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Which is better: CorelDraw, Photoshop or Illustrator?

By on August 30, 2012

I would rather say that it is not a big deal if whatever application you are going to use, it’s your skills and creativity that matter most. If I am an expert on using CorelDRAW, of course I would say that CorelDRAW is better among others. The same is true if I am an expert user of  Photoshop or Illustrator.

CorelDraw, Photoshop and Illustrator Differences

It depends on what is the purpose of your project and how long you had been using a particular application. However here are some distinctions among these applications:

Adobe Photoshop is actually an  image editing software like Corel Photo-Paint  nonetheless, the newest version of Adobe Photoshop have advance features for making 3D graphic arts and movies and it even support vector data. Rasterized objects can be converted to vector by applying the “convert to smart object” command. Hence, this application is now suitable for any graphic design projects. In fact, it has now DESIGN workspace.

Adobe Illustrator is very effective when you’re making illustrations (as what its name means) specially its mesh tool, you can have a great tints, tones and shades in your illustration by using it. When you drag and drop images to Illustrator, the object is automatically converted to vector file which will allow you to resize the image at many times without damaging its quality. Adobe Illustrator has more special effects compared with CorelDRAW.

CorelDraw on the other hand have features that are more appropriate for desktop publishing. Unlike Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator which you can only make one page in a single file, CorelDraw enable you to create multiple pages in a single file. It also has a barcode maker plug-in which allows you to insert barcodes on your design especially when you are making product packaging or gift vouchers. CorelDraw is like a combined InDesign and Illustrator. (InDesign is also a product of Adobe that is very suitable for desktop publishing.)

My Personal Choice

The problems when you do your layout with CorelDRAW and edit your image with Adobe Photoshop are the shortcut keys because they have a lot of differences plus some trouble on exporting and importing files from one application to another. That is why, personally, I prefer to work with Adobe Illustrator because I do use Adobe Photoshop for image editing and their shortcut keys are almost similar plus the compatibility of the software. Thus, it speeds up my work.

All of them are great when you are going to use them according to their purpose.

Remember that we, the graphic designers and artists, are being appreciated because of our design and artworks and not because of the application we use.

I know that you also have something to say; you can add it as comment.

Thank you for reading. Godspeed!

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  1. Moses

    October 25, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Well, i am a corel draw user, and i have used for so quite a number of years now, i enjoy using it, i started using Corel 4, i have gone through all other versions. i like Adobe Illustrator as well because of its colour pallet and these other tools that corel dont have up to now. hence my draw back in illustrator is when i want to crop something. Hence i enjoy using them both.
    As you have said its not the application that matters but the project and how best one is on the application

  2. Dwight

    November 9, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    When I started using Corel, Adobe did not make programs for IBM compatible computers. I have used Illustrator, but have yet found a reason to pay twice as much for something that does the same thing. I have published magazines, created flyers and web pages with Corel. Though I have used Illustrator, I can’t help but have some contempt for the price of Adobe because there are no real advantages to using it.
    Lately it appears that more processing centers are not using Corel anymore. I just save my files to .pdf, no problem.

  3. Victoria

    November 27, 2014 at 12:40 am

    “Remember that we, the graphic designers and artists, are being appreciated because of our design and artworks and not because of the application we use.” How true your comment is. :)
    I use Paint Shop Pro and MSPaint to create all of my graphics … and I have received many compliments for my work as well as several awards from around the internet. I use other programs to create web documents. I have several friends who use Photoshop and their standard of work is not up to mine … like you said above …

  4. Paul

    January 30, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    COREL DRAW is one of the most powerful and professional graphic suit ever, i have been using this software for over 18 years now it has never stopped to amaze me a perfect choice for any Pro graphic designer.

    and yes it has Corel Photo-paint which is as powerful and creative as Photoshop, i have designed flyers, posters ect for the most popular brands in the world with this software, with no complaints from other users printing, web and media. this software is the coca cola or a pepsi scenario with adobe Photoshop it will always survive because it is needed by its millions of users world wide.

    keep up the good work Corel Draw and we wont disappoint just get creative and let imagination take over

    Senior Graphic designer
    Boss Media Cyprus

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