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Indesign or Illustrator for Packaging Projects

Discussion in 'Adobe Forum:' started by no1agentorange, Nov 16, 2011.

  1. no1agentorange

    no1agentorange New Member

    Which is the industry standard for packaging?

    Indesign or Illustrator and why?

    Help would be gratefully recieved

    ARRIVALS Well-Known Member


    InDesign should only be used for printed material, booklets, brochures, flyers, etc...

    You'll need to mock up a net for your packaging. As well as being the best program for vector based things you can still add imagery, effects and type etc...
  3. no1agentorange

    no1agentorange New Member

    Im after loads of opinions

    Im after loads of opinions so please give your choice

  4. djb

    djb Member

    Illustrator too. Packaging can be quite technical and you get the precision you need in an illustration page - not a dtp package.

    That being said, I have created cutter guides in Illustrator and placed them into InDesign before but only for basic stuff like swing tags.
  5. pcbranding

    pcbranding Member NOT use InDesign or Quark or Photoshop!

    Why create elements in Illustrator to then import them into another program and then output them again.

    Packaging graphic design is what I do and the drawing tools are second to none when you need to tweak cutter guides and tweak the amount of bleed on complicated areas.

    If you only have one application then choose the one that will handle the majority of your work, but if you have them all then Illustrator is the most usable with it's use of layers, spot colours and vector tools.
    There's nothing like knowing that those two blocks of colour really have 'snapped' together (no gap in between) and that you are accurate to the highest magnification.
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2011
  6. no1agentorange

    no1agentorange New Member

    Keep em comming

    Thanks Keep the opinions comming!!
  7. I use Illustrator for everything including packaging, flyers and catalogues. I find it's easier than inDesign.

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