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Adobe PhotoShop

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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe PhotoShop

Adobe Photoshop is great for photo editing and illustration. While a beginner can use it and learn the inner workings of the program, it is definitely an advanced tool with many more features and abilities than other similar products. It would not be well suited for anyone that has simple edits they want to make or [doesn't] have the time [and] dedication that it takes to learn.
Heather Miller | TrustRadius Reviewer

Painter

Corel Painter does have a lot of great brushes, and they do emulate real art supplies very well. Especially the thick paint is well done.But unfortunately there are so many functional and UX bugs that overall it is just horrible to work with. When contacting customer support about it, they really seem clueless about the seriousness of the situation, and clueless about what proper UX is in general. They have tried to make it work a bit like Photoshop, which is a good move but then some things are absolutely not intuitive at all and they are definitely missing the mark horribly with so many issues. I would highly recommend using Photoshop instead, though you'll have to download them separately; it also offers a lot of great brushes nowadays and works much much smoother without all those aggravating bugs of Painter. The price of Corel Painter is just not at all worth all these horrible bugs.
Iris Shields | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Adobe PhotoShop

  • Photoshop is very useful — in fact, it is practically the only app we use — for editing photos. This includes color correcting, cropping / straightening, compositing, retouching, masking (removing a background), and more.
  • Photoshop is easily extensible. There are literally thousands of presets and plugins available for it. This includes brushes, masks, shapes, color palettes, effects plugins, productivity plugins, import/export extensions, and more. This makes it easy to create unique and evocative images, and works well with many productivity workflows.
  • Photoshop is very accurate for bitmap colorwork, which is the foundation of both digital and print production. It supports all the important industry color spaces and has a great color management workflow.
  • There are many things Photoshop can do besides basic photo editing. You can create layouts, set up multi-artboard projects, create automated processes (scripts, actions, and data merge, among them), created 3D rendered imagery, edit video (including exporting animated GIFs), and various technical/scientific processes, among other things.
Michael Prewitt | TrustRadius Reviewer

Painter

  • Emulate real art material like paints, drawing materials, etc.
  • Has a lot of different brushes and other art materials
  • It has a set up that can initially test your system to analyze and enhance performance
Iris Shields | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Adobe PhotoShop

  • PhotoShop is a specialized tool with a learning curve. The controls are sometimes cryptic to the unimmersed.
  • The licensing model for PhotoShop and the Creative Suite can sometimes be cost-prohibitive and hard to justify deploying.
  • There are lots of overlaps in the Adobe Creative Suite that make it difficult to know if PhotoShop, Lightroom, PhotoShop Lite, etc. are the right tools for the job.
Chris Carpenter | TrustRadius Reviewer

Painter

  • Way too many functional bugs, makes it hard to work with
  • Bad UX and usability, too much unintuitive behavior, makes it particularly hard to work with
  • Overall looks and behaves as if it was coded in the '90s, it really needs a complete UX overhaul
  • Did I mention the many bugs yet? Yeah? I'll mention it again because it's bad
Iris Shields | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Adobe PhotoShop

Adobe PhotoShop 9.6
Based on 29 answers
We get a lot of use out of this software. It's vital for work with production in our industry and has a lot of cross-functionality - creating social media images, retouching photos, editing photos, creating gradients, and more. It's pretty fuss-free in that we haven't had to reach out to support and the program hasn't crashed on us. We are trained on the software (so again, this isn't for beginners), but for detail-oriented designers and creatives like ourselves - it's a no-brainer.
page V | TrustRadius Reviewer

Painter

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Usability

Adobe PhotoShop

Adobe PhotoShop 9.4
Based on 13 answers
I've used it for a long time and would consider myself a Pro user at this point. I know where everything I need is, have custom actions set up to make common actions faster, and have my workflows automated so much that everything is easy. Occasionally, a new version of Photoshop will change a common usability feature which will slow things down for a short time before I'm able to adjust, but generally I really like my setup. However, if you're new to Photoshop, it is likely going to take you a while to figure out how you can best use the features.
Nicholas De Salvo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Painter

Painter 1.0
Based on 1 answer
If it wasn't quite clear yet, I'll state it again: the usability of Corel Painter is, simply put, horrid. And I am not talking about rendering, lagging, etc., it is not even all that bad there. I am talking about the weird issues like being unable to move a brush into a custom brush palette when you work on a second screen, like being unable to move the software onto the second screen in the first place unless you separate all the palettes and the windows (and if nobody tells you upfront there is no way of knowing because the manual doesn't state this at all), and then having to drag all your separate windows and palettes over one by one every time your computer wakes up again, and they won't really want to move to the other screen but only through a tiny corner of your screen, and the fact that you have to scroll through lists and lists of fonts but can't search and when you apply this font, add another piece of text the font jumps back to the default font of all the text already applied even when you haven't selected any of the text. Just to name a very small few.
Iris Shields | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Adobe PhotoShop

Adobe PhotoShop 9.0
Based on 4 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.
Kris Bram | TrustRadius Reviewer

Painter

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Performance

Adobe PhotoShop

Adobe PhotoShop 8.0
Based on 4 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.
Keith Bailly | TrustRadius Reviewer

Painter

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Support Rating

Adobe PhotoShop

Adobe PhotoShop 8.4
Based on 104 answers
While I never contacted Adobe directly, there is so much content out there in the form of YouTube videos, Lynda/LinkedIn learning that almost any issue, including bugs, can be worked around (and this method is generally faster as there's no turnaround time involved).
Shion Song | TrustRadius Reviewer

Painter

Painter 3.0
Based on 1 answer
It was really hard to get them to understand what I was having problems with. It was hard to get the message through that Painter has an unacceptable amount of functional and UX bugs. When I finally talked to someone who was easier to communicate with, he was very stoic about the situation, like they didn't really care about the awful amount of bugs.
Iris Shields | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

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
Keith Bailly | TrustRadius Reviewer

Painter

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Implementation Rating

Adobe PhotoShop

Adobe PhotoShop 7.0
Based on 10 answers
I took a course so it really helped. I didn’t take the course until much later after beginning to use it, so I wish work would have sent me right off the bat. It would have alleviated a lot of frustratinon
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Painter

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Alternatives Considered

Adobe PhotoShop

When it comes to anything photo, Photoshop is the best tool that I have used. While Adobe Illustrator is great for graphics and vectors and does allow you to bring in photos, I do not recommend trying to create or do any advanced editing in Illustrator. If you must use Illustrator, make your photo edits in photoshop and then bring the photo into Illustrator. You can also do the opposite and bring your Illustrator graphics into Photoshop and incorporate them into your designs.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Painter

Like I already mentioned Photoshop is so much more pleasant to work with. Though out of the box Photoshop definitely has a lot fewer brushes; you can definitely download bushes often for free, or otherwise a small fee (you have to pay to add more brushes with Painter as well). Painter has so many horrible bugs, functional as well as usability bugs, it's just very, very sloppy definitely compared to Photoshop which is virtually bug-free nowadays. All due respect to programmers, I have been a coder myself, but it is obvious that Painter is built by coders and coders alone, it is obvious there have not been many designers (UX or otherwise) involved in the development of Painter.I got Painter on a discount (luckily or I would have been really ticked off) and I wanted to try it out. I would NEVER pay $500 for it now I know it is riddled with bugs.
Iris Shields | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Adobe PhotoShop

Adobe PhotoShop 4.0
Based on 1 answer
It seems expensive compared to the free/cheap programs now available
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Painter

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Return on Investment

Adobe PhotoShop

  • Since we do our marketing inhouse, it's extremely important to have a powerful app such as Photoshop. It allows us to create to our specs and brand.
  • Our business model has changed a lot over the years but Photoshop has been a constant in all of that change. There's always a reason to have it and I have never found a time where it wouldn't do what I needed it to do.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Painter

  • Waste of money
  • Waste of time trying to work around all the bugs
  • Waste of time trying to talk to customer service
Iris Shields | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Adobe PhotoShop

General

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

Adobe PhotoShop Editions & Modules

Edition
Single App$20.001
  1. Per Month
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Painter

General

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

Painter Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

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