Agreed about Indesign, i think that's still the industry standard for some of what you want to do.
Not sure how much experience you have with either ID or PS or how much work you're going to be doing and how often, that's really going to help you decide how much time you're prepared to put into learning and which one. If you're starting as a beginner to both and unless you have very large magazine projects to compile i would suggest working with Photoshop. That's just my opinion though and i'm no more than a distinctly mediocre designer at best so i don't claim to know too much and i'm happy to be educated on why that's not the best choice.
I've found that Photoshop has the ability to do everything in one package whereas Indesign seem to be more of layout tool for compiling many elements together within a document. Granted Photoshop isn't particularly strong in that department but depending on how you need to have things prepped for your printers or what format you're going to require once works complete you can always do the bulk of the design work in Photoshop the pull it together in indesign. Taking all the ball ache out of working out page numbers and having to do it manually, Indesign will do that for you.
I taught myself Photoshop starting way way back and i'm still learning. It's capable of doing everything you mentioned but depending on who you're working with and how large your publications are you could potentially find it getting a bit long winded after a while due to the nature of the system, it's not designed specifically for booklets, it's designed for image creation and image manipulation predominantly. It can do them and i've done quite a few so if i can i've no doubt you'll be able to as well. For PDF and booklets Indesign is designed to maximizes your work flow potential and ease the process along and because it's designed for that specifically it's a walk in the park. That said i don't find it has the design capabilitys that Photoshop has and that's the deciding factor for me. It should be pointed out that many people used them together and if you have the means to get both then do that. Get your design work and graphics done in PS and do your layout and arrangement in ID. If you can't get them both or are going to find learning both systems a pain (that's a lot to learn mate, i know) then really think about which one is going to give you the most. Watch a few youtube videos and get the one best suited and learn the fucker inside out.
With Indesign you have the choice of various blank skeleton publications into which you can throw your pages whereas with Photoshop it's designed to be one image at a time. I prefer using Photoshop personally, it's really not that much bother working out page order and such. It can become a problem when you hand over to the printers though so it may be an idea to design each page in Photoshop then arrange them in Indesign depending on what your printers require. That's been the best all round experience i've had whilst making a monthly magazine for a company in Birmingham who required me to use Indesign, worked a treat, designed in PS, build and layout in ID. Generally though i've always tended to build each page in Photoshop then export as a PDF for printing. I have no idea how common or practical that is in general but it works for me and my printer.
I've used PS stand alone for making several magazines, pamphlets and leaflets over the years so it can be done but really Photoshop is more about photo editing and in my case graphic design elements drawn from scratch. It does the job and for me it does it quickly. Still, there's no getting round the fact i really need to learn Indesign inside out in the not to distant future.
That's turned into a proper TLDR hasn't it, i obviously don't expect a reply addressing all that, i just hope some of it's useful. Let me know if you wan't to know anything i've not covered. Safe
post edited by IKOS - 2017/04/19 16:14:55