Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop are both powerful tools for creating and editing images and graphics but they work in very different ways.
So how do you know when to use Illustrator and when to use Photoshop?
This blog will help you decide.
This blog will show you:
Illustrator vs Photoshop ‐ the fundamentals
The main difference between Illustrator and Photoshop is that Illustrator uses vectors and Photoshop uses pixels.
OK. So what is a vector graphic?
Vector graphics are made of points, lines, shapes and curves based on mathematical formula and can look something like this:
A great advantage of vector graphics is that they can be made bigger and smaller without worrying about image quality. They will always look sharp.
Adobe Illustrator is usually used for creating things like illustrations, drawings, company logos, maps and icons. The result is beautiful, clean, resizable graphics you can use anywhere.
As a general rule, you should use Illustrator when:
What is a raster (or pixel) graphic?
Photoshop images are raster graphics ‐ they are made up of points known as pixels and are usually photographic images like this:
Digital photos are nearly always pixel images. Photoshop is the world's most popular software for working with and editing photos and pixel images. You can do pretty much anything to a digital photo using Photoshop.
As a general rule, you should use Photoshop when:
Combining Illustrator and Photoshop
Illustrator and Photoshop are both part of Adobe Creative Cloud and are designed to work together. You can pass images from Illustrator into Photoshop and back again.
So - having looked at the difference between vectors and pixels - the easiest way to determine whether to use Illustrator or Photoshop is to ask yourself ‐ will I be working with photos or vectors?
As a rule of thumb, if you are working with photos you should use Photoshop and if you are working with vector graphics you should use Illustrator.
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