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Adobe InDesign

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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe InDesign

Adobe InDesign is an industry standard, and I would not trust a professional designer who did not at least have an intermediate level of knowledge in InDesign. It's best suited for multi-page documents, such as book publication, brochures or pamphlets. Its tools allow designers to build wireframe layouts, roughing in placement of images, text or other linked elements. The ability to create multiple page 'masters' allows for implementation of different template components for each document section. For example, the sections can use their own numbering systems, start at different intervals, have different background design components, and if the tools are used properly, they can be used to dynamically generate Table of Contents layouts which saves designers a lot of time. Content can be flowed between sections, so if additional text is added or the text area gets smaller, the text will flow to the subsequent linked text box. Additionally, it's well suited (and intended) for design all the way through the production process, so its print-ready export settings will typically accommodate professional print vendor specifications, supporting bleed, trim, gutter, and complex PDF export options.
Jennifer Hess | TrustRadius Reviewer

Adobe PhotoShop

Scenarios where we love using PhotoShop:
  • Editing a background
  • Editing someone or something out of a background
  • Removing or adding items to a photo
  • Creating visual effects on or with a photo (making a photo look old or an old photo to look new)
  • Creating print-ready, high-res high-end graphics
  • Creating gradients
  • Creating multi-layer effects on photos
Scenarios where you can use PhotoShop, but other items in Adobe line can facilitate better:
  • Creating illustrations, vectors, or iconic shapes: Adobe Illustrator is better for this
  • Creating multi-page brochures or books: Adobe InDesign is better for this
  • Creating batch images in different renders and sizes for multi-platform media: Adobe Spark is good for this.
This is NOT an easy product to work with. You must have experience and training in order to produce the desired effects (Not for beginners).
page V | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Adobe InDesign

  • Publishing design: The variety of design tools available in InDesign are impressive, helping limit some of the work that needs to be handled in a second program like Photoshop or Illustrator so that we can complete a design sooner. When a second program is necessary, InDesign is also quick to integrate work between Illustrator and Photoshop as well.
  • CSV integration: Comma Separated Values sheets lower our production time in the best way. One InDesign template format with a CSV form can be used to produce the thousands of pages we need each year with the same information for different groups with just a few clicks, instead of the copying and pasting from records that used to be required.
Courtney Birnbaum | TrustRadius Reviewer

Adobe PhotoShop

  • Highly Functional & Extremely Versatile — Users can accomplish a LOT with Photoshop, including photo restoration, graphic design, vector-based art creation (such as logo design), digital painting... even animation!
  • Industry Standard — Adobe Photoshop is one of the industry-leading software for graphic editing.
  • Responsive and Reliable — Photoshop runs extremely smooth. I rarely ever run into any issues or glitches due to software malfunction. It does what it does, and it does it well.
Dan Talvi | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Adobe InDesign

  • The biggest issue that I think hinders people from using Adobe InDesign is how overwhelming it is to get started. The interface is not intuitive and doesn't mimic the layout of any similar application. Because of that, it can be difficult to adopt if your company's employees have not already had experience using it. In my case, I had been introduced to InDesign as an intern and later accepted a full-time role on a team where I was able to improve to an intermediate level because our senior digital designer (an InDesign expert) was there to support me as I used InDesign for content creation. In my opinion, this is a rare opportunity where a company already has an expert available. Having such a difficult learning curve to overcome also seems to impact employee workload. Since it takes a while for employees to understand how to use the platform, creating content using this application is often tacked onto one or to people who understand how to use it - making the person(s) feel overwhelmed.
Brittney Collier | TrustRadius Reviewer

Adobe PhotoShop

  • I think PS could be a little more intuitive. Since there is so much you can do with it, it's hard to know what every function does without in-depth changes.
  • Like most Adobe products, PS is always updating which can make it hard to keep up year after year.
Lauren Holloway | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Adobe InDesign

Adobe InDesign 10.0
Based on 2 answers
I've had great experiences with the product and plan to continue to use it. It has been my go-to product for designing and creating materials. I have had great luck with it and have been able to create all of the needed marketing materials that have been requested for our company.
Heather Robinette, MBA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Adobe PhotoShop

Adobe PhotoShop 9.5
Based on 28 answers
We have 11 people using the program almost every day and when needed, we pull in other free lancers to continue the work flow. We have our Adobe subscription set to auto-renew every month and we're not getting rid of that anytime soon!
Daniel Joyce | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Adobe InDesign

Adobe InDesign 7.1
Based on 4 answers
It takes some time and practice but it is a fantastic tool. It takes time to figure out all the features. Once you get the hang of it, you are off and running. The amount of features is just so extensive. I recommend lots of practice before you work on something complex. Also, follow the tutorials! Tutorials are always helpful to get good practice.
Marsha Junkins | TrustRadius Reviewer

Adobe PhotoShop

Adobe PhotoShop 8.9
Based on 12 answers
I've used it for a long time and would consider myself a Pro user at this point. I know where everything I need is, have custom actions set up to make common actions faster, and have my workflows automated so much that everything is easy. Occasionally, a new version of Photoshop will change a common usability feature which will slow things down for a short time before I'm able to adjust, but generally I really like my setup. However, if you're new to Photoshop, it is likely going to take you a while to figure out how you can best use the features.
Nicholas De Salvo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Adobe InDesign

No score
No answers yet
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Adobe PhotoShop

Adobe PhotoShop 9.0
Based on 4 answers
Adobe Photoshop is very reliable, but is never 100%. There have been times when Adobe Photoshop has had trouble opening, but nothing a little computer restart couldn't fix. I use Adobe Photoshop on a Mac for both work and at home on a daily basis, and I would be lost without it.
Kris Bram | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Adobe InDesign

No score
No answers yet
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Adobe PhotoShop

Adobe PhotoShop 8.0
Based on 4 answers
Speed can be an issue when you are dealing with large files for large format printing or billboards. When working on web images, speed is not an issue.
Keith Bailly | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Adobe InDesign

Adobe InDesign 8.2
Based on 69 answers
Adobe InDesign has a vast array of pre-written support documents that could answer almost any questions you could think of. Also, because it's such a popular product, you can find free tutorials (such as YouTube videos) all over the internet. I will say, I'm not sure how easy it is to get a live Adobe support person on the phone, as I've never tried - but I do know they try their best to try to get you to resolve your issue with the information that is already out there before they encourage you to pick up the phone, which is normal for large companies.
Allie (Allison) Egerer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Adobe PhotoShop

Adobe PhotoShop 8.2
Based on 103 answers
The times I've had issues, support staff were friendly. The live chat on Adobe's site has been helpful with some licensing issues I've had. But over the years, I have had some issues with product functionality that it seemed like the company could care less about. Not sure if it's fair to rate them based on experiences that happened a few years ago, but I guess it's all part of the total experience I've had with Adobe.
Eric Karkovack | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Adobe InDesign

Adobe InDesign 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Attending Adobe MAX each year is extremely valuable.
Chad Gabriel | TrustRadius Reviewer

Adobe PhotoShop

Adobe PhotoShop 10.0
Based on 1 answer
So, I received the training at the HQ and it was train the trainer training. A good time, I spent a week at their campus
Keith Bailly | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Adobe InDesign

No score
No answers yet
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Adobe PhotoShop

Adobe PhotoShop 7.0
Based on 10 answers
The implementation of Photoshop is pretty easy, almost every artist that has a Wacom or other drawing tablet will learn Photoshop in a short amount of time.
Carlos A. Vega | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Adobe InDesign

Quark Express was were is all started. Now it's only used by elitists. Adobe takes the wheel and steers designs toward their suite of interchangeable, cross over desktop and tablet software. InDesign can easily be picked by junior and seasoned professionals. I’ve never met a designer who doesn’t use it every day!
Jason Wilkinson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Adobe PhotoShop

Other image editors I've had experience with are Pixlr, Gimp and Windows Paint. While I personally liked Pixlr the most out of those 3, none of them hold a candle to Photoshop. I've spent more time in Photoshop than the others, so naturally, I'm more familiar with it. It takes a little bit of practice and time to get comfortable in it but once you know your way around, it is the most efficient and effective image editor available on the market. Learning keyboard shortcuts increases efficiency ten fold.
Danny Wood | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Adobe InDesign

  • This program has benefited our organization positively by allowing the creation of brochures, flyers, and emails to our database of contacts.
  • We would prefer to have a one-time purchase for an actual install CD. We are not a fan of Cloud-based programs that we have to pay for monthly. The benefits do not outweigh the cost per year with Cloud.
Carol Heim | TrustRadius Reviewer

Adobe PhotoShop

  • Photoshop really produces professional results that make images appear more professional in nature
  • With its large compatibility with multiple image formats, Photoshop can help save time by combining editing features for different types of images.
  • Although slight more expensive than other products, It has capabilities that many marketing and design firms need.
Bruce Emmerling | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Adobe InDesign

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Adobe PhotoShop

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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