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A project for print often involves one or more of the following programs.
• Adobe Photoshop
• Adobe Illustrator
• Adobe InDesign
Artwork can be created in all three of these programs.
However, even if Photoshop and Illustrator are the only two programs you have been working with, a commercial printer will normally place the final project into InDesign before it is printed.
In this exercise we shall assemble a simple piece of packaging using Illustrator and Photoshop.
The artwork will primarily be assembled in Illustrator and the finished file will then be imported into InDesign.
The design can be developed further within InDesign if you wish and could be supplied to a commercial printer for final output.
One of InDesign's strongest features is that it can be used to create projects involving many pages.
eg magazines and books. InDesign can also be used for projects which are smaller and which involve fewer printed elements eg a packaging design project.
However, Illustrator is capable of more visual effects than InDesign and from this point of view it can be a good program in which to build some or all elements of packaging.
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