The next page in layout design. The industry-leading page design and layout app lets you create, preflight, and publish beautiful documents for print and digital media. InDesign CC has everything you need to make posters, books, digital magazines, eBooks, interactive PDFs, and more. Standout layouts. Only with InDesign. Whether you work in print or digital media, InDesign can help you create layouts that leap off the page. Make an impression in print. Design everything from stationery, flyers, and posters to brochures, annual reports, magazines, and books. With professional layout and typesetting tools, you can create multicolumn pages that feature stylish typography and rich graphics, images, and tables. And you can prep your documents for printing in just a few clicks. Digital publications. Dazzling interactions. Create digital magazines, eBooks, and interactive online documents that draw people in with audio, video, slideshows, and animations. InDesign makes it easy to manage your design elements and quickly deliver immersive experiences in any format, from EPUB and PDF to HTML. Keep your team on the same page. Design faster and smarter with tools built for collaboration. InDesign integrates seamlessly with Adobe InCopy CC, so you can work on layouts simultaneously with writers and editors. Access your Creative Cloud Libraries to share text, colors, shapes, graphics, and other assets with team members and keep your designs consistent.
InDesign is a professional desktop publishing program (DTP) used by thousands of graphic designers and businesses. It has some of the best layout tools available, including snap-to guides, table creators and hundreds of fonts. Unlike other publishing software we reviewed, you can only purchase InDesign CC as a subscription. There are different plans, and each comes with the choice of paying monthly or annually. The cheapest option is the Single App subscription plan. If you also want to use Photoshop, Illustrator or other Adobe software, you can select the All Apps subscription plan. Keep in mind that Adobe’s programs don’t come cheap, but they put top-of-the-line programming and graphic design tools to your fingertips.
InDesign covers all the bases for page layout. At the click of a button, you can access the master page window, which lets you insert headers, footers and additional pages into your project. This DTP software helps you make aesthetically pleasing documents by keeping your images orderly. For example, it has a guiding system that allows you to resize your images while maintaining their proportional shapes. Additionally, this software has alignment lines to help you place your images and text symmetrically throughout your document.
You can import Photoshop PSD files and Microsoft Word files into this program, which minimizes the time you need to transfer information and increases your editing possibilities. The program also lets you make changes to existing PDF files and even allows you to export InDesign files to PDF.
InDesign is commonly grouped with Photoshop and Illustrator as part of Adobe’s creative suite, and they are intended to be used in conjunction with each other. Unfortunately, that means InDesign’s photo editing tools are practically nonexistent. You can use limited vector graphics tools and basic effects tools for transparencies, gradients, text on a path, 3D effects and quick shapes, but you can’t adjust image color or remove blemishes like red eye in your images. Fortunately, you can remove white space from an image, which makes it easier to format when you have wrap-around text. If you want a program with more photo editing tools, consider Xara Page & Layout Designer.