designs. In addition, it also features advanced blending tools, Shadows, Bevels and Contours tools, and even allows you to create and export Flash animations.

If you’re looking for a software to do both your photo editing work and basic vector designing work from one app, Xara Photo & Graphic Designer might come in handy for you. If you’re an advanced designer or an illustrator, you may want to avoid investing in this app.

SVG Edit

  • Price: Free
  • Platform: Web-based

SVG or Scalable Vector Graphics is a lightweight and a popular vector image format that most designers currently use as their default image format. It’s especially popular among web designers as well. SVG Edit is an open-source web-based tool that allows you to draw and edit SVG files online. While the open-source tool can be frustrating at times, it has more than enough features for your basic SVG-based design needs.

Best Features Of SVG Edit

SVG Edit features a set of basic tools for drawing and editing designs. It also features a shape library with a number of pre-designed shapes and also allows you to access OpenClipart and IAN Symbol Library directly from the app to import public domain vector arts for free to use with your designs.

Vecteezy Editor

  • Price: Free
  • Platform: Web-based

Vecteezy Editor is another browser-based vector editor that works in combination with Vecteezy vector art. The tool allows you to edit and customize vectors on Vecteezy’s free vector art database or import your own SVG files to the software to do basic customizations.

Best Features Of Vecteezy Editor

While Vecteezy Editor can’t be used for designing and drawing complex artworks or illustrations, it’s an easy-to-use tool for making simple changes and adjustments to your SVG files without having to download or install any software.

Vecteezy Editor comes with a very limited tool palette that features a set of basic tools for editing and customizing designs. It’s mainly suitable for your quick last-minute edits and customizations.


You shouldn’t have to spend half of your earnings on Adobe software just to use it for your design work. As you can see, there are better alternatives out there. It will take some time for you to get familiar with new software, but if stick with it, the process won’t be too hard.

So, did you pick a new software yet? Leave a comment and let us know which one’s your favorite.


  1. / Reply

    “Raven” from Aviary is an excellent vector editor. :)
    I’ve made a post about “online” applications here : http://vainsfaktory.com/2009/02/22/logiciels-des-applis-gratuites-en-ligne%E2%80%A6/

    • fefa,
    • March 15, 2011
    / Reply

    What about Sketch? http://www.bohemiancoding.com/sketch

      • koernchen02,
      • December 23, 2011
      / Reply

      sketch is the buggiest software ever…

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    Inkscape FTW !

    • Aritz,
    • March 16, 2011
    / Reply

    Microsoft Expression Design

    • Rana Mukherjee,
    • March 16, 2011
    / Reply

    Nice article.I like this type of article

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    I think GIMP is the odd one out here, you can’t create vector graphics with GIMP but somewhat an alternative to Photoshop, in my opinion, INKSCAPE is the best alternative to Illustrator….

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    I like DrawIT: http://www.bohemiancoding.com/drawit

      • fefa,
      • March 16, 2011
      / Reply

      But Sketch (from the same author) is a better Illustrator replacement than DrawIT (e.g., Sketch can export to vector formats.)

      1. / Reply

        Yes, I do agree. Of course, vector exporting is the most important feature to replace Illustrator :)

          • Rags,
          • August 11, 2011
          / Reply

          hey u should talk after the knowlad of the PS ILLUStr k…its also a vector application software ..

  5. / Reply

    Adobe Illustrator rules

      • David,
      • April 11, 2012
      / Reply

      Thanks for that.. Thats what this is all about

  6. / Reply

    Awesome post. I’m a marketing person so I sometimes need to use Illustrator. In the past I have downloaded the trial versions for temporary access but these solutions seem more effective in the long run. Thanks for sharing them.

    • echo5-7,
    • March 17, 2011
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    “GIMP this graphical user interface looks similar to Adobe Photoshop.”

    have you ever opened up GIMP?

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    I like Alchemy, nice tool to scribble a ideas

    • Manuel,
    • March 22, 2011
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    Actually, there is a corel draw version for mac, I use version 11.

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    You say in here, XARA xtreme is “Windows only” That is incorrect, the free version is linux only. There is a pay version now under a new name, that costs money.

    • eddy,
    • April 2, 2011
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    I used Illustrator, is great. Now I’m using Inkscape and I love it!

    I’m using Gimp, but it isn’t like Photoshop. It’s a little difficult to understand at first, but it’s a powerfull program.

      • Guy,
      • January 10, 2012
      / Reply

      GIMP never worked out for me, but I now use Paint.net to replace anything I used to need Photoshop to do.

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    I use Ilustrator, i’m used to it and i do not think that i’ll try another program.

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    Illustrator, but I have not used yet, I can draw a picture I like this delicate. I now want to use illustrator.

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    Mapdiva artboard is good too.. http://www.mapdiva.com/

    • Paul,
    • September 23, 2011
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    I’ve been using CorelDraw as a professional graphic designer for 10 years now and have yet to find any job that another designer can do more quickly than me using Illustrator. There seems to be this obsession with Illustrator within a large chunk of the industry but i’ve never understood why. A lot of it seems to be ignorance of what CorelDraw can do. I keep being told “ah, but you can’t do X in Corel” and having to point out that you can and how much easier it is than in Illy. Also, as we are a designer and printers, it is essential that we can import from many different file formats, and for this in particular Corel wins hands down.

    We also know a lot of other people in the industry who swear by Corel, and it seems to be the standard in sign writing, embroidery and other specialist fields. The sad thing is that very few people with Graphic Design qualifications know how to use it. You will give yourself a much better chance of finding a job if you learn how to use it as you are widening your potential market a great deal.

    Plus, i have an extra £400 or so in my pocket every new version!

      • Steve,
      • December 4, 2011
      / Reply

      Corel was back in the hayday, a very good tool, and I agree, I could crank out layouts in no time flat much quicker than illustrator… but time has gone by… Corel was VERY slow to make updates and many years went by without any. You are correct, many sign shops used Corel, but now a day have opted for Illustrator. Corel is simply the betamax of illustration programs – While it might be great, majority rules – Just like iPods, their might be other players on the market, yet nobody cares. Corel did it to themselves, shunning the mac designer community. It the 20+ years Ive been in the printing Industry, I think I’ve got only 3 Corel files in the last 15 yrs or so… Each time I end up converting them to illustrator. Each time they needed something corrected on them. So be it as it may, there are great tools out there, but you need to support your customers, and listen to what people want, and keep coming out with upgrades. Another great example was QuarkXPress… Dominated the Publishing field for many many years… but again didnt offer anything new for many years… poof INDesign came to the plate which made Quark step it up finally… So Corel, WAKE UP.

      • Oliver,
      • August 5, 2012
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      Illustrator is good in File formats, curves rendered very accurate and the number space finally became large.
      The only thing that can beat Corel passed away long time ago and was called Micrografx Designer (Aquirered by Corel – but the product has been completely altered). I still use Designer 9 as it runs great on windows 7 and i outperform any Illustrator User by fare. as you remember, Designer 4 was already equiped with full 3D Objects which have been very helpful, tools Adobe implemented very late.
      Since Freehand died, i consider Ilustrator a good choice for using the Wacom Graphics tablet, but i am pretty sure Corel Draw will outperform Illustrator here in usability. And usability is it what counts…
      If YOu know some of the most important Shortcuts and understand the Idea of Adobe’s User Interface (Mostly Tablett oriented), than you can be somehow efficient with the tools – still i have a feeling that Corel’s Interface is more efficient and allows a – 4 – 8 times faster workflow especially if it comes to complex projects and DTP like stuff – Illustrator would be great in it’s accuracy for Logos, but i still dont understand why the clicking rules are so filigrane and the grips and shortcuts are so complex, that all time you are editing a path you waste hours in Illustrator. In Corel Draw and of Course my favourite Designer (Using it since 1992) i am already presenting results after one hour of work, where i just finished the definition of the colors in Illustrator and startet to draw my first pathes…. I think that Illustrator suffers from it’s Traditional pre- MAX OSX times – as a one Mousebutton only tool … (MAC is still hiding the second mousebutton somehow)

        • Chris,
        • January 25, 2013
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        I agree about Micrografx Designer. I still have my copy of Designer 4 for making quick and easy Vector-based drawings and sketches. There is nothing quicker or easier. Its too bad that Corel morphed Designer into something else

      • ParamJit Singh,
      • July 14, 2015
      / Reply

      I feel the same way. I have been using since the version 3.0 (1993). The best thing about Corel is Macro. I love it.

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    Coreldraw is my choice too. It’s more fluid and mind-easy to use as an Art Director/Designer. Agree most definitely with Paul. Well said.

    • Charlie,
    • November 25, 2011
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    Hah ;) Made my day. I totally agree :)

    • Nick,
    • November 26, 2011
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    Very nice post. Thanks for sharing this beautiful pictures. I love them.

    • Frank,
    • November 30, 2011
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    I know how to use both Illustrator and CorelDraw. And by far, CorelDraw is easier and more importantly… quicker!

    I have done silk-screen artwork, desktop publishing and even web graphics with CorelDraw. You can export everything in CorelDraw to a JPG, PNG etc… and even PDF!

    Illustrator is the industry standard only because it is usually packaged with PhotoShop. But, just because it is industry standard doesn’t mean it is better.


    • Another Frank,
    • November 30, 2011
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    I agree with all the comments about the versatility of CorelDraw, and as an alternative to Illustrator. I recently switched from a PC to a Mac, and now I totally miss my CorelDraw. I hope they seriously consider releasing a Mac version some day.

    1. / Reply

      Hi Frank and Another Frank: I could maybe find an affordable deal on Corel draw, How long would it take me to learn to use my drawing/illustrating skills with it. I don’t need to be super fast. I’m not on a clock, really. But I have limited experience. I took a photoshop class years ago and got by, but not to the extent that I wasn’t constantly reading instructions. I’m more literate in by hand illustrating, but I’d like to get up to date since people are assuming everyone knows computer illustration.

      Are those drawing tablets helpful? Thanks for feedback. E.

    • Alan,
    • January 3, 2012
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    Yes, I’m interested (I have Xara and will keep my opinions to myself, for the sake of grace).

    BUT…the big question is do these programs export legit Illustrator files that print shops can use?
    That’s a pretty important point, for a guy doing maybe three CDs in his life or something like that.


      • Rob,
      • February 16, 2012
      / Reply

      “legit Illustrator files that print shops can use”?

      You mean PDF? Inkscape and Scribus (open source page layout) export print-ready PDFs with spot color if you need it. PDFs are really the only way to guarantee your layout and colors are compatible and exactly how you want on the other end.

    • akira,
    • February 20, 2012
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    use mypaint its amazing and its great

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    I’ve love the inkscape, but not the learning curve, it’s not very intuitive for someone used to pain programs, but after a little studying, it makes fantastic logos and web art for your pages. Can’t beat the price either, free.

    Paint.net is good, but Gimp can do more. I’m off to try the Serif Draw Plus, thanks for the write up.

    • Vik,
    • March 1, 2012
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    Great list – I pretty much need to start designing objects for apps and web services and NOT spend tonnes on the Adobe suite..

    • John,
    • March 12, 2012
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    i like adobe but far out they are way to expensive. least make it free for students. but none the less thanks for the list. i went with inkscape

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    Adobe really needs some serious competition. After 20 years of this, I’m very tired of their high pricing and flimsy upgrades to get more bucks. Add to that, the super-annoying Adobe Management version checker thing, which has rendered a recently-purchased, fully loaded laptop unusable, and my other systems annoying at best. I’m beginning to hate Adobe, and am looking for other page layout & photo editing software companies who aren’t quite so greedy.

      • Rob,
      • March 29, 2012
      / Reply

      Adobe did have competition, Macromedia, but they bought them and terminated the products that competed with theirs. Freehand was a brilliant program and it is sorely missed.

      • davidbenjaminkopp,
      • February 7, 2015
      / Reply

      I know this reply is 3 years late, but since people are reading this today … Adobe does (now) have competition, albeit only for Mac users. It’s called Sketch, by Bohemian Coding. It has the benefit of being at once a pixel-based and vector-based program. It’s like having photoshop and illustrator wrapped into one. It’s about $100 and it works brilliantly.

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    I’m illustrating a children’s book. I’m doing blk n wht, detailed, naturalistic human and animal characters. Lots of furniture. I’ve never used a drawing product before, but have used an architectural design product a little. (Chief Architect). I’d like to update my skills. Have little money. Am in need of advice. How quickly could I replace my in-progress hand drawings with computer generated substitutes. Please recommend a good starter program for illustration. (I read about freeware, sK1. It sounds good. Don’t have linux) Feedback will be appreciated. Thanks E..

      • Lisa,
      • September 19, 2012
      / Reply

      i realise its been a while and you may have got something now but corel is great, if you could get a copy of corel 12 which would be cheaper you could scan them and then use there trace program and adapt them them for there. all programs take abit of getting used to but i found it easy to master and wouldnt use anything else.

    • star,
    • April 1, 2012
    / Reply

    I have been using Adobe Illustrator for a couple of years, and I never thought it was hard to use; just takes practice. I absolutely love it, but it is nice to know that there are alternatives if someone can’t use illustrator.

    • Jeff K,
    • June 19, 2012
    / Reply

    Thanks for the good article. Here are some pts. to add: 1) Inkscape is available for Linux, as well. 2) The free Linux version of Xara is called XaraLX. 3) The bitmap based GIMP is on Linux, too, as is Alchemy (but doesn’t seem to be updated recently) 4) Karbon 14 seems to have been renamed KOffice Artwork, as it is part of the KOffice office suite. Those interested in vector programs as part of a suite should also check the ones pertaining to OpenOffice and LibreOffice, which are available free for all platforms, I believe.
    @Edytha: If you haven’t gone for a particular program yet, I’d guess Inkscape is your best free bet. Take whatever you’ve already hand-drawn, use a good scanner to create a bitmap graphic, then import it into, say, Inkscape, and use their option to “trace” it, turning it into a vector graphic. Check YouTube for Inkscape tutorials. Serif, makers of DrawPlus Starter Edition, make great software, but their free version doesn’t come with tracing capability.

    • Justin,
    • June 24, 2012
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    You missed VectorDesigner, which I would argue is probably the best alternative to Illustrator (Mac only). It allows you to import/export various file types including EPS, it’s intuitive, and has a superb GUI. No I don’t work for them, I just love this application. Here’s the link: http://www.tweakersoft.com/vectordesigner.html

    In case you’re also looking for a (Mac only) alternative to Photoshop btw, you simply cannot beat Pixelmator!

      • Eric S,
      • May 27, 2015
      / Reply

      Yes, you can beat pixelmator. Pinta is free, works on Linux, Mac, and Windows, is 30 dollars cheaper, and does more. I wish I had discovered it before I bought pixelmator. :(

    • Jim,
    • July 9, 2012
    / Reply

    I love online vector editor – Torapp guilloche designer (http://www.torapp.info). Free and fun to use, especially for guilloches.

      • Eric S,
      • June 16, 2013
      / Reply

      That sites seems very shady and requires your google login…

    • TA,
    • August 1, 2012
    / Reply

    Inkscape i available for Linux also. I run Ubuntu and so extremly easy to install as usal just write inkscape or vector in the Ubuntu software center click on it and done!

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    Didn’t know there were so many free alternatives to illustrator… Thanks

    • Lisa,
    • September 19, 2012
    / Reply

    Corel rules. ive been using it for 7 years and its amazing. love it. even the older versions arent bad and much easier to use than photoshop.theres nothing i havent been able to do on corel.

    • Nick,
    • October 5, 2012
    / Reply

    What one of these programs can I use to scan a drawing and turn it into a smooth lined graphical image?

    • Dude,
    • October 25, 2012
    / Reply

    If you are a Mac or iPad user, you owe it to yourself to try iDraw, the top vector illustration app on the AppStore and the MacStore in its respective categories. Check here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/idraw/id404705039?mt=12 or https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/idraw/id363317633?mt=8

    It’s a fantastic app and the features it has for the price is just unbelievable. I just love it! It’s the closest to Adobe Illustrator in many respects, other than price and 1 billion features (but it has all the basic ones and even some that AI doesn’t, like in-place (rotated/on a path) text editing).

    • keith,
    • January 24, 2013
    / Reply

    Well tried Inkspace, but need to import illustrator files, which it just freezes trying to do…

    • Nate,
    • February 4, 2013
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    Which of these programs will EXPORT to the Illustrator file format? Any?

    Also wanted to add to the list ‘Manga Studio’. It comes in a ‘Debut’ version for around $50 and the pro ‘EX’ version is around $200. For drawing vectors and line art, especially in perspective, it cannot be beat.

      • Vicky,
      • March 18, 2013
      / Reply

      You can save your work in CorelDraw as an Illustrator(ai) file. Even if you don’t you can still open your cdr file on Illustrator.

    • april,
    • February 28, 2013
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    I draw clipart and started out using OpenOffice Draw. But I would like to offer my clipart for others to use and insert into documents for use. As of now, I am only able to convert my clipart into a pdf (I think) and that can’t be used by others as individual images. (I don’t want someone to be able to “enter” into my drawing, but would like for them to be able to re-size, etc.) I am completely computer illiterate, don’t understand half the comments above. I mainly do vector drawings, of a cutesy children’s nature. Anyone that can offer feedback, suggestions, etc. would be greatly appreciated.

    1. / Reply

      Sounds like you could use some work on your literacy.

        • Dougie Black,
        • July 30, 2013
        / Reply

        Stop being a dickhead Jeff, April is just asking for help.

          • Jeff Mo,
          • August 4, 2013
          / Reply

          I was providing some. When you go on a forum saying that you don’t understand much of what’s going on and you’re completely illiterate, you’re basically asking for someone to provide you with an extensive amount of elementary education. There is plenty out there, and you should go get some, in such a circumstance. Very few people have the time and inclination to give you an extensive education in the comments of a post like this one, as shown by the complete lack of educational feedback that she received from you, me, or anyone else.

          With that said, maybe I should have been more explicit about how April could go about finding such literacy help, but at least I didn’t call anyone nasty names.

          1. /

            (I realize this was half a year ago, but whatevs. :) )

            Telling someone that they are illiterate – especially when they just admitted it and are asking politely for help – is 1) rude and 2) completely unuseful. Providing links to some good tutorial sites you know of, or some key words to get her started, would have been WAY more useful.

            As far as name-calling goes, you don’t have to say any specific words to belittle someone (though calling them actual names doesn’t help, either.)

            Play nice on the Interwebs, folks; we’re trying to have a civilized society here. :)

            • Jeff Mo,
            • January 19, 2014

            Thanks for the feedback. I gave the help I found to be appropriate.

            • Jeff Mo,
            • July 16, 2014

            Leah Barnhart Tysse could probably take some of her own advice about ignoring instead of insulting. I was not being insulting, nor elitist, but I understood that some people took it that way. I also took Leah’s comment as insulting, and lacking in social skills, but I guess she might have a different take on that.

            • Leah Barnhart Tysse,
            • July 13, 2014

            How about instead of insulting the person, you ignore the comment altogether, Jeff Mo. Focus that elitist attitude into drawing some pretty pictures, yeah? Your comments aren’t helpful. You could use some work on your social skills, bro.

          • lifeatthezoo,
          • September 11, 2013
          / Reply

          It’s ok, he just needs work on his people skills, lol.

      • Jeff Mo,
      • August 4, 2013
      / Reply

      Try going here:


      There are other export formats available in OpenOffice Draw, and not just PDF.

    • Joey Cagle,
    • July 16, 2013
    / Reply

    Why did you fail to mention that Inkscape is also available for Linux?

    • Cooltune,
    • August 13, 2013
    / Reply

    Missing CorelDRAW ever since I moved to Mac. :'( Illustrator does it’s job, but actually drawing vector graphics was way more fun in CorelDRAW.

    • Trillium,
    • September 17, 2013
    / Reply

    I would like to find an alternative to Adobe to make robe frames. I see Adobe has robe brushes you can add on to their software. Is there a cheaper alternative that will easily let me make rope looking speech bubbles or frames. Right now I can use in shapes in Power Point to make simple speech bubbles. I wish I could down load a rope shape option that I could easily adjust. Any suggestions? Thanks.

    • Nathan Cowles,
    • October 26, 2013
    / Reply

    Thank you for the great top 10 lists including your one on indesign http://www.onextrapixel.com/2013/05/24/10-best-alternatives-to-adobe-indesign/ and one I found from an other site on photoshop http://www.creativebloq.com/photoshop/alternatives-1131641. It started me on my journey to find alternates to CC. I found 3 good alternate companies to replace multiple programs. Serif, Xara and Corel. To stay neutral they are all worth looking into for alternates to flag ships photoshop, illustrator, indesign and dreamweaver/muse. You get what you pay for though generally speaking compared to adobe being 50%-350% more.

    Have hope. With the CC (cash cow or crazy cloud) their customers including myself are mad and their competitors see blood in the water. Think about it this way in 20 years things change. In late 80s and early 90s mac was big but then microsoft took over. Over 15 years of microsoft windows fails as ME, Vista and releasing 2000 less than 1 year from ME customers got disillusioned and turned to Apple and linux and microsoft is losing ground slowly. Similar swing with several adobe competitors that where big in 90s as Quark, Xara, Corel and others that have gone extinct or been assimilated. This is a chance like it was for Apple a few years ago to turn things around and remind the people they have options and place seeds of dough. Adobe estimated up to 35% of their customers would jump ship with CC which is about 4 millions people desperate for alternatives with companies scrambling to provide answers. At this point I dont care who wins as long as its not adobe. Adobe has had a monopoly for too long with too much and it needs breaking so that competition can come back into play which will make all produce better products.

    Xara- Designer x9 suite 300$. Rate as professional, 80% same as adobe overall

    Serif- pages plus, web plus, draw plus and phot plus 390$ . Rate as prosumer, probably rate as cs 3-4 equivalent so 70% same as adobe

    Corel- CorelDraw suite x6 500$ . Rate as professional, 85% same as adobe overall, more if you throw in corel paint shop 100$ or painter 430$ more like 90%.

    • Bill Anderson,
    • May 22, 2014
    / Reply

    I didn’t realize there was as many alternatives to Illustrator. Personally I use Corel Draw and have done so since version 4. What I find curious is why Canvas was not reviewed.

    • Leah Barnhart Tysse,
    • July 13, 2014
    / Reply

    So I just bought a new computer and I don’t want to download anything that’s going to fuck it up. Can anyone suggest a free and reliable alternative to the expensive big-wigs? I’m a free-hand illustrator. Was using sketchbook pro, but I got it from a friend who said it would encounter problems if I ever updated the software. Also, I didn’t much like it’s shading tools. Any help on the matter would be appreciated. Inkscape sounds like a good option. Has anyone tried that? If so, let me know what you think.

    • Jewels,
    • July 15, 2014
    / Reply

    I am new to this altogether. I was looking into illustrator and photoshop for fashion design. I have already forked out 900+$$$ for a program that was crap. illustrator is far to expensive. I only need for my own use. I design and create the garments to sew. It is mainly dance competition costumes. Any suggestions for me?

    • Jewels,
    • July 15, 2014
    / Reply

    I am new to this. Can someone recommend the best program besides illustrator and photoshop for fashion design I only need it for myself and not for industry?

    • Izabela,
    • March 18, 2015
    / Reply

    I am new to this. Can someone recommend the best program for
    word search like material? School event is coming up and I need to provide some
    word search documents as well as make a memory board for a teacher (using
    different fonts in all different directions on a 20 x 20 canvas with her picture
    in middle) Please help and thank you very much

    • Jason,
    • April 21, 2017
    / Reply

    One additonal benefit for Autodesk Graphic is that there is an IOS mobile version. IMO it’s the closest you’ll get to having Illustrator on an ipad

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