Adobe PhotoShop - It's Industry Standard for a Reason!
April 29, 2021

Adobe PhotoShop - It's Industry Standard for a Reason!

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Adobe PhotoShop

Adobe PhotoShop is used across much of our whole organization - pretty much any creative or design team uses it as part of our corporate licenses with Adobe Creative Cloud. It addresses the needs of just about any visual design situation where we need to work with digital imagery - cropping, resizing, adjusting lighting, touch-ups, layering elements, etc.
  • Image resizing/compression - cropping, resizing, and optimizing images to be exactly the dimensions, aspect ratio, and file size you need
  • Image manipulation - removing or adding elements to an image
  • Image effects - adding things like blur, lighting, emboss, texture, and other digital effects to an image
  • Bulk actions - being able to record a series of edits you make so that you can just hit a button to repeat the actions for a series of images
  • Crop feature - the newest version is hard to use compared to the previous version. It reverses the orientation of how you do it and is more cumbersome to use.
  • Vector elements - being able to quickly add stroke outlines to objects, etc [are] not as powerful and easy to do compared to Illustrator. Although this is not Adobe PhotoShop's focus, it would be nice to have consistency across the Adobe CC products by having Adobe PhotoShop be a little more versatile in this area.
  • Toolbar menu - the newest version of Adobe PhotoShop overhauls how the toolbar is done. While it is supposed to be user-friendly because it allows you to customize the toolbar, I find it more confusing because sometimes I can't find a familiar tool and have to go through extra steps to add it to my toolbar, rather than [...] just being available.
  • Overall complexity - Adobe PhotoShop is a very powerful tool, but with such great power comes great complexity. It can be difficult to know how to use many of the tools.
  • Image cropping, resizing, and compression
  • Image composites - bringing together multiple elements to create an aesthetically pleasing design
  • Image adjustments - lighting, coloration, saturation, etc.
  • Removing unwanted elements from images
  • Allows us to consistently produce quality graphics for our social media channels
  • Allows us to quickly produce hero images, banners, and other illustrations for our website
  • Allows us to make quick adjustments to existing images or legacy image content so that we don't have substandard content
  • No noticeable negative impact!
To be honest, Adobe PhotoShop is the only tool of its kind that I have used, other than many, many years ago when I used Microsoft Paint. Compared to Paint, Adobe PhotoShop blows it out of the water in nearly every aspect. Adobe PhotoShop's depth and power are unequaled in the digital imaging game - although I've not used competitor products, I have heard this from other graphic designers and artists who swear by it, and I know that Adobe PhotoShop is the standard for the majority of organizations.

Ironically, the other comparable tool I've used is part of the same family (Adobe Illustrator CC) - but Illustrator is clearly designed to focus on creating illustrations and vector graphics, whereas Adobe PhotoShop is for rasterized images. Each does well with their area of focus.

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I feel that Adobe PhotoShop is well-suited for any scenario where you need to have a creative tool for digital imaging, image adjustments, image manipulation, etc. It is the industry-standard tool for a reason. Basic editing is fairly easy to do, and things like recording your actions for repetitive tasks make doing long processes a breeze.

Really the only situation where it may be less appropriate is if you need only the very basics of image editing (cropping, compressing, etc), in which case you can most likely find a free tool to do the same thing. Or, if you simply don't edit images very often, in which case it wouldn't be worth paying a monthly or annual fee.