Hey I would like to create art in the style of what's kind of modern since 2013 (I guess). Simple shapes, bright gradients and a generally "flat" appearance. What's the best tool for that? I own Photoshop which I could use for vector stuff but I guess there are better tools out there.

I refer to art like the following: enter image description here enter image description here

EDIT: Before we drift into a highly philosophical discussion about what "best" means: I simply wanna know what would be the most convenient tool to replicate the style of the above pictures.

  • Yes, any vector illustration software would be a good bet...Illustrator, Inkscape, Sketch, the list goes on and on... – DA01 Sep 21 '15 at 19:29
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    What do you mean with "best tool"? best way to work with, best results? But what is "best" for you? Is it best for me? – Mensch Sep 21 '15 at 19:41

Since I know you aren't looking for a philosophical answer, but more a pragmatic one, here goes.

Since you already have Photoshop, I'm assuming you have an affinity to Adobe products. The best Adobe program that creates simple vector graphics like these is Illustrator. It works well moving back and forth between photoshop for smart objects and such. It also has a lot of similar tools and effects that you will be familiar with.

I'd say go with that.

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    Cheers bro, just read myself into it and it quite looks like what I am looking for – user2875404 Sep 21 '15 at 20:06

I'd also like to add that if you are in the lookout for a software to use anyway, do give a try on sketch 3.

Couple of pluses:

  • Vector based
  • Exporting in all kinds of resolutions
  • Developed for the web era (you can even export css attributes)
  • More affordable than Photoshop
  • There are as many sources for sketch as there are for psd (already)


  • You gotta learn it from scratch.

If you feel the desire to invest time and money in an app, make sure to check it out. I recently purchased it and I am learning all the tricks.

Hope this helps.

  • Thanks for sharing, I might give it a go but the review are rather controversial, let's see – user2875404 Sep 21 '15 at 22:47
  • You can always use it for the 30day trial. Don't purchase it before you test it :) And there are a load of tutorials online as well. – Angelos Arnis Sep 21 '15 at 22:50

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