illustrator v. indesign

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by mojohojo, Mar 22, 2009.

  1. mojohojo macrumors regular

    Nov 24, 2006
    just wondering which program people here use for designing layouts of books, portfolios etc.

    im currently making a portfolio book, and started off with illustrator to draw, but then i ended up with laying out one whole page in illustrator; when i initially was going to paste it in indesign and then layout there.

    i realised that there really is no need for indesign now because of the multi artboard function in illustrator and also because i have little experience with indesign.

    for indesign users, are there any big advantanges of using indesign compared to illustrator?
  2. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    InDesign is a proper layout application with far more control over type handling, grids, linked elements and PDF production to name a few examples.

    However, just as there are blurred lines within Creative Suite apps, you can also do certain projects in whichever app you have to hand. Photoshop has vector tools, InDesign has basic drawing tools, for instance. But that doesn't mean that it's the best tool for the job.

    I layout all publications/books/flyers/stationery whatever in either Quark or InDesign. Never Illustrator... that's used for creating components that then go into layout.
  3. pixproff macrumors newbie

    Feb 7, 2009
    Illustrator is considered a vector drawing program, not a layout program. The CS3 and previous versions are limited to a single page per document. CS4 allows multiple pages and page sizes per document, but it should not be used as a layout program. InDesign is a layout program with all the tools and options for handling documents with a lot of pages.
  4. Zedsdead185 macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2006
    If your serious about page layouts and book design, then inDesign is the definate choice.

    Illustrator's for illustrating
    InDesign's for designing page layouts
  5. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030


    May 18, 2004
    on the other hand, if all somebody is doing is creating individual pages for their portfolio, Illustrator should be satisfactory for the task if that's the program they have available
  6. the vj macrumors 6502a

    Nov 23, 2006
    Second that.

    InDisign is for that job.

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