The financial barriers to entry to most online pursuits are extremely low. It should never cost more than a few dollars to set up and maintain a website.
Web design is the same – you can edit code, HTML and CSS using free text editors. However, there is one expense that stands head and shoulders above the rest, and that’s image editors. Photoshop has been the market leader for well over 20 years. And, whether you purchased it on it’s own, buy it as part of Adobe’s Creative Suite or, now, subscribe to Creative Cloud, compared to everything else, it’s pricey!
I have just created a course on Udemy called Designing A Website in Photoshop, Illustrator (& GIMP) (at a discount if you click that link). The course shows how you can create a pixel-perfect image of a WordPress website design, customised completely to a client’s specifications.
My clients like to see an image of their website home page designed in Photoshop first. Then, once this is passed, developing and creating the website is easy.
In the video, I do the same tasks in both Photoshop and GIMP. Although most things are possible in GIMP, things are generally easier and quicker in Photoshop.
The disadvantages of GIMP
These were the main drawbacks I’ve discovered using GIMP.
- No way to select multiple layers
- No way to apply same text styles to multiple text layers
- Can’t add effects to editable text
- No way to export images optimised for web (possible with plugin)
- Buggy – it does crash occasionally
- Hard to arrange layers – no ability to group layers as with Photoshop
- Poor (or virtually nil) support for vectors
All the disadvantages can be overcome. By purchasing Photoshop you are spending money to buy yourself time and less frustration – that’s assuming you are familiar with Photoshop’s interface.
Designing A Website in Photoshop, Illustrator (& GIMP)
Here is the promo video for my new course on Udemy called Designing A Website in Photoshop, Illustrator (& GIMP) (33% discount if you click that link).
The course shows how I mock up a web page designs for a clients. Here is an example of one of the images I show how to create:
What do you think?
Do you mock-up or design web pages in image editors first? What do you use, Photoshop, GIMP, Illustrator, or even Inkscape?