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Have you ever wondered what the differences between Illustrator and Photoshop are? Well, here’s a quick infographic and post to give you some clarity!


  • Uses pixels to create images. Individual pixels can all be edited and moved.
  • Image can not be enlarged beyond what the set image size is. Image will become blurry or pixelated.
  • Has a large number of filters and brushes to create natural, lifelike images and photo editing.

Photoshop is great for:

  • Image editing
  • Web design and graphics
  • Creating art using digital pens and brushes
  • Making a project that will stay a fixed size: photos, web graphics, posters, etc


  • Vector based. Uses mathematical algorithms to define shapes
  • Image can be endlessly enlarged without a loss of definition
  • Doesn’t contain the image editing capability of photoshop

Illustrator is great for:

  • Web design
  • Print projects
  • Icon and clip art creation
  • Logos
  • Making any project that needs to be used at various sizes

Common Photoshop file extensions

  • .psd
  • .jpeg
  • .gif
  • .png
  • .tiff
  • .eps
  • .pdf

Common Illustrator file extensions

  • .ai
  • .eps
  • .pdf
  • .svg

I hope that was helpful! Pin the infographic below to save for later reference!