Adobe Photoshop is the industry standard software when it comes to editing, retouching and prepping up photographs and ambiance attributes. In fact, the uses of Photoshop in real life are limitless. At PGBS, we have a proficient fleet of seasoned creative artists who can deftly harness this limitless potential of Photoshop software to create brilliant and literally unbelievable effects.
With changing times, the authority of Adobe Photoshop is being challenged by other software which are providing features that are powerful and utility rich. The rise in competition has not dented the popularity of Photoshop as most companies and professionals still rely on it for accomplishing their image editing related needs.
The advantages and disadvantages of Adobe Photoshop should be considered from a neutral plane to understand the reason for its appeal among masses and why it is experiencing competition from other contemporary software.
Adobe Photoshop’s Advantages
1. Surplus of cutting-edge tools at one’s disposal
Adobe Photoshop offers a range of tools that help in the creation of compelling graphics for web platform as well as handheld devices. The responsive graphics can be created through an inbuilt interface that makes editing images a cushy job. Further, a wide array of tools is available and gets continuously added to its repertoire which enhances the creative capability of the artists and helps them stretch their imagination optimally.
2. Photoshop offers unparalleled editing features
Photoshop has come of age. It has no longer restricted its editing capabilities to images only. In addition to photo post-processing, you can easily work on video content and carry out the intricacies of editing with flair. Photoshop brings on its platform the features of best video editing tools with its new releases. You can also work with the free mobile app available on subscription to extract maximum value from the software.
3. Creativity can be unlocked fully with integrated stock library
Most of you who are acquainted with Photoshop know that free stock images are not readily available. One has to toil hard to come across free images that can be used for creative processing. Further, relevant images may not catch one’s attention. Photoshop has alleviated this problem with its own integrated stock library from where you can retrieve the desired picture or video to let your creative juices flow. Syncing of libraries with Photoshop’s interface help you glide through various tasks simultaneously.
4. Trivial editing can be pulled off with ease
With Photoshop, you can make numerous smaller changes to an image which although may not require much effort to carry out but the tools for the same are not readily available with other editors. You can alter the skin tone, render an ordinary image into high resolution, fine tune the brightness, remove the smudge, or pull off other sort of retouching with relative ease in Photoshop.
5. Ease of editing different image formats
This is yet another Photoshop advantage. This software allows under its single roof editing of all available and popular image file formats without requiring any expensive plugin. You need not invoke other editing software to carry out partial editing in them before importing the image in Photoshop for final editing. A single Photoshop is enough.
6. Ordinary images can be transformed into professional ones with ease
You cannot take the liberty of posting ordinary looking shabby images for your professional purpose as your reputation, brand image and professional identity would be at stake. Photoshop offers a plethora of tools to help you transform substandard images into spectacular, aesthetically pleasing and shipshape pictures.
7. Business quality images can be rendered easily
Photoshop is used by businesses for varied branding and marketing purposes. The pictures you capture through camera invariably need editing for improvement in their quality. Shadows or colors need to be subtly adjusted to ensure that the appeal of your images is heightened. You need not pay professional artists as Photoshop lets you do the tweaking on your own. The digital or scanned image can be retouched to make minute variations in color tone and lighting exposure of the images. The backgrounds of the images can be seamlessly deleted or substituted with newer ones. Watermarked proprietary images can be made free stock ones by removing the stamp. The photo restoration tools allow you to give a fresh lease of life to old, yellowed out pictures. The images of products to be displayed on e-commerce sites can be made crisper and alluring. Lifestyle images can be refreshed with new backgrounds and product snapshots can be projected against new backdrop.
8. Graphics can be designed meticulously
Photoshop lets you create compelling graphics for a variety of purposes like designs for book covers, brochures, flyers, promotional stuff and brand building materials. With a little effort, one can easily master the use of tools designed to bring out the artist inherent in him. From the perspective of website, you can create gripping landing pages, site designs, sales funnel, product depictions, logos, icons for various purposes, call to action lever, connect request forms etc. Newsletters or emails that your brand sends out to customers can also be designed with Photoshop.
9. Social platforms can be used for brand promotion with visually pleasing images
You need to shine on the social platform? Just take to Photoshop and chisel out the perfect look for the image you are going to post. It would grab appreciative eyeballs easily. Just an amateurish knowledge of Photoshop would help you create promotional materials for social platforms which would tantalize the viewers and seduce them on your brand’s page. Your brand’s social media identity would be reinforced with engrossing graphics which would promote better engagement of relevant audiences and help you reap rich dividends from the response your brand generates from social platforms.
10. An all-purpose software
You can literally create anything in latest Photoshop version. For special occasions, you can develop greetings, invitation or wishes cards. All physical objects that you see around you can be created in 2D mode in Photoshop. Whether it is color tweaking, cropping, retouching, restoration, image stitching, enhancement, manipulation, masking or background removal, the software helps in all.
11. Passport or stamp sized photos can be created
You can easily create passport or stamp size photos in Photoshop for taking printouts and pasting in job or admission related application forms.
12. All communications can be made more professional looking
You engage in various types of official communications in the capacity of an individual, business owner, manager or professional. Just a little retouching or tweaking can help you create attention-grabbing communicational materials in Photoshop.
Apparent Disadvantages of Adobe Photoshop
13. Beginners may find the interface difficult to take in one’s stride
Mastering the Photoshop with all its’ intricacies can prove to be a daunting task for seasoned users as newer updates and migration to Creative Cloud has added a slew of tools which are difficult to remember and use. The learning curve is consequently steeper for greenhorns. One has to devote the significant amount of time to learn the usage of all relevant tools and use the same for retouching images.
14. Raw updates or untested beta versions are sometimes released
The software no longer launches a newer version annually which is a major Photoshop disadvantage. Instead updates are released at frequent intervals. This has made the software vulnerable to bugs which can be annoying for the user. You can report about them to the Adobe support team and they would quickly fix the same. But if you have a tight project schedule to adhere to and you are not prepared for such unwarranted bugs, it can cause real problem grappling with the bugs.
15. Progress monitoring facility is not present in fewer tools
Although it cannot be termed as a drawback of the software, but it can interfere with the productivity of the user who has become accustomed to seeing the progress bars in analogous photo editing software for similar tools. You may be in a fix trying to figure out if all the essential steps needed to accomplish the desired output from a tool have been successfully completed or not. This can sometimes take its toll on users’ nerves.
16. New input features may not have an appeal for everyone
Photoshop has been in existence since long. As such, it has numerous ardent fans who have remained loyal to this software over the years. They may find it difficult to adapt to newer input tools like touch and stylus. Those of newer generation who are well acquainted with the utility of these input devices and may have used in games or for other purposes would welcome them.
17. Photoshop is expensive
Adobe Photoshop comes with an astronomical price tag which may be affordable for organizations and institutional artists. But small-time users who resort to this software for minor image retouching and editing would find the price a major roadblock in its use. They would instead use relatively inexpensive and fundamental software which would allow them to carry out nominal image-related processing with ease.
Despite suffering from the handful of disadvantages, Photoshop continues to dominate the mainstream graphics editing market with its powerful and contemporary tools. The advanced tools may be reserved for the enlightened few but the basic tools are for everyone to use with confidence.