Illustrator, photoshop

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by davidwes, Jan 11, 2006.

  1. macrumors regular

    Dec 28, 2004
    Can someone explain to me the main difference between these two programs?

    Also can someone recommend one. My company is trying to create postcards and these are the file formats the printer will take. We have a couple of pictures that we want to put together with some text, and maybe edit the pictures as well. We have used both pictures of real people and drawn cartoon images as well.

    Thank you for your input.
  2. Guest


    May 26, 2004
    Randy's House
    One is vector one is raster.

    Have a look at those on Google.
  3. macrumors 604


    Sep 11, 2004
    Canberra, Australia
    Basically, Photoshop is for editing and manipulating photos and using them in a variety of ways. You would be able to created cards etc with it. Illustrator is more like a freehand "Paint" style program, though much much more advanced. Photoshop is the most widely used program as it allows both the photo editing abilities and to an extent the features of illustrator. I don't use these programs very often, but when I do, Photoshop seems to be the better program. I'll add, this is a VERY basic summary. There are many other people who make a living from these programs who can tell you more. ;)
  4. macrumors 68040


    Aug 11, 2005
    Behind the lens

    'nuff said.

    if you dont know the difference between Vector & Raster then you dont need to know the difference between PS and Illustrator.

    Lol. Right?
  5. macrumors 65816


    Nov 3, 2005
    Can you get both of them?

    If you had to pick one I'd say go for Photoshop. Now, if your postcards are going to be primarily all text with text effects you're better off with Illustrator in my opinion.
  6. thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 28, 2004
    Well, I looked at the pricing, and with photoshop going for 649, and indesign going for 699, but those two plus illustrator as a bundle will only cost 899.00!!!

    So I should get both it seems.

    I suggest pages for the layout program, but they wanted something that was cross platform. And most printers do not take pages format (or pdf format).
  7. Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    Most, if not all, printers will take a PDF.

    But you have to know what you're doing to put a PDF together properly for print... in fact, whatever software you're using, you have to know something about how to prepare files for press.

    Don't expect the software to do it all for you.
  8. macrumors 6502


    Dec 9, 2003
    Las Vegas, NV

    LOL! My thoughts exactly. In this case, maybe MacPaint will suffice ;-)
  9. ATD
    macrumors 6502a

    Sep 25, 2005

    If you are willing to spend a little more you can get Acrobat as well. The CS is great deal.
  10. macrumors regular

    Jul 15, 2004
    I love photoshop. I am still working out how to use everything that it has to offer, but for professional graphics and presentation it has everything i need. I have just been using illustrator, and as I am not much of an artist, this has proved to be a bit harder to work out. Still learning
  11. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 28, 2004
    Central Pennsylvania, USA
    If your going to do more with photographs then get photoshop, if you want to make logos and illustrations, then get Illustrator.

    Both of these programs have a learning curve, you wont learn these overnight.
  12. macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2005
    S33.687308617200465 E150.31341791152954
    You mean "so I should get all *three*"

    You've just answered you're own question haven't you.

    For what you have described you will find that a combo of Photoshop and InDesign will be all you need.

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