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Adobe Photoshop

1067 Ratings

Adobe Illustrator

318 Ratings
Score 9 out of 101

Adobe Photoshop

1067 Ratings
Score 9 out of 101

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Adobe Illustrator

Great for creating original vector illustrations for Marketing or art. Not so good for creating illustrations that are meant to mimic 'real world' mediums like acrylic and pencil.
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Adobe Photoshop

In order to use the program efficiently and achieve a better quality of work, it is necessary to have the knowledge not only of the use of all the tools that the program has, but also of the basic aspects of photography and design.
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Pros

  • Laying out screens - grab a UI kit of your choice and go to town. Everything is built for you, you just need to decide where it goes. Easy to copy artboards and make changes for prototype screens
  • Vector Illustration - Particularly for video game UI, Illustrator is great at creating illustrative interface objects and manipulating type for titles, all of which can scale without losing quality.
  • Logo Execution - quickly create and iterate on concepts at any size.
  • Single page print layouts - Layout a letterhead, business card, and envelope in the same document.
  • Customizable work space - save common setups for common tasks and switch easily between them.
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  • photo manipulation (cutting out backgrounds, cropping, light adjustment, color adjustment, filtering, red eye reduction and much more)
  • tools are easy to use with many shortcut options and possibilities are endless as to what you can create with filters
  • the fact that you can have a layer with a smart object/vector creation and keep it in that format to be able to edit it later is very useful
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Cons

  • Too many options - this thing is cluttered. Every available space is filled with menus that collapse into one another or cover your work area.
  • Steep learning curve - this software can be really difficult for new uses.
  • Expensive - there are several alternatives on the market that don't require the same costly CC subscription.
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  • If there was a search bar that would guide the user to the most often used/popular way to achieve a graphic effect and in addition, the absolute quickest way to achieve that same effect I would find that helpful and a huge timesaver.
  • If the filter preview box could be larger without slowing down the program that would be helpful.
  • As there are so many hidden tools in Photoshop, having a pop-up menu come up once those tools are selected that describes what the tool primarily handles, would be useful.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Illustrator9.5
Based on 2 answers
While Adobe Illustrator CC is one of the only true design software out there, it really stands heads above the other products. It's clean UI and menu structure is easy to navigate.
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Adobe Photoshop9.8
Based on 24 answers
Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud 2014 is part of the Adobe Creative Cloud family of software products. Therefore, when you get a license to use Adobe Photoshop for a monthly fee, you are constantly up-to-date on any upgrades or new releases of the software. So, if you are using the product, you never have to renew and you are always using the latest version of the software, for perpetuity.
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Usability

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Adobe Photoshop4.4
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The overall usability of Adobe Photoshop is a nine. I say this because if you know what you are doing, great. If not, there are more than enough tutorials or examples online that can help you get on your way. Upon first glance, it can be intimidating, but you get adjusted quickly after a few trial runs.
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Reliability and Availability

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Adobe Photoshop9.0
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Adobe Photoshop is very reliable, but is never 100%. There have been times when Adobe Photoshop has had trouble opening, but nothing a little computer restart couldn't fix. I use Adobe Photoshop on a Mac for both work and at home on a daily basis, and I would be lost without it.
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Performance

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Adobe Photoshop8.0
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Speed can be an issue when you are dealing with large files for large format printing or billboards. When working on web images, speed is not an issue.
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Support

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Adobe Photoshop8.2
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I give them a strong nine, only for the fact that there is always room for improvement. I have never had an issue when dealing with customer support. They have always been very helpful and attentive towards my needs and requests. If a representative can not immediately give you an answer, they will do their best to solve the problem, and get back to you with a quickness.
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In-Person Training

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Adobe Photoshop10.0
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So, I received the training at the HQ and it was train the trainer training. A good time, I spent a week at their campus
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Implementation

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Adobe Photoshop9.1
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The implementation of Photoshop is pretty easy, almost every artist that has a Wacom or other drawing tablet will learn Photoshop in a short amount of time.
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Alternatives Considered

Since I've used Illustrator for so long, I've become good enough at it that I've never really been tempted to switch away. Newer designers may benefit from evaluating another software that is more specifically suited to the kind of design they are trying to do rather than tackling Illustrator. For me though, I'll always come back to the program that's worked for me from print to video games to web design.
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Photoshop is the only professional, pixel-dependent photo-editing and design software that I have ever used. I highly doubt I will pursue changing to something else in the future given how familiar I am with the interface and how powerful the core functions are. I selected this project because it was a standard to use for a company that I did freelance work for in the past.
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Scalability

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Adobe Photoshop4.0
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It seems expensive compared to the free/cheap programs now available
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Return on Investment

  • Quickly create, share, and iterate on comps and prototypes.
  • Mock up high fidelity concepts for presentations to clients and stakeholders.
  • Power users can use it as a glorified whiteboard during screenshares in design meetings - quickly comp ideas and refine later.
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  • Return on Investment is outstanding due to the lower cost of Saas vs Packaged Software.
  • Much fewer worries about going to a place to free-lance and finding pirated software and hoping BSA doesn't show up while you're gigging there.
  • Ability to have more than one Saas Subscription with team management gives greater software control by being able to deactivate licenses on BYOD devices.
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Pricing Details

Adobe Illustrator

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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Adobe Photoshop

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
Additional Pricing Details