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Photoshop has been the standard image editing program for designers for many years. It is definetly a powerful program with tons of features. I use it for print work only, as Fireworks seems to be geared primarily for web and screen work, and is less bloated with features I won't use. The latest version of Photoshop, though, is very nice to work with. It's fast and intuitive and definetly worth learning

The color control in Photoshop is far more advanced and exact than any other program I've tried. Of course, Adobe wrote the book on this stuff. I wish that vector drawing tools within Photoshop worked more like in Illustrator does (Fireworks maintains vector shapes from Freehand files, and you can draw just like in Freehand within Fireworks too). Other than that, it's the best for what it's for, even though it's not perfect.

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Use Fireworks for screen graphics instead
For web design, I hate Photoshop with a passion. Just like Microsoft Office, they've been able to stick to the same old stuff because they know it's industry standard, rather than truly innovating anything I'd actually use. I find it takes a crazy number of extra clicks to do the most basic sort of things as compared to Fireworks. Might just be the learning curve, but since I have been a Photoshop user since 1997, you'd think I'd be a non-issue by now.

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