10 Replies Latest reply on Mar 28, 2013 11:53 AM by MW Design

    InDesign vs. Illustrator

    ddziadiw

      My company has Illustrator but I got a request for InDesign.  From the product comparision, it seems like Illustrator does everything InDesign does.  Can Illustrator be used in lieu for InDesign?

        • 1. Re: InDesign vs. Illustrator
          MW Design Level 4

          If you are doing anything for print or web publications longer than X number pages (artboards in Illustrator) you should consider InDesign. Both work well together--AI for illustrations, art--ID for page layout of the textual elements, bringing in the art from AI.

           

          I have done multi-page documents in AI, but it isn't something I would like to do on a consistent basis. But it all really depends on what you are producing.

           

          Mike

          • 2. Re: InDesign vs. Illustrator
            ddziadiw Level 1

            It would be used to make minor edits on existing Pharmaceutical Packaging Artwork that is a combination of Artwork and Text ...stuff that needs corrections, not starting from scratch.  Sounds like it would work...what do you think?

            • 3. Re: InDesign vs. Illustrator
              MW Design Level 4

              I would then just use Illustrator.

               

              ID is really made for longer, structured documents.

               

              Take care, Mike

              • 4. Re: InDesign vs. Illustrator
                BobLevine MVP & Adobe Community Professional

                If these are already Illy files you can’t open and edit them in InDesign.

                 

                 

                 

                Bob

                • 5. Re: InDesign vs. Illustrator
                  Peter Spier Most Valuable Participant (Moderator)

                  Or vice versa....

                  • 6. Re: InDesign vs. Illustrator
                    Joel Cherney Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                    I have done multi-page documents in AI, but it isn't something I would like to do on a consistent basis. But it all really depends on what you are producing.

                     

                    Likewise, I've done some fairly complicated illustrations using only InDesign's native illustration tools - but I'd rather eat glass professionally than do so on a regular basis.

                     

                     

                     

                    It would be used to make minor edits on existing Pharmaceutical Packaging Artwork that is a combination of Artwork and Text ...stuff that needs corrections, not starting from scratch.  Sounds like it would work...what do you think?

                     

                    Sounds to me like it's already an InDesign document, right? In which case you can't edit it in Illustrator, only in InDesign.

                     

                    If I as a client asked for work to be delivered in ID and got it back in Illustrator, I'd fire the supplier. In fact, I've done so. (Well, it's not really "firing" when you say "This contractor never gets work from us ever again, as this contractor cannot read the job spec.")

                    • 7. Re: InDesign vs. Illustrator
                      John Mensinger Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                      it seems like Illustrator does everything InDesign does

                       

                      Well, that assertion isn't even close to accurate, but if the only function is packaging, Illustrator is typically the correct tool.

                       

                      It's not really our place to assess the requester's judgement in this respect. I presume he/she feels justified in making the request, and should get a chance to at least state the reason(s) for it.

                      • 8. Re: InDesign vs. Illustrator
                        BobLevine MVP & Adobe Community Professional

                        Hmmmm. Maybe I read it backward and it’s an ID file?

                         

                         

                         

                        If so, I stand by answer, but would swap out Illy for ID.

                         

                         

                         

                        Bob

                        • 9. Re: InDesign vs. Illustrator
                          ddziadiw Level 1

                          I will have to check, but I believe its created in ID, so it sounds like ID should be used for compatibility.

                          • 10. Re: InDesign vs. Illustrator
                            MW Design Level 4

                            Likewise, I've done some fairly complicated illustrations using only InDesign's native illustration tools - but I'd rather eat glass professionally than do so on a regular basis.

                             

                            Yeppers.

                             

                            @ ddziadiw,

                             

                            You need to find out what made the packaging and go from there. Pick the appropriate software based upon that.

                             

                            Mike