Adobe InDesign – Strengthen Your Design Skills

Part of the same Adobe suite of design tools such as Photoshop and Illustrator, InDesign is particularly relevant to anything that is made up of a combination of blocks of text, photos or other artwork. This tends to be biased towards multi page printed documents but it is also used for digital publications and web content.  InDesign supports export to EPUB and SWF formats. Moreover the programme supports XML, style sheets, and other coding mark-up, making it suitable for exporting tagged text content for use in other digital and online formats.

As with most desktop applications, the level of knowledge required will vary greatly according to the range of features a particular user is likely to employ.  For most users the choice will be between a Level 1 course which will get a new user up and running, and a Level 2 course which will introduce additional features such as advanced type management, tables and interactive publications.
Adobe InDesign Level 1 Courses
Adobe InDesign Level 2 Courses

When to use Adobe InDesign
InDesign is for laying out printed materials – taking elements that you create in Illustrator and Photoshop to create brochures, newsletters, ads, books etc.

It’s ideal for projects that require multi-page layouts or master layouts where one theme re-occurs on multiple pages. Its text wrap functionality (where you can literally wrap text around images or objects) is much simpler and easier to use than it is in Illustrator.

InDesign consolidates all of your fonts and images so they can be passed to your printer or (style sheet) so they can make your layout work in the exact manner that you intended.

You can draw vector graphics within InDesign but it does not include photo editing capabilities.

When to use Adobe Illustrator
Illustrator is for editing vector based illustrations such as logos and brand marks or other design elements. Vector graphics are scalable images that can be sized as small or as large as you need them to be, and still maintain their resolution and clarity. It is possible to create multi-page documents with Illustrator but it does not handle master pages and does not allow auto page numbering.

When to use Adobe Photoshop
Photoshop is for creating and editing photos and raster (pixel) based art work. Originally developed as a photo-editing tool it is now widely used to create User Interface designs, web pages, banner ads etc.