Rekindling Creativity: Adobe Illustrator vs. Photoshop

Rekindling Creativity: Adobe Illustrator vs. Photoshop

Adobe; that name has always been around whenever we have talked about editing photos and videos and recently more with the rise of digital art.

For beginners who have used basic editing and drawing apps, Adobe products have always been intimidating.

The hundreds of micro features and intricacies attached to the Adobe products have scared every beginner.

Two of the most commonly used of these products are Illustrator and Photoshop.

We are here to tell you which one of these is best suited for you and explain their features and functions.

By the end of reading this article, you'll be running to install Adobe without any hesitation. 

The difference:

Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop have been around for a while.

Although they both sound the same, they are very far apart from being similar.

The most significant difference between the two is that Illustrator works with vector images, and Photoshop works with pixels.


Vector images are a collection of mathematical equations that form lines and shapes, making them very smooth; no matter how much you resize them, they do not lose their smoothness and quality.

Pixel images, however, are made of many tiny boxes called pixels. They look fine at the quality and size they are made initially with, but resizing them can cause several quality losses.


Adobe Illustrator: Creating Art

Illustrator is mainly preferred when you want to start from scratch; you want to create an image from nothing but an idea in your head.

It is the obvious choice for digital artists and logo designers.

That is because of the flexibility it provides to the designer and gives them a free hand with the drawing tools to transform the image they have in mind to reality. 

As discussed above, since Illustrator works with vector images, it is the best choice to create logos.

Logos need to be resizable to place on different platforms like a brochure, a social media application, or a website.

Illustrator lets this happen without making the image lose its quality. 

Like other drawing apps, Illustrator lets you add layers to your image to draw as you wish.

But don't forget to name your layers with unique names representing what you are drawing in them.

This way, you will keep your work organized and make it easier for you to figure out which is which later.

Unlike other apps, the choices you have to play around with your image are diverse:

  • You can scale your image up or down while you work, for starters, which gives you a better hand at working finely.

  • It also offers the 'pen tool.' This tool may seem intimidating at first, but you can do wonders once you get the hang of it. It allows you to draw as if you are drawing with a pen on paper.

  • The pathfinder panel is a wonder. It lets you create new shapes by adding or subtracting two familiar shapes. This feature can help you make various new and exciting patterns.

  • It lets you make your brushes. Isn't that fantastic news for an artist? You can customize your brushes to paint, which will ease your work of wanting your strokes a specific style that is not possible with the app's brushes.

  • In the 'swatches' panel of Illustrator, open up the drag-down menu. Select the option of 'open swatch library.' Illustrator will present you with countless color panels, including a skin tone panel and a pattern panel as well. These panels will make your life so much colorful with diverse options.


Adobe Photoshop: Editing Art

Photoshop is there for editing to the most intricate detail of an already made/captured image. It provides features that Illustrator does not, which aid you in refined lining your created image.

Designers mainly use Photoshop and Illustrator together; the idea is built on Illustrator and edited on Photoshop.

Of course, you can use Illustrator for editing, too, but its features are more inclined to produce rather than improve your creation's outlook.

Photoshop is more suited for editing because its features and libraries are made for that specifically.

Let's look at some of the features that beginners using Photoshop should know.

  • You can remove or change the background of your photo. This tool helps you cut out unwanted parts, add an object from one image to another, or convert your photos to png by making the background transparent.

  • By using color correction, you can change skin tones, hide blemishes or other unwanted spots in your picture, or you can change the entire color of a photograph, like turn a red car into a black one.

  • Another option to hide unwanted spots and blemishes is the 'spot healing' option explicitly made for this purpose.

  • With the 'Masking' feature, you can add different things to your picture. For example, to a landscape, you can easily add birds by using this feature.

  • With the help of editing tools, you can change your photos' saturation, hue, contrast, and brightness to give them the look you want. The many effects libraries give you various filter options to choose from to make your image look more visually appealing.