Illustrator vs. Photoshop

In the IMA program we have access to a lot of helpful software that allow us students to complete our work. Most of which can be attributed to the Adobe creative cloud.
Here we find things such as after effects, premier pro, audition and other products but the software that have caused discussion amongst peers are illustrator and Photoshop. Now, I myself like to use illustrator to accomplish my projects as, to me, it is easier to handle and more user friendly but I will admit that Photoshop will do things easier than illustrator can such as being able to manipulate, edit, and crop photos and then save them for web postings. This is especially important  and useful to me (and probably other future web designers) as I intend to make a career out of coding and making websites where images and graphics will be useful and necessary.

However, for things like making posters, icons, logos etc., illustrator is what I prefer. This is because when manipulating shapes using the direct selection tool will allow the user to have access to bezier handles on the shape that can move them in the desired way which comes in handy when you need to make a really obscure shape to give the finished product a desired look.

Now there are benefits to both, such as being able to link an illustrator file to a Photoshop file or vice versa to be able to combine the software and abilities from both to create the desired look for your finished product. But the downside with this feature (as with all technology) is if the Photoshop file gets deleted or the illustrator file gets deleted, then there goes half your work. So, if you are going to use this feature of these programs be careful and make sure you backup your work.

At the end of the day though, both programs can be beneficial both combined and separate for creating a good quality product (providing you know how to use both of them..Ha..Ha..) but the user must take into account the qualities of both and decide which program and which features would be more useful in creating the work that is desired and ultimately what is their preference and what is the desired end goal.

So after all of this information, I’m just going to throw it out there; which piece of software do you prefer?

2 thoughts on “Illustrator vs. Photoshop

  1. When it comes to layout for posters or anything else, I love using Photoshop. I find the way Photoshop lets you transform and move items on the document is simple and easy and I prefer it that way especially when working on layouts.

    However, Illustrator is perfectly capable, but I find it a bit cluttered compared to Photoshop and sometimes it behaves rather… weird. Maybe I just need to practice in Illustrator some more? However, both programs excel at what they were designed for and will remain in my library of content creation tools.

  2. When it comes to Photoshop or Illustrator for creating posters or any art project with these two programs. I like both as equal because Photoshop is better for making and blending colors better then Illustrator. I like making characters and scenery in Illustrator rather then Photoshop, so i can’t really say which one I prefer most out of the two programs.

    I can see why most would pick Photoshop cause it’s more easier to work with rather then Illustrator but I think after messing around with Illustrator you start to understand how it works.

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