(Closed) Graphic Design program? Please advise!

posted 8 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

I’m a graphic designer and use both programs. I used to just use Quark and resisted learning indesign for soooooo long as I thought Quark could not be bettered, but in the UK the industry standard software moved to indesign so I was forced to learn it. What a revelation! indesign is soooo much better, more shortcuts, more compatible with other adobe products like photoshop etc. I would definitely say indesign 100%. You can download a 30 day free trial from the adobe website and see for yourself!

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I don’t use either of the ones you mention but thought I would mention that you could try scribus (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scribus) it’s a desktop publishing program like InDesign but it’s free and works on a variety of operating systems(Linux, Windows, Mac OS X, OS/2,).  I haven’t used InDesign or Quark so I don’t know personally how they compare but the wikipedia article says that it is comparable and since it’s free it might be worth trying.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee

I use both Quark and InDesign at the office (I work in publishing). I wouldn’t honestly call either of them easy, as there’s a bit of a learning curve, but I’d vote for InDesign in terms of versatility and features, and I do think it’s a little more intuitive. It’ll certainly serve all your newsletter needs.

In terms of design and layout for more graphic-intensive stuff for the wedding, though, I’d actually recommend Illustrator, which I find much more flexible. If you only want to buy one program, get InDesign – Illustrator won’t be a particularly efficient choice for newsletters – and use other software to do most of your graphics work (you could use Inkscape for vector manipulation and GIMP for bitmap files; both are open source).

I have to admit I’m a bit surprised by the Pages hate – I still use Word for word processing, just for purposes of cross-platform compatibility (most people in the office are on PCs), but I found Pages a lot more user-friendly once I got used to it. lol.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee

This is for Pages ’09 – the adjust images button in the Pages images toolbar takes care of my basic image manipulation needs (sharpness, saturation, etc are all editable through there); then for rotating it’s just command+click and drag; to bring up the flip options, if you have your Inspector window open, just click on the little ruler icon (metrics) and the flip options will be at the bottom.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I too was dissatisfied with Pages at first when I first switched over to the Mac but when I really sat down and forced myself to learn it (the Inspector window is critical for everything) I really started to love it. I used that is combination with Photoshop Elements to do most things for my wedding.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2009 - Byodo-In Temple, Luau Reception

InDesign. Nuff’ said. :o)

Post # 12
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Blushing bee

Well, I don’t think of it as opening another window, since I always have the Inspector open when I’m doing anything other than straight text work in Pages – a lot of properties are easily manipulated through there, and it’s much faster for me than working with MS toolbars and options. I don’t find it clunky at all.

If you really find the Inspector counter-intuitive, you may not like working with Adobe programs (or Quark, for that matter) – the setup’s rather similar, since you do have to open quite a few of those little windows. It really lets you customise your workspace, though.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!

I use Illustrator, Photoshop, and Flash like they’re nobody’s business. I’d recommend those guys. 🙂

(I actually sketch in flash. Weird? Yes).

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

daydream- Nope, sorry.  I’ve used linux for years so I tend to not use a lot of mainstream/closed-source software since I usually have to run them under a windows emulation program.  That and I don’t do a whole lot of layout stuff except in LaTex(used for math and science research journals) which is more like writing code then using a normal publishing program.

However, I did find this post . ColoradoBride12 asked for a layout program after switching to a mac since she used to use Publisher and someone mentioned scribus.   She ended up using scribus and said it worked great so you might want to try contacting her for a comparison of the two?

Mrs. Dahlia also posted on scribus.

 

Edit: There’s no catch! :-p  It’s just open-source, there’s a lot of free open-source software out there.  I suppose the only catch with open-source software is that sometimes the documentation can be iffy, but there’s usually a good community that you can go to for help if you need it.  Scribus has an IRC channel and mailing list(info on both on their website) and I believe there’s forums somewhere if you need to ask questions about it.

There is one downside in that it doesn’t support pantone because pantone is proprietary so there are licensing issues since scribus is open-source so if you use pantone a lot that might be a problem.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee

@fifty – I loooove doodling little icons and things in Flash! For some reason they come out way cuter in Flash than in Illustrator, lol.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

InDesign… please use InDesign for layout. Innocent

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