How to Decide Between InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator

Whether you’re self-taught when it comes to design, you’re a DIY creative boss, or you somehow missed this lesson in design school… chances are you’re not using Adobe Creative Suite to your best ability.

I have seen it over and over again... professional stationery designers who are typesetting wedding invitations in Photoshop when they should be using InDesign. And other brand designers creating logos in Photoshop when they should be using Illustrator.

If you’re a professional or you want to create quality work like a professional, watch the video below as I go over the differences between InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator.

in summary:

Adobe InDesign was created specifically for page layouts. And with page layouts, typography goes hand in hand. You’re going to have SO much more typography related tools in InDesign compared to any other program because that’s what it was created for.

You can easily add typographic glyphs to spice up your text. And you can create multi-page documents in a matter of seconds by using master pages where you can set your page margins and automate page numbers to apply throughout your document.

So if you’re a stationery designer who type sets invitations for clients, an infopreneur who creates opt-ins and ebooks, or you’re working on any sort of printed project that involves typography then Adobe InDesign is going to be your best friend.

Adobe Photoshop was created for editing photos and pixel-based artwork. I personally prefer Photoshop over any other photo editing tool out there – more than Canva, more than PicMonkey and more than Gimp. The reason being is that Adobe has created an endless amount of tools and effects to help you make anything you can think of when it comes to photos and and pixel-based artwork.

Photoshop is perfect for photographers who need to edit client photos, designers who need to mockup website designs, and any boss who wants to create web banners and social media graphics. If you have anything you’re creating for the web, Photoshop is going to be the program you want to use.

Finally, Adobe Illustrator is a program that helps you create vector based graphics. A vector graphic is a type of artwork that can be sized as small or as large as you need, while maintaining high resolution and clarity. With that said, Illustrator is best for illustrations, logos and icon designs.

Each Adobe program was created for a specific type of project and each software has their own strengths and weaknesses. When you use Adobe Creative Suite together as a family you have all the tools you need to create stellar artwork.

Now, I want to hear from you! Which Adobe software are you most drawn to and why?

Leave a comment below and let me know!

DesignHolly Meyer