Photoshop vs Fireworks

Digital Web Magazine posted a nice article comparing Photoshop to Fireworks through a debate by two groups of designers each supporting one of the programs. Photoshop has always been the industry standard for digital image editing, even though it was primarily made for creating print material, while Fireworks on the other hand was specifically made for creating web friendly graphics. It is possible in theory to do almost everything you do in one of these in the other, so which one should you use?

I have personally been a Fireworks user for years, I had never gotten into Photoshop and Fireworks never gave me a reason to force myself to go and try and learn Photoshop seriously. Fireworks was in fact made just for web design and it does that one thing extremely well. In addition to this, the introduction of CS3 has provided tighter integration between all of Adobe’s Creative Suite, so it is now easier than ever to juggle from one program to the next so you do not need to use Photoshop just because you are working on a project with other people using Photoshop.

What about you guys, do you use Photoshop or Fireworks, and why?

  • stealth_snake

    I have been using firework for years now.
    why, as you said, its much more easier to use. but when it comes to printing materials, photoshop shine, it handle large size file much more better than fireworks.

  • stealth_snake

    I have been using firework for years now.
    why, as you said, its much more easier to use. but when it comes to printing materials, photoshop shine, it handle large size file much more better than fireworks.

  • sharpaircraft

    I have been using Photoshop since 1992. I have used every version and am now currently using Photoshop CS. Photoshop is simply the complete photo studio. You can do anything and seem only to be limited by your own imagination. Web integration has never been an issue in Photoshop to those of us who really know the program. It does not really assist you in finding out where its capabilities lay. It is and has always been a professional’s tool.

    There is no doubt that Fireworks (and many other image manipulation tools) is a fine, and capable program. But Photoshop covers all the bases while providing maximum power to the artist. No limits. –

  • sharpaircraft

    I have been using Photoshop since 1992. I have used every version and am now currently using Photoshop CS. Photoshop is simply the complete photo studio. You can do anything and seem only to be limited by your own imagination. Web integration has never been an issue in Photoshop to those of us who really know the program. It does not really assist you in finding out where its capabilities lay. It is and has always been a professional’s tool.

    There is no doubt that Fireworks (and many other image manipulation tools) is a fine, and capable program. But Photoshop covers all the bases while providing maximum power to the artist. No limits. –

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