Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator in Layman’s Terms.

Many people have heard of the Adobe programs Photoshop and Illustrator, but who knows what the differences are? People may argue that the two programs are basically similar, but their functions and capabilities are actually quite different. Adobe Illustrator takes the basic ideas presented in Photoshop and expands on them into an entirely new level.

Adobe photoshop is a very popular program used by digital photographers around the world. The abundance of photoshop tips and tutorials make this a very easy program to learn and to use. Photoshop can be used to take any existing image and give it a professional, polished looked. Borders can be added and pictures tweaked to look better than any digital camera could make possible. Almost anything you can imagine doing to a picture is capable when using adobe photoshop.

Abobe illustrator is a different program entirely. Illustrator is a vector-based drawing program that allows you to create your own unique graphics. Adobe illustrator graphics can be used in print, online, in video, and even on your cell phone. Want to create your own background for your cell phone? It’s possible when you have adobe illustrator, and something that can’t be done with photoshop alone.

Adobe Illustrator makes possible what can’t be done with Photoshop alone.You can find endless amounts of information on both programs on the web. Tips and tutorials for both Illustrator and Photoshop are found in abundance. Chat rooms, forums, and discussion groups on both programs are only a click away. You will never be at a loss for information on either Adobe Illustrator or Adobe Photoshop.

Adobe Photoshop cannot compete against the drawing and vector art tools found in Illustrator. Adobe Illustrator offers a huge number of templates to get you started, or you can design your own ideas from scratch using a number of different drawing tools. With Photoshop you can create unique graphics, but they all originate from an existing image and the tools to modify it are limited in comparison to Illustrator. If your drawing needs or small or not too complex, Photoshop should work well, but for the serious graphic designer, Illustrator is the way to go.

Photoshop tutorials do not extensively cover photoshop drawing, and you’ll have to look for some photoshop drawing specific tutorials to find truly useful information. Photoshop tips pages mention little regarding photoshop drawing and vector art tools. However, to make your digital images look perfect adobe photoshop is the perfect tool for you. Once you learn how to use photoshop to make your images perfect, you won’t be able to stop yourself from “fixing” every digital image that you use.

Adobe illustrator is a different program. Where photoshop helps you create a unique look using existing images, illustrator helps you create your own brand-new images. In graphic design, adobe illustrator may be one of the best and easier tools you can use. The software is user friendly and tutorials to help you use illustrator better are all over the Internet. Whatever you need to learn about adobe illustrator, there’s a tutorial for that.

Nothing says that you can’t work with both programs to create a polished version of an existing image or a brand new image itself. With both programs sharing some basic features, by learning one you are a step ahead on the other automatically. Both Photoshop and Illustrator will produce stunning, quality and professional images that have never been seen before. If you have need for both programs, become familiar with both to cover every need. Opt for Photoshop for your digital imaging needs and Illustrator for your graphic design needs. With the differences between the two programs, you may realistically find the need for both.

Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator are sure to make great additions to your software collection. Both the graphic designer and the digital photographer will find many uses within these programs and no matter the project, both can deliver the most sophisticated images. Mastering these programs is easy thanks to all of the tips and tutorials found online for both Photoshop and Illustrator. The more you learn and experiment with these programs and their capabilities, the more you will expand on your own creativity.

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My first attempt at reductive vectoring — done as an exercise for work.

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Illustrator Or Photoshop

Many people ask the question concerning which program to use: Illustrator or Photoshop? The truth is that all programs have their strengths and weaknesses. And both programs perform best within their own realm of expertise. There are basically two types of graphics programs with the main difference as to the method in which they store their digital data. Adobe Illustrator is vector-based program meaning that the data is stored as mathematical formulae, which is the best mode for storing line-based artwork or illustrative graphics.

An example of vector artwork could be an A5 image which consists of a red circle on a blue background. The program stores this information using a string of binary code representing the respective circle and page sizes. It also includes some code which tells the centre and radius of the circle, as well as some code which represents the thickness, or line weight, and red colour of the circle. This is a failry small string of data, which means that Illustrator files will usually be relatively small in size. Illustrator files are also known as resolution-independent meaning that they can be scaled up or down without losing any clarity of image. As such, vector files are best for logos, illustrations and diagrams, as well as text, especially small text. If you enlarge the text, or zoom in for closer inspection you will notice no change in resolution, no blurring of the edges.

In comparison, Photoshop images, are pixel-based and are also known as bitmap or raster imagery. In the above example of the red circle on a blue background, a pixel-based file stores this data as a “map of bits” of information. Another way of looking at this is as a grid of pixels, with each pixel having a number for colour and brightness. In this way Photoshop stores the image data as a very long string of binary numbers. And hence some Photoshop files can be very large relative to a similar image as a vector file. Which may lead you to think, why not just use vector files all the time? And this depends on the type of image itself. The larger bitmap files are a better choice for photographic imagery, which is also known as continuous-tone imagery. In such images resolution is the big issue, usually denoted as pixels per inch (ppi). Some countries may use the metric pixels per centimeter, but the majority still use pixels per inch even though they generally use metric measurements. Images for web or screen viewing are generally stored at 72 pixels per inch, whereas print media always require a higher resolution of between 150 and 300 pixels per inch. The former is fine for in-house printing, whereas the latter is generally for commercial-quality printing. With higher resolution tablet devices becoming more popular, images destined for this purpose may use the higher 150 pixels per inch.

Both Photoshop and Illustrator are created by Adobe of course and are the industry-leading software in their respective fields. So there is no definitive answer to which program is best. It all depends on context and the type of image being created. And as usual, familiarity with a range of programs is the best option for the serious digital artist.

Tom Gillan has been training Adobe Illustrator to corporate clients in Sydney for seven years. You can learn more about Adobe Illustrator Courses when you visit this link.

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