Overall the choice between Illustrator and Canva is very personal and can vary depending on the person and business.
For myself and for any work that I do for my clients, I will always choose Illustrator.
Why? Cause it makes both mine and my clients lives a million times easier, which is all any of us wants, right?! Here are the top five reasons I use Illustrator instead of Canva:
Illustrator Pro #1 >> Ability For Complete Customization
With Adobe Illustrator I can be as unique as I want to be. I can draw anything I want – I can blend, and make transparent, and mix colors, and change type. I can tweak and select any element I choose. The entire art board is mine to command and I am only limited by my own imagination.
Illustrator Pro #2 >> Ease of Saving and Editing
Canva does have the ability to save your work to its system. However, I have heard horror stories that files have been lost and systems have restarted resulting in months of work being lost. It can also be a pain to find the exact file you’re looking for if you just need to edit something real quick. With Illustrator I can save my files directly to my desktop, jump drive, or dropbox and know exactly where they are and how to get them. I also know that they won’t be deleted unless I do it myself. I am in complete control.
Illustrator Pro #3 >> What I Design Is What Gets Printed
The last time I attempted to use Canva. I was on a time crunch and used it to create a flyer for an elementary school play. Everything worked fairly smooth for the designs and creation, I was actually kind of impressed, but when I saved it and emailed it to my client some of the letters came out as glyphs (these things: œ∑¥ø∆∆∆) when she went to print it off. Did I mention the time crunch? It was a nightmare cause on my screen I couldn’t see the glyphs, but on hers they were there. How do you fix something you can’t see or recreate? I ended up having to recreate the whole thing in Illustrator, which added time to the project thus making it so I got paid less in the end. It was a MESS! Not to mention it made me look completely unprofessional and amateur. *ugh*
Illustrator Pro #4 >> No Boring Templates
This is kind of the like Pro #1, but it’s even better. Anything I create in Illustrator is mine. Nobody else will have that design because it’s directly out of my head and it will stand out from the crowd. I won’t be scrolling through my social media feed and see MY design anywhere else… and neither will anyone else. My brand will be just that: Mine!
Illustrator Pro #5 >> No Lag, No Down For Maintenance, Always Available and Reliable
When you download Illustrator, it’s on your computer. (*duh* right?) But what that means is there is no lag time. There’s not internet connection or speed delays. When I’m ready to work, I can. I don’t have to wait for anything and I never have to worry about the dreaded “Down For Maintenance” page. It’s ready when I am.
Like I said the choice is personal, and everybody has their own preferences. I also understand there’s a place for both in this big wide world of design and business. But being a designer and knowing what I know about both programs, I’ll stick with my Illustrator and back it all the way.
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