Adobe Suite includes three popular graphic arts programs. See the menu at the left for tutorials on Photoshop, Illustrator and Flash.
Photoshop is used to enhance pixel based images (aka raster images). Photoshop is the industry standard program for enhancing photos. From correcting the color of the sky, to enhancing muscles and reducing body fat, to making totally fantasy images, Photoshop provides you with tools to change our perception of what is real and what has been "photoshopped'.
Illustrator is used to create vector images. Vectors are lines, shapes and curves that can be scaled infinitely large or small with no loss of quality. Some examples where Ilillustrator is used include billboards, product labels, company logos and book illustrations. For an introduction to Adobe Illustrator, download the presentation What is Illustrator?
Flash is used to create animations, cartoons and info graphics. For many years, Flash swf files were the Internet's standard for any animated work. The Flash movie format has since been replaced with native HMTL canvas elements. However, Flash continues to be a popular animation tool that is capable of exporting movies to HTML.
Alternatives to Adobe Suite
If you can't afford Adobe's monthly prices, you can get high quality alternatives for much less money from these companies:
- www.corel.com for a one-time purchase of an entire suite of graphic design software every bit as good as Adobe.
- www.serif.com for free versions and low-cost pro versions similar to Photoshop and Illustrator.
- www.inkscape.org for a free alternative to Illustrator.
- www.gimp.org or www.gimpshop.com for a free alternative to Photoshop.
- www.getpaint.net for another free alternative to Photoshop.
- www.synfig.org for a free Flash alternative.