Top graphic design software of 2020 (part 2)

 

  1. Adobe Illustrator CC
  • Very powerful
  • Consistent UI with Photoshop
  • Windows and Mac
  • Expensive

Adobe Illustrator is Photoshop’s vector version, and the two share a lot of common tools and functions in order to aid designers who use both.

But if you need to design graphics that are can be rescaled from a postage stamp to a giant billboard, Illustrator is certainly the better choice.

There was a time when you could buy Adobe Illustrator outright, however, in the present, Adobe only offers this product on the Creative Cloud (CC) suite, and it is not cheap.

Pricing starts at $20.99 each month, but only if you pay yearly. Otherwise the monthly plan costs $31.49 per month on a rolling basis.

It may have regular updates, a powerful feature set, and be available for both Windows PC and Apple Mac, but its cost is prohibitive for occasional users.

  1. CorelDRAW Graphics Suite
  • Easy to learn and use
  • Massively featured
  • No Mac version
  • Expensive

The CorelDRAW Graphics Suite is much more a software bundle rather than a single application.

The package includes AfterShot to handle RAW files, Photo-Paint for photo manipulation, FontManager for organizing the text styles you do actually use, and PowerTRACE to convert bitmap images into vectors.

Of course, the main star is CorelDRAW itself, which is not only a vector-drawing package but also consists of a desktop publishing feature, so you can design projects with a multi-page layout.

The latest version has a lot of improvements, including editing vector effects, handling web graphics, and the template menu has been simplified. Additional, it also has the ability to search through your images as thumbnails easily.

Another plus is that it has returned to the Mac with a fully functional version after a break.

Overall, the CorelDRAW Graphics Suite offers a veteran range of software which remains very up-to-date, and widening its use to both Windows users and Apple users can only be a plus.