Coloring Comparison: Photoshop and Illustrator

Since I’ve been familiarizing myself with the different coloring capabilities of Photoshop and Illustrator, I thought that it would be worthwhile to do test. I have a caveman here that I’ve colored in Illustrator and Photoshop. Both have their strengths, and depending on what a client wants, either has it’s benefits.

I love Illustrator’s pressure sensitive brush for applying strong light sources and strong shadows. I am sure that there is a way to apply colors and textures in a more subtle manner, but I am still working through the coloring interface to get to that point.

cave man

 

I learned to color in Photoshop, and I love the subtle touches one can apply with the brushes. In Photoshop, I still apply strong light sources and shadows in the same manner that I would in Illustrator, but I think Photoshop’s strength lies in it’s ability to endow nuances to digital coloring. However, we’ll see how I feel once I progress in Illustrator.

cave man

Coloring in Adobe Illustrator

I learned to color digitally in Photoshop, but Illustrator’s coloring interface is quite robust. I’ve been trying to get into the habit of coloring and drawing in illustrator. While Photoshop is near and dear to my heart, I’m becoming quite enamored of Illustrator. Here are some of the vector’s that I’ve created.

otto-von-bismark samurai_illustrator diver

robot robot

Pepper

An asset management software company called Pepper has commissioned a series of comics for their website, social media, blogs, etc. As a copywriter and illustrator, I come up with stirring copy then illustrate comics to accompany it. It’s a very fun and challenging project, and I am glad that people recognize comics not only as a respectable art form, but as a viable medium to convey practical ideas.

pepper