Would learning Adobe Illustrator make me also learn iDraw?

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  1. dugelstudios macrumors newbie

    Aug 14, 2014
    Hello, I am a mobile game developer. I am looking to do my own art for my games, and Adobe Illustrator seems like a good option for me. The only problem is I can't afford to pay $30 dollars a month. I was looking for alternatives and iDraw seemed like a nice alternative for only $25, so I downloaded it. It wasn't as intuitive as I thought it would be, so I started looking for some online tutorials. The problem is, there are hardly any good resources to learn iDraw other than a couple of youtube videos that doesn't look to promising. I do see a lot of tutorials for Adobe Illustrator, thought.

    So my question is, do you think if I look at some Illustrator tutorials would I be able to apply the same ideas to iDraw? The interface looks similar so I wouldn't see why I wouldn't be able to do this. Thank you
  2. firedept macrumors 603


    Jul 8, 2011
    I have Illustrator and have tried iDraw. iDraw is actually much easier to use than AI. I picked up iDraw and was using it within an hour or so without looking at any manuals or videos. But I have been using AI for years, so it was not a big transition for me. Which should give you a sense of how comparable they are.

    They are similar to a point. AI is a bit more on the professional side and is designed to integrate with Adobe's other programs. So you will see some things in AI that you will not see in iDraw.

    But I would think that if you watch enough AI youtube videos and play with iDraw, you will catch on pretty quick. You will just have to figure out the differences in the interfaces and terminology used between the two programs. Really is an easy program to get the hang of. Just takes time learning the interface.
  3. CrickettGrrrl macrumors 6502a


    Feb 10, 2012
    B'more or Less
    That's what i did. I found Illustrator inscrutable, got iDraw --which was probably more intuitive a couple years ago because it had less features than now, and learned how to do things using online vector tutorials that actually were for Illustrator. Some steps you have to sort of improvise --but I learned a ton that way. And learning iDraw really helped me understand Illustrator a little better. Although, to be honest, even though I don't run away screaming & waving my arms when I look at Illustrator these days, it does have dark fathomless depths.

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