Illustration Software Review: Artboard

Artboard is a simple and easy to use vector-based illustration package from MapDiva. Very popular for creation book illustrations.  The software is available for Mac OSX, and is ideal for creating simple vector illustrations.  The guiding principle of the software is that it is supposed to be “Simple, powerful and fun”, and that is certainly the case.
 Simple Illustrated Map
Artboard is far easier to use than most other vector based applications.  It comes with more than 20 tools for drawing lines, shapes, text and curves, making it perfect for drawing simple illustrated maps.  It is easy to convert objects to-and-from shapes and paths, and all the powerful tools that you would expect from a vector image editing application are available, including Boolean operators, rules, guides and layer management tools.

To help beginners get started, there are several templates available, including pre-designed greeting cards, posters and flyers.  Most people use Artboard for producing promotional materials and logos, but it is also ideal for creating simple outline maps and floor plans.  An experienced vector artist could use it to make more complex illustrated maps too.  You can use the mouse or a graphics tablet with this software.

Artboard costs  $29.99 and is available for purchase from the Apple store.  In addition, there is a 30 day trial available. The software is definitely worth paying for because this is a package that will grow with you as you become more experienced in creating vector art.  It is more powerful than a dedicated map-making package, but flexible and easy enough to use to allow you to create any form of art that you wish.  If you need to create logos, promotional materials or banner advertisements as well as illustrated maps then this package could be the jack-of-all-trades software that you need to get the job done, and it costs a fraction of the price of an Adobe package.

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