Adobe Illustrator is not as well-known as its eponymous cousin Photoshop, but it’s far from a niche application. Illustrator is a piece of vector graphics software that’s better suited for creating certain types of digital artwork than Photoshop, which works in raster images. Here’s a primer on when and why to use Illustrator – and its best alternatives, if you don’t want a monthly bill from Adobe.
Raster vs. vector images
A little bit of tech speak is required to establish the fundamental differences between the two main types of graphics programs.