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CHOOSING BETWEEN ADOBE PHOTOSHOP AND CORELDRAW

Graphics is an important part of web design. It is important you know and understand the graphic software you want to use for your website. This is because 99% of websites today have images, photo galleries etc. A web designer who has little or no knowledge of graphics and how to embed them in designs would end up having a stale and boring website.

There is a number of graphic software available for use like CorelDraw, Paint, Photoshop, Illustrator etc. but our focus would be on CorelDraw and Photoshop. People often think that Photoshop and CorelDraw are the same thing or perform the same functions. We would highlight some differences between Adobe Photoshop and CorelDraw.

Needless to state that, the developers of the two solutions belong to different organisations. Adobe Photoshop was developed and is published by Adobe Systems while CorelDraw was developed and is published by Corel Corporation.

Adobe Photoshop is a raster image editor. Raster image/graphics are often called bitmap images because they are made up of millions of tiny squares called pixels. It is an array of pixels of various colors which together form an image. When you zoom on a raster image, you are able to see the square outline of each pixel.

On the other hand, CorelDraw is a vector image editor. Vector images comprises of paths or lines that are either straight or curved. A vector image will always appear smooth no matter how large you make it or how close you zoom in. This means that an image would maintain its quality no matter how much you increase or reduce its size.

CorelDraw graphics are best to represent more structured images like line art graphics, with flat, uniform colors whilst Adobe Photoshop graphics are best used for non-line art images; specifically digitized photographs, scanned artwork or detailed graphics.

The file size for a CorelDraw image is smaller than Photoshop version.

While Adobe Photoshop and CorelDraw are not similar, an Adobe version for CorelDraw which is a vector image editor is known as the Adobe Illustrator while the CorelDraw version of Photoshop which is a raster image editor is known as the Corel Photo-Paint.

The expected outcome of your graphic editor should determine which product to use for your website design.  The decision on which product to use is a business decision based on the results or image you wish to project.