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What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Adobe Photoshop?

Updated March 23, 2017

Adobe Photoshop is considered by many to be the premier photo editing software in the industry. Adobe typically puts out quality products and this is no exception. However, Adobe Photoshop is not for everyone. This software carries with it many powerful features for professionals, but it also has some drawbacks.

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One of the major advantages Adobe Photoshop has going for it is the organisation it offers. With this program, you can easily import all of your photos and videos into the software quickly. You can see everything organised in a neat and orderly way on your screen. If you are dealing with hundreds or thousands of photos and videos, this can make it easier to find the ones you need and use them.

Quick Editing

Another benefit of Adobe Photoshop is it is very easy to begin editing photos. Many of the normal edits commonly made to photos can be done with a single click in the program. For instance, you can automatically reduce red eye or whiten someone's teeth with the click of a button. You can simply adjust the skin tones of people in your pictures. You can also get into more advanced editing functions without much complication.


One of the disadvantages of using Adobe Photoshop is it is relatively expensive. When compared with other photo-editing software, you will typically spend much more for Adobe Photoshop. For instance, as of the time of publication, Adobe Photoshop CS5 is available in packages that cost £454 or £649, depending on which version you get. If you do not plan on editing photos every day, it may not be worth this excessive cost. You can find much cheaper photo-editing software online.

Not for Beginners

Even though it is relatively simple to use, this is not a program designed for beginners. It is primarily a photo-editing program for professionals that plan on editing many photos on a regular basis. Most beginners will not even begin to touch the functionality of this program and could get what they need from another program. This program has advanced functionality that will be useless for most people who are unfamiliar with editing photos.

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About the Author

Luke Arthur has been writing professionally since 2004 on a number of different subjects. In addition to writing informative articles, he published a book, "Modern Day Parables," in 2008. Arthur holds a Bachelor of Science in business from Missouri State University.

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