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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop is well suited for editing photos and creating graphics. I think a product like Adobe InDesign or Illustrator is better for creating text-heavy documents such as brochures.
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Canva

Good for:
  • Light jobs when you want to create quick social media posts.
  • Book or report covers
  • I've created full small ebooks with it (up to 20 pages)
  • C.V.s and resumes are also some of my favorite things to create on Canva
If you do a lot of simple design work and change stations, Canva is the perfect platform for you. I did pay for some of Canva's premium images and designs to add spice and to make sure I stand out from some of my competitors, some of whom I realized are stealing/copying my social media post designs.
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Pros

  • Like most Adobe products, there are a ton of educational materials on PS that come directly from the source.
  • There aren't many restrictions on PS. I truly believe the possibilities are endless.
  • PS can be used by a multitude of people ranging from beginners in coordinator roles to advanced in graphic design roles.
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  • Design professional-looking postcards and flyers using a wide selection of adaptable templates.
  • Create print-ready brochures, flyers, and presentations with high quality graphics with little or no graphic design experience.
  • On-screen tips guide you through the design process, so literally anyone can log onto the system and initiate or complete a design.
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Cons

  • It's a little tricky to get comfortable with all of the features in Photoshop, but there are plenty of tutorials online that will help you grasp what you can actually do with the software.
  • It's not the greatest tool to create graphics in. It's better to edit or manipulate existing graphics.
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  • More free content.
  • More fonts, we follow a style guide and need specific fonts for dept promotions.
  • More tools for words, curves would be nice!
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Photoshop9.8
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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Canva10.0
Based on 1 answer
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Usability

Adobe Photoshop4.5
Based on 6 answers
It's really easy to use, if you have a Wacom device. Photoshop will be like a canvas or a blank page that is ready to draw or sketch on.
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Canva9.3
Based on 6 answers
I have seen firsthand how easy it is for new staff to get up-to-speed on design projects and quickly start using the program. We produce a lot of collateral on a regular basis, and new hires, with no experience using design software in the past, immediately felt comfortable enough with the interface and help features to start producing great looking materials.
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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
Based on 5 answers
The support team is great, but it's more likely that other users will help you.
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Canva10.0
Based on 2 answers
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
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 Photoshop9.1
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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Canva10.0
Based on 1 answer
This question shouldn't be asked for a tool which only requires a sign-up via email/Social.
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Alternatives Considered

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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Photoshop is an advanced image and vector tool that has a massive learning curve. It is not for everyone but once you get the hang of it, it is very versatile for designing all kinds of graphics whether for social media or print campaigns. When used hand in hand with the Adobe CC suite, it works almost like Magic. However, considering the monthly cost and learning curve, it just did not feel like the right fit for our team. We wanted to be able to have all our designs saved online and accessible to anyone on the team whenever they needed them, so Canva won us over.
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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

  • 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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  • Increased social media click-through rate as Canva enabled me to create eye-catching images to draw people in
  • Better brand awareness as basic stock images can be transformed to reflect the brand and be identifiable as collateral that is being delivered by this particular company
  • Saved money on having to hire a freelance designer as could complete work myself in-house
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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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