This video provides an overview of the top three Adobe tools for graphic designers: page design, layout, and publishing (InDesign); image editing and compositing (Photoshop); and vector graphics and illustration (Illustrator).
- Before digital workflow, designers relied on hand-crafted techniques like drawing, illustration, and paste-up, to create their layouts. While computers have dramatically changed the way we work some things have remained the same. Drawing and illustration skills are just as important today as they ever were. But once you get your concept down on paper, you need to create a digital version for distribution, and in many cases refinement. Although there is not shortage of tools to choose from, in today's graphic design world most designers are using three main applications: InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator.
InDesign is a layout tool for producing documents for print and on-screen delivery. This includes print publications, interactive documents, digital magazines, stationary, posters, ebooks, and more. Text and images import easily, and InDesign has a rich collection of tools that will enable you to customize every element of your design. When designing more complex documents that require consistent styles, such as a book, or a magazine, you can create master pages that will apply a consistent layout to the pages you select in your document.
This is great for things like page numbers, headers, or logos that need to appear in the same place on every page. InDesign is also a great tool for creating interactive PDFs or exporting EPUBs which is a standard file format for ebooks. To edit and create images and videos, or work out concepts, Photoshop is your best bet. It's great for taking care of common editing tasks like cropping and straightening, color and tonal adjustments, shadow and highlight detail, sharpening, compositing, and retouching.
One of the many benefits of editing in Photoshop, is the ability to edit non-destructively. Working in layers, using masks, and more. Non-destructive editing is where the original image is recoverable, so you can easily revert your image to the original version, if desired. Now, when you need to create a work that can be scaled up indefinitely, and never degrade in quality, such as logos that might be used at wildly different sizes. You need a program that can create scalable vector art.
Illustrator is the perfect program for this. It's also great for creating freehand drawings, as well as tracing, and recoloring scanned or captured art. Many use Illustrator for creating logos, icons, illustrations, and even setting type. It's an essential tool for any designer. Learning software takes time, but these types of programs are vitally important. And will enable you to create work you couldn't otherwise.