Adobe program software differences.


Hi all and welcome back to my computer blog.  I’ve recently been cleaning up my computer and looking through all the software I have and I realised that I have learnt a lot since being a graphic design newbie and I thought I would share my newly found knowledge with you.


My program shortlist


Adobe Dreamweaver


I mainly work in Graphic Design but occasionally there are different programs I will use to incorporate my designs with websites, or to test how viable certain designs are.

I recently bought Adobe Dreamweaver CS6 from a great classified ads website which specialises in second hand products, you can get it from here:

Adobe Dreamweaver CS6 is the 2012 edition of Adobe Dreamweaver, which has been the dominate Web editing software for years.  There has been plenty of newer Web editing software but for a beginner or someone who if learning or simply viewing stuff like me it is definitely worth purchasing.



Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop is my go to software for any photograph editing or manipulation.   Pretty much every photograph that you see in any media, and in particular any print media will have been edited or enhanced using Photoshop.  It is especially used to enhance the beauty of images, as it can be used to retouch images, balance the colours in an image, add shadows and highlights and layer or merge images together.  Crazily enough you can actually buy Adobe Photoshop to use on your iPhone 7, iPad or an Android device.  



Adobe Lightroom


Much newer to the scene than Adobe Photoshop is Adobe Lightroom.   Both Photoshop and Lightroom when stripped back do the same thing, editing images.  However especially for someone who likes to work with photography they have some very subtle differences and when used together work hand in hand perfectly.  The most significant difference between the two is that Lightroom doesn’t edit over your photographs.  Instead it creates a separate file which it uses in conjunction with the original file which when viewed shows all the changes you have made.  This is significantly different to Photoshop which edits the image directly.  This is a technique known as ‘non destructive editing’ and means that if you later want to reverse some of the changes you have made you can go back to the original image.



Adobe InDesign

If you are planning on working predominantly with publishing then Adobe InDesign is for you.   It is the industry standard application used for all text heavy graphic design.   It is great if you are creating a document with plenty of pages and it can create master pages and define page numbers.  It works great for editorial design, book publishing design, multi page brochures, annual reports and interactive PDF documents.  Although like in Illustrator, in InDesign it is possible to create or draw objects, it is nowhere near as creative, and instead works far better if once an image is created it is imported into InDesign.



Adobe Illustrator


Adobe Illustrator is probably the design software program that I use the most.  It is a vector based drawing program which means it is perfect for using to design any vector graphics, especially if you need them to be scalable for printing and for further use in the future.   The most common uses of Adobe Illustrator are for creating icons and logos, including logotype, monograms and insignia design, Type setting for any stationary system or print campaigns, web graphics, motion graphics and, as previously mentioned, vector drawings or paintings and illustrations.  Illustrator can be used to create short page brochures or if you need multiple PDF pages of slightly different design versions.   Once a vector drawing or image has been created in Illustrator it can then be exported for use in Adobe After Effects.


Adobe After Effects.

If you are working with film making or in television production then you will need to use Adobe After Effects.  Adobe After Effects is a motion graphic, composition, digital editing software.  It is very popular with a wide range of videographers, including up to a mid professional level, and is an industry standard software.  It is specifically designed for special effects and although it is possible to use After effects for most other common editing tasks, it really stands out when being used for creating advanced effects and composites.  It is typically used alongside Adobe Premiere Pro or after a video has been cut together to work on smaller sections of the video in closer detail.  Adobe After Effects is able to create high quality compositions for all ranges of videos from commercials to feature films.


I hope this has helped anyone who is new to the world of graphic design, video editing and website building.  There are plenty of other software programs that Adobe make and it's definitely worth checking out their website to see if any of the other programs better fit your needs.