Comparisons of Apples, Bananas and Oranges

Searching around the internet I usually find some face-offs and bouts against applications. There are we called browser wars, wherein browsers are competing for who’s the safest and the fastest of them all and reviews against the major office tools around. Well it’s the web competition are through social media where all web savvy are invited and gathered to decide who’s hot and who’s not? The most intriguing and a lot of eye-brows-lifting incidents are happening is the competition to who’s the better Adobe Application? The Contenders are? Photoshop (applause), Illustrator (applause) and Fireworks (applause).

There are many bouts and face offs are blogged and conducted, to create a scenario that if these 3 are used which outputs better? I am not blogging about comparing the three, so let us see what these titans all about are.

Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Photoshop

Photoshop – the complete suite, it’s for print and web. Basically it over rules the work of Fireworks which is also made for web, but I will discuss this dude later. It is used as a photo manipulation tool, it can distort, heal or restore all kinds of photos and now you can even use it to produce 3d output. It has a large array of tools to choose from. Destroyed photos, photoshop can fix it in no time, Web layout Photoshop is your man or creating tarp banners or fliers? Photoshop is the tool for you!

Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Illustrator

Illustrator – the Champion Vectorizer, you want a crisp cartoon of your image? Illustrator is the answer, this magnificent tool is for large format printing, since its vector regardless of the size it can be viewed without pixelizing.

Vector vs. Rasterized Image

Graphically speaking, a vector pertains to a shape made up of points and lines. A vector can be seen close up without sacrificing the quality. When you see a caricature made up of vector in a 250 x 250 canvass when you resize it to 750 x 750 it will stay the same since it is just a shape a 250 x 250 square will be the same square in a 750 x 750 canvass. An rasterized image is a photo made up of colors, you just can’t go on with 250 x 250 photo to explode it in a 1250 x 1250 canvass for printing in a photo paper, it will be blurred.

Adobe Fireworks
Adobe Fireworks

Fireworks – the King Prototyper, the jack of all trades master to none. Why Jack of All trades? Fireworks is a web layout prototype, it is really made for creating web layouts since a web layout can be composed of a photo, Fireworks has some tools to edit a photo. You can fade its side, you can transform change it to sepia tone, adjust its brightness and color hues. It has the capabilities of Photoshop and Illustrator minus the printing. There is a print option but, you can’t use Fireworks for large format printing. It has a canvass size limitation of 6000 x 6000 pixels maximum.

The three have a different use and it cannot be compared to other suites. It’s like a comparison of apples, bananas and oranges all have nutrients but have different importance to once health. Besides they all in one big happy family in Adobe, so let us not heightened the sibling rivalry. The comparison should be coming from Corel, Blender or any open-source software out there.

The three is merely a tool for anyone who does in web or print and learning the uses of these three does not guarantee you success in web. Be wise to choose the tools you will use, there is the right tool for the job.


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