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Don’t Pay for Adobe Illustrator: This Free Alternative Is Great

Nancy Messieh 15-04-2016

Want to learn how to use Illustrator but don’t want to subscribe to Adobe Creative Cloud? Or need to access its features on the go while using someone else’s computer? With Gravit you get a lot of the key features offered in expensive standards like Illustrator or Fireworks.


Best of all, Gravit is completely free. You just have to sign up for an account to use it. Gravit includes basic vector tools: a pen tool, line tool, and a Bezigon tool, as well as shapes including a rectangle, ellipse, triangle, polygon, and star.

Beyond creating shapes, Gravit also has tools similar to Illustrator’s pathfinder and alignment tools, as well as layers, and you can add text and images to your design.


When creating a new document, you can choose the size (including handy presets like Facebook and Twitter covers, standard print sizes, and more) or you can select from some pre-existing templates. These templates, together with Gravit’s showcase, give a great idea of how much you can get out of this web app.

Once you’re done creating your image, you can export it to your computer as JPG, PNG, or SVG. You can also save it online in your Gravit account with the layers in tact and come back to it at a later time.


For an introduction to Gravit’s features, check out the video below:

Have you tried out Gravit? How do you think it compares to Adobe Illustrator? Let us know in the comments.

Related topics: Adobe Illustrator, Image Editor.

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  1. Ced
    November 17, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    Hi There & thanks for this article very helpful! I was in a rush to find a good alternative to Illustrator as I needed to draw few logos and I have to say that, after few trials on Vectr and Youidraw, some tears of joy nearly came up when I read this article and once I tried Gravit!
    This is an excellent free alternative to Illustrator using the same commands so easy to very quickly handy, used online without any bug, very friendly environment and I can't believe this is bloody free - so it's not even a 30 days trial!
    Of course, depending on which version you use of Illustrator, Gravit will provide the essentials - but professional essentials for free are hard to find - so for me this is amazing!
    Thanks for sharing this article Nancy, and thanks Gravit for your great work on this! Cheers, Ced

  2. Sheer
    July 6, 2017 at 1:29 am

    People are getting frustrated since adobe started to rent out their product, but there are no possible replacement yet. I don't mind paying for a great product with a reasonable price.

  3. Hanzou
    April 4, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    Give Inkscape a try. Many research and reviews say it is an alternative to Illustrator (these research and reviews are done by professionals who switched from Illustrator to Inkscape.) I also find it great.

  4. charles
    March 20, 2017 at 8:39 am

    I have not tried it yet but will soon thanks for the tip though Ill be back with a review!


  5. Robert Vaughan
    November 21, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    This article is incredibly misleading and shows an incredible lack of knowledge. If you want to learn to use Illustrator for free, how about using the free version of Illustrator that Adobe gives out? You can download any of the Adobe CS2 products for free. They have been free for years. You will not learn how to use Illustrator by using a free alternative, that notion is preposterous and incredibly misleading. That's like saying learn to use Photoshop or Illustrator with Corel Draw. Doesn't work.

    • Phil N
      November 24, 2016 at 5:05 am

      They don't exactly give that out. The serials were released by mistake and by the point Adobe found out it was already all over the web.

    • SharK Byte
      July 6, 2017 at 4:11 am

      Granted it asks, but it's more than obvious selling the point of "Free". Though some of the key features this is offering, very similar to Adobe's, it is selling an alternative without having to subscribe. Nothing misleading about this article. Key Point in this article is "Free Alternative". Not Adobe Illustrator guide.

  6. Ted
    May 29, 2016 at 10:11 am

    To say that Gravit is an "alternative" to Illustrator, is like saying that a skateboard is an alternative to a car.

    If you used AI for any length of time, you probably know that it has features and toolsets that were developed for nearly over three decades (first release being in 1988)! You can't simply say that a browser based app that can draw a few boxes and ellipses is an "alternative" to such a robust program.

    You might say that Gravit is an alternative to Method Draw ( or Janvas - which are both browser based vector tools, but they are not even the same league as Adobe Illustrator just because they have a Pen Tool.

  7. Sazzad
    April 26, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    For anyone asking, Gravit supports EPS and SVG import along with standard image formats. We are working on adding PDF export to our already existing SVG, PNG and JPG export.

  8. android underground
    April 17, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    Can Gravit open all files created with Illustrator and vice versa?

  9. Anonymous
    April 15, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    The problem with Gravit vs. Illustrator is the same as GIMP vs. Photoshop. The free products may suffice for the casual user but the pros need Adobe products.

  10. Rod Batschelet
    April 15, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    Inkscape is great, and I use it all the time, but as a technology instructor for an elementary school that is equipped with Chromebooks, this is a very welcome app. Inkscape cannot be used on Chromebooks due to the fact that it needs to be installed on a local hard drive. Previously, Vector Paint was the only option I could find. Will be trying this one out today!

    • Randall Brotherton
      March 7, 2017 at 2:29 am

      I just tried inkscape and it SUCKS! Click on a tool in the toolbox and nothing happens. I got stuck in the node tool and no matter how many times I clicked on the select arrow tool, nothing happened, I was still in the node tool. only reason I got into node tool was I used F2--clicking on it did NOTHING. After a few hours of going thru the tutorials only to have option boxes ignore being clicked on to change everything from stroke width to whatever, I gave up and uninstalled it. what an enormous piece of crap and I used Illustrator for years before it became a rent instead of buy cash cow. 50 a month to RENT it?!?!? puh-leez. still trying to find a decent replacement and inkscape is not it.

      • Chris
        March 13, 2017 at 1:17 pm

        If you are on a Mac, you could give Affinity Designer a try.
        40 €, no rent, many features and professionally developed.

        • Nick
          March 23, 2017 at 2:44 pm

          Or PC now :-)

        • Nick
          March 23, 2017 at 2:45 pm

          Affinity is also on PC now :-)

  11. Earl P
    April 15, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    I already use Inkscape, but this does sound like a great entry level way into illustrator. I will give it a shot to try it. Thanks Nancy

  12. Jamt
    April 15, 2016 at 8:23 am

    For those interested, also check out Inkscape. Very capable piece of cross platform software.