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Best illustration software

1.Adobe Illustrator CC

Paid: $20.99 Varies by plan

Adobe Illustrator is a vector-based graphics editor software developed by Adobe Inc. This can be used to create different designs with its drawing tools. It is compatible with both Mac and Windows computers.

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  • Billy Bowman

    by Billy Bowman

    To all those mac users like me, good news! Illustrator cc 2018 supports macbook touch bar. Perhaps the best part of the update is its intuitive proper More

  • Gloria Schneider

    by Gloria Schneider

    I feel like this is pretty good illustration software and does fit what i need to do what I need to do. Good solution that will solve my issue.

  • Virginia Carpenter

    by Virginia Carpenter

    I'm always on the look out of a good graphics editor and I have to say I've never quite come across like the Adobe Illustrator CC. It's almost like ca More

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    by michal swarowski null

    Ai is most unintuitive soft ever

  • Erika Álvarez

    by Erika Álvarez

    Common software to work with graphics. It is okay compared to others.

2.Affinity Designer

Paid: $49.99
Conceived and developed by a passionate team of artists and programmers, Affinity gives creatives exactly what they need for the highest quality artwork, photos, and designs accurate, high quality tools in fast, innovative, reliable apps with flair. 

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  • Amy Miller

    by Amy Miller

    There are many great vector illustration programs available and Affinity Designer is one of the newest. If you're used to Adobe Illustrator you'll fin More

  • Lori Wheeler

    by Lori Wheeler

    Affinity Desinger's edge among all the software is its zoom power for more precised details. The grid system helped me a lot when I created icons and  More

  • Edward Morrison

    by Edward Morrison

    This takes lots of the time out of my work, and is pretty sleek. The price is great compared to some of the other stuff as well.

  • Matthew Bishop

    by Matthew Bishop

    I was able to complete my design with this software, but it lacked some core features of Adobe Photoshop. Overall, I would recommend the latter over t More

3.Inkscape

Free download

Inkscape is an illustration tool for users who needs to draw or create vectorial images. With its drawing tools and file format compatibilities, it can give help to users to create texts and bezier and spiro curves.


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  • Anna Owens

    by Anna Owens

    While I have to agree that iilustrator cc is one great vector illustrator program, Inkscape deserves some recognition for a having a distinct native f More

  • Olivia Ellis

    by Olivia Ellis

    I really wish that they would have some screenshots of the software or something besides just a text page. It doesn't really help me to understand wha More

  • Albert Hansen

    by Albert Hansen

    I have used plenty of programs that have similar features and functionality, but Inkscape takes the cake with how streamlined all of its features are, More

4.CorelDRAW

Paid: $669 Free trial available

CorelDRAW is an illustration tool compatible to both Windows and Mac computers that helps users in designing either for print or web. The software also enables users to edit photos, layout multi-page designs, and more.

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  • Christian Hoffman

    by Christian Hoffman

    I got this for my small business. The cost upfront is high but beats having to hire someone to do the design and eventually pays for itself. My drawin More

  • Sean Arnold

    by Sean Arnold

    Live sketch tool and gaussian blur features are two of the reasons why I choose corel over the others.

  • by Charvi Jaiteley

    I was looking for new sketching software, so I decided to download Corel Draw from the corel website. I like how there is a decent length free trial t More

  • Christina Han

    by Christina Han

    I like that this goes directly to Corel draw. This is a good solution.

  • Ibraheem Mohammed

    by Ibraheem Mohammed

    Coreldraw should come up with Corel for Mac users

5.Google Drawings

Free download

Google Drawings is a free, web-based diagramming software developed by Google and is also available as a Chrome app that works offline, available from the Chrome Web Store.

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  • by Hemant Kadam

    Although it does not contain all the features of adobe Add some color to your documents, presentations, and websites with easy to create charts and di More

  • Sofía Trujillo

    by Sofía Trujillo

    Google Drawings helps me create simple web based diagrams online and also offline through the chrome app. It gives me the opportunity to express mysel More

  • Harry Ramirez

    by Harry Ramirez

    Google Drawings makes it easy for me to access my graphical documents wherever I am. As an OS agnostic computer user who frequently creates mind-maps  More

6.Clip Studio Paint

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Clip Studio Paint (formerly Manga studio) is a great alternative to Photoshop, and one of the most popular programs for comic and manga artists. This tool allows artists to enhance their paper illustrations or create digital artworks from scratch.

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  • Arthur Andrews

    by Arthur Andrews

    This software was great for perfecting my comic illustrations. It can add digital effects to comics, publishes comics, and has tons of all-around tool More

  • Christian Vargas

    by Christian Vargas

    This is a great solution to the request for types of illustration software because it provides a cheap, easy-to-use option. Almost anyone with an art  More

  • Roger Schneider

    by Roger Schneider

    This is a pretty good solution but it appears to only appeal to a specific demographic instead of being general illustration software. It is responsiv More

7.Painter

Paid: $429

Painter is a complete solution for professional graphics designers and artists looking for realistic results. This software offers a wide range of progressive drawing tools, natural brushes, making it a great complement to Adobe Photoshop.

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    by Ron Bel null

    This app will put a one time(!) ten bucks on your wallet. But you will have full ability to draw anything you like, have the layers, masks and ever

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  • Kyle Ellis

    by Kyle Ellis

    Painter is another painting tool out there that you can use though it's a bit overpriced

  • Jordan Hudson

    by Jordan Hudson

    I create alot of ads for my job. I also love being creative and draw artwork in my free time. This software helps me create my ads and artwork in an a More

  • by James Freeman

    This software is fantastic! It looks like you are creating a real painting even though it is on a computer!

8.Sketch

with in-app purchases

Sketch brings a fun drawing and photo editing experience to everyone who wants to be creative, regardless of skill level. 

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  • Cheryl Young

    by Cheryl Young

    I have this program on my tablet and I love it! It is nice to be able to draw and have so many tools at my disposal! Plus these markers never run out  More

  • Daisy Wu

    by Daisy Wu

    This works okay but is just available on the play store. I wanted something for pc.

  • Keith Lee

    by Keith Lee

    Sketch is one of the best drawing apps on the play store you should try it

9.Photoshop CS6

Paid: $29.99 Varies by plan

Photoshop CS6, added new creative design tools and provided a redesigned interface with a focus on enhanced performance. This program is compatible with a computer, laptop, smartphone, and tablet devices.

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  • Roger Williams

    by Roger Williams

    If you're looking for the best illustration software, look no further than Photoshop CS6. It is the standard in the art and design world and has a ful More

  • Jason Cooper

    by Jason Cooper

    I acknowledge that photoshop is a useful software but I don’t think illustration is its main purpose. It is mainly for post-processing photographs. I  More

  • by Keith Garza

    Photoshop is great!! And CS6 has added great new features to what they already had before!

  • Lawrence Perez

    by Lawrence Perez

    I have been using Photoshop CS6 for 2 months now and it has been a great way for me to step my designing skills up with the new design tools that is h More

10.Adobe Photoshop

Paid: $9.99 Free trial available

Adobe Photoshop is a photo editing software that became the industry standard today used by professionals and hobbyists alike. It has plenty of features allowing amounts of photo editing jobs to be done.

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  • Magdalena Paredes

    by Magdalena Paredes

    I normally use indesign for illustration software but a friend of mine let me borrow their laptop so that I could give photoshop a try. I have to hone More

  • Benito Caballero

    by Benito Caballero

    It's photoshop! If you haven't heard of it then I question where you've been. The only downside I can tell anyone is that it's expensive. However if y More

11.Krita

Free download
Krita is a free and open source painting software for artists and illustrators. Is a great alternative to Photoshop, built and designed by artists who needed a fast and free tool to create original digital art or enhance print artworks.

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  • Christopher Neal

    by Christopher Neal

    While the interface could use a bit of refining, the sheer amount of brushes, mirror tools, brush stabilizers, and the fact that it's free makes it a worthy contender for both vector illustrations and digital painting. Supports .PSD files and work

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12.Adobe Spark Post

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Adobe Spark Post is an online and mobile graphic design app that allows users to beautify text, create images, develop themes, and produce animated videos among others. It also serves as an avenue for them to share their craft to the community.

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    WHAT’S THE MEANING?

    A graphics tablet (also known as a pen tablet, drawing tablet, digitizer, or digital artboard) is a computer input device that allows digital artists to draw or sketch animations and graphics using a pen or a stylus in the same fashion that they draw images with a pencil and a paper. Aside from its artistic purposes, this technology is also used in capturing hand-written signatures.

    DID YOU KNOW?

    Did you know that being a graphic artist is one of the highest-paying jobs for art majors? Aside from producing illustrations, texts, and typographies-the aesthetic side of it--graphic artists analyze the client needs, translate their abstract ideas into something visually concrete and turn them into promotional materials use for logos and displays that we commonly see in advertisements, marketing brochures, and signages. The data posted on Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that employees in the specialized design services industry earn an annual mean wage of 54, 780 US dollars. Interestingly, graphic designers earn more than 21% of similar careers in the United States.

    The illustration industry is heading to the same path as photography this 2018. However, unlike photographers, illustrations have been utilizing bright and vibrant colors since last year to bring their crafts to people’s attention, that experts say that trend is still in the groove this 2018. A touch of surrealism will also be appearing this year as futuristic styles will come to play, according to Michael Haddad.

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