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.
You should go for the Adobe Photoshop 2018 or 2019 version for your creatives.
The first choice is definitely Indesign! Indesign is made for print/publishing pieces and is built for creating a page -layouts and multi-page documents like brochures. You can use master pages and text styles to making designing and editing easier. If you need more visual elements - simply import them into your file.
Illustrator is for vector art and logos. Photoshop is made for editing photos (raster images).
The second choice would be Illustrator.
If you have to ask, you should be engaging in the services of a professional Communication Designer. The learning curve is steep and long for a beginner, and there are no guarantees the software will 'magically' create what you require. Rethink this approach. Find a professional designer who specializes in working with small-businesses-of-one.
I think Illustrator is the best tool for this purpose. I use it for designing lapel pins which I then produce with the help of the service on https://www.pinsource.com/ and it works perfectly for me. You will surely be able to get everything you will ever need there. Good luck with it!
photoshop is the best tool to create your brochure...let me know if you want any help from me for photoshop..
I have never been interested in the Adobe Creative Cloud. I have major concerns about the security of that cloud. And personally, I'm old fashioned and want the software in my hands. This is why I use WordPress for web design as much as possible. And as far as their monthly fee goes, if for some reason you cannot keep paying Adobe, you won't be able to use the Creative Cloud in order to update your files.
Adobe is the industry standart, but also consider Open Source softwares like GIMP, they are 100% free and are powerful softwares.
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, Illustrator and Photoshop are the defacto standards for desktop publishing. But having the software and learning to use it doesn't make a professional desktop publisher, designer or photographer.
You have to know some of the principles of what makes a good page, and how to incorporate copy and graphics effectively. Having an inherent sense of what a balanced, visually appealing page is, is important. InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop are great tools. But they're just that — tools. Like a camera. It's not the camera that takes great photos, it's the person behind the lens who has an eye for composition and lighting.
Same thing with Adobe Creative Suite. It's the person using it that comes up with an award-winning design of a piece, not the software. It may be better for you to consider outsourcing these kinds of projects if you, as it seems, don't have the in-house expertise that's really required to design and write effective, engaging marketing communications.
Hope this helps.