Affinity Designer vs Adobe Illustrator

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.

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