Pages is great for the simpler stuff.
InDesign for everything else.
Oh, and QuarkXpress is now a dead duck.
Its been a long time since I dabbled in some "graphics" work, and I'm probably insulting those of you who earn a living from graphics design since I use the term rather loosely.
I've been tasked to design a flyer and program brochure for a convention/event. I have absolutely no design background, nor is it really within my job description. But whatever the reason, I've been tasked with it (and its something I enjoy anyway).
I used to "design" simple flyers for dinner party's whilst I was bumming around at USYD doing some bullshit health science degree. And to complicate things, of all programs, I used Macromedia Flash (back in the days of Windows and Flash 5- MX). For some reason, that is the only platform I've felt entirely comfortable with. I could plonk pictures, text, whatever, where ever I wished, with the added use of layers. In addition to that, I could drag all objects within my work area. I found Fash 5,6 and subsequently MX really easy to use. Plus, I did do some basic flash whilst in HS. I would then export the project as a jpeg etc.
Anyhoos, many years later, out of uni, real job, reality.
I never really got the hang of using PS to create images/designs from scratch. What I want to know is, what program do the pro's use?
It seems Flash is Adobe now? I recall it being Macromedia - thats how long I've been out of the game. And it comes with CS4? *lost*
My aim is to come up with an A4 sized design. I am a quick learner and web tutorials sit well with me.
Thanks for your suggestions,
Using InDesign to do a flyer is like using a howitzer to swat a fly. Pages is just fine for that.
Quark have rolled back some of worst excesses of their previous customer abuse but now it's too late. Adobe have won. They only have themselves to blame too.
If it's a one-off job, it may be more cost effective for you to put together a mockup any way you can (Word, on paper, Google Docs etc.) and take it to a print shop for the layout work. If you've got something for a designer to work from other than a blank piece of paper you might be surprised at the total cost (and the design is likely to be better...maybe you are a design guru though). This assumes you are outsourcing the printing as well.
If none of the above applies, then InDesign all the way .
Really you can use anything that gets the job done - as long as you can save it to a PDF (or TIFF, PSD, BMP) with the required size, ratio and resolution (if you're saving as a PDF and the flier is all text, then it's also fine, irregardless of resolution).
I don't actually know whether flash will allow you to do that, though.
Printers get shitty with you when you supply them JPGs, so don't do it! PDF is most preferable, then PSD/TIFF. Save it at 300dpi, if you can, to give you breathing room if you decide to print a3.
Holy Adobe products, sacred be thy name:
Indesign - Layouts
Photoshop - Image manipulation
Illustrator - Drawing & Typography
Dreamweaver - Websites
Alternatively, I live in Sydney & I'm a graphic design student seeking stuff to do to buff out my portfolio - wanna hit me up?
Some recent work (need to build a proper site / upload some even more recent shite):
Work - a set on Flickr
You've got one wrong there. InDesign - Layouts & Typography
Illustrator - Drawing & Vectorization.
2008 Macbook 13" 2.1GHz, 4GB RAM – Late 2008 iMac 20" 2GHz 4GB RAM – Early 2008 iMac 20" 2Ghz 2GB RAM – TV - Summer 2001 iMac 1GB RAM - Late 2005 Power Macintosh 2.3 GHz 16GB RAM – 2 32GB Black iPhones – 160GB iPod Classic.
Depends on the user, was my personal generalization based on own uses
Or you can do what some have done here, write a design brief, offer a small incentive, critique the designs that come, and reap the reward
if you don't know:ask!