Photoshop or Illustrator

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Which program do you prefer to use

  1. Photoshop

    20 vote(s)
  2. Illustrator

    7 vote(s)
  1. cammhill

    cammhill New Member

    Which is the most popular graphic design program?

    Vote for your preference and post your reasons why/why not
  2. ishie

    ishie New Member

    I personally like using Photoshop. It's easy to use and learn. You can do lots of photo experimentation with PS. There is also a portable version of it.
  3. PixelPusher

    PixelPusher Super Moderator Staff Member

    Really depends on what type of design you are doing. Illustrator is a very powerful app, and has a lot of potential, geared almost entirely to print-based design.

    I use PS more than anything, love it.

    Few of my Photoshop uses:
    1. interface design
    2. website layout
    3. icons
    4. photo enhancements and effects
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2010
  4. LouTheDesigner

    LouTheDesigner New Member

    Well there's a difference between "Which program do you prefer to use," and "Which is the most popular graphic design program?" The former demands a subjective answer, and the latter an objective one.

    I voted Illustrator. I use photoshop mostly for resizing, cropping, and optimizing images before I put them on sites. If I'm creating any graphics, I enjoy Illustrator.

    They really shouldn't be compared though. They're meant for two different things, though some uses may overlap.

  5. BMA

    BMA Banned

    Yep, Illustrator is for vector art and Photoshop is better at raster art, although each can be used the other way. I find Photoshop much more intuitive, so I use Photoshop over Illustrator every chance I get. Even when vector art is required, depending on the project, I prefer to design in Photoshop and then trace my final product in Illustrator.

    I hired a designer who was very competent in Illustrator 10 and preferred it. But when I sat her down at her work station here with Illustrator CS4, she was 95% lost. Almost a year later, she still hasn't reached a comfort level with Illustrator CS4, but she picked up Photoshop CS4 with no trouble!
  6. fastfix

    fastfix New Member

    It's very much dependent on the type of graphic work that you're doing.

    When using photoshop, you are creating raster graphics that are set in a certain amount of pixels (resolution), and are therefore not suited to enlarging due to 'pixellation'. It's perfectly suited to raster graphics like photos etc.

    Illustrator on the other hand creates vector images, where the lines, shapes, fills and strokes are stored as a mathematical formula. For this reason, vector images are suited to creating graphics that could require resizing/scaling, as they don't pixellate and lose quality at any size. Typical uses would be logos.

    For these reasons, I don't think that there is an 'either or' answer. For anyone that is serious about graphic design, both a vector and a raster graphics program should be part of your toolkit.
  7. PixelPusher

    PixelPusher Super Moderator Staff Member

    Definitely agree!
  8. dr\logo

    dr\logo New Member

    great answer but i prefer photoshop!
  9. nedo

    nedo New Member

    I use both programs on a daily basis, and they both provide unique abilities.
    There is no better, because, anyone who use those two knows that they are quite different.
    I usually draw everything in illustrator, make logos there, and print design, while I use Photoshop for web design, retouching pictures and drawing some art in spare time.
    most of the times I combine those 2, and that really is the biggest power you can get.
  10. impactbnd

    impactbnd New Member

    I like both, they're the best in graphic designs, web designs and anything that involves designing, but only one reason why i vote for illustrator, it is because of its vector characteristic.
  11. impactbnd

    impactbnd New Member

    Photoshop is the best in photo editing, processing on tshirt designs and many more, but when I design, I used both Illustrator and photoshop, there are some aspects that illustrator has against photoshop and vice versa.
  12. impactbnd

    impactbnd New Member

    I like illustrator when doing logo designing. You can create a more professional look. An one thing I like the most in illustrator is that you can create a good drawing and line art, Thats what a love the most out of this designing software.
  13. d a v e

    d a v e New Member

    apples or oranges: vector or raster
  14. MadTalentDesign

    MadTalentDesign New Member

    I use Photoshop the most when creating websites so I picked Photoshop since I'm more comfortable with it.
    Illustrator is more for vector art to create logos and your own vector graphics. It has great tools but I don't find myself always using it. Its good for originality.
  15. autoreg

    autoreg New Member

    I often use photoshop.
  16. ladesign

    ladesign New Member

    I like them both I do not have a favorite at all they have there own unique charocters about them I pick both
  17. bcee

    bcee New Member

    I chose Photoshop (any CS version) since Illustrator has always been a hog and slow program for me. Even when I was pushing 5 GHZ with 6 GB of DDR3 OC'd to 1200 MHZ with the latest dual-card set up. I just don't get it :(

    Though it is a great program; only if it ran quicker...
  18. smoovo

    smoovo New Member

    I'm definitely agree with you. Photoshop can do what Illustrator does and more. Illustrator is one part of Photoshop, and made to be easier to make Logos and Icons.

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  19. expo09

    expo09 New Member

    I think photoshop is better for beginners but professionals really should be able to use both.
  20. Catalin99

    Catalin99 New Member

    For vectorized design, Illustrator is the best option. However, I work almost just on Photoshop, so my vote goes to Photoshop. :)

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