(Closed) Good Photoshopping/Page Layout Programs

posted 11 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2006

If you are printing at a local printshop, I highly suggest using either Indesign or Quark. Of the two, I recommend Indesign. They program is much friendlier. Both programs are specifically for doing layouts. good luck.

Post # 4
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Helper bee

I’m using InDesign. I haven’t started yet (waiting for my new laptop to arrive) but I hear it’s supposed to be good for this sort of thing. Photoshop just doesn’t cut it, since you you can’t line up your boxes or snap to grid lines.

InDesign is expensive, though– you won’t get it cheaper than $180, even with a student discount and an older version. Try eBay, maybe.

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2008

Scribus is an open source (i.e., free) alternative to InDesign if you want to go that route.

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2018 - Still Looking!

Mediagirl, thanks for the hot tip on Scribus!  I’ve wanted InDesign for AGES but can’t justify the expense, so it’s great to hear about a free alternative.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Tanya – what version of Photo shop are you using? I can line up boxes and snap to grid in both Elements and CS2. Elements is eaiser for a beginer to use – I’ve not tired these others as I use PS fpr a lot of my designs for my company.

Post # 9
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Worker bee

Hi Sar,  I’m a graphic designer & we also print everything inhouse. The designer/production team that will print the album for you will prefer an InDesign file because it’s easy to fix any errors & prints the best quality & all print shops should have the program.  When you create text in photoshop it actually prints quite fuzzy (although it may look alright on your home printer, not the case with the larger machines.) Scribus is pretty cool, but I bet the local print shops won’t have access to that program, so you would have to save it in another format.

Hopefully that wasn’t confusing & atleast somewhat helpful! 

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2006

I’m doing mine all in Photoshop, and had some test pages printed to see what they look like.  They turned out great – and I ordered them through a pro ptoto lab.

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