Differences Between Adobe Illustrator and CorelDraw

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Hi, based on our experiences and vast knowledge in Graphic Designing, we would like to share some of the important differences between Adobe Illustrator and CorelDraw.

Presently Illustrator and CorelDraw serves as the two most sophisticated graphic design software widely used in the graphic design industry. Both Illustrator and CorelDraware vector-based illustration software, developed to deliver fast results and to meet the demands of our graphic designing professionals and graphic artists and knowledge of both apps is must if you are looking for a career in graphic designing. Now let’s look at the major differences between the two graphic designing software.


Adobe Illustrator is owned and created by Adobe Systems in the year 1986, while CorelDraw is owned and created by Corel Corporations in the year 1987.


Adobe Illustrator is used as a vector graphics editor for drawing various types of things such as designing logos, drawing maps, illustrations, packaging design, etc. While CorelDraw is a drawing program from Corel, mainly used to create varied types of documents ranging from visiting cards to big hoardings.

Both applications have some points here so none is winner .

Learning Curves

CorelDraw software is user-friendly and has lesser learning curves i.e. anyone can learn it, while Illustrator is regarded as matured software involving stiff learning curves. CorelDraw software can be learned even from tutorials, but one needs proper training from a good graphic design institute for learning Illustrator.

Here CorelDraw is winner clearly while Illustrator not.


Although both software offer great level features and commands to create high level designs yet as per our experts features of CorelDraw can be friendly and cool for its users and features of Adobe Illustrator can be for its users. But if a person uses both then there are 99% chances to be more satisfied with Illustrator than CorelDraw due to its smooth working style and compatibility with today’s most common design, motion graphics, and video editing applications. Here Adobe Illustrator wins this competition of functionality.

Symbol Library

Both apps offer a cool library for symbols. One can easily create, edit and use any type of symbols. As per our observation Adobe offers a huge third party libraries for Illustrator than CorelDraw.

Here Illustrator again gives an edge to CorelDraw.

Color Preview

Print preview in CorelDraw is not as good as in Illustrator, Illustrator being a postscript file format, it renders more accurate print preview.

So, Illustrator is a clear winner again.

Device Compatibility

All versions of Adobe Illustrator run on PC and Mac, while it is not the case with CorelDraw and Illustrator wins here.

The winner is Adobe Illustrator.

Apps Compatibility

We know that the most popular design apps are Photoshop, InDesign, After Effects, Premiere Pro, Animate, Character Animator etc. and all of such apps belong to Adobe so Illustrator is far better tool when it comes to apps compatibility. Because it has same interface and short cuts with great level of file exchange possibility than CorelDraw. Therefore, obvious winner is Adobe Illustrator again.

Winner is none other than… Adobe Illustrator again. 


Illustrator would be a economy friendly for a company or individual who already uses other Adobe applications such as Photoshop, InDesign, After Effects, Premiere etc. but in contrast CorelDraw can be an easy option for non-Adobe user (which is a rare case). Therefore, Adobe Illustrator wins here again.

Here match is tie so no clear winner.

Adobe Illustrator and CorelDraw – which one is better?

Having looked at the above differences we can clearly say that Illustrator is better and winner here but it doesn’t mean that CorelDraw is out of the race. Both software incorporates unique features and their usage depends on entirely upon the candidate.

Illustrator is good for

However, Illustrator is considered best for existing Adobe apps users, whereas CorelDraw is most appropriate for non Adobe users.

CorelDraw is good for

If you just need to create DTP publishing related designs such as logos, illustrations, stationery designing, packaging, brochures or any type of lay-outing related work then go for CorelDraw or if you are planning your career as an advanced graphic designer then go for Illustrator.

According to a recent market survey byADMEC Multimedia Institute, approximate 60% of the industry uses CorelDraw software because of its smooth learning curves. Furthermore, these statistics are reflecting that finding short term employment in CorelDraw is much easier than Illustrator.

According to our team, good knowledge and command of any one of the software over the other don’t make any difference. What matters is the creative thinking and sound understanding of designs in an individual designer. However, if an individual has good command over both Illustrator and CorelDraw software, then it will definitely allow him to earn good remuneration package in the Graphic Designing industry.

Interested in learning Adobe Illustrator and CorelDraw? ADMEC institute provides both classroom and online training in these applications. Online Illustrator training will be conducted by professionals and with the same quality of training, CorelDraw course is also available in our institute.

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