Adobe Photoshop vs Adobe Illustrator

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  1. Casiox

    Casiox New Member

    Well, I am a graphics designer but I personally like using Photoshop way more than Illustrator, I got better management with Photoshop, however, I was thinking about starting to use Illustrator for logos and big sized images or vectors, what do you think about these two programs, which one do you like the most?
  2. MrMashFace

    MrMashFace New Member

    Sorry for being so late to this thread and sorry my reply might not be too in-depth as I my only experience with either program was limited when I worked/intern'ed as an editor. It honestly depends on the kind of job for me; if I am going to want to work on something that will be printed out as a banner or something else large I will usually use Illustrator because vector images don't pixel tear like raster images on Photoshop does, and if I am going to completely rework an image for a website and it isn't too big scale I prefer Photoshop heavily because there isn't as much control in Illustrator over your image as there is in Photoshop. The reason Photoshop isn't preferred sometimes is because it uses bitmap imaging, but that is also the only reason people would pick Photoshop over Illustrator as well because the bitmap graphics is what gives you complete control of every pixel in the image rather than Illustrators' vector images that don't necessarily have pixels to control. So, it seems like a really dumb answer, but it honestly depends on the job and the specific use for the finished work.
  3. hoover.dam22

    hoover.dam22 New Member

    I believe Illustrator is more used by people to edit images, while photoshop is used a bit more for design. You commonly hear of illustrator being used by people like wedding photographers, wheras a graphic designer might opt to use Photoshop. I use Photoshop because I find it easier.
  4. ArtsyViolinist

    ArtsyViolinist New Member

    Freelance designer here!

    If I'm doing anything for print, I always do processing in Illustrator. Photoshop to me is more of an image manipulation/digital painting program. If I create a logo using vectors in Illustrator, I know that I can always size it up and down infinitely without losing image quality. I also find that Illustrator handles text in an easier and more intuitive way than Photoshop, but that could be because I was trained on Illustrator first.

    You can't, however, beat Photoshop for it's image editing capabilities. Need something desaturated? Boom, three keys in Photoshop and you're done. Need something cropped? You can't crop in Illustrator, but it takes all of 15 seconds to do in Photoshop. I oftentimes have both programs open and ready to use and will do whatever needs to be done to my graphic in Photoshop before moving everything into Illustrator for layout and typeface setting.
  5. Tonya Anthony

    Tonya Anthony New Member

    I have an assocaite's in web designs and graphic design. And I freelance from time to time, just locally mainly to friends and family in my comunity. However, I use both Adobe applications when I am designing. I use the Photoshop application for it's editing capabilities, such as the contrast , maybe adding a filter etc. I do not like using it to draw logos or vectors. I feel like I don't have as much control with it like I do Adobe Illustrator. Adobe Illustrator is easy to use and great for logos and vectors, the images are crisp and clear when finshed and just an over all better look as whole when doing a logo.
  6. AwesomeMix

    AwesomeMix New Member

    Illustrator takes some getting used to. I'm more familiarized with Photoshop.
  7. Linds

    Linds New Member

    Really it depends what I need I guess, I learned Photoshop first but once I started testing out Illustrator I got into that too. Illustrator is definitely the go to for anything Print really, so quality never becomes an issue. But I love the breadth of stuff you can do in Photoshop, it has so many little applications, I use it so much when just digital drawing, or making graphics for animations, or games!
  8. grafficalmuse

    grafficalmuse New Member

    I'm so excited to be able to speak to other graphic designers on here. I'm self taught through many years of trial and error. I started using paint shop pro in 2003 having no clue how to use it or what to do. I finally upgraded to Adobe products. Now I am a proud subscriber to the creative cloud suite, which is affordable since my husband is a college professor.

    I work with both Photoshop and Illustrator due to the different capabilities of both programs. I feel like Adobe Illustrator has more power to easily and quickly manipulate stock graphics, there is certainly a learning curve when one is used to solely using Photoshop for graphic design and decides to incorporate Illustrator. I'm still learning about Illustrator, but I feel confident enough to start a logo or other design in Illustrator and transfer it to Photoshop to do some touch ups if my client does not require the finished product in vector format. There is still a great deal I need to learn.

    Both Photoshop and Illustrator are powerful pieces of software, and I love using them interchangeably for almost anything.

    I do prefer using Photoshop for creating prints and scrapbooking goodies for my blog since the majority of my readers are non-designers. This way my finished product will instantly format to JPEG or PDF. I understand Illustrator has the same capabilities, but I'm a little more proficient in Photoshop. However, if I find a stock image in Vector format, I'm able to tweak the colors and textures with a click of the mouse in one shot, which saves me a lot of time, and I just transfer the EPS (or other vector file format) to PNG format, and finish my work in Photoshop.

    Does anyone else do this?
  9. AngusG

    AngusG New Member

    Photoshop is great for manipulating photos, and digital drawing and painting, but Illustrator is much better for graphic work like logo and template design. The difference is mostly in how vectors can be used, while Photoshop has the ability to use vectors for all kinds of things, Illustrator is capable of much more with less work, making it the choice for most people who do graphic design work regularly.
  10. KCxiPost

    KCxiPost New Member

    Like most people have stated it really depends on the project. For things like logos and designs that are clean and simple, Illustrator is the way to go because it's oriented towards producing high quality vector graphics. For everything else I would say Photoshop has the upper hand. Perhaps it's just because I have more experience with Photoshop, but I believe I could do everything except vector work just as well or better in Photoshop. There are many diverse tools in Photoshop which make it the go-to for pretty much all your image manipulation needs.
  11. carly.oldridge

    carly.oldridge New Member

    Illustrator is used primarily to create vector art. The size can be altered without distorting pixels. Photoshop uses raster art, which does not allow for size alteration without pixel distortion. Both programs can and are used in design, it just depends on what you are trying to create.
  12. nyiguto56

    nyiguto56 Member

    Truly it depends what I require I figure, I learned Photoshop first yet once I began trying out Illustrator I got into that as well. Illustrator is certainly the go to for anything Print truly, so quality never turns into an issue. Be that as it may, I adore the expansiveness of stuff you can do in Photoshop, it has such a variety of little applications, I utilize it so much when simply computerized drawing, or making illustrations for livelinesss, or recreations!
  13. ac44

    ac44 New Member

    I think you got it wrong in the first place, Photoshop and Illustrator are two different applications created by adobe. Photoshop is a raster software while Illustrator is vector based, so the difference between them is huge and you need them both as a graphic designer, it will be fair if you compare Illustrator and Coreldraw instead, since both are vector based.

    Personally i use Photoshop for photo- editing/ manipulation and export my work to illustrator which is better in terms of written words, logos or any other vector base job, finish up and send to my client in the preferred format.

    Hoover.dam22, your statement is wrong, is the other way round, illustrator can never be used as a photo-editing software, that's the job of Photoshop.

    Finally, if you really want to get into graphic design, get the two applications, know them, coreldraw can be used in place of illustrator but a lot of designers prefer illustrator more, they call it "the industry standard".

    Hope this helps, hit me with any other question for further clarification.

  14. vinchie09

    vinchie09 New Member

    I'm a newbie Graphic artist, and i used adobe photoshop 3,5 and 6. lastly i remember i had a client, he want to vexel his photo, and he want to get my finish product that day. i said go to other who know how to create you want in a bit of time, if you we're me, why should you do to my client? are you doing his want in a bit of time? for a cheap price? for a friendly price rather? and if i have a client again and all there want is also my past client what should i do? help, Thanks in advance.
  15. Decypher7

    Decypher7 New Member

    You're complicating the two softwares, because they're different, one for each specific functionality, though they can be interchanged, but it boils down on preference and work spec. but as a graphic designer you can't do without knowing the two applications, because you will be dealing with vectors(Illustrator) and manipulations/editing(Photoshop).
    So you see, you can't compare the both, because they have different functionality, although not really different, because a good Photoshop expert like me (*winks ) can design vector based works on Photoshop, except the client wants it in AI format, because i really love Photoshop.
    But as a graphic designer you really need to get handy with both, because they are some works that may require you make use of Adobe Illustrator, it won't be really good to hear that someone who calls himself a graphic designer can't make use of AI. So you need to learn both.
  16. Louiegie

    Louiegie New Member

    Illustrator is best for clean, graphical illustrations while Photoshop is better for photo based illustrations. Illustrator would be my recommendation for clean, graphical illustrations. Whereas I would recommend Photoshop for photo based illustrations that require very thorough detail and photo manipulation. For many cases, most illustrators would use a mixture of both, it all depends on what type of illustration you're creating. :)
  17. Leiru

    Leiru New Member

    I'm really sorry, but when I saw this post I just read the title as "cats vs dogs", It's not even right to compare the two of them for they have very different purposes. Photoshop is a raster based image editor, which is useful mainly for digital images and photographic touch-ups or manipulations. On the other hand Illustrator is a vector based graphic editor, vectors are basically mathemathical equations that represent a path, so they don't lose resolution when being scaled up or down, this makes it perfect for print. And that's it, two different products for two different functions.
  18. Pastor Albano Jr

    Pastor Albano Jr New Member

    On my experience:
    Photoshop is pixel based. Meaning you are usually using it on photos on which you are adding more visual effects. Examples are event ads, campaign etc.

    Illustrator on the other hand is vector based. You will notice that when you zoom on those graphics the edges remain smooth unlike pictures that become pixelated. This is ideal for creating logos because usually they use it on marketing which is typically large and they need to display it on buildings.
  19. bullet0426

    bullet0426 New Member

    It depends what design you gonna make. Photoshop and illustrator the best software you use to make some graphic design for me , maybe Coreldraw or Indesign but i don't know how to use that software.

    Photoshop more on photo editing, if you want to edit some pictures for advertising, enchance some picture or photo manipulation something like that you can use photoshop. And I used photoshop to create digital art and other sketch thing.

    and for Illustrator i only used this if i want to make some vector art or logo. Other people usually used this software than photoshop.
  20. rlsuarez

    rlsuarez New Member

    Since I'm not really that good with software though I know a little how to use Adobe Photoshop, but, I'm not that familiar with Illustrator so I did a bit research on it so I can give a good thought about this matter. Basically, Adobe Photoshop is a great program for modifying images or graphics, like photos. It's a popular choice for web graphics, photo editing and designs since those projects will stay at a fixed size and photoshop includes a lot of unique filters, special effects, and tools. For first-timers, it's a bit confusing but through watching video tutorials or having someone to teach you then you can get along with it.
    With Adobe Illustrator I found out that it is used often to create logos or anything that may need to be printed or displayed at different sizes. It gives better print output since it's not resolution dependent. But, it can't be used easily to modify images that are already created, since there are limited filters and image editing tools available.
    So, for me, since I don't really need a logo or something more advanced images I'd go for Adobe Photoshop 'cause I'm more comfortable with it and it helps me a lot making my pictures more lively and beautiful.
  21. madara1114

    madara1114 New Member

    Maybe it depends on you, On my situation we used to have a Photography Studio, we used Adobe Photoshop mostly, to Edit, Add, Effects, and Customized photos. You can also edit some documents but that's illegal lol! :laugh:
  22. John Loberiza

    John Loberiza New Member

    Illustrator is usually for vector arts, which is great for logo design and other vector arts. Photoshop is great for photo editing and digital painting. Although the later versions of Photoshop had almost all the capabilities of Illustrator.

    However, for lay outing print designs such as fliers and magazines, the best option is InDesign. Then again illustrator could be used for the same purpose.
  23. LouisAdrian

    LouisAdrian New Member

    Illustrator is better when it comes to graphics! I tried vector animation in photoshop. I hate the coloring part especially when I use pencil for stroking paths. Yes, the image is detailed because you're editing it by pixel, while Illustrator, it gives me a very high resolution image but mostly you can create here are logos, flat designs, that's why I love cartoons again! :laugh:
  24. warrior27

    warrior27 New Member

    Adobe Illustrator is better for logos and any vector-based images. Unlike Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator has better tools and management on lines and shapes. It is really designed to manipulate vectors to a whole new level. Adobe Photoshop, however, is intended for image manipulation captured from a camera or screenshots. Cropping and adjusting colors are the most commonly used features in Photoshop that you can see on billboards, flyers and any other commercials with most of it have models that have been cropped from another image.
  25. enicart

    enicart New Member

    I'm using Adobe Photoshop because the enhancement of the image is very detailed and pretty much accurate and it is my first software for photo and design enhancing so hats off to that but then again I'm intrigue about Adobe Illustrator for some reason! In what I've seen in this forum and the way they describe the Illustrator is it somewhat better that Photoshop in some aspects and I'm thrilled to use it because I have an idea for a business, it's t-shirt printing and maybe I can use it to further enhance the quality of the design.
    I just want to know if Adobe Illustrator has the capability of resizing image or logo without sacrificing the pixels of the image?! Thanks in advance!
  26. carantoricardo

    carantoricardo New Member

    I'm using Adobe Illustrator because it contains cool stuff rather than Adobe Photoshop and i'm using Illustrator for several years as an Freelance Graphic Designer. I will recommend to use Illustrator for better & like a professional designs & graphics. Some users of Photoshop says, it is better to use photoshop than the other. So, i will try to use this also.
  27. ryanrb

    ryanrb Member

    I am a Freelance Graphic artist, and Photoshop for me will do. Maybe in the future i can have time to use and learn Illustrator. For now Photoshop alone works for me, i am already satisfied with what photoshop is giving me.
  28. OS_Wolf

    OS_Wolf New Member

    I use both, Photoshop for photo manipulation and touching up and Illustrator for creating and editing vector images :)

    They are both fantastic in their own way, I couldn't pick between the two as they both do very different things, but I do use Photoshop more simply because of the nature of my design project at the moment.

    The one thing I like about Photoshop is the magic wand tool, this is definitely one of the best tools they have, I use it quite a lot. :)
  29. jwcreatives

    jwcreatives New Member

    They're different program and different usage. Photoshop is pixel or raster base while Illustrator is vector base progarm. Photoshop mainly used for editing photos, photo manipulation and digital painting. Illustrator is better with creating logo design since its in vector base you can scale the size and it is unlimited depend on what project you're doing or what the client need. Both are important for a graphic artist/designer
  30. JoanJKA

    JoanJKA New Member

    I like both of them. There is no winner or loser it just depends on what you are trying to accomplish. So first of all you should know what each one is Photoshop is pixel an Illustrator is vector. To explain vector and pixels let me put it this way. It you made a picture in Photoshop and made it bigger it will pixilate. But if you made one it Illustrator and made it bigger the picture will not pixilate because it is vector base. So if you are going to make something that you plan on making it bigger like logos Illustrator will be the way to go. As an graphic artist I use both. How I use both is a draw in Photoshop then I use Illustrator to put the line work and color. Now it is ready for printing in different items no mater how small or big it may be.

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