How to download Adobe Illustrator

6-super simple steps to download Adobe Illustrator right now

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How to download Adobe Illustrator

The only place to download Adobe Illustrator is through the official Adobe website. In short, you need to start a subscription either by paying for it or through the free trial, download the Creative Cloud app, and then Illustrator. Sounds each on the surface, but there are a few things you should know, such as which Illustrator plan to pick.

  1. Go to the Adobe Illustrator product page.
  2. Choose either Free trial or Buy Now button.
  3. Choose who it’s for (Individuals, Teams, Students and teachers).
  4. Pick a subscription.
  5. Download the Creative Cloud app.
  6. Open CC, choose Adobe Illustrator and click Install.

Step-by-step guide

To obtain Adobe Illustrator legally, you must go directly through Adobe. You should avoid downloading Adobe Illustrator or any other Adobe products from unofficial sources at all costs. This not only raises legal concerns but also exposes you to potential security threats. Stick to the official route for the sake of both the software’s authenticity and your peace of mind.

  • Begin by visiting the Adobe Illustrator product page on the official Adobe website.
  • Select either a Free Trial or Buy Now option. If you’re still on the fence about making a purchase, the 7-day ‘Free Trial’ gives you a chance to test out the software.
Adobe Illustrator product page
The Adobe Illustrator product page during the special offer for students.
  • Decide whether you want plans for Individuals, Teams, or Students and Teachers. Most people should pick the Individuals tab, while eligible students and teachers can get a great discount.
  • Pick a subscription plan: Annual (paid monthly), Annual (prepaid), and Monthly, depending on how long you need Adobe Illustrator for.
Adobe Illustrator subscription plans
You can get Adobe Illustrator with the Illustrator plan or the Creative Cloud All Apps. It’s also available with three different subscriptions.
  • Create a free Adobe account or sign in to an existing one.
  • Download the desktop version of Adobe CC.
  • Choose Adobe Illustrator and click Install.

Once you have the Adobe CC installed, it serves as your central hub of all your Adobe business. You can start or cancel subscriptions, get in touch with customer support, and you manage all your apps.


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