InDesign vs. Photoshop? No kidding.

Photoshop Contact Sheet

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InDesign Contact Sheet

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Somebody actually had the idea to pit InDesign’s image editing features against those in Photoshop. Go figure. I guess it makes sense because it really is easier to stay in one application—especially if you need to do something fairly simple. That somebody is one Mike McHugh, and the title of his article is InDesign vs. Photoshop Smackdown: Who Will Be the Winner? It’s on the Peachpit website.

If you haven’t explored that site yet, you should. They have loads of free tutorials and videos. A good place to start is the Reference Guides page. There you’ll find a guide for Photoshop, Flash, Web Design, and Macintosh. These guides are loaded with great instructional materials—videos, articles, and text tutorials. Some of them are for older versions of the software, but that isn’t so bad. Some things don’t change from version to version, and not everybody upgrades right away. I wonder why they don’t have one for Design, Illustration, Illustrator, InDesign, and Acrobat—maybe those are in the works?

Okay, so what did I learn from the InDesign vs. Photoshop Smackdown? I learned that InDesign gives you a much better contact sheet than Photoshop. Mike’s instructions on page 6 of his article have you create your contact sheets starting in Bridge. You can do this for both InDesign and Photoshop. Look for yourself at my results above. The InDesign result is neat, orderly, and legible. Photoshop results are fine but not as nice as InDesign. I started with really long file names which got truncated in Photoshop. InDesign did not cut them off. Also, I can change fonts and layouts in InDesign much easier. I’d say that InDesign definitely wins Round 6!

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19 thoughts on “InDesign vs. Photoshop? No kidding.

  1. From the comparison that you shows to us, it is clear that InDesign is taking the lead. Still, this one isn’t matters anymore since CS3 provides us with flexibility to transfer works across Adobe CS3 software.

  2. “Somebody actually had the idea to pit InDesign’s image editing features against those in Photoshop. Go figure. I guess it makes sense because it really is easier to stay in one application—especially if you need to do something fairly simple. That somebody is one Mike McHugh, and the title of his article is InDesign vs. Photoshop Smackdown: Who Will Be the Winner? It’s on the Peachpit website. ‘
    thx a lot , good post!

  3. It’s interesting that Photoshop still sticks with that god awful contact sheet it has. You’d think that the masters of design (Adobe) would be able to proucde something a little better than that for their flagship product. Perhaps they have a higher view of their Indesign users?

  4. From a photographer’s standpoint your example does not have a winner. Both contact sheets are awful. Photoshop is ugly in layout, but accomplishes the purpose of a contact sheet, which is to view the full photos.

    Your InDesign example is neater, but so what? It crops the photos to where they are useless to show to a client to gage which photos need to be selected. How are you supposed to tell composition on the InDesign contact sheet?

    There are extension for PS that have far better contact sheets. You can even try Lightroom, but it seems that when it comes to contact sheets, Adobe has no champion.

  5. @A Photographer:

    It seems to me that InDesign didn’t crop any of the photos, it just rotated those with portrait orientation. I’m fine with that.

  6. for me is photoshop the winner. indesign rotates the images. that looks awful and its not very easy to choose the right picture. :)

    Lightroom is a nice tool for that.

  7. I would like your advice people. Which one is better for magazines graphic, I guess from what I heard INdesign CS3 is the one, but I need something also not complicated to work on.

  8. I was recommended this website by means of my cousin. I’m now not certain whether or not this put up is written by him as no one else realize such specific approximately my problem. You’re amazing! Thanks!

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