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They are both well used tags, but they seemingly mean the same thing.

Which one should be a synonym of the other?


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To be pedantic: every photo is an image, but not every image is a photo. As long as they are correctly applied, I do see a use for both of these tags. There are certainly techniques that only (or mostly) apply to and not to in general.

  • I wrote a tag usage guidance for [image-editing], since there was none
    – Luciano
    Oct 3, 2018 at 8:34

Illustrator, Inkscape, Xara, Sketch, et. al. create images, but do not create photos. Heck even Photoshop creates images not photos. Only camera's create photos.

You can't call an icon a photo.... You can't call an Illustration a photo.. that sort of thing.

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    Would that mean that mean in Photoshop a photo imported, modified, and exported would no longer be a photo? May 9, 2018 at 14:48
  • @LateralTerminal Photoshop can manipulate photos, yes. But it doesn't exclusively manipulate photos. Looking at things like Lightroom, which is really a strict photo editing application, Photoshop is more versatile and image creation is just as likely as photo manipulation.
    – Scott
    May 9, 2018 at 14:50

Webster defines it as

  • Definition of photo plural photos : photograph

  • photograph : a picture or likeness obtained by photography

  • Definition of photography : the art or process of producing images by the action of radiant energy and especially light on a sensitive surface (such as film or an optical sensor)

So no, it's not the same as a picture it has to be taken from a camera.

The saved file might still be considered a photo not an image.

A photo modified and saved in Photoshop would be considered a photo too


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