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Score 9.1 out of 100
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Score 8.2 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • Adobe PhotoShop is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating
  • Microsoft Publisher is rated higher in 1 area: Usability

Likelihood to Recommend

9.2

Adobe PhotoShop

92%
179 Ratings
8.4

Microsoft Publisher

84%
9 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.0

Adobe PhotoShop

90%
30 Ratings

Microsoft Publisher

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

9.6

Adobe PhotoShop

96%
14 Ratings
10.0

Microsoft Publisher

100%
1 Rating

Availability

9.0

Adobe PhotoShop

90%
5 Ratings

Microsoft Publisher

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

9.0

Adobe PhotoShop

90%
5 Ratings

Microsoft Publisher

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

9.4

Adobe PhotoShop

94%
101 Ratings
8.0

Microsoft Publisher

80%
6 Ratings

In-Person Training

10.0

Adobe PhotoShop

100%
1 Rating

Microsoft Publisher

N/A
0 Ratings

Implementation Rating

9.0

Adobe PhotoShop

90%
11 Ratings

Microsoft Publisher

N/A
0 Ratings

Product Scalability

4.0

Adobe PhotoShop

40%
1 Rating

Microsoft Publisher

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe PhotoShop

[Adobe] Photoshop is well suited, at times when the user has to develop something from scratch. It is very advantageous, to provide an "all in one" solution for retouching, manipulating, drawing vectors, creating promotional posters. However, it is less appropriate, in the case of 3D rendering, and high-sized files, where the application turns to be laggy.
Swathy Chandra R | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Publisher

Microsoft Publisher is well suited for almost any situation. It is something that I'm sure has far more advanced tools than I use or am aware of, but it is also very simple for entry-level users to create professional documents quickly. I have used it for very involved brochures in real estate scenarios and I have also used it for very simple "Construction Zone" signs at a job site under construction. There are so many uses for this program!
Ashley Vogler | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Adobe PhotoShop

  • Brush customization. There are many available brushes for illustration, and each can be customized to fit the needs of your specific style.
  • Integration with other Adobe products. It is essential that the images I create be accessible in Adobe Indesign and Illustrator, and [Adobe] Photoshop can be placed and edited easily within those programs.
  • Advanced editing. The possibilities for editing photos [are] endless, with new features being added constantly.
Heather Miller | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Publisher

  • Business cards
  • Internal memos that use a logo or a little bit of design.
  • Quick and simple flyers for internal events.
Robb Auspitz | 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

Microsoft Publisher

  • The greatest shortcoming is large (300+ page documents) that require lots of internal hyperlinks. While it can do it, I can tell, due to the way it bogs down, that I am pushing the program to its limits.
  • I would like to be able to work better with pdf's. I would like the ability to import a pdf of a graph, picture, or some other object directly into a Publisher document. Currently, I have to first convert the pdf to a jpeg and then import the jpeg. I have not found a way around this issue.
  • At one point, I thought I had the option to automatically turn off hyphenation. Somewhere along the way, it seems as if the default for everything is hyphenation is turned on. I detest hyphenation and turning it off on every box I create becomes cumbersome.
  • More options for graphics. Particularly the defaults that allow you to place "frames" and effects around photos. More options.
Terry Goodman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Adobe PhotoShop

General

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

Starting Price

$20 per month

Adobe PhotoShop Editions & Modules

Edition
Single App$20.001
  1. per month
Additional Pricing Details

Microsoft Publisher

General

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

Starting Price

$139 one time purchase

Microsoft Publisher Editions & Modules

Edition
Microsoft Publisher$1391
  1. one time purchase
Additional Pricing Details

Likelihood to Renew

Adobe PhotoShop

Adobe PhotoShop 9.0
Based on 30 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

Microsoft Publisher

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

Adobe PhotoShop

Adobe PhotoShop 9.6
Based on 14 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

Microsoft Publisher

Microsoft Publisher 10.0
Based on 1 answer
It has a great feature set but does not overwhelm me with its complexity. This is not an entry-level program, but it is also not one of the top of line graphic designer programs, like Abode In-Design. I can use Publisher to do 95% of what I need to get done. The other 5% I farm out to the graphics design person in the organization. It simply works and does so in a simple to use manner.
Terry Goodman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Adobe PhotoShop

Adobe PhotoShop 9.0
Based on 5 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

Microsoft Publisher

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

Adobe PhotoShop

Adobe PhotoShop 9.0
Based on 5 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

Microsoft Publisher

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Adobe PhotoShop

Adobe PhotoShop 9.4
Based on 101 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

Microsoft Publisher

Microsoft Publisher 8.0
Based on 6 answers
While I have not directly used support for Microsoft Publisher, I have used their help files and found them to be useful. I have also found that most answers that I need can be found through simple web searches and chat platforms. In all though, there are very few times when the preloaded help files have not given me the answers that I need.
Kathryn Juarez | 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

Microsoft Publisher

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

Adobe PhotoShop

Adobe PhotoShop 9.0
Based on 11 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

Microsoft Publisher

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Adobe PhotoShop

Canva is a great tool for creating infographics and it's free with limited options. Adobe Illustrator CC and Adobe InDesign are much more suited for creating infographics, however, I still selected Adobe PhotoShop primarily because of my familiarity with all of the tools and hotkeys. There are always workarounds from with Adobe PhotoShop, and I just haven't taken the time to learn how to use Adobe Illustrator CC as effectively.
Alan Bloxham | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Publisher

Microsoft Publisher is more for beginners, or for basic needs, anyone with some familiarity with the Microsoft suite should be able to use it easily. If you’re looking to create something more graphic and advanced, you’d probably want to look into something like InDesign, which is not as user friendly if you’re not familiar with it at all. For basic needs the average employee should be able to use Microsoft Publisher with ease.
Amanda Carpenter | 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

Microsoft Publisher

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Adobe PhotoShop

  • Saved our company thousands of dollars by editing in house.
  • Has given us the ability to do things on the fly and get projects done faster.
  • Having the original .psd files saved has given us the ability to go back and reuse and update photos and graphics instead of starting all over again.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Publisher

  • Allowed us to created our own documents/educational material for patients. In previous practices I have worked we had to buy "pamplets and brochures" which were very costly.
Kristen Lysobey | TrustRadius Reviewer

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