Friday, August 20, 2010

When not to use Photoshop

Believe it or not, Photoshop is not designed to do everything, and you should use a different application for those tasks after you have created/adjusted the image in Photoshop. For example, use another program for the following:
  • Word processing: Most word processing applications allow you to add images to documents created with those programs, and although Photoshop supports adding text to images, it doesn’t support text editing all that well and can’t handle text flowing from one page to another. You should use Photoshop to work with the images and then import them into the word processor.
  • Business graphics: Photoshop doesn’t do charts and presentations very well, but you can create great images in Photoshop and then use them in business applications.
  • Page layout: Applications such as Adobe InDesign are much better adept at laying out most brochures, flyers, and documents that are mostly textual. You should create the images in Photoshop and then import them into the layout application. 
  • Vector art: Although Photoshop has a lot of capability when it comes to creating vector paths, Illustrator is much better application for working with clipart and designing advertisements, flyers, and one-page layouts that have multiple vector objects.
In this tutorial:
  1. Photoshop CS5
  2. The Versalite World of Photoshop 
  3. When Not to Use Photoshop
  4. What's New in Photoshop CS5

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