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.
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.
InDesign, and possibly PhotoShop would be your goto solutions for brochure creation.
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.
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.
Check out How.com and behance.
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.