Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign are all powerful graphic design programs. Learn what each application does best and develop an efficient design workflow.
Discover what each design app does best
Individually, these design apps — Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign — have unique features that make each best suited for certain types of tasks and projects. You can also use them together to create all the different elements in your design and prepare it for any type of digital or print output.
If you’re not sure which app to use for your next project, consider the tasks where each app shines.
Illustrator lets you create precise, editable vector graphics that stay sharp when scaled to any size. Use flexible shape and drawing tools to create logos, icons, and other illustrations that look equally good on a business card, flyer, or billboard. Edit and customise text in many ways to create striking typography.
Use Illustrator to create artwork that will be used across different mediums, and for varied types of artwork including custom typography, infographics, and one-page design layouts like a form or a flyer.
Photoshop is your go-to application for working with pixel-based images designed for print, web, and mobile apps. Powerful editing tools let you correct exposure and colour balance, crop and straighten images, alter colours in your photograph, remove blemishes from a portrait, or combine multiple images into a new scene.
Use Photoshop to create image-heavy flyers, posters, web and app designs, videos, and animations, or to edit 3D content.
InDesign is the best choice to design and publish multi page documents containing text, vector artwork, and images. Use precise grids and guides to position page elements and create polished layouts. Take advantage of professional typesetting features to format text consistently across pages, chapters, and publications. You can also publish your document online and share it with a single click.
Use InDesign to create a variety of digital and printed material such as stationery, resumes, pamphlets, annual reports, catalogues, interactive digital publications, EPUBs, books, magazines, and more.
Develop a seamless, efficient workflow
Our apps are designed to work together. Take a look at an efficient workflow that uses all three to produce a well-designed catalogue.
Create a striking logo in Illustrator using simple vector shapes and some refined type. In Photoshop, place your finished logo against a new background. Then change colours and make easy adjustments to create a realistic composite. Add this composite image to a multicolumn layout in InDesign, and finish off with stylish text at different sizes. Now you can print, email, and share your catalogue online.
Make the most of what you have
Using these apps in any combination lets you do more, but if you have only one app you can still create a complete professional design.