How Much is Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator is a subscription design program. If you have an annual plan, it costs $22.99/month. You can get it at as low as $19.99/month (all apps) if you are a student or teacher. There are several different options depending on your needs, organization, and how many apps you want to use. 

As a graphic designer myself, of course, Adobe Illustrator is a must for my daily work. And I’m using other Adobe programs such as Photoshop, and InDesign. So for me, the best deal is the whole Creative Cloud package. 

That’s right. If you do need to use more than three programs for either school projects or work, the All Apps plan is highly recommended. And you can always try the free trial and see if you like the programs. 

In this article, you will find the different membership plans to get Illustrator and their cost, which can help you decide which plan works best for you. 

Indecisive? Keep reading. 

7-Day Free Trial

Not sure if Illustrator is the right program for you? You know that you can download it for free and get a free trial for a week right? It’s a good opportunity for you to try and explore the program. 

To download it and start a free trial, you will need an Adobe ID, which you can set up for free. Once you are signed in, you’ll have to fill in your payment info, but don’t worry, You can cancel the subscription anytime. 

If you do decide to continue the subscription, Adobe will automatically charge you from the payment info that you provide.

Can I Buy Adobe Illustrator without a Subscription?

If you are wondering whether Adobe offers a one-time purchase or a stand-alone pricing structure, the answer is NO

I remember Adobe used to offer two payment options: one-time purchase & monthly subscription. However, since the release of the CC version, Adobe seems to prefer the subscription model and has ditched the stand-alone pricing model that the CS version used to have. 

So now you have to go with the subscription plan, unfortunately.

Adobe Illustrator Different Plans & Pricing 

Yeah, I feel you. Paying 20-something bucks per month for a single program is a little bit pricy. Well, if you are a student, faculty, school, university, or business, lucky you! You get a discount! Sadly, I don’t. 

Which membership plan works best for you? I hope the options below help you make a good decision. 

1. Students & Teachers

The best deal is for students and teachers. What’s the deal?  

Students and faculties get a 60% discount on Creative Cloud, all apps for only $19.99/month for the first year and $29.99 for the following years.

That’s a pretty good deal. 

2. Individuals 

If you are getting an individual plan like me, you’ll pay the full price of $22.99/month for Adobe Illustrator itself or $59.99/month for all apps

By the way, $22.99/month is for an annual subscription but paying monthly. You can also pay upfront for the whole year for $263.88, which is $21.99 – saving you a dollar per month. If you wish to purchase a single-month subscription which allows you to cancel the subscription at any time, it’s $34.49. 

The All Apps option is not bad if you’re using multiple programs, which you probably will as you get deeper into the industry. So, it’s a good option to consider. 

3. Business 

As a business, you can get Illustrator for $37.99/month per license, including 500 generative credits that you can use on Adobe Firefly.

If you have a creative team using different apps, the All Apps license at $89.99/month would be the best deal for you. So everyone can work on different things. With the business plan, you also get 24/7 tech support, Slack and Microsoft Teams app integration, one on one expert sessions, 1000 generative credits for Adobe Firefly, and other features.

4. Creative Cloud for Education

Besides having an awesome for students and teachers, Adobe also has an affordable education plan for small workgroups, departments, classrooms, labs, and entire institutions.

As I mentioned above, students and teachers can get the All Apps subscription for $19.99 for the first year, and $29.99 upon renewal.

After that, Adobe has an option for higher education institutions. The $14.99/month Per Named-user License is great for small workgroups. It has 100GB of cloud storage per license, which is great for sharing files. However, this plan requires institutional affiliation.  

For classroom and lab use, the Per Shared Device ($330.00/yr) can be a good option. There other two options (Per Student Pack and Institution-wide Pack) are more complicated and you can request consultation accordingly. 


Here are more questions about getting Adobe Illustrator’s pricing and subscription plan.

Can I get Adobe Illustrator for free?

Adobe Illustrator does NOT offer a free version. The only legal way to get Adobe Illustrator for free is getting the free trial, but it has a limited time of seven days.

How to cancel the Adobe Illustrator subscription?

You can cancel your Adobe subscription by logging in to your Adobe account and going to the Manage Plan > Cancel your plan option.

What is a free alternative to Adobe Illustrator?

Some popular free Adobe Illustrator alternatives are Canva, Inkscape, and Vecteezy. For example, Canva is best for non-designers or beginners, while Inkscape is similar to Adobe Illustrator with more advanced tools.


The prices and plans of Adobe Illustrator may seem confusing to you at first glance, especially the monthly plan and annual plan monthly payment. The only difference is that for the monthly plan, you can cancel whenever you want without penalty. 

To be honest, once you start using Illustrator working as a graphic designer, most likely you will keep using it. I would say the annual plan is the go-to and it saves 10 bucks per month. 

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  • Mo

    Hi June, is there an alternative to Adobe illustrator. I am just trying to acquire a skill and not sure where it will
    Lead .

  • Shell

    Hi June,
    The information you provided has been very helpful and I am really thinking about getting Ai. I have a question tho, before I start the trial to see how I do. I’m an artist, that paints on canvas and then have my designs put on t-shirts, tennis shoes etc. Can I use the Ai to create my own jpeg etc. and create the graphic to keep from having someone else do the graphic so I can save money. I’m establishing my brand and this is all new to me but I want to be more involved in the graphics and illustration since I am the artist and doing all the paintings. Can I use Ai to design my shoes as well?
    Sorry so many questions. Do you recommend that I look at some Ai tutorials before I actually purchase the monthly subscription?

    • June Escalada

      Hey Shell,

      You can definitely create any graphics using Illustrator, and since you’re already an artist, it should be really easy for you to get started especially if you’re doing illustrations and drawings. Well, you probably need to get a graphic tablet to make that work.

      Sure, there are actually so many courses available to learn the software. Here I shared some of them:

      If not, you can always check out YouTube for specific tools 🙂