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Web Design: Why Not Photoshop?

I’ve been a member of this forum for a while, preferably in the webmaster and graphics sections, and as far back as I can remember, I wonder, concerning the design of websites; why not Photoshop?

Now don’t get me wrong. Photoshop is great for imagery enhancement and the like. A week before writing this, CNN provided an exclusive insight to how images of celebrities were enhanced using Photoshop:

http://www.cnn.com/2006/EDUCATION/10/24/transcript.wed/index.html

But there’s more to it than that. Way more. As a matter of fact, its powerful features emphasize that websites don’t just have to be clever mix of squares and table-segmented designs (that is, a web page can be divided into constituent parts without a break in the overall image layout)

I have heard that fireworks is there. I use it too. And I don’t think I need to stress its importance. But anyone who is a veteran in both packages would agree without hesitation that Photoshop provides the flexibility that’s impossible with firework. Shortly put: Photoshop creates, fireworks delivers. From unique custom buttons, complete 3d interfaces, masked effects, design filters (which far exceed fireworks rudimentary ones), quality control and the like, if you can use Photoshop, you can always bring out an original concept, with detailed complex graphics, already optimized for fireworks to slice and export. And there’s no telling the possibilities one can do with flash and Photoshop, to that I testify: www.semeonline.com. Notice that the changing gradient background is IMPOSSIBLE to do in fireworks.

And to further stress my point, I’m currently working on a short feature movie using flash, to which Photoshop’s value is priceless. Its bound to come soon, so watch for it in the graphics section!

here's a web template I posted some time back. Everything below was in done in Photoshop.

I hope this steers web designers and graphic artists in the right direction

PS

Did anyone see the words “Corel Draw” in my article? Enough said

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thanks bigjay. that design is noting to rant about. . . not to talk of posting it as somethin that makes photoshop the best. was dissapointed after readin his post cos it was sort of pointless.

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well i prefer fireworks as it integrates easily with dream weaver and flash but still somethings aren't possible on it yet and thats where PS comes in especially when it comes to lasso tool(PS) offers magnetic which fireworks doesn't. Well i hope to see features like that in fireworks since Adobe owns it now.

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i dont know why people like turning every discussion into an ego thing or "but i think i know better so i must be right and your silly" affair. Noone needs to know what decade anyone started doing what.

Personnallly, i use photoshop and its all ive evr used. but i use it with dreamweaver and the likes. i find it more felexible than fireworks anyway. it takes longer to master, true, but dats for a reason.

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Any good tool if mastered very well can be used to deliver very high quality jobs.

Otherwise, let those that believe that certain tools are better stake their money and point to a neutral work and let the proponents and opponents attempt to use their tools to replicate.

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u must realy be proud of that design of urs.

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i guess there really isn't much to say to it, is there? Prodgalson nailed it.

As for gleyo, the isssue was between fireworks and photoshop, illustrator is good, but i didn't recall emphasizing on it

And it's nice to see major people posting on the topic too.

Thnaks to all

PS: Why was the post relocated? And in another name?

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In the first post you rambled on and on without making any point, despite the promising title. Shame.

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You've got it sooo twisted. Any real interactive designer would use illustrator or fireworks, mainly fireworks for digital design and illustrator for digital and print design. Illustrator is also faster than fireworks but I use fireworks more. Photoshop is an image editing application, period (fine its more versatile than that, but illustrator was designed for vectors not photoshop) - I work with people who have been in the design industry since 1987 (thats when our company was founded) and they ALL use illustrator. Frankly I don't see the point of this post.

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So, are you implying that there are those who say PS is bad? I am a bit confused.

Not to spk for everyone, it could be such factors as - high cost, availability of opensource graphics programs, or even the fact that cos Mr A started in say Fireworks, therefore it must be good for Mr B - have made some pple come to such a conclusion.

I personally have been in the game since 1999 and have been using PS. I am aware of other programs like fireworks, but must confess that having used PS for such a long time, I am not about to switch boats now. By the way, all the places I have worked to date have all used PS. Does that mean PS is the best? Maybe. I am not a designer but again, all those whom I have worked with use PS.

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So now what you also implying is that Fireworks can't do excatly as that web template you showing us  huh ? gv me some nairas and i will deliver exact web template using Fireworks,

PS is also good, but what works for you better,  might not be what will work for me,  another saying is another man's food is another man's Poison forget about those font u seeing there, they are font that you can download on the Internet

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