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Adobe Photoshop

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Likelihood to Recommend

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

Great for photographers and designers. Users who have a significant amount of page layout or desktop publishing to do would do well to consider alternatives that are dedicated to such a purpose. Additionally, as I mentioned elsewhere, while Photoshop is a critical piece of my workflow, it's not the only necessary piece, especially for photographers with a high volume of images to work through.
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Pros

Adobe Illustrator

  • Adobe Illustrator makes it very easy to undo changes that you have made by using the keyboard shortcut ctzl z and redo a change by using ctrl y. While Photoshop has the History feature, sometimes ctrl z is much more useful because you can undo each change that you made quickly and see the differences before deciding to go back another step.
  • Adobe Illustrator makes it very easy to work with vectors. You can download many free vectors & then ungroup them & select the specific pieces that you want to build your own vector based design.
  • Adobe Illustrator makes it very easy to create & edit clipping masks. In the layers you can replace & select the photo specifically to readjust the selection of the photo that you want in the clipping mask.
  • I like that you can easily save and insert a color palette.
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Adobe Photoshop

  • Retouching. While there are plenty of programs out there designed for adjusting overall exposure, contrast, color, etc., and while some of them (i.e., Capture One, Lightroom) also have retouching tools that are getting better every day, nothing comes close to Photoshop for retouching portraits, doing pixel-level manipulation.
  • Preparing images for print. Photoshop's resizing and sharpening features are unparalleled, and when preparing images to be printed on paper (or for the web), it allows the control needed to make sure that the image is represented properly for each medium.
  • Layouts and graphics. While Photoshop is primarily known for image editing, it also has robust tools for designing things like Christmas cards and web graphics. Although InDesign is probably a better option for designing print materials, Photoshop certainly leaves the user with plenty of options in a pinch.
  • Plugins. Countless (and I mean COUNTLESS) companies have written plugins for Photoshop, which add functionality.
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Cons

Adobe Illustrator

  • I find it frustrating that I have to switch to Photoshop in order to cut out a specific part of a photo. Why can't they just include that as a feature in Illustrator?
  • It's difficult to tell sometimes which layer is selected or which layer you have just pasted into. You can figure it out by looking at the layers tab, but when you first go to move something or paste something, it's a bit confusing.
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Adobe Photoshop

  • 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 Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator 9.5
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 Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop 9.8
Based on 24 answers
We have 11 people using the program almost every day and when needed, we pull in other free lancers to continue the work flow. We have our Adobe subscription set to auto-renew every month and we're not getting rid of that anytime soon!
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Usability

Adobe Illustrator

No score
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Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop 4.5
Based on 6 answers
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

Adobe Illustrator

No score
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Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop 9.0
Based on 2 answers
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

Adobe Illustrator

No score
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Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop 8.0
Based on 2 answers
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

Adobe Illustrator

No score
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Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop 8.2
Based on 5 answers
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

Adobe Illustrator

No score
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Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop 10.0
Based on 1 answer
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

Adobe Illustrator

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Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop 9.1
Based on 4 answers
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

Adobe Illustrator

I know that SVG-Edit and GIMP can edit and create vector graphics, but I haven't used them much for that. I've used GIMP before but not for vectors. And I've never used SVG-Edit. So personally, I haven't used or evaluated any alternatives to Illustrator. However, I'm pretty sure it's safe to say that Illustrator would be a better product than either of those.
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Adobe Photoshop

Lightroom works right along side Photoshop seamlessly. They're both Adobe products and are meant to work together for easy and well thought out productions. Coral Aftershot: while I've never used it, I have heard some of our designers talking about it. Those who have used it liked it, but said it's not as strong as Photoshop.
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Scalability

Adobe Illustrator

No score
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Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop 4.0
Based on 1 answer
It seems expensive compared to the free/cheap programs now available
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Return on Investment

Adobe Illustrator

  • Increased collaboration between illustrators and photoshop users.
  • Has more creative freedom compared to Photoshop and time invested in Illustrator for the same artwork to be done in Photoshop can reap greater rewards.
  • As part of the Creative Suite, it is always easy to assign software to the individual team member at ease.
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Adobe Photoshop

  • We're able to work faster with Photoshop due to the new subscription structure they have. All of our go-to designers have Photoshop on their own computers that they pay for. This allows us to call them in a pinch over the weekend and have them work from home.
  • Photoshop doesn't necessarily make it faster for our team to get the job done, but I've never heard one of them say they would stop using Photoshop for another program entirely.
  • Photoshop is the reason we have a design department. It's a great tool that allows us to expand the business we can do. We started off as a post house for editing and now we're a full fledged Ad Agency. Adobe is part of our everyday life at the office. We started by using images in some of our edits/reels but realized we had the tools to edit them for web and promotional use so we started a design department and now it comes with all of our edits. We shoot stills and edit them for our clients websites, flyers, etc.
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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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