InDesign, Illustrator or QuarkXPress

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by SubaruNation555, Oct 24, 2008.

  1. SubaruNation555 macrumors 6502

    Dec 3, 2007
    Arlington, VA USA
    I am hoping to get into designing some posters/cards etc and am looking for recommendations on what you think is the best desktop publishing software. How does these programs compare in your experience?
  2. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    QuarkXpress is quite an expensive piece of software and is insufficient on its own for most design projects. On its own, Illustrator might be best for you, but the answer to your question depends on a number of factors, including budget, quantity of work, familiarity with working with files to go to press etc.

    Saying that, with the skills, you can do everything with the Adobe Creative Suite which contains Photoshop as well.
  3. SubaruNation555 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 3, 2007
    Arlington, VA USA
    It seems I am able to get any of the three for around $200 with my student discount so price isn't a factor.

    I am proficient at Photoshop but have no experience with InDesign, Illustrator or QuarkXPress (although I am trying to learn on a demo-it seems no trials of InDesign of Illustrator are available yet). I'll be doing several projects a month (not necessarily for print) but I am also trying to gain these skills to increase my opportunities for jobs out of college.
  4. tberglun macrumors newbie

    Sep 11, 2008
    I agree with the above post. Go with creative suite, even if you don't think you will need all the programs you may in the future and buying them on their own break the bank (for most people).

    I have been using InDesign for all of my layouts recently, I am currently creating large scale posters and banners and have had no problems even working on a large piece. Illustrator is great for creating vector art but I have found it to be a burden as far as setting up and changing document properties.
  5. SubaruNation555 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 3, 2007
    Arlington, VA USA
    Thanks for the replies. Is Illustrator more of a complement to InDesign or can one be used in place of another?
  6. Kwill macrumors 68000


    Mar 10, 2003
    In times past, differences between each app were more distinct.
    1. Illustrator = Vector illustration
    2. Photoshop = Rasterized image editing
    3. InDesign = Page layout
    Each creative suite upgrade has further blurred the lines. Now Illustrator supports multi-page documents. Illustrator includes many image filters and effects found in Photoshop. If I had to purchase one application at a time, they would be prioritized in the order shown above (though as already been mentioned, the Design Suite is a better bargain).
  7. jerryrock macrumors 6502


    Sep 11, 2007
    Amsterdam, NY
    Illustrator is not a page layout program, it is more suited to single page designs or illustrations.

    InDesign or QuarkXpress 8 would be better choices for multi-page layout. Both programs can import Photoshop or Illustrator files and save as PDF.
  8. drawstring macrumors member

    Oct 27, 2007
    i use indesign, and i love it. if i had to pick between indesign and illustrator, i'd be hard pressed and probably pick indesign, but that's only because i do so much more in InDesign than i do in AI. if you can get the suite, you'll find the triple threat to be very useful!

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