Photoshop is unbeatable in the raster category. Actually, it has no competition at all. I always say, if I could only have a single program, it would be photoshop because it covers so much ground and there's no other software that can do what Photoshop does. Not a single one. Of course, it's not a complete replacement for a vector program. They both have their place. Vector is more forgiving in terms of making art without quality and printability problems for novice users, but once you learn how to use it, you can avoid the pitfalls of quality problems of working with resolution dependent software.In my opinion, photoshop, but that may be because I am so used to using it. A lot of people prefer a vector based program though.
Ya know, as much as we bump heads on this forum, believe it or not I actually do respect your work. My "way of the ninja" dictates that real respect must go to anyone who does something which I can't do, regardless of other factors. It's like in those old kung fu movies where the one guy uses a great technique to kill the other guy and the dying guy gurgles through blood, "Yourrrr techhh..nique....issssss....mag..nifcent.......". LOL Not saying that anyone is being killed in our battles, but I am done with the battles all the same.You know it’s strange I walk into a multimillion dollar shop as the new Art Director. A room full of MACs and Illy users. I go to the owner’s office and tell him we have to convert everything to Windows and Corel he gasps… the Apple dudes freak. So I say just convert my station.
A few days later the Illy dudes are saying we feel like handicapped people watching this Corel guy bang out the work flawlessly. A month later all the MACs were gone.. Production errors were a thing of the past. Consider it!
Therein lies the secret. Learn the software you choose you must. Being able to quickly, and almost expertly manipulate images is the true secret. Using the software to create effects that look great on a t shirt is what will set you apart from the competition. So you must pick a software you can use with a Ninja's Precision.I think its really down to personal preference and how much time you are willing to spend learning how to use the software.