Ai or CorelDraw? Which one do you use? Which one should I use? Which one is better? Which one should I learn or learn first?
These questions often come up lots of time among beginner and intermediate designers.
I use both very well.
And these are what I can say:
Firstly, There’s nothing you want to do in one that you cannot do in the other, just that one will help you do that faster depending on what you want to do.
CorelDraw is simpler to use, you can do the simple task very fast there without wasting time. It has some simple image editing features that you don’t need to go outside CorelDraw to do a simple image task.
The object align shortcuts are cool, people might think you’re using magic to move your shapes while using these shortcuts
M = Middle
B = Bottom
Also, you can trace vector images as you can do in ai. You can do multiple page work like InDesign with good formatting features. Ai is not that awesome at doing text formatting works, InDesign does that perfectly instead.
If you’re an illustration artist, web elements designer, T-Shirt designer, Icon designer and occasioned flyer designer. it’s better of sticking with ai if you know how to use it, and you’re not probably into large scale design. CDR(Corel Draw) can do those too.
Ai has some amazing photoshop filter effects as well to do some amazing things which are not available on CDR unless you use Photoshop.
In ai, it can be cumbersome to select specific elements on a page when you stacked so many things on top of each other but can easily do that in CDR. However, once you’re used to Ai workflow, every task becomes easy.
If you’re afraid of ai & InDesign, learn to use CDR but know the basics of Ai, and the know-how to convert your work to Ai because that’s what some clients know. I hope it helps.