Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator – Oh My!

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In today’s installment of Ask A Designer, we’ll be dealing with design software. It’s pretty common knowledge that Adobe software is the industry standard- with Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign specifically being the heaviest hitters- but if you don’t deal with these programs every day it’s easy to get confused about their individual uses.

As a broad generalization, you can remember:


  • Photoshop is for photos (.jpg, .tiff, .gif)
  • Illustrator is for vector art and logos (.eps, .ai, editable .pdfs)
  • InDesign is for designing multi-page documents (brochure, catalogs, etc.)


Getting more specific, this infographic is a little silly but gives a really solid breakdown of the exact strengths and weaknesses of each program :

Battle of 3 Popular Graphic Design Software


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