Why Is Photoshop So Important?

Why Is Photoshop So Important?

Adobe apps are designed to complement one another. Photoshop, Illustrator, Muse, and InDesign have all been carved from the same tree, if you like, and as a result, they are all in sync. Of course, this is not by chance; they were designed in this manner. That is to suggest, they are supposed to be used together – the only challenge is figuring out how to do it.
You’ve arrived at the correct spot. In this article, we will look at how to get two of Adobe’s most well-known products, InDesign and Photoshop, to function in complete harmony. All will be shown – but first, let’s go through the fundamentals.


Photoshop was created primarily as a medium for enhancing images. However, the software has expanded over time to provide growing quantities of complexity, and so its use has shifted. Photoshop is also used for creating web sites, flyers and commercials, motion graphics, interface templates, and even photo processing for print.
Photoshop, at its heart, is a medium for making and manipulating images and pixel-based artwork. This last statement is particularly important. Photoshop, one might say, is the signature Adobe app – everybody has learned about it, even though they’ve never seen it. As a result, there is a very prevalent myth out there in the non-design-oriented community that believes Photoshop is the magic tool that can do pretty much anything and anything – and with the amount of online literature and video tutorials available on the topic, it’s not difficult to see where this assumption has come from. But, in fact, Photoshop, with its pixelated exports, has a position and is not the definitive answer for all graphic design.

Why Is Photoshop So Important
Why Is Photoshop So Important

Photoshop, for example, can not be used to create logos. Although it is possible to do so for the programme, since Photoshop files are pixel- or raster-based, they cannot be expanded or edited in the same manner as vector-based files (such as those made by Illustrator) might. For the same purpose, Photoshop can not be used to set form for print projects – this is a task better left to vectors. (Note: It is now possible to save a Photoshop file as a .ESP, which allows you to export form as vectors, although as useful as this is in certain situations, it is not deemed best practise.)

Adobe InDesign

InDesign has a single purpose: it is used to map out written documents. Books, magazines, brochures, business cards, newsletters, advertisements, imaginative CVs, you name it. The whole concept of InDesign is to be used as a medium for combining all elements created in Photoshop or Illustrator into a single location. Of necessity, InDesign has evolved over the years, and with the proliferation in eBooks and e-publishing over the last five years or so, it is also primarily being used for laying out multimedia material as well as printed content. The principle, however, stays the same – Photoshop and Illustrator are used to produce the elements, and InDesign is used to create the form.
Real, Photoshop and Illustrator can be used to make layouts – and several people do. However, this is not commonly deemed best practise, because anybody who has an Innovative Cloud subscription or a Creative Suite doesn’t need to worry about it. The issue is that when you design templates in Photoshop and Illustrator, you end up with files that are either ridiculously large or otherwise unsuitable for most commercial printers.
InDesign, on the other side, excels at neatly packing anything you make into a (relatively) lightweight package, which it then hands over to the printer in a way that produces just what you expected.

Furthermore, InDesign is the tool to use for creating multiple page projects, especially when master templates are needed, which literally implies that a single theme is used on multiple pages.
InDesign is a great method, but it is not without limits. There are no picture editing capabilities, for example, and while InDesign may be used to produce vector graphics, Illustrator would still be the weapon of preference in that regard. As a result, it is often preferable to operate for several Adobe applications rather than just one.

Putting Photoshop and InDesign to Use

You might wonder why Adobe doesn’t just make one super-application that incorporates all of the strongest and most valuable elements of InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator. Is there a single all-powerful kit that can do everything – formats, vectors, pixels, the works? They don’t, in reality. They will do so one day, but for the time being, we must use them all individually – but this does not exclude their use as a single programme.
For the time being, we’ll put Illustrator behind – we’ll save it for another blog post – and focus solely on utilising InDesign and Photoshop together.
As previously said, the most common situation in which these two applications can collaborate is where InDesign is used as the project’s “hub.” Photographs or other pixelated imagery will be produced and polished in Photoshop before being shipped to InDesign, where the whole project will be assembled.
In reality, this is one of the most popular variations in the entire Adobe toolbox. Any book or journal that includes photos and text – cook books, design magazines, etc. – was most certainly created by this collaboration. Indeed, it is very doubtful that you would ever attempt to complete a design project using just one Adobe software. So, let us now look at how you would get the greatest outcomes.

This little trick is particularly useful since even though you move to another document or exit the programme, the cursor will remain loaded when you return to InDesign.
Since you’ll be using InDesign as your designing method, you’ll want to put Photoshop files inside frames you’ve built on the paper. To make a frame in InDesign, mouse over the frame tool in the tool bar and right-click to show your options: rectangle, ellipse, or polygon.

How to Begin Using Photoshop and InDesign in Conjunction

To do this, navigate to the Links panel and choose Open the Original Picture in Photoshop. Once you’ve made the changes, save it. When you return to InDesign, you’ll see a yellow triangle symbol indicating that a file needs to be changed.
These are the foundations to merging Photoshop and InDesign – but by no way is this an exhaustive tutorial. To learn how to make the best of this relationship, enrol in one of our online Blue Sky Graphics Training Courses, where you can learn everything you need to know to transform your designs into professionals.