Adobe Illustrator is a program that is well known to all graphic designers. Created back in 1987, this program has had decades to develop its options and user interface to perfection. For that reason, Adobe Illustrator is probably the best vector design program. Modern, easy to use, and without errors, it definitely deserves this title.
However, you have to pay to use Adobe Illustrator and there is no free version. Honestly, with a program that has such a high quality and is most often used for professional purposes, we have no complaints. Where we have a big complaint is that in the modern versions of the program you can’t buy it and have it forever, but you need to pay a monthly subscription that costs $ 31.49 or an annual subscription that costs $ 239.88.
This shortcoming is further highlighted by the fact that today we have many similar programs, which are at the level of Adobe Illustrator but are completely free. We will present you with 4, in our opinion, the best free replacements for Adobe Illustrator.
Inkscape is a free graphic design program available for Windows 98, NT, Me, 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10. As the creators of this program say, their main goal when making Inkscape was to create a powerful and practical tool for drawing, fully integrated with XML, SVG, and CSS standards. They completely succeeded in this. Although the program is not intended for beginners, for professionals this is a great tool that will help them do their job without any problems.
Windows 98, NT, Me, 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 10
Boxy SVG is a free graphic design program available for Windows 10 and macOS, that can also be used via the website. Unlike Inkscape, this program was made with the idea of making it easy to use for beginners. The user interface is not overloaded with tools and the most used options are highlighted. All the advanced features, which it has quite a few, are hidden in additional menus, which are easily accessible due to the good design of the program.
Website, Windows 10 and macOS
Vectr is a free graphic design program available for Windows Vista, 7, 8, 10 and Linux, and can also be used via the website. It is another program that was made with the idea of being accessible to beginners. The main emphasis is on drawing tools and if you have ever used Paint, after a brief introduction with the interface, you will know how to use all the tools it has to offer.
Website, Windows 10 and macOS
Figma is a free graphic design program available for Windows 7, 8, 10 and macOS, and can also be used via the website. It is a program of exceptional quality with all the tools needed to do the job professionally. What sets Figma apart is the ability for multiple designers to collaborate on a single project, similar to Google Docs. Users have the opportunity to work on the same project at the same time, leave comments and review each other’s work. All this aims to enable an easier way to share their work and raise the whole process of cooperation to a higher level.
Website, Windows 7, 8, 10, and macOS