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Compare Adobe Illustrator and Affinity Designer

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side-by-side comparison of Adobe Illustrator vs. Affinity Designer
based on preference data from user reviews. Adobe Illustrator rates 4.6/5 stars with 4,456 reviews. By contrast, Affinity Designer rates 4.6/5 stars with 134 reviews. Each product's score is calculated with real-time data from verified user reviews, to help you make the best choice between these two options, and decide which one is best for your business needs.
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Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Illustrator
(4,456)
4.6 out of 5
Adobe Illustrator
Affinity Designer
Affinity Designer
(134)
4.6 out of 5
Affinity Designer
Star Rating
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Illustrator
Affinity Designer
Affinity Designer
Market Segments
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Illustrator
Small-Business (62.7% of reviews)
Affinity Designer
Affinity Designer
Small-Business (72.9% of reviews)
Entry Level Price
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Illustrator
No pricing information available
Affinity Designer
Affinity Designer
No pricing information available

Adobe Illustrator vs Affinity Designer

When assessing the two solutions, reviewers found Affinity Designer easier to use, set up, and administer. Reviewers also preferred doing business with Affinity Designer overall.

  • Reviewers felt that Adobe Illustrator meets the needs of their business better than Affinity Designer.
  • When comparing quality of ongoing product support, reviewers felt that Affinity Designer is the preferred option.
  • For feature updates and roadmaps, our reviewers preferred the direction of Affinity Designer over Adobe Illustrator.
Categories
Shared Categories
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Illustrator
Affinity Designer
Affinity Designer
Adobe Illustrator and Affinity Designer are categorized as Vector Graphics
Unique Categories
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Illustrator has no unique categories
Affinity Designer
Affinity Designer has no unique categories
Pricing
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Illustrator Pricing
Free Trial Unavailable
Affinity Designer
Affinity Designer Pricing
Free Trial Unavailable
Ratings
Meets Requirements
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Illustrator
9.4
Responses: 4107
Affinity Designer
Affinity Designer
9.0
Responses: 119
Ease of Use
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Illustrator
7.9
Responses: 4122
Affinity Designer
Affinity Designer
8.9
Responses: 119
Ease of Setup
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Illustrator
8.5
Responses: 444
Affinity Designer
Affinity Designer
9.6
Responses: 16
Ease of Admin
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Illustrator
8.6
Responses: 413
Affinity Designer
Affinity Designer
9.3
Responses: 16
Quality of Support
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Illustrator
8.2
Responses: 3307
Affinity Designer
Affinity Designer
8.7
Responses: 94
Ease of Doing Business With
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Illustrator
8.7
Responses: 401
Affinity Designer
Affinity Designer
9.4
Responses: 15
Product Direction (% positive)
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Illustrator
8.6
Responses: 4101
Affinity Designer
Affinity Designer
9.3
Responses: 119
Reviewers' Company Size
Reviewers of both Adobe Illustrator and Affinity Designer were most often representing companies in the Small-Business segment.
Small-Business
(50 or fewer emp.)
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Illustrator
62.7%
Affinity Designer
Affinity Designer
72.9%
Mid-Market
(51-1000 emp.)
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Illustrator
23.2%
Affinity Designer
Affinity Designer
14.0%
Enterprise
(> 1000 emp.)
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Illustrator
14.1%
Affinity Designer
Affinity Designer
13.2%
Reviewers' Industry
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Illustrator Industry
Design
14.8%
Graphic Design
11.0%
Marketing and Advertising
10.3%
Higher Education
4.4%
Computer Software
3.3%
Other
56.1%
Affinity Designer
Affinity Designer Industry
Design
19.5%
Graphic Design
12.5%
Marketing and Advertising
9.4%
Information Technology and Services
5.5%
Computer Software
5.5%
Other
47.7%
Reviews
Most Helpful Favorable Review
Adobe Illustrator
Radhika C.
User in Consumer Goods

Some of the format of this tool are very useful for additions and perfections of colors. I can make design much more interesting and beautiful and attractive for my clients. Adobe Illustrator has capacity to work on a large or different files at once...

Affinity Designer
Brittani L.
User in Computer Networking

I love the ease of creating vector drawings and editing what I've drawn without distorting the quality of the image. Converting files to different formats such as.JPG, PDF, .PNG, etc, while also maintaining or changing the DPI of the image. Affinity...

Most Helpful Critical Review
Adobe Illustrator
G
User in Design

Subscription model of software sucks. I grew tired of the model and instead switched to affinity design. Never looked back

Affinity Designer
G
User in Design

Not as comprehensive as Adobe, feels like a level up from canva almost

Top Alternatives
Discussions
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Illustrator Discussions
What are the best resources for learning how to use Adobe Illustrator?
11 comments
Kelsey N.
KN
I got a lot of useful videos off of Lynda.com. You can get a free trial for 30 days. It will also, after the basics, let you detail down to how you want to...Read more
Do you use Adobe Illustrator for web page designs?
7 comments
Kirana K.
KK
Illustrator has, in fact, some tools for web design, you can use them, everyone uses the tool as they see fit.Read more
How to use masks in adobe illustrator ?
5 comments
Paola A.
PA
Clipping mask! Shape over what you want. Read more
Affinity Designer
Affinity Designer Discussions
How can I add text around circle in Affinity Designer?
1 comment
Preet C.
PC
Create a circle or draw a curve shape of your liking. Make sure the shape is still selected , then click hold the text tool to display the type of text,...Read more
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