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October 11, 2017

What is the Difference between Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign?

Have you been wondering what the difference is between Adobe products like Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign?

I’m sure you’ve probably heard me talk about one or more of these platforms before. Adobe programs, such as Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign (to name a few) are the main programs as a graphic designer, I use to create the graphics and products that I design. In this blog post I wanted to share a recent video I did in my private Facebook Group “Design This. Kern That.” where I got on Facebook LIVE and shared what each of these applications are ued for and how designers use them.

In the past I’ve noticed that some of my clients have said they own at least one of these Adobe programs. Unfortunately, it’s usually the one I wouldn’t recommend for their specific needs.

By default, I think most people who are not “designers” tend to stay away from Adobe Illustrator. My guess is it’s probably from the lack of knowing what Illustrator is capable of and what it’s used for. However, Adobe Photoshop seems to be the one app most commonly used, and I don’t think that people are using it the way they should be and it’s limiting what they are putting out into the world because you’re dealing with an image and pixels verses a graphic and vectors.

Here are some quick highlights of what I discuss in my video:

Adobe Illustrator

  • A application to create vector graphics.
  • Ability to create large graphics for web that scale up nicely.
  • Create your own fonts.
  • Illustrate social icons, people, infographics, and more.
  • Layout small documents to large documents with multiple art boards.
  • Create Facebook covers and artboards to the exact size you need.
  • Logo creation
  • Website graphics and mockup creation.



Adobe Photoshop

  • An application used for editing photos.
  • Photo manipulation and “photoshopping”.
  • Photo realistic 3D effects with graphics
  • Text manipulation & affects
  • Paintbrush/Airbrush style effects for graphics and photos
  • Combine photos seamlessly into one image
  • Color maniuplation and adjusting



Adobe InDesign

  • An application best used to create large multiple page documents.
  • Ideal for magazine and book design.
  • Ability to create some graphics.
  • Import images and graphics easily with links to files.
  • Package files perfectly for print.
  • Change multiple pages with the same links, text easily with one change.



Here is the video I recorded LIVE in my group where I talk about each platform in a little more detail. Comment below with any questions you have or if you want me to dive deeper into any of these programs to explain in more detail.


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