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Old 21st February 08, 12:35 PM   #1
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Which do you think is easier to design with?

Photoshop, probably just really used to it and I couldn't switch to Gimp.
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Old 21st February 08, 08:04 PM   #2
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Old 21st February 08, 11:31 PM   #3
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Personally, I like Photoshop better, but that's just because I'm used it.

Some people like GIMP better, but that's because they're used to it.

So...in the end, it really depends on the person.
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Old 17th April 08, 11:13 PM   #4
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I havenít used GIMP but I must say that Photoshop is really one of those programs that is the least made to design with. Basically Photoshop is a photo retouching program, not really a graphic design application. I donít know why its so popular and misused for that?

A program that is actually made for website design is Fireworks. Itís way more flexible through the possibility to draw and easily modify vector objects. For example those all-famous rounded corners are so easily editable in FW while in Photoshop you need to accomplish five steps to create them and waste a lot of time if you wanna modify them.

Fireworks is kind of a simplified version of Illustrator which is a pure vector program and very good for graphic design in general. Illustrator has more really graphic design (i.e. other than just website design) specific functions and is much more suited than Photoshop because as I said Photoshop is a photo retouching program. While you can do graphic design with it itís just a waste of time and resources because things are way more complicated than in the two other mentioned programs.

And I seem to recall that the GIMP is quite similar to Photoshop so I guess to answer the OPís question: none of them is better. Use Illustrator for advanced graphic design or Fireworks for website design and simpler graphic design tasks.
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Old 5th August 10, 02:34 AM   #5
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Photoshop is really one of those programs that is the least made to design with. Basically Photoshop is a photo retouching program, not really a graphic design application. I don’t know why its so popular and misused for that?
It definitely is designed for that. It's designed for multiple objectives and it does many of them very well.

Movie studios actively use Photoshop to create textures for models used in 3D Studio Max or Maya for example. One use most people don't think about.

It's also most likely the most used application of it's kind for design companies such as those that design billboard signs for clients. I used to work for one and they used Photoshop.

Illustrator really isn't the same type of application, even though a lot of people will compare the two. They are designed for two different things, but Photoshop "can" do (in a different way) what you would do in Illustrator. Illustrator is just better for a limited list of objectives.

Gimp in my opinion (and most people I've ever met) is a waste of time, unless you install it for your parents to use for some features. Or you just don't have the money for Photoshop. It is free, obviously, but that goes without saying. And free has it's uses.
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Old 17th April 08, 11:24 PM   #6
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Photoshop by a mile.

Photoshop and Illustrator are both great image manipulation tools, for raster and vector graphics (respectively). Fireworks (and InDesign) is a layout tool for web (ID for print) and makes certain tasks easier, but is far too stripped down in image manipulation possibilities to ever replace PS or IL.

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Old 21st April 08, 12:10 PM   #7
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I've used both also, I tried to use gimp for a while but like you said, just couldn't get used to it. The amount of user documentation available for gimp is nothing in comparison with what you can get for photoshop. Theres endless amounts of photoshop tutorials, articles and tips. Stick with photoshop, although yes, I do like the philosophy of what gimp is all about (open source).
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Old 25th April 08, 11:33 PM   #8
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If you want an open source vector tool, give InkScape a try.
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Old 6th May 08, 05:14 AM   #9
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Photoshop, but only because i learned it first. If I had learned on GIMP, i would probably say that is better. I want to take the time to learn GIMP, but why? I already know photoshop
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Old 17th May 08, 06:50 PM   #10
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Photoshop FTW. Do search for photoshop thread here. Most of my design softwares are Adobe.
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