Design 101 – Illustrator vs. Photoshop

When it comes to graphic design. Illustrator and Photoshop have their own pros and cons. I use these 2 programs simultaneously day in and day out.

When I first started in design school I have to admit – I had no idea how to use Photoshop. And I hated that I had to learn how to use it. But I soon realized how to use it efficiently and saw that as a designer I needed it. I use Photoshop mainly for editing photos, but also for resizing, web layouts, among other things.

Illustrator was the first program I learned. I learned how to navigate it and use it on my own. I still, to this day, love Illustrator for various reasons. Illustrator is great for logo creation, to create patterns and shapes, setting up type and designing typography, designing stationery and invitations, etc.

Like I said, I use these 2 programs ALL DAY, practically every day. Throughout the years, the cross-compatibility between programs have gotten so much better. It’s been great to see how much has changed in the past 10+ years in the design world, and I can’t wait to see how much further the design community will push the bar.



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