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Really, if you're looking to create vectors of any scale, Adobe Illustrator will do it, and it is still industry standard. Yeah, there is Inkscape, which is free, but I personally don't like the interface, it feels clunky. Plus, the likelihood is pretty high of going to another company and them preferring Illustrator skills.
Creating small graphics, icons, full packaging, flyers, converting raster images to vector, even creating booklets. As with any Adobe program, it's a solid program and helps us get our work done.
This thing is a solid vector editor. From pen tool, to brushes, fancy lines or simple, Illustrator has you covered. Being able to convert raster to vector comes in handy fairly often. It isn't perfect, but considering some of the images I pass through it does a nice job. Some things like gradients and figuring out how to do rounded corners can be a bit tedious, but not bad once you figure it out.
I dislike that Adobe Illustrator sometimes does not display artwork exactly and that I have to turn on Pixel Preview to see it exactly.
The biggest obstacle I have come to is when using SVGs. SVGs can be only used with radial or linear gradients. When you use a complex mesh with an svg it creates an image that it has to reference. When you are putting the SVG into a library it cannot reference an image.
We create a library for our clients that can be scaled down for tablet presentation usage or scaled up for larger screen projects. The ability to save out assets as an SVG has helped build a reliable library.
I use Illustrator every day at work, which isn't surprising seeing as I work for a design based company. I love the crisp artwork that you can create with the program. It's perfect for building logos, creating alpha maps for 3D materials and perfect for pasting the creative process in one space.
The biggest issue that I've had recently with illustrator is that there are times when you click off a shape with a gradient and it either moves the gradient or changes it entirely.
Some problems I personally am solving with illustrator, are navigating getting out of my comfort zone within the program and trying out new skills. Some benefits I have realized are using pixel preview to make sure that exporting my work comes out to par before I export it; it's always frustrating when you export something and it is entirely different from what you imagined. Trial and error within the app is possible is a benefit rather than exporting and redoing.
Illustrator's best qualities are the simplicity and accessibility of the dashboard, the simple and non-destroyable graphics, the ease of using the "undo" button with your work, and similarly, the quality of pieces after they have been exported.
One downside of Illustrator is the difficulty of creating gradients; it is easier if one has the Adobe Suite to create gradients in Photoshop instead.