Basically, Photoshop and XD are just two products included in Adobe’s ecosystem. Whereas, Photoshop is the original in design game while Adobe XD is the new addition to the Creative Cloud.
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For many years Adobe Photoshop has been the tool of choice for designers to create Websites, Mobile apps, and UI. Though it is mainly a photo editing software!
The primary use of XD is for UI/UX and Web design. There are many benefits of using XD over Photoshop. Well, both can create wonderful designs but it depends on what kind of work it is.
If you are working on web design which hardly uses any photo editing, then go for Adobe XD. And if you are working on something which has more images to edit, 3d models, clipping paths etc, then Photoshop would be the best.
So, let us discuss why XD instead of Photoshop?
XD is vector based, while Photoshop is raster based. So, while designing it would be easier to draw shapes using vector pencil
Both XD and Photoshop use layers.
Image editing is done using Photoshop, while XD is only meant for UI/UX.
XD provides the Repeat Grid feature, where it will replicate the exact design as many times you want. In Photoshop, there’s nothing like these.
XD also provides prototyping, we can connect the artboards with each other and we can also give the transition effect to the artboards so it gives a real-time scenario on how the design will actually look like. In Photoshop ou would need 3rd party prototyping tools.
While Photoshop does not provide such features. So, it becomes a lot easier with XD prototyping. XD provides all the basic tools as photoshop which are required for Website designing and more than that.
In XD, we can publish a prototype to have a better look and idea of the design and it can be shared with people
So, if you have used Photoshop or Illustrator, then Adobe XD will be very easier to use as it has many similar tools. Adobe XD is lightweight. It works smoothly and the .xd files are 5-10 times smaller than .psd files.
If your only focus is UI/UX then go for XD. It is available for MAC as well as Windows 10.
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