A few similar questions have been popping up recently regarding my templates – Do you have this is Word? Can I use this in Photoshop? So, I thought I would take the time to explain why I use Adobe InDesign for all of my Brochure Templates (i.e. Brand Style Guides and Magazine Templates) for anyone else who has the same question. Also, please note, I do use Photoshop and Illustrator – but this question is only in regard to my document templates.
Why I Don’t Use Microsoft Word for Page Layout
The quick answer is: Word is not a page layout program. It’s a word processing program. My templates are designed for fellow creative professionals and Adobe InDesign is the industry standard page layout program.
Microsoft Word maybe widely known and used but here are a few reasons why I don’t use it for page layout:
- You have no control over image placement – Images tend to jump around the page making it extremely difficult to control…impossible actually! You know the drill you have spent hours of your time painstakingly aligning and perfecting your images only to reopen your document and find it in an absolute shambles!
- It’s not set up for professional print production – no bleeds, no spreads and no option to package files. Oh, and don’t get me started on colour….
- It works in RGB – for the folks who don’t know: RGB is for screen, CMYK is for print. So, print documents require CMYK not RGB. This makes it extremely difficult to gain control over colours when using a professional printer and expensive too! If possible at all…
- Version compatibility is lacking – making it look different from one version to the next.
- and…..it’s a motherflippen nightmare to use! Nobody needs that kind of stress in their life!
Why I Don’t Use Photoshop for Page Layout
Programs have unique features that make each best suited for certain types of tasks and projects. So here is a quick rundown of the program and their purpose:
Photoshop – is the go-to raster image editing and manipulation software, used by almost everyone in the industry. That is, image editing, not type editing.
Illustrator – allows you to create editable vector graphics (i.e. logos, icons, illustrations, infographics) that stay sharp when scaling in size. Illustrator is the Photoshop of vector graphics. Whereas, Photoshop is used to create raster images (i.e. photographs).
InDesign – is a page layout program used to create magazines, books, posters. InDesign is ideally made for print and publishing. The program allows you to easily put together document layouts for multiple pages. If you need to create layout for something with a lot of text and graphics, InDesign is the best software for the job.
Why I Use InDesign & You Should Too
So here are a few reasons why InDesign is the best program:
- Allows you to use grids and guides to position elements and create polished layouts
- Allows you to create master pages
- Professional typesetting features to format text consistently across pages
- Paragraph and Character Styles
- You can use CMYK, RGB and spot colours easily
- Images stay put, like they should
- Oh, and layers!
Word vs InDesign – the answer is simple: use the right tool for the right job…..and keep your sanity.
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