Adobe Illustrator is a software application used by graphic designers, web developers, visual artists, and other creative professionals to create high-quality digital drawings, illustrations, and artwork that can be used on either a macOS or Windows computer. The software was initially released in 1987 and today, it continues to be frequently updated with new releases every now and then. 

Adobe Illustrator offers people with incredibly sophisticated drawing tools to create professional illustrations, and this especially benefits those who work in the creative fields. With this software, people are able to create many styles of digital or print images, including cartoons, logos, diagrams, charts, and regular illustrations.

While you can sketch onto any photograph within the software, Adobe Illustrator also allows for text to be added and manipulated to create cool designs. Hence, this is why it is commonly used to create logos, icons, or mock-ups for websites. 

Vector Graphics in Adobe Illustrator

However, the most important aspect of Illustrator is that images can be scaled up or down without sacrificing image quality. The attribute of vector graphics rather than raster allows you to enlarge or reduce the image size as much as you want while keeping its resolution at its highest quality. This makes the software much better than Photoshop, if quality and the ability to scale to extremely large or small sizes is a key point that you want to maintain in your work. Different from Illustrator, Photoshop uses pixel grids to render images which reduces the quality of images when enlarged. 

File formats that Adobe Illustrator can save include:

  • PDF
  • EPS
  • WMF
  • VML
  • SVG 

Meanwhile, it can also export files in the following formats:

  • AutoCAD Drawing
  • AutoCAD Interchange
  • BMP
  • Enhanced Metafile
  • Flash
  • JPEG
  • GIF
  • Macintosh PICT
  • Photoshop
  • PNG
  • Targa
  • Text Format
  • TIFF

Adobe Illustrator Cost & Availability:

Adobe Illustrator CC is available directly on Adobe, and it requires a subscription for either the application alone or the entire Creative Cloud. While the individual Adobe Illustrator subscription costs $19.99 per month (on a monthly basis) or $17.99 per month (on an annual subscription), the cost to access the larger Creative Cloud is $49 per month. However, if a customer were to have a pre-paid plan, they’ll be able to receive a 20% discount on the price.

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