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Lesson 2. Shading and Blending > Choosing Illustrator versus Photoshop

Choosing Illustrator versus Photoshop

It is important to choose the right tool for the right job. Some styles of artwork are typically associated with either Illustrator or Photoshop, but sometimes overlooked are features and effects possible in both applications. In this lesson, you will experiment with some tricks you may not be familiar with, as well as explore the advanced capabilities of the standard tools.

In general, Illustrator’s strength is in its tools for drawing and editing individual shapes. If you want a crisp, hard edge and full editing control over contours and scaling, Illustrator is probably the right choice. Sometimes overlooked is Illustrator’s capability for storing and editing colors by name, giving you a simple, efficient way to edit a single color that appears throughout your artwork. For instance, you may have used a dark blue in solid fills and in type, or as a color in gradients and shadows. Simply changing the color mix of that one blue color automatically updates all objects or gradients containing that color, without having to select or re-create a single one.


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