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Compare Adobe Web Graphics Programs for Image Design

When designing images for the iPad and iPhone, most professional designers strongly prefer Adobe Photoshop. Photoshop Elements is a "light" version but offers many of the same features for a fraction of the cost and is very impressive.

The following is a list of some of the most popular image-editing programs on the market today. All these image programs are available for both Mac and Windows:

  • Adobe Photoshop: The most popular image-editing program on the market, Photoshop is a widely used standard among graphics professionals. With Photoshop, you can create original artwork, edit and enhance photographs, and so much more. Photoshop has a wealth of powerful painting and selection tools, special effects, and filters that enable you to create images far beyond what you can capture on film or create with many other illustration programs.

    In previous versions, Photoshop came bundled with a program called Image Ready, a companion program designed for web graphics. In CS3, those web features were included in Photoshop; and in CS4, they’ve been enhanced. Switching between Photoshop and Dreamweaver is easier than ever.

  • Adobe Photoshop Elements: If you don’t need all the bells and whistles offered in the full-blown version of Photoshop, Photoshop Elements is a remarkably powerful program — for about a sixth of the price.

    If you’re a professional designer, you’re best served by Photoshop. But if you’re a hobbyist or small business owner and want to create good-looking images without the high cost and learning curve of a professional graphics program, Elements is a great deal and well-suited to creating web graphics.

  • Adobe Fireworks: Fireworks was one of the first image-editing programs designed to create and edit web graphics. Originally created by Macromedia, the program is now part of the Adobe Web Suite and is fully integrated with Dreamweaver. Fireworks gives you everything you need to create, edit, and output web graphics, all in one well-designed product.

    Although Fireworks lacks many of the advanced image-editing capabilities of Photoshop, Fireworks shines when creating web graphics and is especially popular among web designers who rave about the ability to create a design in Fireworks that can easily be sliced and converted into a web page in Dreamweaver.

If you want to do basic image editing for free on the internet, visit the Gimp or Photoshop Express websites. Both sites make it possible to edit and optimize images online without purchasing a software program.

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