Overall Satisfaction with Adobe Photoshop
We use Photoshop everyday to design graphics, adjust photography, produce mockups, and support various business activities. Though not everyone in our office is a power user, everyone is comfortable opening a file and making adjustments to it on a regular basis. Photoshop is one of the core apps our business uses to provide services to our clients and it would be difficult to do business without it.
- Edit photography.
- Design mockups for the web.
- Create social media graphics.
- It's a weighty app.
- Can be overkill for small projects.
- Steep initial learning curve.
- Allows us to quickly turn around graphic projects.
- Subscription model means we don't ever have to worry about running out of date software.
- I'm not sure there is one single app more integral to running our business.
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.
Honestly, I haven't really used Photoshop support very much. Once it's installed, I have had very few problems with getting it to work like it should. I know support is available and have sometimes perused the Adobe forums for ideas (so I know it exists), but I've never had reason to contact support.
I've tried many Photoshop alternatives over the years and generally, nothing stacks up. I sometimes use Canva when I need something created and don't have access to Photoshop. It doesn't do the same kind of heavy lifting, but it works in a pinch. I think that's the real scenario where I would use an alternative, when Photoshop is simply unavailable and I need to make do with something else.
Photoshop has been my default design app for 20 years. It's well-established and quite versatile for many of the things I would like it to do. It fits in well with its product family workflow where you can import from or to Illustrator and prepare graphics for layout in InDesign. It can be weighty and if you're looking for a lot of predesigned templates for social media, it's probably best to look elsewhere, but where Photoshop excels is giving pros the tools to use it how it works for them.