What is InDesign Used For?

by Carolyn Stendahl

Adobe InDesign, a part of the Creative Suite product line, is a widely-used software program for page composition, design and production. Graphic artists and digital publishers choose InDesign when they want creative control in manipulating page elements, mainly text and images, in single or multipage documents.


Before technology, designers laid out documents using traditional paste-up techniques. With the development of PageMaker, desktop publishing became accessible to the masses. In 1999, Adobe Systems released InDesign to replace the fledgling PageMaker program and to compete with QuarkXPress' growing popularity with design professionals.


From brochures to books to advertisements, InDesign enables designers to import text, photographs and vector art, place them onto a page, and link multiple pages together for quick print and electronic distribution.


In multiple page documents, InDesign excels at providing page management tools, such as page reorder, text linking, master pages and numbering. InDesign also integrates with the Adobe Suite products, including InCopy, Bridge, Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat and Flash, and shares some common navigation and tools.


InDesign offers only basic illustration and photo manipulation tools, eliminating the need to use other programs, such as Illustrator or Photoshop, for minor edits.


One highlight of InDesign is its preflight capabilities for controlling and prepping files for offset print production.

About the Author

Carolyn Stendahl is a marketing and communications professional with more than 20 years of experience within healthcare, information technology, publishing, engineering, education, retail and human resource industries. Her range of work includes developing content for print, Web, video and e-mail programs, as well as writing press materials and articles.

Photo Credits

  • photo_camera Adobe InDesign