What type of Adobe software do I need to design my own brochure?
We would like to purchase some software that allows us to design our own materials, such as brochures, business cards, flyers, handouts, etc. We know there are many awesome Adobe design products but we are not sure where to start or which one would be best for these activities.
InDesign is probably the one for just print design. However if you subscribe to Adobe Cloud you'll have access to to the whole suite for a small monthly fee.
Indesign is the best page layout program out there. Go to Lynda.com and do some tutorials, and do some research. Look at some design thats out there now, research and know your typography and know your printing.
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InDesign, and possibly PhotoShop would be your goto solutions for brochure creation.
Creative Cloud will give you all of the options that you need to produce materials. InDesign and Photoshop will be adequate for most tasks and Illustrator will be warranted for specialized components. Software is only part of the equation, you will also want to calibrate your monitor(s) and be aware of the specs that your printer prefers.
Adobe indesign is the best in relation to page layout and print design for brochures. For single page items that have alot of graphics such as posters or flyers i tend to use Illustrator or photoshop as it allows you to be more creative.
As others have mentioned you can subscribe to Adobe Creative Cloud and this will give you access to the all the programs or buy a older version of Adobe Creative Suite as it includes all 3 programs. I would suggest if you haven't used any of these programs before to perhaps do an introductory course on them as their capabilities are endless.
Adobe CC has a trial that you can use for I believe it is a month free. Adobe CC includes InDesign. InDesign on its own is a okay program. It works best with Photoshop and Illustrator. It is a layout program.
Illustrator is great for vector graphics and a specific kind of illustration. Logos and branding work great in Illustrator.
Photoshop is for photo retouching and getting creative with pixel based images. Photoshop is also a illustration tool.
Now when you have your elements that you need from Illustrator and Photoshop. You can bring all the elements together into InDesign. InDesign is where the magic of layout happens. How text, images and graphic elements all work together. The three main programs work so well together. Even Illustrator and Photoshop have some back and forth that can be amazingly helpful.
InDesign truly is for laying out the design. An Example would be a magazine layout. You could do each page in Illustrator but you would have some workarounds. You would loose some of the functionality that makes InDesign so good. You could do some illustration work in InDesign but really you are using dumbed down versions of the great tools found in Illustrator. Together the programs work tougher as a excellent suite. In the past Adobe sold the Creative Suite. Now they have CC.
CC works on Windows or Mac platforms, you should be good with any of the more recent versions of Windows. I am on a Mac OS and love it. Adobe’s website should have a list if you really want the specifics. You can get CC versions for Photoshop but the full CC is the one that includes InDesign. You will have loads of software with this package. First step is to learn the basic tools, from me or youtube or linda.com or a credited collage. Do not get overwhelmed it is easy to do. I have been using Adobe products for over 20 years and I still find cool new techniques that I love. They keep innovating with the products as well, this brings new cool things to help streamline workflows. Once you have the basics you can add a little bit here and a little bit there to grow your knowledge. I find podcast are a good way to keep up to date. The Internet really helps. Just little tips and tricks keep us getting better all the time.
This link will help get you started with InDesign. If you have any questions let me know and we can do a google hangout for my blog that I will help answer your questions.
This link is a great place to fined info. InDesign Secrets is a podcast that I listen to. I do go to the site now and then if I have an issue I am struggling with.
Looking forward to your feedback on how you are progressing.
I would recommend using Adobe Illustrator and working within die lines for the front and back of the brochure. However, if this is not your strength, I would advise consulting with a graphic designer who is experienced in this area. I own a printing company with in house designers and I would love to be of assistance.
InDesign for text-heavy pieces like brochures or booklets. For 1-page pieces like flyers or business cards, Illustrator might give you more creative freedom. As Paul mentioned, subscribing to Adobe Creative Cloud is the best bet for all-you-can-eat Adobe software.
Illustrator and Photoshop this two are the best for any graphic design...