6 Replies Latest reply on Apr 9, 2008 3:58 AM by SiamJai

    Whats the difference

    garywpaul Level 5


      I am thinking of upgrading to one of the creative suites ( I have studio 8), and want to know the difference between Fireworks and photoshop. While I have both, I never use PS.

      The package I am thinking about does not include the FW CS3, but does have the new PS plus some others.

      Should I just start getting used to PS or go with a package that included FW.

      What does everyone use and your thoughts please.

      Gary
        • 1. Re: Whats the difference
          Level 7
          Photoshop and Fireworks, while similar, are different. While they both
          allow you to work with bitmap and vector art, Photoshop excels at bitmap
          editing, photo touch-up, and creating photo-realistic artwork - but it
          lacks serious web tools. Fireworks excels at working with web graphics
          specifically, and with prototyping websites with its unique features
          such as intelligent 9-slice scaling, multi-page documents with master
          page support, and symbols/instances. A competent user can get by with
          one or the other, but having both is very nice. Design layouts and comps
          with Photoshop. Import to Fireworks and prototype the site. Export
          assets from each for use in Dreamweaver.


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          • 2. Re: Whats the difference
            Level 7
            Personally I am very comfortable within the FWs interface and use it for 90%
            of my work. I do have PS and use it for the very rare occasion when I need
            to output in a CMYK colour format.

            Peter
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            "garywpaul" <webforumsuser@macromedia.com> wrote in message
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            | I am thinking of upgrading to one of the creative suites ( I have studio
            8),
            | and want to know the difference between Fireworks and photoshop. While I
            have
            | both, I never use PS.
            |
            | The package I am thinking about does not include the FW CS3, but does have
            the
            | new PS plus some others.
            |
            | Should I just start getting used to PS or go with a package that included
            FW.
            |
            | What does everyone use and your thoughts please.
            |
            | Gary
            |


            • 3. Re: Whats the difference
              Level 7
              PJR wrote:
              > Personally I am very comfortable within the FWs interface and use it for 90%
              > of my work. I do have PS and use it for the very rare occasion when I need
              > to output in a CMYK colour format.
              >
              > Peter
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              > "garywpaul" <webforumsuser@macromedia.com> wrote in message
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              > |
              > | I am thinking of upgrading to one of the creative suites ( I have studio
              > 8),
              > | and want to know the difference between Fireworks and photoshop. While I
              > have
              > | both, I never use PS.
              > |
              > | The package I am thinking about does not include the FW CS3, but does have
              > the
              > | new PS plus some others.
              > |
              > | Should I just start getting used to PS or go with a package that included
              > FW.
              > |
              > | What does everyone use and your thoughts please.
              > |
              > | Gary
              > |
              >
              >
              I use both applications on a regular basis. If my project is screen
              based, I'm in Fireworks right form the beginning because I can work
              faster there for that type of job.

              If I'm doing print work, or I have images which need some serious
              retouching (or RAW files from my digital camera) I'm in Photoshop or
              Lightroom for some if not all of the job.

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              • 4. Re: Whats the difference
                Paevo Kelley Level 2
                I have grown quite used to both FW's and Flash's Property Inspector. I still use Photoshop CS2 and get quite impatient with the lack of Property Inspector. Did they add it in PScs3?
                • 5. Re: Whats the difference
                  Level 7
                  Paevo Kelley wrote:
                  > I have grown quite used to both FW's and Flash's Property Inspector. I still use Photoshop CS2 and get quite impatient with the lack of Property Inspector. Did they add it in PScs3?

                  I know what you mean. It's a great feature of FW, DW and Flash.

                  The closest you've got in PS is the Options Bar, but that was present in
                  CS2 as well. That said, PS has many more tool/element specific palettes
                  than FW. I'm so used to the PI, though, that I sometimes forget that.

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                  • 6. Re: Whats the difference
                    SiamJai
                    quote:

                    Originally posted by: garywpaul
                    I am thinking of upgrading to one of the creative suites ( I have studio 8), and want to know the difference between Fireworks and photoshop. While I have both, I never use PS.


                    Gary, you've just answered your question. :-) If you've never used PS before, getting a package that includes Fireworks is the safest bet.

                    I'm in a similar situation, having both programs but only using Fireworks for both webdesign and photo art. Although it's true that natively FW doesn't have the photo-editing capacity of PS, you can easily get 3rd party plugins that allow some pretty nifty photomanipulation right from Fireworks.

                    I'd recommend the PS package only if you're 100% digital artist working with a tablet. In any other case, I suggest getting Fireworks instead.