Adobe InDesign is a program used by creative professionals to design printed or electronic publications. Much like its predecessors, Quark Express and PageMaker, InDesign offers an interface that allows you to easily template and develop an application from the ground up. Traditionally, InDesign is not used for graphic or text creation, but is utilized to format entire publications by linking the content from its source. This is most helpful when not wanting to adjust the design of a document but change the content within. As such, InDesign is primarily used for the design of printed materials (ie. newsletters, magazines, posters, billboards, books, manuals, etc.) but can export electronic files for almost any design platform.
What Is InDesign?
InDesign is a publishing program, which means it’s designed for creating 2D layouts which combine type and images. Some items you might commonly create in InDesign might include multi-page print publications like magazines and books, stationery items such as business cards and letterheads, promotional media like flyers, booklets, and brochures, and other single-page print layouts like posters and banners. The more recent CC version of InDesign also has more features that allow designers to create layouts for digital and online, such as eBooks, digital magazines, and social media images.