I know that many people out there think of Photoshop strictly as a photo editor and I blame the name of the application for that. You know, the “Photo” part of the name. Perhaps it began as merely a photograph editor, but these days, things have changed quite a bit.
If you’ve used Adobe Photoshop over the past few years, you’ll have noticed that it includes quite a few drawing and illustration tools. While the photo editing portions of the application are stronger and more feature-filled than ever before, it’s the vector based tools that are getting people excited.
Now, if you’re thinking that you’ve got any vector based projects covered with Adobe Illustrator, let me tell you that there are some benefits to using Photoshop over Illustrator for drawing and graphics. Both programs allow you to draw all sorts of shapes. That’s a given and a fairly basic task you’d expect apps like this to allow you to complete. Photoshop allows you to draw squares, circles, polygons and a variety of custom shapes that are completely editable. The sky’s the limit. Also, all of these shapes are vector, which means that no matter how much you bend, twist and resize them, they’ll never be reduced in quality.
As far as features go, in Photoshop, you can add borders to a shape and to those borders, you can add dashes, dots and other types of outlines. You can even soften (round) the corners of squares and rectangles. There’s so much flexibility, it’s not even funny.
What’s more exciting is that you can combine paths with shapes to really get creative with what you can create in Photoshop. You can use masks and all sorts of combinations to turn something that’s simple into something that’s complex and vice-versa.
Along those same lines, you can also draw out predefined shapes as well as those custom shapes I mentioned above. Photoshop offers hundreds of these things and yes, they’re all vector based, so they’ll never lose quality, become pixelated or blurry. Vector shapes are awesome.
Best of all, much of the shape world in Photoshop can be integrated and combined with the photo world. Speaking of worlds, it really is the best of both worlds when working with vector shapes as well as photos in Adobe Photoshop.