DreamWeaver Or Photoshop?

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I was talking to this guy who has a successful programming business and he only uses photoshop for designing his websites.

What do you do? I personally use dreamweaver but there really is a lot more to that program that I will ever use, so I am thinkin' I may try something else.

Any thoughts?

Oops... By the way I am talking from a programming standpoint. Code is code, so if it is being setup in dreamweaver is it easier to work with than photoshop?
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  • I've been using Dreamweaver and Fireworks.


    Dreamweaver is a html/css editor

    Photoshop is for photo editing

    These are two different softwares
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    • Profile picture of the author margaritamaker
      photoshop and dreamweaver used for diff purposed.
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    • Profile picture of the author brian culbert
      Originally Posted by AllThingsArePossible View Post

      I've been using Dreamweaver and Fireworks.


      Dreamweaver is a html/css editor

      Photoshop is for photo editing

      These are two different softwares
      That is absolutely true!
      So web designer needs both for designing websites.
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    • Profile picture of the author waqasikd
      Originally Posted by AllThingsArePossible View Post

      I've been using Dreamweaver and Fireworks.


      Dreamweaver is a html/css editor

      Photoshop is for photo editing

      These are two different softwares
      I Am Agree With you
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  • Profile picture of the author pavondunbar
    Hi drewanderson...

    I use both Photoshop CS4 Extended and Dreamweaver CS4 to design my sites and the sites of my clients.

    The cool thing about using PS is that you can design the site, slice the PS image using the Slice tool, and then save it as a HTML file using File-->Save For Web and Devices.

    PS will create an image folder and the HTML file. This is cool because for those individuals that like to "view source" to "steal" layouts, they won't be able to because most of the HTML coding will be image files that was created in Photoshop.

    However, I use Dreamweaver CS4 in case I need to hyperlink a part of the image, put in an "opt in" box, etc.

    I also use Dreamweaver for designing sites that have long salesletters. I haven't found out how to do a salesletter site in PS, but I will, if it can be done.

    I can design sites...but I need a good copywriter to write the salesletter. I am not great at writing killer salesletters. I'm OK, but not great like some warriors on here.

    Hope this helps.

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  • Profile picture of the author nichemarketninja
    Hey Drew,

    I've been building web applications for going on 12 years now. Dreamweaver has been top of my list for many of those years as it has a great WYSIWYG interface which makes laying out websites real easy (although I prefer working in code mode myself.)

    For more complex line of business application I use Microsoft Visual Studio, ASP.NET and C# as creating complex business applications needs a good object orientated approach to design.

    These days however, with the phenomenal growth of open source blog and CMS platforms, I create all my niche market and money sites using either Drupal or the Wordpress platform. They are both extremely well optimized for SEO, don'r require and coding, have massive template / theme libraries and a huge number of additional modules you can plug in which enables me to setup a niche site in under an hour.

    Photoshop is by far the best graphics tool for photo editing logo creation etc, but it's expensive, a good free alternative is Paint.NET or Gimp.org

    Cheers
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    • Profile picture of the author VideosYES
      Thank you for telling us about Paint.NET and Gimp.org. I will try them as I can't afford Photoshop right now. Are these 2 as hard to learn as Photoshop?

      BTW, how do I post a "thank" to a post?


      DinhTa

      Originally Posted by nichemarketninja View Post

      Hey Drew,

      I've been building web applications for going on 12 years now. Dreamweaver has been top of my list for many of those years as it has a great WYSIWYG interface which makes laying out websites real easy (although I prefer working in code mode myself.)

      For more complex line of business application I use Microsoft Visual Studio, ASP.NET and C# as creating complex business applications needs a good object orientated approach to design.

      These days however, with the phenomenal growth of open source blog and CMS platforms, I create all my niche market and money sites using either Drupal or the Wordpress platform. They are both extremely well optimized for SEO, don'r require and coding, have massive template / theme libraries and a huge number of additional modules you can plug in which enables me to setup a niche site in under an hour.

      Photoshop is by far the best graphics tool for photo editing logo creation etc, but it's expensive, a good free alternative is Paint.NET or Gimp.org

      Cheers
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  • Profile picture of the author wayfarer
    Originally Posted by drewanderson View Post

    I was talking to this guy who has a successful programming business and he only uses photoshop for designing his websites.
    I think the reason he said that, is that the design step can only be handled by an editor capable of making the type of graphics that Photoshop is capable of. To most professionals Dreamweaver is a tool, but not really a design tool.

    I've moved away from using Dreamweaver, but the same is true of me: most of the designs I am involved in start in Photoshop, then I code them to make a final product.

    The idea that Dreamweaver is a "one stop shop" for all your web design needs, is completely baseless.
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    • Profile picture of the author drewanderson
      Originally Posted by wayfarer View Post

      The idea that Dreamweaver is a "one stop shop" for all your web design needs, is completely baseless.
      Yeah I agree. I have noticed that they include a hellacious amount of tools that would take an incredible amount of time to learn all of them and even then there is no reason you would ever need to use them all.

      I have designed blueprints on a program called AutoCAD AutoDesk that is similar to DreamWeaver in it's complexity and they include so much that it would almost make more sense to break the product up and let people choose what features they need so that the cost is lowered and they can tweak the parts that people really use a lot.

      Thanks for all the feedback friends. Much appreciated.
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      • Profile picture of the author kdavies
        Use photoshop for the design.

        When it comes to building nothing beats getting your hands dirty, learning HTML, css, javascript etc, and coding the thing by hand.
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        • Profile picture of the author yuccarichard
          Originally Posted by kdavies View Post

          Use photoshop for the design.

          When it comes to building nothing beats getting your hands dirty, learning HTML, css, javascript etc, and coding the thing by hand.
          agree, been doing the same for years and still prefer it
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    • Profile picture of the author LosingMyHair
      Originally Posted by wayfarer View Post

      I think the reason he said that, is that the design step can only be handled by an editor capable of making the type of graphics that Photoshop is capable of. To most professionals Dreamweaver is a tool, but not really a design tool.

      I've moved away from using Dreamweaver, but the same is true of me: most of the designs I am involved in start in Photoshop, then I code them to make a final product.

      The idea that Dreamweaver is a "one stop shop" for all your web design needs, is completely baseless.
      I agree. I stopped using DW years ago.

      I use Photoshop and Fireworks for the design. Then I code up the HTML/CSS from scratch in Komodo. And the only thing Komodo does for me is tag folding and highlighting. Works for me, though... I like clean, cross-browser XHTML/CSS.

      ... but that's just me.
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  • Profile picture of the author drewanderson
    P.S. I would have to say that the Snagit software is such an easy and wonderful tool to have in your arsenal if you don't already have it. It helps with anything and everything from what I have experienced. Any thoughts on that? Plus, it works easily with both Dreamweaver and Photoshop.
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    • Profile picture of the author a2zwebs
      Originally Posted by drewanderson View Post

      P.S. I would have to say that the Snagit software is such an easy and wonderful tool to have in your arsenal if you don't already have it. It helps with anything and everything from what I have experienced. Any thoughts on that? Plus, it works easily with both Dreamweaver and Photoshop.
      I do like Snagit.. Been using DW and Photoshop for many years now, but if I want to grab an image really quickly and throw it on a site, I just use Snagit. It was created by the same folks who created Camtasia I believe. I got the bundle for like $324 (both snagit and camtasia studio) Love their products.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jay Moreno
    i always use photoshop for designing the "aesthetics" of my site - but the coding/development i normally use either notepad and/or dreamweaver around a Joomla core

    building a site purely from images will be detrimental to any onsite optimization you intended to implement...

    i cant see how that guy with a successful web business would be able to manage doing websites just with photoshop? Doesn't add up... he would at the very least need to have some kind of code editor if not at least notepad... photoshop is not a an efficient way to do web development as far as i am concerned...
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  • Profile picture of the author harrisunderwork
    PS - For designing
    Dreamweaver - For coding
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  • Profile picture of the author Gog
    I agree you need to learn both one will compliment the other, but i wouldn't go down the route of trying to set up websites directly from slicing graphics in photoshop, the results arent very good and the site will take a long time to load.
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  • Profile picture of the author ankita
    you can use photoshop also for designing but in dreamweaver making templates & giving effects are more convienient. I personally prefer Dreamweaver.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dave R
    "90 Second Website Builder" is great - not an html editor, but does a lot of the same things photoshop and dreamweaver do by click and drag. It's great for building sites quickly.
    P.S. I'm not an affiliate, I really do just like and recommend it!
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    • Profile picture of the author Dave R
      Also, it's a fraction of the cost - about $90 with three extra downloads.
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      • Profile picture of the author baca85
        For an editor you can also checkout netbeans you can set it up for coding php/jsp/ruby and so on. It is free and pretty solid platform i think there is a wysiwyg. I personally only use the code mode. Photoshop is pretty good for handling graphics.

        You could also try eclipse out
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  • Profile picture of the author XGoogleX
    Dream Weaver and photo shop very good program best out there.
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  • Profile picture of the author bz1406
    Photoshop and Dreamweaver is different software, but you can combine them to build your sites. You can use firework too..
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  • Profile picture of the author decentguy
    You can use Photoshop for making a website design,

    once you create design, then make slices and export it as html. then you can use it in dreamweaver for adding text, meta tags and other functions
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  • Profile picture of the author ifwexpert
    I have only used Dreamweaver and I'm not so experienced but i find it easy to use
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  • Profile picture of the author robertstr
    Hi all!

    Dreamweaver software is ideal for web designers, web developers, and visual designers.
    Photoshop is ideal for:These two softwares are neccessary for web designers, so you can change and try on the photoshop. Maybe it will help you to work better.

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    • dreamweaver complements photoshop...

      they are both excellent tools
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    • Profile picture of the author drewanderson
      Originally Posted by bs5143 View Post

      dreamweaver is complete crap. go photoshop
      This post is complete crap... Photoshop does not do everything dreamweaver can do, so what are you specifically talking about? We aren't talking about editing party photos to post on facebook... We are talking about building web pages.

      If you are new to this post please scroll up and read the first few. If you just post a one liner response that makes our I.Q.'s lower, then say it out loud to yourself and don't post anything

      It would be cool to hear from people that have actual specific examples. There have been some great posts already, but a lot of junk too.

      Let's keep it smart. thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author ArtW
    Yeah in my opinion the two programs work hand in hand with one and another, I use both.
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  • Profile picture of the author Charles3k
    For me I use Dreamweaver.
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  • Profile picture of the author tombandit246
    I use photoshop for editing photos and I sometimes use Dreamweaver for advanced webpage editing. I personally didn't even know that you could use photoshop to design webpages.
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  • Profile picture of the author mogli
    Both of them are somethign different photoshop is an image editing software. Dreamweaver is an script editor.
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  • Profile picture of the author Blackmediaprop08
    I use a combination of both..couldn't imagine a whole site in IMages would think it would load VERY slow and is outdated when you could use CSS to place them..
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  • Profile picture of the author thewebhostingdir
    FireWorks for designs
    Visual Studio for Asp.Net scripting
    Zend Studio for PHP scripting
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  • Profile picture of the author newbyr
    I have used both as well. I prefer Dreamweaver to most other programs for simple editing of HTML. I have only used photoshop for picture editing. I have seen good headers done in photoshop. Those were impressive.
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  • Profile picture of the author penny_preston
    I use both Dreamweaver and Photoshop for my sites and for those of my clients. For my affiliate marketing sites, I'm also using XSitePro which is a great program for people who have little or no knowledge of html. I can create a site with XSitePro in a fraction of the times it takes in Dreamweaver.

    PM me if you want more info on this.
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  • Profile picture of the author Cerberus
    I totally think DW is easier. I have been using it for years and I tried to do a site with PS but just couldn't get my head wrapped around it.

    I don't hand write my code, at least not all of it. I use the WYSIWYG part of DW and go into code view to do specific work. I could do it all by hand but just don't see the point.
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  • Profile picture of the author clubvikram
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    Using photoshop to design websites?? thats news to me i though it was used to design and edit the images and those images,banners and logos will be used by dreamweaver to create the website.
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  • Profile picture of the author hotscode
    i use macromedia homesite ++ for coding and macromedia firework for designing . but firework and photoshop not good thing to use maquee tools. i use corel is better .
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  • Profile picture of the author Tracey_Meagher
    Using photoshop to create the code for your website is not the best option. Chances are it will be image heavy and have significant impact on site speed and loading. Dreamweaver is a far more efficient option.
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    • Profile picture of the author eshera
      Okay...I have to reply....

      I have been developing sites, now for over 15 years and I still have an original copy of dreamweaver and photoshop on my old 486...

      Photoshop is fantastic for prototypes, if anyone wants my layered files that I use, I will toss them to you.

      I am only speaking for myself, but when I create a site from scratch, it's great to keep myself in line from the get go with my "acceptable with and height" frame....from there I go nuts and then just cut and code after the client signs off on the prototype...

      A bit old school, I realize, but fireworks and the like with the naming convention has never been a great help...

      Download the free trial for both, but just be careful to use the tools as they were meant to be used.

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  • Profile picture of the author pdrw07
    I always use photoshop and frontpage to make my website.
    After i design my work at photoshop, slice it, save it. Then i go to frontpage to edit the website
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  • Profile picture of the author BrightLife
    If you are looking for earning money with your wesites and look for ready mades choose Xsite Pro or Artisteer. I have both used Dreamweaver and Photoshop and I was sitting endless with these apps. Just my 2 cents.

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  • Profile picture of the author Emily Meeks
    Paint Shop Pro 8 + Jasc Animation for graphics, then Dreamweaver for my site
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  • Profile picture of the author Poglia
    Photoshop and other graphic programs for the images, notepad for all code. Yes, notepad. I like to write all HTML/PHP code myself.
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    • Profile picture of the author Miley455Cyru
      Both are best software
      i use both for developing such a attractive website............
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    Photoshop is only for grapics.
    Dreamweaver is HTML/CSS/PHP/other prog. lang's./TXT/SQL/ whatever...
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    I use Dreamweaver for coding and Gimp for Image/Banner design. Also, use Snagit for screen captures.
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  • Profile picture of the author locpicker
    I still use the Dreamweaver 8. Still does what I want.
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  • Profile picture of the author Convergence
    I personally use Photoshop cs3 extended for the graphic design for my website, then use Dreamweaver to build the site. As has been stated, they are two totally distinct tools. I personally have never designed an entire website in PS. Don't even know how feasible it would be as opposed to using two different tools specifically designed for two distinct purposes.

    Convergence
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    • Profile picture of the author phil18
      I use them both. They are very good tools to work with.
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  • Profile picture of the author nontemplates
    Lots of comparisons of dreamweaver to photoshop however they are two diferent kinds of programs. You create images in one and you create code in (html,css , php etc) in the other.

    Long and short to the OP - your friend wasn't being accurate. I bet he does use something to code with even if its notepad. Yes Photoshop can put out code but youare going to end up with some text as an image which is inefficient and horrible for SEO.
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  • Profile picture of the author lucasdean123
    I favor Dreamweaver to almost other programs for elementary editing of HTML. I have only used photoshop for picture editing. I have checked good headers done in photoshop.
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  • Profile picture of the author caesargus
    I have used both software packages and both are great for different sets of tasks.

    Sure you can design sites in both Dreamweaver and Photoshop. But you get more power out of either one depending on what you want user to be able to do.

    Are you a designer? Or you need to have everything perfect or in the exact place? I would go with photoshop. With photoshop you can design the layout just how you like it. You can then turn the photoshop into a website by either handing it to your fellow website developer or slicing and dicing the template up to be used on the site.

    Do you like tweaking the code on your page? Do you like to have forms popup on the page? Then I would use dreamweaver. Dreamweaver has some great server side tools that would allow anyone to build a (ecommerce) website (from scratch!) in no time at all. Well maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration, but it does give you the ability to do it from within the software without any previous programming experience. Photoshop doesn't give you that.

    I would recommend figuring out what you're going to use the software for. If you like to edit photos, go with photoshop, if you like tweaking websites, go with dreamweaver. (of course there are other tools out there than just these 2)
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  • Profile picture of the author copypilot
    Photoshop can create pretty decent websites but if you want to do anything more advanced than static pages with no dynamic effects you really need something like Dreamweaver.
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    • Profile picture of the author Shirlyn
      hi, Both are remarkable. I am using Dreamweaver 8 for CSS and as a webpage editor where Photoshop has features which provides intelligent Image editing for creating interactive images in any file format.
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    • Profile picture of the author shivam7
      both are the different softwares, and having different different usage..
      i use dreamweaver for coding purpose and photoshop for designing......
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      • Profile picture of the author jamesyalbery
        Both are different software for different purpose,
        But Both are Adobe software and Photoshop is use for Graphics Editing and Dreamweaver is used for web designing.
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    • Profile picture of the author innpacked
      why r u guys putting these silly question and of course both are important bcz photo-shop use for to create a design and dream waver use for conver that psd to web-page.
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    • Profile picture of the author ricky pounting
      Dreamweaver is the best option for dynamic websites and quality work.
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    • Profile picture of the author papachina
      For designing I mostly use photoshop and for coding use Dreamweaver.
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    • Profile picture of the author Helen Shoesmith
      For building someone need not only dreamweaver , photoshop. For making your site more attractive you need to use flash, illustrator.
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    • Profile picture of the author joeyreyes
      I usually use Dreamweaver in editing my codes but I also use photoshop for editing the design, logos, buttons etc. I am pretty comfortable using photoshop CS5 in doing these things.
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      • Profile picture of the author Earnie Boyd
        Originally Posted by virtueinfo11 View Post

        when working on window os working on dreamweaver, while working on ubuntu i like bluefish
        Why not use Bluefish on Windows or Dreamweaver on Ubuntu?
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    • Profile picture of the author dany0436
      I use Dreamweaver for making websites and as far as i know Photoshop is for photo editing as it name says.
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    • Profile picture of the author sadeeshbala
      I will use photoshop for designing and dreamweaver for coding
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  • Macromedia Dreamweaver is a web development application support for web technologies such as CSS, Javascript and frameworks including ASP, PHP and Coldfusion. Adobe photoshop is a graphics editing program. There are two versions of Photoshop : Basic and Extended. Both are different in use with their advanced features.
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    • Profile picture of the author cymbals
      Originally Posted by sparshtechnologies View Post

      Macromedia Dreamweaver is a web development application
      Macromedia is no longer - they were bought out by Adobe in 2005. Dreamweaver is now part of Adobe's lineup..

      ...and...

      is packaged with Dreamweaver in their Creative Suite because they work together, if you want them to.
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      • Profile picture of the author alvineagle
        From the my point of the view DreamWeaver is the best software. Websites and applications Build world-class web reference tool in the industry. Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 is ideal for designers and web developers and creative.
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  • Profile picture of the author venusguy
    Both are must to create good website.
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  • Profile picture of the author ngseosept
    You are pointing to two different environment. Photoshop is a photo enhancing software where you can edit, retouch and make logo for sites while Dreamweaver is a programming environment.
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    • Profile picture of the author linesupplygrow
      You are pointing to different surroundings. Photoshop is a photograph enhancing application where you can edit, retouch and make logo for sites while Dreamweaver is a programming surroundings.
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  • Profile picture of the author Revolves
    Photoshop is an image editor (a pretty advanced one, so just calling it an "image editor" would be inappropriate, but will do for now). Dreamweaver, on the other hand, is a code editor.

    Photoshop is where you design the layout of your website. Dreamweaver is where you code the layout of your website (and also code the server side stuff, but I'll leave that out for now). Two different things.

    You can design a website with Photoshop, and code it using any programming text editor, not just Dreamweaver. Many people create and slice images in Photoshop, and hand code it in a text editor. Same goes for programming.

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    • Profile picture of the author nikema
      Originally Posted by Revolves View Post

      You can design a website with Photoshop, and code it using any programming text editor, not just Dreamweaver. Many people create and slice images in Photoshop, and hand code it in a text editor. Same goes for programming.
      This is my understanding of using the two together. For anything more than a basic design, you usually don't just sit down and write code with no idea of what the finished site will look like. That's where Photoshop comes in. Design and layout in PS and then code in Dreamweaver (or other text editor).

      Professional designers don't use the HTML that Photoshop produces but it is a good tool to create a visual reference when you start writing code.
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      • Profile picture of the author Revolves
        Yes. However, there is a lot of difference between creating a basic structure in HTML and a basic design in Photoshop. The tasks that Photoshop and Dreamweaver let you accomplish are almost mutually exclusive.

        Photoshop is for design. The "actual" graphics that you see. If a site needs any "image" for its layout, then Photoshop can kick in. Look at (http://www.warriorforum.com/images/misc/background.gif). That's the image used in Warrior Forum's background (in the sides). For creating such things, you use Photoshop (or anything equivalent).

        The reason graphic designers create an entire layout in Photoshop alone is so that they can how all the elements look when put together. It's the way the site will look in the end. And that's the only purpose it serves. Other than that, every piece of graphic element has to stand on its own, and has to be put together using HTML/CSS.

        HTML/CSS is what puts the various elements (or "images", rather) of your design in the right place, and also making way for writing text (just as you visualized in your Photoshop prototype).

        In reality, design never starts with Photoshop or HTML. It starts with a block layout (since we have to stick to the limitations of HTML). This is where you decide proportions. Then you create relevant images, put them together in Photoshop to see how they look together. And then you use HTML to really put them together.

        It's not that HTML can create only basic layouts and Photoshop can create more complex ones. HTML layouts can be, and are complex in many cases. Photoshop only kicks in when you need to add a graphical element to your page.

        In short, Dreamweaver vs. Photoshop is making the wrong comparison in the first place.

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  • Profile picture of the author aisha123
    Adobe photoshop is just to edit your own photos.
    Macromedia Dreamweaver is to create websites.
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  • Profile picture of the author ssinghb4u
    Dreamweaver and Photo shop Both are important for designing a website.
    for text and coding Dreamweaver useful and for image and photo photoshop is useful so i use both...
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  • Profile picture of the author careybaird
    I have always been a code purist and never use WYSIWYG solutions. There is nothing wrong with Dreamweaver but it isn't my bag.

    My environment is Coda for html/css/php/javascript - great tool and highly recommended. For designing I use photoshop.
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  • Profile picture of the author Titanphil
    Guys make your lives easier. Design your site using Photoshop, slice up the sections such as header, sidebar etc., and place those images into a template in Xsite pro. Any novice with a little bit of Photoshop know how can build a site in one hour. Forget all of that code stuff. Crank and make money. Its all about speed these days.
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  • Profile picture of the author streetHire
    hello Drew,

    I also always use Photoshop to design website
    only make an appearance and cut it in photoshop
    I only then input into the Dw for the code
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  • Profile picture of the author sohanderaz
    I have dreamweaver at my home and i want to make a website and i have heard its best to use fireworks with dreamweaver, although i have made my previous websites perfectly fine.
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  • Profile picture of the author dexcell
    Yeah because these software is completing each other when you are building a website
    -Dreamweaver to write your website html, css, javascript
    -Photoshop to design your website graphic
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  • Profile picture of the author chrisxboyle
    i prefer using not only one software, i use combinations for better output..dreamweaver, adobe photoshop, wordpress are those i use to make good website
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  • Profile picture of the author cevin
    Photoshop and dreamweaver goes hand by hand. You canot use only one of them. Sometimes I prefer to combine Illustrator with them. It gives me many web design ideas.
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  • Profile picture of the author Capitalist_Pig
    I use Photoshop for the graphics, and build the HTML and CSS by hand using Geany - but you only need a text editor. Notepad is fine, Notepad++ is better.

    I also use Geany for building WordPress templates, but I've used Aptana in the past and liked it.
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  • Profile picture of the author darthdeus
    Photoshop is for design, Dreamweaver is for HTML/CSS coding ... don't do design in Dreamweaver and don't do HTML/CSS in Photoshop.
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  • Profile picture of the author truckingjobs
    PS for designing and Dreamweaver is for coding of your design.The two software is very important when you are try to design a websites.
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  • Profile picture of the author telltimmy
    Dreamweaver is an HTML layout program and Photoshop is the industry standard graphic image editor. both have there own advantages but I personally prefer Dreamweaver as I feel easy to work with it.
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  • Profile picture of the author tandren544
    Ahh! I was totally wrong. However, I still like Photoshop because it is so much more seamless to work with.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheArticleWriter
    Have you tried GIMP? It's free, and it might do what you want.

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  • Profile picture of the author webexperts666
    DreamWeaver is used for programming or code the design. Photoshop is used to make the design.
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  • Profile picture of the author shqipo
    Like some others have already said: PS for design, DW for code.
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  • Profile picture of the author ericbryant
    You can design in Photoshop but you need Dreamweaver or something like it to slice it all up into a website. Photoshop 7 had a web design piece built in, don't think it's there in the CS versions.
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  • Profile picture of the author aeroturner
    Can use both the software packages..Can create the needful design in photoshop and all other web site needs..it can also be sliced with photoshop and can be exported to html.
    Then now by using dreamweaver we can code our site depending upon our needs..so from my part of view and experience both the softwares are used equally.
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  • Profile picture of the author HorseStall
    Many people use Photoshop for the design and graphics but an editor like Dreamweaver for the layout and coding. They really have 2 different jobs one is a photo editor the other is an html editor.
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  • Profile picture of the author samimanargis
    someone tell me about learning of dream weaver.
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  • Profile picture of the author samimanargis
    i prefer using not only one software, i use combinations for better output..dream weaver,
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  • Profile picture of the author ricky pounting
    dreamveawer is the best option for designing.
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  • Profile picture of the author rockerzz
    2 different softwares.

    Photoshop is for designing, and yeh, use it if you wanna do web designing.

    Dreamweaver is a no go IMO. get some better IDE like eclipse, netbeans, PHPStorm, or even notepadd++, gedit, textmate, coda or something
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  • Profile picture of the author michaelcook2003
    Dreamweaver is a website editor, so this would be the best programme to create a web page, meanwhile Photoshop is an image manipulation programme.
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  • Profile picture of the author Terry Crim
    This is the largest thread containing the most posts purely to get post count up I have ever seen on the WF.

    Yes, you can JUST use photoshop to create webpages WITHOUT any other software. Code is total crap but if all you want is a visually oriented website with some links to content that wont get in SE's it will work.

    I have never met a programmer that can draw or has much in the way of creative right brain processing which is vital to being able to create appealing visual presentations or graphics. So from that stand point I would NOT recommend photoshop for your programmer friend.
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  • Profile picture of the author wilianto
    hmm, you can use photoshop for designing the website or button or etc and slice them to make an HTML in DW.
    But, I'm more comfort to using Fireworks and notepad++
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  • Profile picture of the author alexschmidt
    hi,
    as you have already mentioned that you are talking from a programmer's point of view you will need to use dreamweaver as it will help you to code xhtml, css, php and other programming languages related to the web.
    on the other hand photoshop is a software which will help you to create nice pictures, images that you will be using in your website.

    knowing both is really good.
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  • Profile picture of the author WiFi
    Have to say photoshop definetly! Easy to use relatively in my opinion.
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  • Profile picture of the author TimZ13
    They are completely different softwares, when I used to design websites I would use both, design and splice a mockup in photoshop, then do HTML editing in dreamweaver.
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    • Profile picture of the author Nicolas12cage
      I am using Dreamweaver 8 for CSS and as a webpage editor where Photoshop has features which provides intelligent Image editing for creating interactive images in any file format.
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  • Profile picture of the author RichardHarland
    Hmm......Never heard that photoshop can be used to edit webpage. Photoshop only can design images.
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  • Profile picture of the author Absolute Logo
    Well I guess it depends what you are doing. Its kind of like asking; Whats better? A cell phone, or nail clippers? It just depends what you are doing
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  • Profile picture of the author shantanu
    PHOTOSHOP IS BEST FOR GRAPHICS DESIGN OR ANIMATED IMAGES

    DREAMWEAVER IS BEST FOR BEGINNERS TO UNDERSTAND CODES AND BUGS IN THEIR CODES, IT JUST MAKES CODES SIMPLE AND UNDERSTANDABLE AND ALSO RESIZE YOUR IMAGES.
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  • Profile picture of the author blogfreakz
    Well I use both after doing some mock up designs I save as for web and when the html file was there created on Photoshop I coded it with Dreamweaver ... I wish there's only one software that can do both ....
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  • Profile picture of the author jemi jhon
    I use Photoshop for designing and dreamweaver for webdesigning...
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  • Profile picture of the author jemi jhon
    I use dreamweaver for webdeveloping and Photoshop for photo editing...
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Banks
    DreamWEAVER for me. Much easier to use in terms of raw editing power with in my opinion is unriavaled
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    i'm using dreamweaver & photoshop to design my website
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  • Profile picture of the author shantanu
    Anytime Dreamweaver coz i am also having the Business of Web developments in India and Dreamweaver helps a lot in that case, there is no competitor of dreamweaver as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author windso0
    It's not a choice of which one, as the 2 programs have nothing in common.
    Photoshop is used for creating the GRAPHICS for a site, creating the graphical mock-up. PS does not do HTML and you should not use that which ImageReady spits out.

    Dreamweaver is a tool for web page creation - that means the html and css for a site. If you don't know HTML now and cannot create a page with notepad, then Dreamweaver isn't going to help you build a good site. Learn HTML from the ground up first, then learn CSS to go with it.

    Then you use BOTH programs to create a site.
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  • Profile picture of the author masterxm
    this tools are totally different not worth the time to discuss about the specially specifications...
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  • Profile picture of the author ericbryant
    You can't go wrong heading down the Adobe Creative Suite road. Incredible products and functionality. Incredible skills you will learn. All worth every minute and dollar you will spend.
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  • Profile picture of the author seopanther
    i always use photoshop for designing and dreamweaver for html or php creation both are different type of s oftwares
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  • Profile picture of the author digitalweb
    Both are different type of softwares so if you want to design you can use photoshop otherwise you can use dreamweaver for HTML
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  • Profile picture of the author Ibcontact
    Photoshop and Dreamweaver, Both software use for designing. But both are different and perform different work.
    Photoshop use for image editing
    Dreamweaver use for html and css.
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  • Profile picture of the author carrot
    They are completely different software. Photoshop for design, dreamweaver for coding.

    Photoshops export as html sucks, better to just slice the neccicary images and build all the code in dreamweaver.

    Fireworks is better for slicing if you have it - you can load your psd into fireworks.

    My design flow:
    Wireframe in fireworks (because it has precise measurements and easy resizing

    Export wirefram to photoshop and make it pretty!

    Load completed design back into firewworks and slice.

    Build html css in dreamweaver.
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  • Profile picture of the author blogfreakz
    I used photoshop for layout and to create graphics, photo editing, etc... dreamweaver is for html coding and css
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  • Profile picture of the author Nickboby
    Isn't dreamweaver WYSIWYG program?
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    • Profile picture of the author orb
      I use Illustrator instead of Photoshop, I feel it is better suited for web design.

      Originally Posted by Nickboby View Post

      Isn't dreamweaver WYSIWYG program?
      Yeah but lots of people still use it for hand-coding, I have it but haven't bothered to familiarize myself with it yet so I still use notepad++.

      Originally Posted by Helen Shoesmith View Post

      For building someone need not only dreamweaver , photoshop. For making your site more attractive you need to use flash, illustrator.
      Flash is horrible and losing popularity thankfully.
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  • Profile picture of the author Pamellalovely
    Originally Posted by drewanderson View Post

    I was talking to this guy who has a successful programming business and he only uses photoshop for designing his websites.

    What do you do? I personally use dreamweaver but there really is a lot more to that program that I will ever use, so I am thinkin' I may try something else.

    Any thoughts?

    Oops... By the way I am talking from a programming standpoint. Code is code, so if it is being setup in dreamweaver is it easier to work with than photoshop?
    Dear "drewanderson" Photoshop and dreamweaver both are different softwre. Usage of Photoshop is web site designing and usage of Dreamweaver is html of web site...
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  • Profile picture of the author guy99
    I do use DreamWeaver as its easier and better....
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  • Profile picture of the author EmmaSmith
    i have used both Photoshop and Dreamweaver..from my point of view for designing and coding Photoshop is easier.. Dreamweaver is also good ..
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  • Profile picture of the author syaya
    Dreamweaver and photosho is different software
    dreamweaver for coding
    photoshop for design
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  • actually u need both for creating a website as these both are different tools and the function of both is different.
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  • Profile picture of the author bappa06
    Adobe Photo shop and Dreamviewer is full different software as Adobe is used just to make logo, banners and editing image.
    And
    Adobe Dreamviewer is used many purpose, It's meant by used for Full website making With different pages and others accessories.
    Thanks for this topic, this topic may be "Dreamviewer Or Flash?"
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  • Profile picture of the author star1290
    both are useful
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  • Profile picture of the author shantanu
    Anytime Dreamweaver for all the purpose of codings with layouts and structures but for any type of banner making photoshop is god
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  • Profile picture of the author SASA Techno
    Photoshop and Dreamweaver both are different software Photoshop you use any design create and Dreamweaver you are any coding related content use and also images like a alt tag use.
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  • Profile picture of the author revenpiter
    Dreamweaver is better than Photoshop. I always use Dreamweaver to design a website. Dreamweaver have many tools which are helpful to design a website. By using Dreamweaver you can easily design a website.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bamma
    I use both and I have also used sitegrinder within photoshop to turn difficult designs into
    live sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author ghughes
    As the last poster said, it's possible to use Photoshop to create websites if you use a tool like SiteGrinder (may be found at medialab.com).

    Photoshop is used for editing the graphics for the design. SiteGrinder will slice the graphics and generate the HTML and CSS code for you. It allows you to convert your designs into fully functional websites.
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  • dream weaver is good among both.
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  • Profile picture of the author HiMac
    Definitely Dreamweaver!
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  • Profile picture of the author AdamWill
    For me Photoshop is the best for any type of user and i didn't use Dreamweaver so no comment on it.
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  • Profile picture of the author inf
    Photoshop? you must be kidding me. this is a terrible way to create websites, assuming there is an option to "export to html"
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  • Profile picture of the author Craftisy
    I use PS to create graphics, and people use DW to code the site.
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  • Profile picture of the author richieshane
    Hiii
    Photoshop and Dreamweaver are two different kind of software.....

    Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author Farish
    I use it all, its a means to an end. I use photoshop to create a comp for the website at hand. I use dreamweaver to program the website itself. I use illustrator to draw vector images so I can incorporate into the design. Unless somebody wants something movie like, jquery scripts do enough of the work to get the website animated enough [like slides].

    If you want to get into flash, I recommend you also learn html 5 because that is the direction the internet is moving towards too. Adobe offers a free beta of a program called Muse specifically for html 5.
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  • Profile picture of the author mojojuju
    Let's keep this thread alive forever.
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  • Profile picture of the author vickss
    there is big difference between dw and ps.
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  • Profile picture of the author toddr
    Photoshop if you choose to do graphic design if you want i can get you a copy for $300
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    • Profile picture of the author adenbells
      I use photo shop for editing pics and I sometimes use Dream weaver for advanced web page editing. I personally didn't even know that you could use photo shop to design web pages.
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  • Profile picture of the author belgirjackson
    Dreamweaver is one scripting web design tool when photoshop is one simple graphics design tool,
    In dreamweaver you can write javascript and vbscript when in photoshop you can not be written javascript and vbscript,
    Dreamweaver is supporting different kind of language syntax when photoshop is not supporting any one kind of language syntax.
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  • Profile picture of the author WF99
    How can he used photoshop !!!

    Anyway i use dreamwave ..
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    • Profile picture of the author aidenkings
      You can also use Photoshop design and production templates in Dreamweaver, and gives the effect is more convenient. Personally, I prefer Dreamweaver is the best .
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  • Profile picture of the author BlackWar
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    These are two different software. Mainly Photoshop is for graphics.
    And Dreamweaver is for web designers and web developers.
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  • Profile picture of the author dooma
    Photoshop and Dreamweaver both have the same importance .
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  • Profile picture of the author Krs
    Combine them, photoshop for design and dreamweaver for CSS/HTML/PHP coding, both are perfect for design and complexity of any website
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  • Profile picture of the author finchwhitey
    DreamWeaver is one of the best software of Web design. It is very useful to get a perfect dersign software of photo editing.
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  • Profile picture of the author smileverse
    Here the main intention and the concentration is on programming, so i obviously use/recommend Dreamweaver. And with the photoshop we'll not be able to edit, write the codes. We can just design the templates, cut into slices and export. So, Dreamweaver is my Answer!
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  • Profile picture of the author mcygnet
    Hello..
    I think it will depend on your individual needs....
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  • Profile picture of the author edwardallene
    Adobe photo shop is for editting photos while Macromedia Dreamweaver is to create websites with. It is preferably for making website to use Macromedia Dreamweaver or update it to Adobe Dreamweaver CS3 would be better.
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnnyS
    Originally Posted by drewanderson View Post

    I was talking to this guy who has a successful programming business and he only uses photoshop for designing his websites.

    What do you do? I personally use dreamweaver but there really is a lot more to that program that I will ever use, so I am thinkin' I may try something else.

    Any thoughts?

    Oops... By the way I am talking from a programming standpoint. Code is code, so if it is being setup in dreamweaver is it easier to work with than photoshop?
    Dreamweaver and Photoshop a completely 2 different applications, Photoshop is used to edit images or create design/layouts for a website.

    i think you have misunderstood what the guy said. he is talking about the design not the developmental part of the website.
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  • Profile picture of the author webdizajn
    ? Photoshop and Dreamweaver is different software
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  • Profile picture of the author JuneCelo
    I use both of them. I use Photoshop to create/edit images for designs. And I use Dreamweaver to create/edit HTML and CSS designs.
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  • Profile picture of the author grently
    I have been using Photoshop and Dreamweaver and both software are very useful to my designing and coding things.
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  • Profile picture of the author seowonder56
    According to me both are the different things dreamweaver is for html editing and photoshop is making design so we cannot direct compare both of them
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    I guess this guy just draws layouts !?
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  • Profile picture of the author davis9461
    I use dreamweaver and photoshop together...generally use photoshop to render up the mockup of graphics and then transfer it out to dreamweaver to impliment basic SEO integrations and also imput my iFrames and such...
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  • Profile picture of the author freeadstime
    The question is wrong. You don't compare DreamWeaver and PhotoShop. Compare DreamWeaver with NotePad++ for example and compare PhotoShop with FireWorks. Your professional friend is not professional if he was comparing the two together.
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  • Profile picture of the author dexlink
    Originally Posted by drewanderson View Post

    I was talking to this guy who has a successful programming business and he only uses photoshop for designing his websites.

    What do you do? I personally use dreamweaver but there really is a lot more to that program that I will ever use, so I am thinkin' I may try something else.

    Any thoughts?

    Oops... By the way I am talking from a programming standpoint. Code is code, so if it is being setup in dreamweaver is it easier to work with than photoshop?
    Photoshop is a powerful graphical purpose software. Using plugins or without plugins you can create or design graphical contents or edit them. but Dreamweaver is used for designing pages. You can use graphical contents created or edited from PS here.
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  • Profile picture of the author muddywaters
    I use Photoshop for my graphic designs... for logos, headers, ebook covers, etc...
    I then use WP instead of dreamweaver, gets the job done faster. It usually takes a little time trying to conceptualize a page design while the themes in WP makes it easier.
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  • Profile picture of the author rising_sun
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    Photoshop,
    it's easy to design website ,
    but need to convert it into html and css,
    on that case Dreamweaver is essential.
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  • Profile picture of the author kINGMaddy
    Both of them are different in nature and usage.
    I prefer photoshop
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  • Profile picture of the author gcampton
    Photoshop + Notepad++ or Vim.

    If there was a WordPress IDE available, I'd prob use it. However there isn't that I'm aware of... and why create my own php CMS when I can use one that has 11 million users creating tons of free open source code everyday.

    Seems a little counter productive. Sure if I was going to create a clients massive system that needs to support 500 staff plus a massive relational database, then I'd probably WANT to do that, but being I don't have clients that need that and I'm just selling crap online... WordPress is the way to go.

    Photoshop & Notepad++ for me
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