Affinity Designer vs Adobe Illustrator

Adobe vs Serif
(Image credit: Future / Adobe / Serif)

Illustrator has been the industry standard for vector-based graphic design for almost as long as there’s been a graphic design industry. Adobe has had rivals in CorelDraw, Inkscape and Sketch (see our guide to the best graphic design software for more details), but none have quite nudged them from their default position as top dog. But how does new(er) kid on the block Affinity Designer fare against this industry veteran?

We’re here to put Illustrator and Affinity Designer through their paces, investigate their differences and uncover their weaknesses to decide which is the better option for seasoned pros and early-career designers.

Illustrator: Get a 7 day free trial. Then subscribe from $20.99 /  £19.97/month

Illustrator: <a href="https://www.prf.hn/click/camref:1101lr4vm/pubref:hawk-custom-tracking/destination:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.adobe.com%2Fproducts%2Fillustrator.html" data-link-merchant="adobe.com"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Get a 7 day free trial. Then subscribe from $20.99 /  £19.97/month
Illustrator wins out in out comparison of Illustrator vs Affinity Designer – it’s the oldest and honestly it’s still the best. But not by far, and less experienced users may not notice the difference. Try the latest version of Illustrator with a seven-day free trial.

Affinity Designer: Buy for $54.99/£47.99 (desktop) or $21.99/£19.49 (iPad)

Affinity Designer: <a href="https://track.webgains.com/click.html?wgcampaignid=138485&wgprogramid=287285&clickref=hawk-custom-tracking&wgtarget=https%3A%2F%2Faffinity.serif.com%2Fen-us%2Fdesigner%2F%23buy#buy" data-link-merchant="affinity.serif.com"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Buy for $54.99/£47.99 (desktop) or $21.99/£19.49 (iPad)
Affinity Designer deserves a very honourable mention as an alternative to Illustrator. It may also be the better option for many buyers, depending on which functions are important to them. You can download a free 10 day trial of Affinity Designer from the Affinity Website.

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