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I currently have Corel Draw 3, was considering to upgrade to Corel Draw 5 and was wondering what the difference was. Also does anyone use any of the other programs such as Gimp, Adobe photoshop or Illustrator and if any of these are better than the Corel Draw?
 

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I wouldn't say Adobe is necessarily better than Corel, but Adobe is more widely used in graphics industry as a whole. But I think Corel might be more widely used in the screen printing/garment decorating industry.

I use Adobe software 99% of the time with Corel the only other software I will use. But I know Adobe software extremely well since I have been using it for almost 20 years. If you know Corel, I see no reason to move away from it; I have seen tons of amazing artwork done in it. I like to have the latest versions of what I use, and getting X5 is not going to hurt, it can only have better features.

Don't bother with the free stuff since you already have Corel.
 

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Saleen, I use the Photopaint in my X3 suite. I also have the Corel powertraining from advancedartist.com, great Photopaint tutorials. I also use Gimp for certain effects filters. Does anyone know about, the learning curve of Photoshop compared to Corel Photopaint? Is Abobe Photoshop easier?
 

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Corel is a cheaper, simpler version of Illustrator and Photoshop. When Illustrator and Photoshop first came out they were only available on Mac which was the domain of the designer (back in the day). Being that PC's are the domain of production there was an opportunity in the market for someone to rip off the idea. Enter Corel.
To answer your question - Illustrator and Photoshop can do everything Corel can do but Corel can not do everything Illustrator and Photoshop can do. It really depends what you want to do with it, ask yourself do you need to drive a Ford or a Ferrari?
 

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Corel is a cheaper, simpler version of Illustrator and Photoshop. When Illustrator and Photoshop first came out they were only available on Mac which was the domain of the designer (back in the day). Being that PC's are the domain of production there was an opportunity in the market for someone to rip off the idea. Enter Corel.
Let me guess, you are a mac user as well. ;)
While the first sentence is accurate, Corel was PC and Adobe was Mac, back in the late 80's early 90's.

After that, it is all down hill.

Rip off the idea?? I doubt they were the only company trying to develop DTP software back then.

Apple owned 17% of Adobe stock after the license agreement was done in the 80's. Mac compatible software would be Adobe's focus with Apple as a significant shareholder.

Adobe founded 1982 - based around the Postscript language. As Xerox wasn't interested in the new language. Inventors resign from Xerox and started Adobe.
1988 - Photoshop licensed to Illustrator as an addon.
1990 - Photoshop V1 released (Mac only)

1985 – Corel is founded. Building desktop publishing systems, Corel delivers early text effects tools that inspire developers to consider the ambitious task of building an easy-to-use, full featured graphics application for the PC.

1989 - CorelDraw V1 released (PC Only)

To answer your question - Illustrator and Photoshop can do everything Corel can do but Corel can not do everything Illustrator and Photoshop can do.

You really believe that? You obviously don't know Corel very well.​

It really depends what you want to do with it, ask yourself do you need to drive a Ford or a Ferrari?

As far as Ferrari/Ford analogy...get real.​

I have both Adobe and Corel.
And anything for production is done in Corel, only because that is what I know.
I only use Adobe to convert the odd customer file that Corel can't open.​

It comes down to what you know how to use and are comfortable with.​

I work in the embroidery/screen printing/promotional products industry. Most of the people I work with are Corel Users.​

If the people in my industry were Adobe users, then I would be using Adobe as my main software.​

People refer to Adobe as industry standard...but depends on the industry...it certainly isn't standard in my industry.​
 
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