Aug 07 2010

What is the difference between Photoshop and Illustrator?

Category: Graphic Design


Photoshop and Illustrator are programs that that help graphic artists create and edit photos and images. Although they are both created by Adobe and have similar functionality overall, they are significantly different as far as their intended uses.

Adobe Photoshop is typically used to help graphic designers, photographers, and web designers easily edit raster based images. Raster images or bitmap images are often associated with these file types .gif, .jpg, .png and .bmp. A raster image will render pixels that when added together create the color image (RGB) on your monitor. Many artists can utilize Photoshop to create but it is most often used to edit.

Adobe Illustrator, on the other hand, is a vector based drawing program that gives artists the ability to create images that can be scaled to any size or dimension without losing image quality. This is the program preferred by most digital artists and individuals in the printing industry. CMYK is the preferred color format in Illustrator.

Most graphic designers, web designers, logo creators, and printing professionals use both Illustrator and Photoshop in conjunction because they complement each other in many ways.

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