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Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign
When I first started working with Adobe products I was incredibly confused. It took me a long time to learn what each program was used for but I’m happy to share that knowledge with you today. Here’s a basic overview of what Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign can (and should) do.
Adobe Photoshop is where you should go to edit… well… photos! You can polish and perfect your photos by adjusting color and lighting, correcting exposure, cropping, etc. You can also retouch old photos that have been worn down with age. With Photoshop’s more advanced tools you can move or remove subjects, or combine it with other photos (and even vector artwork) to create something completely different. Photoshop also has other tools that allow you to create simple animations and movies as well as interesting 3D images.
Adobe Illustrator is used to make scalable vector artwork in both print and web projects. When you use Illustrator correctly, you can scale your images infinitely without losing quality. You can also use it to trace scanned in artwork or create free-hand graphics (the pen tool is the toughest to learn but the most rewarding when you finally get it!). Designers typically use Illustrator to create logos, icons, and other complex shapes, as well as putting together flyers and business cards.
Adobe InDesign is typically used for print publications such as magazines, newsletters, and posters. To the layperson, it has the feel of an overly excessive Word program – mostly text tools, but what you can do with them is virtually limitless. I have used InDesign to create PDF forms for clients, award certificates, and even a printed events calendar, to name a few.
Have questions about the Adobe programs listed above? Feel free to email me!
Owner & Web Developer
Jessica Kelley is a web developer from Flint, MI, and is also the president/owner of Zoda Design. She has a Bachelor's degree in education from Eastern Michigan University, and a Masters of Library and Information Science from Wayne State University. She has been doing web design as a hobby since 1999 and finally decided to do it professionally in 2012. What to chat? Shoot her an email.