What are the best illustration software?

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    #1Adobe Illustrator CC

    Adobe Illustrator CC

    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.


    Windows, Mac

    $20.99- Varies by plan

    Billy Bowman
    Written on August 15, 2018
    "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 properties panel. C'mon, any illustrator will surely agree that easy acess to the tools, effects, and other options is a plus. Scaling and skewing your vector will be a lot easier. "
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    #2Affinity Designer

    Affinity Designer
    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. 

    Windows, Mac, iOS


    Amy Miller
    Written on September 18, 2017
    "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 find some familiar elements but it also offers it's own touches, making it one of the highest rated newcomers. The best part is the price - all of the rasterizing, and vector drawing tools you'll ever need with a very small price tag of only 69.99 and you don't nee to pay a hefty monthly subscription to use it. Really, there's no reason not to give it a try and see for yourself. "
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    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.


    Windows, Mac, Linux


    Anna Owens
    Written on August 15, 2018
    "While I have to agree that iilustrator cc is one great vector illustrator program, Inkscape deserves some recognition for a having a distinct native format unlike Adobe's program. The interface is stable and clean so if you are learning vector, this will be a good platform too. Node editing is superb! "


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 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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    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.


    Windows, Mac

    $669- Free trial available

    Christian Hoffman
    Written on September 18, 2017
    "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 drawing is abyssmal, but this app allows even someone like myself to draw and design something that looks professional."
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    #5Google Drawings

    Google Drawings

    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.


    Web, Chrome


    Hemant Kadam
    Written on September 18, 2017
    "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 diagrams. Get it done together google drawings will enable you to create charts, diagrams, etc and add them or embed them to other documents. It can also add them or embed them on a website. "
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    #6Clip Studio Paint

    Clip Studio Paint
    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.

    Windows, Mac, iOS


    Arthur Andrews
    Written on May 21, 2017
    "This software was great for perfecting my comic illustrations. It can add digital effects to comics, publishes comics, and has tons of all-around tools to enhance pencil and pen illustrations and bring them to life. An absolute must-own if you're going to go beyond just pencil and paper illustration for comics or manga."
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    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.




    Ron Bel
    Written on January 28, 2019
    "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 everything. You can enjoy what is offered, but also have the freedom to create your own brushes. If you are used to Photoshop it takes a week or two to get stuff going but there are loads of peeps posting tricks and tipps to help you along. As compared to Adobe software the price difference is ridicoulous. Another thing is that an update here is really an update and you get new toys. For free. I'ts not just another 20 different ways you can create drop shadows. I'm currently in the process of moving from Photoshop for illustration to Procreate because I find it to be more user friendly, intinuative and most of all: cheaper. It offers shitloads of features that Adobe doesn't. We've got some real time saving options here. Downside - There had to be one - putting text in to your stuff with true font types needs workarounds and that just is annoying. But as a cartoonist it just motivated me to write my own text which is actually a plus."
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    Sketch brings a fun drawing and photo editing experience to everyone who wants to be creative, regardless of skill level. 



    Free- with in-app purchases

    Cheryl Young
    Written on August 9, 2017
    "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 of ink, paint never dries out and pencils never break! Great for a mom who has two kids who steal all her art supplies!"
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    #9Photoshop CS6

    Photoshop CS6

    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.



    $29.99- Varies by plan

    Roger Williams
    Written on January 25, 2017
    "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 full complement of tools and design features that will fulfill all of your illustrating needs. Sure it's expensive, but boy is it worth it!"
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    #10Adobe Photoshop

    Adobe Photoshop

    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.


    Windows, Mac

    $9.99- Free trial available

    Magdalena Paredes
    Written on May 28, 2017
    "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 honest, I'm blown away by the options and wide array of features. I'm impressed and will definitely be purchasing!"
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    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.

    Windows, Mac


    Christopher Neal
    Written on October 26, 2018
    "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 works on Windows, Mac AND Linux!"
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    #12Adobe Spark Post

    Adobe Spark Post

    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.


    Web, iOS, Android

    Free- $9.49

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Best What are the best illustration software
1Adobe Illustrator CCSoftware 26 Paid
2Affinity DesignerSoftware 18 Paid
3InkscapeSoftware 16 Free
4CorelDRAWSoftware 14 Paid
5Google DrawingsSoftware 11 Free
6Clip Studio PaintSoftware 11 Free
7PainterSoftware 9 Paid
8SketchApps 8 Free
9Photoshop CS6Software 4 Paid
10Adobe PhotoshopSoftware 2 Paid

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