By Stephanie Design

Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign: Which One Is Best for You?

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Most bloggers and business owners know how useful the Adobe Creative Suite is for their creative projects - their simply is no other program that offers as many benefits. On the other hand there are times when clients ask me which program is most suitable for carrying out their creative project, and since I know the programs inside and out, I'm quick to explain why.

So, I thought it would be helpful to discuss the important similarities and differences of each program so you can easily pinpoint the best solution for your next project. 

 

Should I use Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, or Indesign - By Stephanie Design
Should I use Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign? - By Stephanie Design

Photoshop 


Let's start with Photoshop - a program I utilize a lot! Photoshop is best for editing and modifying photos, so if you use many photographs in your work, whether taken yourself of purchased from stock photo sites, this is the best option for you. 

Beyond the advanced photo editing features, Photoshop is also known for it's many unique filters, special effects, and product mockup capabilities. Is also the tool most commonly used by Web Designers, making it a great option for creating digital artwork along with website needs such as blog post graphics, social media images, and social icons.

Photoshop can be used to: 

  • Correct exposure or modifying color
  • Crop, align, and rotate photos to achieve better compositions 
  • Restore and retouch images
  • Combine multiple images into composites
  • Simulate a variety of photographic lens effects
  • Create textures within images or backgrounds
  • Create comps of websites and mobile applications
  • Apply special effects like blurs and lighting effects
  • Repair videos
  • Create 3D shapes for use in other applications

 

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Should I use Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign - By Stephanie Design

Illustrator


Illustrator, on the other hand, is an excellent choice if you have several graphic and branding design needs. This software creates vector images, which deal with mathematical logarithms.  So, if you ever intend to print your documents, you're in luck as you can scale them up to any size without sacrificing quality or resolution. This is why Illustrator is a perfect fit for logos and light print material. Heavy photo editing? Leave those tasks to Photoshop. 

Illustrator can be used to: 

  • Create clean visual compositions that can be scaled infinitely without losing quality
  • Create freehand drawings and illustrations
  • Trace and recolor scanned-in artwork
  • Create logos, icons, and other complex shapes
  • Create website mockups and graphics for use across multiple screens

 

should I use adobe photoshop, illustrator, or indesign? - by stephanie design

InDesign


Lastly, InDesign is the industry-standard software for publication design, interactive pdf documents, digital magazines, and e-publications. So if you have any document that requires several pages of text, you'll find this program the most useful. Think of it as the last stop in the creative process after you'd edited your images and created your graphics but need to tie everything together into an attractive layout design. 

InDesign can be used to:

  • Create rich typographic layouts
  • Assemble photos and artwork into designs quickly and easily
  • Create styles to change the look and feel of their document
  • Package files for commercial print in a quick and organized manner
  • Create rich interactive documents
  • Build interactive PDF forms to collect data from customers

As you can see each program has its own unique functions and capabilities and since they're all apart of the Adobe Creative Suite, are compatible with each other and many times go hand-in-hand. If you're a blogger or business owner with reoccurring marketing needs, I highly recommend checking out the Adobe Creative Cloud, which can be subscribed to for a reasonable monthly price. You can learn more here. Each application puts it's own unique world of opportunities at your fingertips! 

 

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Do you use Adobe Creative Suite for your blog or business? Which programs do you use most often and which are you favorite features? Do you work more with photos or graphics? 


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