Adobe Illustrator is a vector-based program by Adobe that creates beautiful graphics. Illustrator is great for graphic designers looking to create logos, posters, flyers, and more, able to be resized without losing quality.
An industry-standard application that is used in professional graphic design.
Works well in conjunction with other Adobe applications.
Strong tools for developing vector graphics.
It’s an expensive application for the monthly cost that can add up over time.
Limited collaboration tools that are not ideal for team environments.
Steep learning curve for its many tools.
CorelDRAW is a vector-based program by Corel, designed to create beautiful graphics and illustration. The software is print-focused, creating beautiful print media.
For clarity’s sake, we will be focusing on CorelDRAW from the CorelDRAW Graphics Suite. There are cheaper versions of the CorelDRAW with fewer features that we won’t be looking at today. (CorelDRAW Essentials, CorelDRAW Standard).
The one-time pricing will save you money in the long run.
Collaboration tools make it easier to work in a team environment.
The app can be used without even downloading it.
Not as much of an industry-standard application that is used in most professions.
Doesn’t integrate as easily with most programs.
Could use more support.
Both Illustrator and CorelDRAW are powerful vector-based programs that create professional results. If you already work within the Adobe family, go with Illustrator. It’s the industry standard tool for vector editing and illustration.
If you want a better value and aren’t an Adobe user, get CorelDRAW.
Winner: Tie. Both CorelDRAW and Adobe Illustrator have a ton of tools for creating vector-based work. Their features are powerful and make professional results.
Winner: CorelDRAW. CorelDRAW is the better-priced model. You get a better value with the suite as a subscription or a one-time fee. Adobe Illustrator is more expensive and does not have a one-time purchase option.
Winner: CorelDRAW. CorelDRAW has the best collaboration tools simply because you don’t have to leave the app to comment. You can share a link, getting other CorelDRAW collaborators involved to review your work. Adobe Illustrator does not yet have an in-app function.
Winner: Tie. Both CorelDRAW and Adobe Illustrator have great compatibility. They work on Mac and Windows. CorelDRAW has an amazing online web app, allowing you to access/edit/comment on a project from anywhere without downloading the software.
Adobe Illustrator has now come out with an iPad application, letting you work on the go.
Winner: Tie. Illustrator and CorelDRAW offer a ton of support resources. They both have online, step by step guides as well as in-app help.
Winner: Adobe Illustrator. Adobe Illustrator is seen as an industry standard. If CorelDRAW keeps adding to its suite of programs, it could become competition in the future.
Winner: Tie. Both professionals and hobbyists use Adobe Illustrator and CorelDRAW. CorelDRAW is better for newbies because there is less of a learning curve, and the program overall is more intuitive. Illustrator is better for professional graphic designers needing complex vector assets.
Both Adobe Illustrator and CorelDRAW are great programs with a ton to offer. Getting the best program for you depends on who you are and your needs as a creator.
If you are looking for a program that can tackle anything and everything vector, get Adobe Illustrator. Overall, it’s one of the best programs on the market, worth the steep learning curve. You will be able to create everything from flyers to logos.
If you are working primarily in print-based media, get CorelDRAW. The app is designed specifically for 2D work and is easy to learn. The app is a great value, available at a variety of price points.