Can this budget vector drawing app be a genuine alternative to Illustrator?
This vector illustration tool isn’t as primitive as its earlier versions, but it is simple, favouring a basic three-pane layout with layers on the left, tool options on the right and artwork in the middle. Yes, it’s a screen without clutter, but it also limits the screen space you have for your artwork, which is far from ideal.
Creating images is straightforward, with easy-to-use tools that will be familiar to Adobe Illustrator users, but aren’t too baffling for beginners.
The text tool – text remains live as you apply drop shadows and gradients – is a great touch; you can even move the position of individual letters’ forms. An X-Ray mode helps you align shapes when filled with colours and effects, and there are a multitude of editable presets and predefined styles to play with.
A freehand path tool makes it easy to create your own shapes as you draw editable anchor points – similar to Adobe’s bezier curves. It lacks the finesse and richness of features that high-end apps possess (frustrating for more advanced users).
Logoist’s layers are its stand-out feature; it groups shapes together to create composites rather than one solid object. This means you can edit and style them as one object or individual elements, as well as changing the way they interact.
Logoist isn’t an Illustrator alternative, but it has enough useful, versatile tools to make this a solid addition to any aspiring logo designer’s toolkit, especially at its bargain price. Alex Thomas
Logoist 2 is a versatile, cheap and enjoyable way to create text based logos and vector artwork.
With all of Logoist’s interface on show, it doesn’t leave much room for your artwork!