The Gold Standard for Graphics Editing
February 03, 2019

The Gold Standard for Graphics Editing

Dan Talvi | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Adobe Photoshop

As a technical education facility, offering digital media communications training to high school juniors and seniors, Photoshop is an essential aspect of our course— in terms of education and marketing. We utilize Photoshop for creating program marketing materials for enrollment, which are published by our organization for distribution to local high schools. Photoshop is one of the core applications taught to our students in our program as part of our graphic design and photo retouching and manipulation curriculum. Finally, students in our program complete client work for local organizations and businesses, designing advertisements such as posters, flyers, brochures, digital ads and banners, graphics for video productions, and much more. When it comes to creating graphics or photo editing, Photoshop is our first (and often last) stop.
  • Highly Functional & Extremely Versatile — Users can accomplish a LOT with Photoshop, including photo restoration, graphic design, vector-based art creation (such as logo design), digital painting... even animation!
  • Industry Standard — Adobe Photoshop is one of the industry-leading software for graphic editing.
  • Responsive and Reliable — Photoshop runs extremely smooth. I rarely ever run into any issues or glitches due to software malfunction. It does what it does, and it does it well.
  • Learning Curve — Photoshop is a deep software— the basic tools and functions that new users will first encounter only scratch the surface of what Photoshop is truly capable of. Completing basic image manipulation (such as resizing, cropping, and painting on the canvas) can be easy to quickly pick up, but most of its functionality takes time to learn and master— which can be a bit intimidating for some users.
  • Adobe Creative Cloud / Subscription Service — Photoshop is not a software that can be outright purchased (anymore). Adobe has bundled PS within its Creative Cloud apps bundles, which are all subscription-based. For beginners and experts, this can be great— beginners only pay for what they need (monthly) and experts never have to worry about losing out on new features as upgrades are included with the subscription. However, I have talked with many users who only need a functional version of the software without the need for future updates and wish to purchase a software license outright who are disappointed by this.
  • Hefty Install — Photoshop takes up significant hard drive space— both the software and the Photoshop files themselves. Plan on having a large hard drive with plenty of memory space to accommodate this software.
  • Photoshop is versatile enough that we can utilize a single software for all graphics needs.
Photoshop is the standard for graphics editing and manipulation— other software often attempt to emulate what PS can accomplish, but never fully deliver. Software such as Gimp, Corel Paint, Pixlr, and others, while great alternatives if Photoshop is not an option, do not provide the rich features and smooth functionality that Photoshop has perfected. We do utilize Adobe Illustrator in addition to Photoshop, as Illustrator focuses specifically on Vector graphics editing (used for logo designs). But, if Illustrator was not an option, Photoshop could also get us by.
There are many situations where Photoshop is well suited— even when it isn't one of the core purposes of the software. Adobe Photoshop is intended for raster (pixel-based) image editing, such as photos. PS provides users with an extremely wide variety of tools, effects, filters, and utilities to manipulate these photos as desired— especially with the content-aware features which allows Photoshop to automatically generate pixel data from the existing image and naturally blend it with the original photo. In addition to photo manipulation, Photoshop also provides vector-based graphics and tools for creating logos and other graphic designs (which are a sampling of features pulled from Adobe's vector editing software, Illustrator).