Best for beginners, Inkscape is SVG-centered, open-source software that comes complete with an arsenal of features that make manipulating images and designing scalable vectors a piece of cake. If you need a free illustrator platform that helps you with advanced editing (e.g. cloning, bitmap tracing, text designing, etc.), then look no further than Inkscape. It has similar (albeit less robust) features to Adobe Illustrator, but Inkscape can certainly help you meet your needs and accomplish your goals.
GIMP is an open-source platform that offers tutorials for newcomers. While it does have limited back-end vector capabilities, it has other sophisticated features making it a great Adobe Illustrator free alternative. GIMP's purpose is to help advanced designers who require a custom tool to design illustrations and graphics. GIMP can be downloaded on Mac, Windows, and Linux operating systems.
With an advanced vector toolkit, boolean features, and stress-free masking, Vectornator is a staple as a free illustrator alternative. It's great for Mac users due to its compatibility with the M1 chip, and does not require you to install applications to design interfaces or illustrators as you can accomplish all that and more with this tool.
Crack-Up, the latest album by Seattle folk superstars Fleet Foxes, took me by surprise this morning with some curious typography. The album art, designed by singer Robin Pecknold, features a photograph by late Japanese artist Hiroshi Hamaya, framed by white and a minimal use of typography. 2b1af7f3a8