Photoshop or CorelDraw?

If you want to become a front end web designer, then an image editing software is a must. Photoshop rules in this segment whereas CorelDraw is the challenger. So what should you choose – Photoshop or CorelDraw?photoshop or coreldraw

The reason CorelDraw is the challenger and not the leader is because it creates vector graphics (whereas Photoshop creates images defined with pixels). That means the software calculates mathematically and makes a graphic. Hence when you enlarge an image, it doesn’t blur or “pixelate”.  Adobe’s product for this is the Illustrator.

This is great for a web developer who has to enlarge and warp many pictures. But the prime reason for CorelDraw to be not as popular is because learning it is harder than Photoshop.

Another difference is that Corel does colour separations in the print functions: it sends ALL the plates to the rip software or printer at once. So you can separate CMYK or Pantone colour.

But the drawback of CorelDraw is artistic control. Photoshop has lots of creative effects that Corel draw doesn’t.

So using both of the software is great if you are going to make something complex. But if it’s simple, then Photoshop is the way to go. On the other hand, if you have to stretch lots of logos and pictures to fit in social media, then CorelDraw would be better.