Overall Satisfaction with Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Photoshop is a highly valuable design tool for the in-house creative team in mMarketing at my company. We use it on a daily basis to quickly create graphic assets for email and social campaigns, digital ads, web graphics, collateral, trade show graphics, etc. Other departments have individual team members who occasionally use it, but the marketing creative team are the primary users.
- Excellent photo-editing capabilities. Not as robust as Lightroom, but more than sufficient for most design needs.
- Smart Objects are a life-saver. They allow for flexibility in editing a placed object in its original file format (e.g. editing a vector smart object in Illustrator with changes applying immediately in Photoshop).
- History Panel is equally a life-saver. As a 20-year veteran of Photoshop, I remember the days of no history or limited history, which forced designers to save out multiple versions throughout the design process or risk making impossible-to-revert changes.
- Healing brushes (all the varieties) are amazingly smart and useful in touching up photos without painstaking use of the rubber stamp tool.
- Infinite history would be an improvement over the large, but still limited, number of re-do's currently available.
- Text editing in Photoshop could be more consistent with Illustrator/InDesign.
- Saving to various formats (.jpg, .pdf) has been buggy with recent Mac OS releases.
- While Photoshop alone is not responsible for this, our small, talented creative team has optimized our use of well-built Photoshop files and processes to help trim design for email, blog, and social graphics from a nearly full-time design role 2 years ago to 15 hrs/week, with a significant increase in volume for each of those areas.
Photoshop is broad in its functionality that it overlaps with layout and illustration programs like Illustrator (not as strong as Illustrator in either area) and with UX/UI design programs like Sketch and Adobe XD. (both of which are superior for web/interface design). Since the release of Creative Suite and then, Creative Cloud, we've never had to make a decision to purchase Photoshop independently, but we would anyway for its indispensable image editing/compositing features.
I've never had to contact support, and Adobe's online user communities are robust enough to make support almost a non-factor. It's a consistently reliable software product, and Adobe regularly releases new, well-tested features that add value to creatives like me and my Creative Team at Frontline Education. We've never felt unsupported by Adobe in using it.
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Photoshop is still the industry standard for photo editing/compositing, and I highly recommend it for those purposes. It is certainly now more of a niche product than it was two decades ago when I started using Photoshop 3, especially related to web design, where I used to use Photoshop to build whole page designs. While Photoshop is still useful for creating individual graphics and web images, many other products like Sketch, Adobe XD, and even Illustrator are better suited for more extensive web design.