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Likelihood to Recommend

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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Canva

Well suited: We use this platform most frequently to quickly design electronic invitation cards to a monthly cocktails event. The files export easily, allowing us to import into PaperlessPost for our event emailing and RSVP tracking. This is a very powerful combo if you host a lot of special events on a regular basis.Not so well-suited: For text heavy designs you may consider another platform, as copy/pasting text and maintaining or universally changing text format can be challenging. Think of this as a graphic design program with some text features, mostly to design sales collateral and you will be very happy; just don't try to use it to create a book or a very long, text-heavy annual report.
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Pros

  • 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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  • User friendly.
  • Great templates for marketing, promotion, and design.
  • Anyone can learn to use it quickly.
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Cons

  • Learning curve. This is due primarily to the extensive feature set, so I can't complain about it too much, but just like a 747 is more difficult to fly (or to learn how to fly) than a Piper Cub, the sheer number of things you can do with Photoshop means it may be daunting for new users.
  • Working with large numbers of images. Wedding, event, and portrait photographers will certainly want a companion program to help organize images and apply adjustments to groups of images. Photoshop just doesn't seem designed to handle this aspect of the workflow efficiently.
  • Beyond these, I can identify several minor areas where I'd like to see Photoshop improve (better built-in black and white presets, better image enlargement) but in general, any quibbles I have are the result of Adobe saying, "Hey, let's not dumb this down. Let's provide the best possible base-level tools to our users, and let them create art with it." I would rather have more potential that's harder to use, than an easy to use program that's limited in functionality.
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  • The app has some glitches (closes without saving changes, text placement is dodgy), better used on desktop
  • Design in RGB, not CMYK which can be problematic for printing
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Likelihood to Renew

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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Canva10.0
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Usability

Adobe Photoshop4.5
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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Canva9.4
Based on 5 answers
No system is perfect, but Canva comes close. It really is easy to use and generally doesn't warrant the tearing out of hair when using it. :) I found it to be intuitive and simple to figure out, so I rarely ran into problems. When I did, customer support was there to take care of me.
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Reliability and Availability

Adobe Photoshop9.0
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 Photoshop8.0
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 Photoshop8.2
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The support team is great, but it's more likely that other users will help you.
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Canva10.0
Based on 1 answer
Canva deeply cares about its customers -- regardless of whether they're paid or free trials. This is the commitment and spirit inculcated across the organization. Absolutely commendable!
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In-Person Training

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

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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Canva10.0
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This question shouldn't be asked for a tool which only requires a sign-up via email/Social.
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Alternatives Considered

Both Lightroom and Capture One also provide a rich, powerful set of features for image editing. However, they are designed for a different purpose -- working with RAW images, and moving through a large number of images quickly. They excel where Photoshop does not, and Photoshop excels where they do not -- the fine, pixel-level work.
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There are real contrasts between high-end suites like Adobe and Corel. Canva isn't meant to compete with their ability to produce high-end custom graphics. What it does well is produce the most common content at lightning speed, with a high degree of professionalism, and at a fraction of the learning curve and cost. With more direct competitors like PicMonkey and LucidPress I find Canva easier to use, and more cost-effective. It's a solid collaboration tool with very little friction.
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Scalability

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

  • Our business runs off of the Photoshop files that our graphic designers create daily, therefore it has greatly increased our ROI and overall objectives.
  • When a client calls, wondering about their website template or with a question about the Photoshop file we might have sent them, Photoshop makes it easy for our graphic designers to explain exactly what is going on within Photoshop and how the client can use it and understand it better.
  • The only slightly negative impact our business has sometimes encountered with Photoshop is, as I mentioned before, the slower runtime on our computers.
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  • As a small business person, Canva is saving me thousands. Canva's massive library of presets for virtually any social media and business communications resource makes it invaluable. Public domain and creative commons libraries like Unsplash and Pexels extend the range of Canva's usefulness without adding a dime to the budget. These two resources are the perfect partners and have taken both my personal and organizational budget down by hundreds of dollars a month. When you're a resource-constrained startup this is critical.
  • Canva has reduced the amount of time it's taking me to produce high-end marketing and communications tools by at least 50%. I can spin up a blog slider in minutes, and a full corporate brochure in under an hour, with both looking like they were done by an agency.
  • Canva has reduced both the amount of time it takes to produce client assets and the cost of doing so. We've yet to do a case study to determine the ROI, but it's significant, freeing up critical resources on our team. When you're a startup, this is a game-changer.
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Pricing Details

Adobe Photoshop

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

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