CorelDraw vs Adobe Illustrator - comparision 2018 Design Deception

June 13, 2018

CorelDraw vs Adobe Illustrator – What you should know before buying

CorelDraw vs Adobe Illustrator – Designers often talk about the softwares they use and which one they prefer, and sometimes they also come out with arguments that the one they are using is better. Here we explain the major differences between two well known vector based graphical softwares.

Adobe Illustrator:

Adobe illustrator has been known as the industry standard for for so long when it comes to vector based graphics.

  • Price:  30.14 $ available in Adobe creative cloud or as standalone software.
  • Integrations: Adobe creative clod, Adobe stock, Webdam, MediaValet, WinWeb Accounting, WinWeb, Ceros, MediaBeacon, Wedia
  • OS: Windows, MAC OS, Windows mobile.


CorelDraw Graphic suite 2017 is an industry-acclaimed graphic design software designed by Corel Corporation.

  • Price:  16.5 $ monthly subscription.
  • OS: Windows.


While both the software has their own pro and cons, we tried to differentiate between them in following categories.


CorelDraw is known to work very well with windows but they haven’t ported their software for MAC OS yet, and that is one of the main reason why it is less known than adobe illustrator. However many users has reported that CorelDraw is better when it comes to exporting designs as it can also export files in .eps, .ai, .psd, .pdf formats unlike AI which has no export/save provisions to .cdr.

In many countries like India almost all the designers and print shops use CorelDraw. Which eliminates the market for Adobe Illustrator.

CorelDraw also has ability to change it’s interface to greater extent than AI.

While Adobe has created their software for both Windows and MAC OS users, it has helped them making this software widely known and industry standard. In most of countries Adobe takes lead in sales and services where MAC OS is widely used. It might not have option to export in .cdr format but Adobe has worked very well to create cross platforming easy and seamless transition between creative cloud applications. This makes it easy to go back and forth between software like Adobe photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign etc.



CorelDraw gives power to user in terms of changing the interface that suits user. Many designers have explained that the default shortcuts and interface of CorelDraw is much faster and user-friendly compared to AI.

However when it comes to working with different software simultaneously, Adobe is a clear winner. Adobe has one of the most powerful integration of different apps that comes with creative cloud. Users mostly need to work on different levels and creative cloud solves that problem efficiently and effortlessly.

Both the software has steep learning curve when it comes to workflow.



When it comes to cost of purchasing license, no doubt CorelDraw is the clear winner. CorelDraw offers monthly subscription at almost half the price of Adobe. CorelDraw also gives option to buy the software without having to pay monthly subscription fees, which is not an option when it comes to Adobe creative cloud or stand alone apps.

When Adobe changed it’s pricing policy introducing creative cloud monthly subscription, many fans of adobe were utterly disappointed. Creative cloud has become very expensive, many freelancers and agency avoid it for this reason. When you are a freelancer its very costly to pay this much money on software.



Since usage of Illustrator is more common, there are tons of resources and templates available for the normal user or complete beginner. CorelDraw is useful when it comes to end products like signs, engraving and cnc routing. While AI focuses on Raw design features and has more feature when it comes to designing for Web and print usage.

Some designers have reviewed that Illustrator gives better results in print and web products.


So here we complete the comparison of CorelDraw vs Adobe Illustrator, Final say is yours. Which one to prefer is your choice. Although we suggest getting a hang of both as you might not know which one your client or company prefers when working with them.

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  • both are good as use coral draw is so good to fast work and illustrator is taking more data compare by coral but that’s
    gradiant is so define to corel and many this composition is so nice to make combined logo design.
    according to design corel & illustrator is so good for designing as a vector graphic

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