- Posted by Allan
- On March 24, 2017
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- Adobe, design, Graphic Design, Illustrator, Photoshop
With graphic software costing as much as it does, There’s no room for error when purchasing software. Here we can point you in the right direction and let you know which software does what!
So what is Adobe Photoshop and what can I use it for?
Well, simply, its in the name, Photos and photo-editing was the original purpose of photoshop. However these days it has a whole host of cool tools. Photoshop is a raster based program, meaning the data is pixels. If you zoom too much or overstretch a raster piece, you will begin to see the image turn a little blocky.. something you want to avoid.
Photoshop is perfect for photo-manipulating, brightening, colouring, cropping, enhancing, sharpening etc.
It is also used by many web professionals to create layouts before the actual build phase of web design.
How Much? Adobe offer subscription packages these days to help avoid shelling out hundreds of pounds in one go. You can purchase Adobe’s Photography package which includes Lightroom and Photoshop CC for £120per year when paid annually. A good investment if you ask us!
Ok great. So how about Adobe Illustrator?
Unlike photoshop, illustrator creates vector-based graphics. Creating artwork in vector allows you to scale to any size without it looking blocky. Illustrator also has no limits when it comes to resolution, its virtually resolution independent. Allowing your print outs to be crisp and clear.
Illustrators downfall is that it doesn’t have many image editing tools, Its great for creating new artworks but limited when trying to edit jpegs, pngs etc.
Illustrators core strength is of course Illustration and logo design. Your logo should ALWAYS be created in vector, If you have a psd based logo design, your going to have trouble in future! Illustrator can create 1 logo file, which can scale from a small business card to a huge outdoor billboard and still look great.
Illustrator can also match photoshop when it comes to web layout and wire-framing. Just not so much for editing banners and photo areas.
How Much? Similar to above, You can purchase Adobe Illustrator on a subscription package, billed either monthly or annually. Billed annually the price comes in around £240 per year
Iv seen a freeware alternative that claims to rival Adobe products..
Adobe products are expensive but there’s a reason why. If you are only looking to tinker designs every so often, You may get so far with a freeware edition. However if you are a graphics professional, there’s no product on the current market that can meet the tools and baseline of the adobe products. Another issue with the freeware alternatives is compatibility. Adobe products are hugely versatile across platforms and previous versions.
So which one is best?
There’s no right or wrong, there’s not 1 better than the other. Graphics professionals NEED both in order to tackle a range of tasks. Ultimately buy one, but save and buy the other down the line. If your looking to make edits to photos, documents or create web layouts you can go ahead with Adobe Photoshop initially. If its logos, icons and illustrations your creating, Adobe Illustrators the one.
Lookout for our upcoming youtube channel where we will be introducing starter videos on how to use both of these programs for beginners and much more!
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