When we compare Photoshop and Illustrator, there are a number of tools and functions that are similar. For example, both applications use layers, offer masking options, use type, and allow for custom brushes and styles. With all these similarities, it can be a challenge to decide which program to use. Actually the more important question really is which program should you start with. When you start a project in Photoshop you must choose both the physical size and the resolution of the document. This decision is crucial since you are, in effect, determining the ceiling — a quality setting you can’t easily increase later. So, if we create a new document (or scan an image) that is 4 × 5 inches at 140 ppi, we cannot simply increase the resolution later if we realize we need 300 ppi. Starting an image in Illustrator on the other hand, offers much more flexibility since by nature, vector images are more scalable. So, two factors to use when determining which program to start with are: what is the final output of the artwork and is there a chance of the size and/or resolution changing.
KeywordsType Layer Color Correction Vector Object Text Block Layer Mask
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