The Difference Between Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign

Hi guys, I’ve had people asking me what is the best tool to use for their designs. What kind of things can you do with AI, PSD and InD and what you can’t do with each of them, so I thought I explain briefly what each of the softwares is for, then it is up to you to decide which one you’d like to give it a go.


Purely image editing. Everything and anything that you want to do to a photo.

You can have a digital photo or even a screenshot or you can scanned a document, magazine or old school photo to your computer and have it edited your way.

Photoshop allows you to crop, resize, enhance color and control the light in a photo. Its tools also lets you to add text to an image and geometric shapes.

You can create book or magazine covers but it does not facilitates the ability of creating a layout work (e.g. magazine, brochures).


This is a vector based software.

With this program you can create illustrations including logo designs and icons. You can also add and edit text.

Illustrator gives you the option to add pages, however, if you are thinking of having a few pages document then it is better to use InDesign.


The perfect program to create layouts. If you would like to create a flyer, poster, magazine, brochures, etc., InDesign is the digital tool to use.

This program doesn’t allow you to do much to an image, therefore, is better to work them on a different software (e.g. Photoshop).  However, you can import edited images and vectors from Illustrator.

As you can see, the objective of each software is completely different, but there a some similarities and tools they get to share. The three programs go hand by hand.

If you have any questions, don’t forget to ad a comment or contact me.


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