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Chapter 23. Understanding the InDesign W... > Why Use InDesign Over Illustrator?

Why Use InDesign Over Illustrator?

So what's the big deal? Especially if you are an Illustrator user, you may be wondering why you would choose to design documents using InDesign rather than the program you're most comfortable in. And the answer, for certain documents, might be that you wouldn't.

InDesign's strength is definitely in the category of page layout. Although its graphic tools are similar if a little less robust than Illustrator's, the biggest plus is its ability to handle larger documents. Illustrator is still, at its heart, a graphics program. It might be the perfect way to create a one-off document, like a poster or label—after all, you can still draw vector objects, create and edit text, and import images. But if you need a resource for magazines, newsletters, or more involved documents, it's easy for Illustrator users to move straight into InDesign.


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