(Closed) Illustrator vs Word… Advice??

posted 8 years ago in Technology
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I’m using Word for my design projects. I am very comfortable with that program and I just got the 2010 Beta version, and it has so many new features. I can do just as much with it as a lot of other programs. The only thing I will say where a Photoshop type program would come in handy is if you are wanting to edit images. Word really doesn’t have a function for that.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Marie Gabrielle

Illustrator is light years better….  but it has a learning curve.  Your fiance should have a training CD-rom that comes with the installation software.  That plus The Google helps a whole lot.

If you are in a design time crunch though – you might want to stick with what you know.  Illustrator is very powerful, but only if you know how to use it!

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I prefer Illustrator and InDesign myself, but if you’ve never used programs like these, there is certainly a learning curve. Could he give you a tutorial by way of helping you make your first invitation?

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

I use Photoshop and Illustrator, and I have to tell you… if you don’t know the first thing about either, Don’t use them!! you will frustrate yourself. It’s taken me about 8 years to fully learn photoshop, and i still learn little new tricks! Illustrator took about 2 years but I was already familiar with photoshop.

If you’re comfortable with word, use word… but it is less flexible. That’s just its negative side!

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

illustrator!!!!!!!! word is my last resort for paper products, seriously (so limited!). Can your Fiance show u the ropes and get you started?

But, i agree, stick with what you know if its easier…illustrator is awesome, but if you don’t know how to use it, it can be frustrating and waste of time. 

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Illustrator 100%. Nothing compares to it for creative projects. I use it everyday for work and it is fairly easy to navigate. Just play around with it for a couple of hours and you will get the hang of it and love the results.

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Seriously. Don’t use Word. Just don’t. It isn’t designed to handle real design projects. If your fiance is so Illustrator-savvy, can’t he help you? If not, there are some fabulous websites that have really easy-to-follow tutorials! Just google – there are a lot (i’m DIY-ing a lot of my paper goods, too!).

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Use Photoshop or Illustrator! There are really nice tutorials (with screen captures so you know you’re doing it right) on the internet to help you figure out the tricks. Good luck!

Post # 12
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Newbee

I prefer to use indesign to set up most printed documents b/c you can create multiple page documents. Illustrator cannot. Word can. But as far as setting up type and creating graphics/illustrations Illustrator dominates Word. You can also easily create high res pdfs to send off to printers from illustrator and indesign.

Here is a site that has free tutorials, I’ve been using them to learn Flash. You might eventually have to pay? But I think you can watch a few (maybe all) of the intro tutorials for free.

http://www.lynda.com/home/DisplayCourse.aspx?lpk2=718

You can probably download a free 30-day trial of indesign as well if you want to test that out. I reccommend that over Word and Illustrator. But yeah, there is a learning curve for sure!

Feel free to email me if you have any ?s I can try to help you out anytime. 🙂

-Sam
srider78{at}gmail.com

 

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