Aperture vs. Photoshop—Which program is better? Both of these names are picture editing programs that can be used by anyone but are favored by those of the design set (those from graphic design, web design and even photography). Both are fairly popular, but which program is better in the long run? Which is better for photographers and designers? Which is better for the common individual?
Aperture Aperture is the photo editing and management software for Mac computers. It was released in 2005 and is currently on its third version. In terms of photo editing, Aperture allows for some basic editing, such as touch ups or reducing red eye. Aperture is also Apple-specific, so unless a person is either using a Mac computer or has both a Mac and Windows PC, a Windows user will probably not use this program.
Photoshop Photoshop is probably the most widely used and popular form of photo editing. Released in 1988, Photoshop has since become a part of Adobe's Creative Suite software, which includes popular software programs Dreamweaver, Illustrator and InDesign. Because of its popularity, many pictures that are sometimes found on the internet are often thought to be "photoshopped." Photoshop is offered for both Mac and Windows platforms.
So which is the better program? The comparison of the two might be misleading, as they offer two different spectrums. If anything, Photoshop is better in the editing department since designers and photographers can add many different elements to pictures, as well as create their own designs. Many websites that are designed or edited within Dreamweaver will often have images that have been edited within Photoshop.
However, both of these programs actually work better together. Again, only those who will be using a Mac computer for their editing will truly know and understand the features. Many photographers will utilize Aperture as they will most likely be using Mac computers for their shoots; however, many photographers have also used Photoshop as well.
The main thing in regards to these two programs is truly dependant on which type of computer you own. Windows users will more often than not turn to Photoshop, while Mac users actually reap the rewards of testing both in terms of which is better.