5 Alternatives to Adobe Illustrator

After recent price hikes of software in the Adobe Creative Suite, we gave you 5 great alternatives to Adobe PhotoShop. Following on, we’re looking at some more alternatives to another popular Adobe app: Illustrator.

Adobe Illustrator is primarily used by design professionals for producing vector graphics, cartoons, logos, layouts and fonts. Today we’re looking at five considerably cheaper (or free!) alternatives.


Free opensource professional quality vector graphics software which runs on Windows, Mac OS X and GNU/Linux, GIMP counterpart to Illustrator.


$9 per month – A scalable vector graphics editor for professional web designers and web developers available on any browser, device and operating system.


A free and open-source raster graphics editor, used primarily for illustration and animation, notable features include over 9 unique brush engines, wraparound mode to create seamless patterns and a pop-up palette/toolbox.


Free, cross platform, vector graphics software in browser and desktop with real time sharing with a URL link for every design.

Affinity Designer

£48.99 one-time purchase – A powerful and efficient app with excellent workflow features, pan and zoom at 6 FPS, optimised for documents of any complexity and handle 1000s of objects with no lag, plus you can switch between vector and raster workspaces. There’s even 1,000,000% zoom!

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