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The break-up

I’m sorry Photoshop, but we’re through…

You know those relationships, the ones where the fire isn't quite there anymore. Sure both sides stick around for a while but ultimately, the relationship is doomed. For a while neither side can accept it is happening, but it is the elephant in the room. Photoshop and I have been dancing around that elephant for the last 6 months or so now. Today, it’s official. We’re through.

What happened? How did we go from being nearly inseparable to just acquaintances? Well, the browser came along and stole my heart. If you are still hot and heavy with Photoshop, you may want to take a step back and re-think everything you love about your relationship. The browser is on the other side of the door, and it deserves your love.

While I have been slowly accepting my new relationship with the browser today solidified my feelings. I tried to take a step back and design in Photoshop today and like most frayed relationships, it was AWFUL. “Man, Raleway would really help this title pop.” Nope, not happening in Photoshop. Not as easily as I could try it out in the browser at least. “Hmm, I wonder how this content should break down as the screen size decreases?” That’s a whole new document in Photoshop. The browser? BOOM, let’s just throw in an @media call and write a few quick lines of CSS. Now two quick clicks in Chrome to re-size the window… Glorious. I could go on, and on… and on….. and on. And today, I did. It was that hard slap in the face I needed. It’s over. And as Taylor Swift would say (Oh yes, I am going all Taylor Swift on your ass)…

“We, are never, ever, ever… getting back together.”

All joking aside, if you are still designing for the web in Photoshop, you are doing nothing to advance yourself, or your career. That relationship will hold you down and drag you through the mud. Is the transition difficult? Of course it is. But honestly, if you have been in this industry long enough, what transition isn’t? This change though, this is one of those changes that will undoubtedly be one of the best things you can do for your career.

Looking for the truth in the details? Perhaps you’re a numbers never lie person? Well, in the last month I have done two full websites, including the entire range of responsive design in less than a week. In a pinch I once hammered out a completely responsive site in 3 working days (20 or so hours). Mind you, not once did I call upon my old love Photoshop to handle any of the actual front-end design. The only piece of that entire project that Photoshop had a hand in was providing a PNG fallback image for an SVG logo. A thirty second task. That was all the time that I spent with a product that used to consume my days.

I know it is hard to accept but, it is time. You need to be a heart breaker. Don’t drag it out. The browser is waiting for your love. And for the sake of your career you need to take a deep breath, and break up with Photoshop.