Photoshop vs Illustrator: Which is better for Web Design
Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, two of the industry standard platforms in the field of Web Design. Both have been used extensively for creating websites and various resources in Web Design. But the lifetime long question still remains – Which one is better ? I will try to answer this ominous question in the following article. Let’s dive right in.
1. Pixels vs Vector
As we all know, Photoshop deals with Pixels and Illustrator deals with Vectors. But, which one is most suitable for Web Design. Earlier, it used to be a much simpler decision as there were not much elements in a website and only a basic grid was needed to be created along with Headings, texts and Images. But now, things have changed rather drastically. A lot of elements have to be encompassed under the Term ‘Graphic Design’. Logos, Icons, Call to Action buttons, Accordions, Menus, Dropdowns and what not, it is an endless list. This gives Illustrator an edge over Photoshop as Illustrator can handle designing of all these elements in a much better way than Photoshop. No doubt Photoshop can also perform equally as well as Illustrator but the scalability of elements gives Illustrator an advantage.
2. User Interface
The next point of discussion is the User Interface of both of the platforms for Web Design. While both of these softwares are a treat to use and provide some of the best results pretty much wherever used, there is still a learning curve for them.
A Novice Designer, before creating his brilliant website, will have to learn the tools of the trade first. In this regard, Photoshop is better than Illustrator. The learning curve for Photoshop is a lot smaller than Illustrator. Early on, Illustrator can make your head spin (Thank God for those tutorials !). With Photoshop, you can learn just enough Photoshop within a few days (even hours if you have a knack for it) to begin your journey in Web Design.
So, the Interface and usability of Photoshop clearly trumps over Illustrator in terms of Web Design.
Wait a minute, here. The title can be misleading. By compatibility, I mean with other designers and coders not the compatibility of the softwares. Photoshop has a much wider reach than Illustrator, and it is a very high probability that the client/coder will ask for a PSD file rather than an AI file. So, even if you create your design in Illustrator, you might not be able to share it with your colleagues/clients as they might not be having Illustrator. I, myself use Photoshop for Web Design and it has worked pretty well for me so far.
I personally think, one should make the best of both the platforms. Photoshop excels in some areas while Illustrator has its own advantages, I usually prefer to create all the icons and other elements in Illustrator and Import them in Photoshop while saving the AI files for future use.
These are the points I can think of at the moment. If you have anything else to add, be sure to share it in the comments section.