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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Illustrator

Illustrator CC is an excellent tool for branding projects - often the only software needed for logos, brand patterns, illustrations, etc. While InDesign is better suited for longer documents, Illustrator is often perfect for cards, flyers and brochures. Its vector-based model makes it ideal for efficiently creating large graphics like trade show displays or billboards (until actual file dimensions need to exceed 200 inches).
Illustrator is a useful illustration tool (no surprise there!), but exclusive use of Illustrator can be limiting to creativity and more natural illustration styles. It is also a good tool for web mockups, although Sketch (and Adobe XD) is definitely stronger in that field now.
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Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop is an excellent tool for photography, graphic design and to develop skills in the area of design to use for corporate environments such as advertising companies, photography studios, etc.In the case of the academic and teaching environments, it requires a heavy investment on the part of the teaching centers and the students due to the high costs of the licenses.
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Pros

  • I love to Illustrator when it comes to branding our specific events. It allows me to set up multiple Artboards so I can create different versions of the same branded graphics but export and use them differently for different applications. This is crucial when it comes to working with a team and different ways of communicating to different groups. In one place I might need a graphic set up in landscape to work on a web page and another I might need a portrait that will also work with a white background instead of black. Illustrator allows you to easily organize and make those changes needed.
  • Being a Vector based design program. This gives me the ability to make whatever graphic I create either as small as the size of a dime or as large as a billboard. Doing this only takes minor adjustments. This has helped me when Branding needs to span over everything from web to print to mobile.
  • I love the plug in abilities that Illustrator has. There are options for everything from a plug in to help me keep track of my freelance work hours to being able to search color themes and sync my account directly up to Illustrator.
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  • Photoshop is the industry standard when it comes to editing images. We use it for cropping and resizing stock images or other photos that we take.
  • It is great for adding various filters to an image, adjusting brightness, contrast, etc.
  • It is also very beneficial to utilize the layer functionality. I particularly like to use the "generate assets" feature, which makes it easy to export the different layers into individual assets.
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Cons

  • It is hard to find something to not like about the software so I will say this, there is a pretty big learning curve when first starting the software. It can be quit intimidating for someone who has never used a design software although adobe is good at offering tutorials on how to get going.
  • There are times when the software will not let me do things that I want to do and an error will pop up. For example, when it comes to the path finder tool and compound paths. I with the error message was more helpful or offered help on how to remedy the situation of why it won't let me do what I want to do. Instead of just trial and error.
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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
I cannot do my job without Photoshop CC
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Usability

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Adobe Photoshop4.5
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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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Nope, everything was smooth.
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Alternatives Considered

Adobe Illustrator CC is one of my top two favorite programs, the other is InDesign, but it is generally my go-to for creating design work. I use all of these programs for different things and in collaboration with each other, so it can be difficult to compare them. Photoshop I really only use to edit photos and deal with raster documents. I prefer to design in vector format so that everything is scalable. I frequently design components in Illustrator and then pull them into InDesign for layout/placement purposes. Fireworks I don't really use anymore and it is becoming sort of obsolete.
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Photoshop has more features/filters/layer options than Paint.net. Paint.net is however free.
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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

  • It makes us able to easily get various graphics elements without the need of going to a outsourcing company because it is very friendly to use
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  • Creating posters and flyers were perfect for marketing purposes
  • Creating awareness of products with these ads increased our user base
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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?
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