(Closed) InDesign vs. Illustrator

posted 8 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
64 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

InDesign for sure (supports multiple pages, and is made for page layout). Printers print in CMYK, however if you are doing a 2 color design, you may need to use pantone swatches to save on print costs. When sending files to a printer, use the package function to make sure you get all the fonts, etc.

However, if you have never used InDesign, it would be much less expensive to hire a designer than to purchase it and learn how to use it. Good luck!

Post # 5
48 posts
  • Wedding: September 2009

I think it depends– I utilize both for designing (and I design ALOT for work…), and I think I prefer illustrator for the majority of my designs*. 

*I classify designing differently than I ‘page layout.’ In terms of page layout, I’m with duckduckamy all the way, but for designing, I find it more user friendly to just use illustrator and ‘place’ the file into indesign when and how I need it to look in relation to the page. 

duckduckamy is also 100% correct in that it’s VERY expensive to purchase EITHER illustrator or indesign (can you purchase them sep, yet? Not sure?!), and would probably be more financially-reasonable to just have someone design everything for you.

Depending on how you are having everything printed, cmyk is the best way to go (for me, anyway, I letterpress print, and my platemaker can only accept files in CMYK black… so it’s in my best interest to keep everything in CMYK so I don’t run into issues later). 

Try etsy for folks who can design something for you, or try your hand at illustrator/indesign!  Good luck!

Post # 6
1288 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

If you’re going to be working with vector files, I’d use Illustrator. I’m an InDesign whore because I have 10 years experience with pagemakers and it’s just where I’m most comfortable. It’s not THAT necessary — you’re not making a magazine or newspaper.

So I’d just use what you’re comfortable with.

Post # 7
61 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I use InDesign, maybe just because that’s what I learned in college with my Media degree Laughing.  

If you don’t want to buy it, just download the 30 day trial, that should give you plenty of time to design what you want.  

Save them as PDFs for the printers.  That way they will have no missing links of fonts. They will want you to save them with the crop marks and a 1/8″ bleed (if your design goes into the bleed area).

If you need any help, let me know, I just finished all mine in InDesign, so simple and easy!

Oh on the color, CMYK is good to save it in for printing, but depends on what kind of printing you are doing.  Flat, Theromgraphy, or whatever.


Post # 8
275 posts
Helper bee

InDesign would be the way to go if you are planning on having multiple pages.  It’s set-up like a book would be, so you see the pages as they would be in an open book (two at a time).  InDesign is set-up to work with dynamic links, so if you have a graphic/monogram/icon you designed in Illustrator you can link it in and if you decide to change the original monogram file it will automatically update where ever you have placed it in your InDesign file.

They are expensive programs, but if you are a student the discount they give you is fantastic, around $320 total for a Design Standard package which includes photoshop, illustrator and indesign amoung other things.

Post # 9
168 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

This is a great thread! I just purchased the Creative Suite (yeah for student discounts!).

Post # 10
295 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I like InDesign better for most anything that’s text-heavy, and absolutely for anything that’s more than one page. That said, I designed our invitations in Illustrator because they were graphic heavy, and Illustrator is better for working with vector images.

If you’re only going to buy one, InDesign is far more likely to be useful in the future, I think—it’s a lot more versatile and once you start doing layout in InDesign you’ll never go back to Word! But if you have the suite anyway, you can choose whichever program is better for the task (might be Illustrator for invites, InDesign for programs, etc.; they’re pretty good at playing together, too.)

Most printers these days seem happy to get PDFs, which I like because you can be 100% confident that your fonts and images are showing up properly. Both programs will save happily in this format. For color, I would use Pantone swatches (both Illustrator and InDesign let you select these) for any text or graphics to be absolutely sure you know what color you’re getting. Monitors can do funny things to color.

Post # 11
3539 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I have both.. I used to use them all the time for work now that I switched jobs two years ago.. I seriously cannot remember shortcuts tricks and all that jazz so the two programs just sit on my computer.

Its ridiculous I know but I always prefered indesign.

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