Illustrator is used to create powerful vector graphics that allow for perfect scaling without quality loss. You will combine them with images and type for perfect layouts for posters and flyers, infographics and much, much more.
You will combine different elements (from Photoshop and other) into fascinating designs and get to know most of the possibilities of Illustrator during this Illustrator Course.
This Illustrator course in English teaches you Illustrator from scratch. Anyone can create a nice looking design but to create artwork that is well editable and managable is very important. Get in-depth training during this course to create professional graphics that can be used in many media. You use drawing tools, learn what colours are and what to pay attention to. You will use pathfinder functions and masks and there is even a typography class.
The illustrations above the lesson content and in the top banner are parts of this Illustrator and have been created by LearningTrain: you learn it from a real Illustrator designer.
The Illustrator Course teaches you techniques to realise your design goal. This helps you really create what you want to make. To achieve this you won't learn only creative uses but we focus on using the tools correctly as well. This will help you use them intuitively which will greatly improve your professionality.
The goal is to create Illustrator illustrations from scratch and to edit them with the Illustrator functions and tools. After this course you will be able to create your own Illustrator files and to edit files others created.
This Illustrator course is perfect if you need to use Illustrator very often, you learn everything you will most commonly need. During this course you will learn all you need to know to prepare you for more advanced use, if ever you need to specialise.
It is important to know as much as possible to create good Illustrator artwork, anyone can create an illustration but it's important to understand what affects editability and even printability.
During this lesson of the Illustrator Course you will start using Illustrator. You will learn how it works, what it looks like and how tools work. We shall also explain the different document options you can use.
You are going to use Illustrator to create objects from scratch during this lesson. We shall teach you how to use different tools to create an Illustration.
Using the different menus and palettes
View options and presentations
The artboard, the printing area
Different settings for different file types
Creating illustrations with basic objects
Using colour swatches, gradients and patterns
The name of the application says it all: Illustrator. The appliation is created to illustrate, to be creative. You are going to do this during this lesson of the Illustrator Course.
Whether you're in fashion, work as an architect or in PR: you will learn how to use the many drawing tools in Illustrator. You will digitize your own drawings and get to know the first techniques to do just that.
Cleverly use layer options
Layer settings and uses
Creating your own illustrations
Using the drawing tools
Integrating path styles
Digitizing your own artwork
Tracing sketches and fotos
During this lesson of the Illustrator Course you will start using the many transformation tools Illustrator has to offer. Objects will be split, recomposed, merged and much more.
Learning how to transform is easy. But Illustrator has a lot of tricks up its sleave. All will be addressed during this lesson. Handy settings and functions will make creating artwork even more fun.
Simple reflection, rotating and more
Special reflection, rotation and more
Using the path
Clever resizing objects
Splitting and recoluring objects
During this lesson you learn how to professionally adjust, manage and combine colours. Colours form an integral part of your design and it's important to understand how colour influence your artwork.
You also learn how to use special colours and even how to create and use colour palettes to use in corporate designs. Using colour in artwork was never this easy and impressive. Learn it all.
Colour and colour knowledge
Using special colour values
Using tone, saturation and more
Using and creating colour libraries
Keeping colours consistent
During this lesson you will learn how to cut and combine paths to create stunning artwork. These are at the heart of clever illustations and will help you create the design you need.
You will also learn how to use the different types of masks that Illustrator has in store for you. You are going to need them frequently in the near future so it's a good idea to understand how they work.
Different types of masks
Masking artwork in detail
Special fill techniques
Creating special shapes
Extra tools for design
This lesson is about text and typography in Illustrator. Illustrator has many options for text to spark your imagination. Being the creative application it is, Illustrator offers many options to create smashing designs.
You will use simple text first, then move on to more special options. All sorts of handy techniques will be addressed. Use your new artboard skills to create complete and impressive designs.
The different text types
Using text styles
Revamping a flyer
Creating folders and presentations
The last lesson of your course or education module is the test lesson. This is attended separately from the group. You will do a few exercises that require the knowledge and new skills you acquired during this training.
InDesign & Dreamweaver Advanced
Since these tests are quite extensive you do these at home. You send in your work at the appointed time and will receive tips and input to adjust things to make your design more professional.
Tests at LearningTrain
If the test takes place at LearningTrain your work will be evaluated after you finished your test.
If you sent in all required homework and the final test results are good you will receive the certificate.
Tests from home
Tests you make at home or work will be evaluated on appointment
If you sent in all required homework and the final test results are good you you can come over to pick up your certificate.
With individual courses
The test should be scheduled within a month after the last lesson.
You can schedule the tests during the educaiton but you can also do all the courses at the end of the education, allowing you to have lots of time to practise. This way you use the entire runtime of the education to let things sink in. Schedule your tests within two months after your last lesson.
6 lessons +
1 personal test lesson on appointment
Runtime 1 month per module +
Test on appointment
Practise week after each lesson
2 days of 3 lessons +
1 personal test lesson on appointment
Practise week after each lesson
Runtime 2 weeks per module +
Test on appointment
1 extra homework week is possible
You have class with one fellow student max.
We combine 2 lessons each time, the resulting runtime is 3 weeks.
Single group lessons: 1:45 / 2 hours
Combined lessons: ± 3 hours
Two days from:
10:00 - 15:00 hours or
15:00 - 20:00 hours
We combine two lessons into 3 hours lessons.
Personal reserved course
Lessons can be combined or booked individually.
Single lessons 1:30 hours
Combined lessons: 3 hours
Homework after each lesson
You will receive homework each week. Making this homework takes about 12 hours per week in total. If you only do the required assignments you will need about 5 hours per week to do your homework during this course.
When do I send in homework?
You have a week to make your homework: you send it in in the week following your lesson so your teacher can evaluate your work.
Your teacher reserves time each week to correct and evaluate your work. You will receive corrections and tips, if necessary. There are guide lines to send in your work: you will receive them during your first lesson.
About 12/15 minutes are reserved for questions at the start of each lesson. This allows your fellow students to learn from your questions and the answers.
Please note the software for your course should be installed before class, there is no time to install it during class and this would mean you wouldn't be able to do the exercises.
You take care of the software yourself, as Adobe Preferred Partner we can only sell multi licenses and seats to companies.
You either buy the software or install a trial.
If you already own Adobe software there is no need to purchase the subscription based Cloud applications. The following suites are still perfectly usable:
Creative Suite CS4 through CS6
You don't need to know anything about Adobe Illustrator yet. You will learn everything from scratch and can join this course even if you have never used any Adobe software in your life. You will learn all you need to know and will soon be able to do exercises and design great looking artwork.
It is a good idea to be handy using your computer.
This means you can install programs (you will have to install software most times) and you can organise, monitor and manage your folders and files.
+ personal test lesson
€ 825,00 excluding BTW (VAT, taxes)
€ 998,25 including 21% BTW
2 full days with 3 lessons
+ personal test lesson
€ 950,00 excluding BTW (VAT, taxes)
€ 1.149,50 including 21% BTW
+ personal test lesson
€ 1.195,00 excluding BTW (VAT, taxes)
€ 1.445,95 including 21% BTW
2 full days with 3 lessons
+ personal test lesson
€ 1.600,00 excluding BTW (VAT, taxes)
€ 1.936,00 including 21% BTW
In that case special schedules are possible. You can combined more lessons, or attend them at a special pace.
Personal AND reserved training (1 pers. max)
€ 2.400,00 excluding BTW (VAT, taxes)
€ 2.904,00 including 21% BTW
Tijdens de lessen leerde ik snel veel verschillende tools om te gebruiken waardoor het in een mum van tijd lukt om zelf aan de slag te gaan met het maken van afbeeldingen.
Wat ik erg prettig vond was dat we bij alle functies meteen leerden wat de sneltoetscombinatie was. Hierdoor leer je meteen snel schakelen tussen tools wat efficiënt werkt.
Echt vet, ik kan al meteen alles gebruiken. Ik ga door met gevorderden!
E. vd V
Heb al wel superveel profijt van de cursus! Zowel thuis als op werk :) Ben allerlei dingen aan het maken ermee.
M. de P.
Dit is een zeer degelijke cursus die goed de basis van Illustrator uit de doeken doet. De sfeer is goed en nodigt uit om vragen en opmerkingen te plaatsen waar ook goed en professioneel op wordt gereageerd. Het cursusmateriaal is uitgebreid en de oefeningen sluiten aan op de behandelde stof. Het huiswerk sluit ook aan op de afgelopen lessen en zijn van goed niveau, zelfs voor de mensen die al wat ervaring hebben met Illustrator. Het vergt wel een paar uur per week om het huiswerk te maken maar het heeft dan ook tot doel om routine op te bouwen.
Tot slot; de geboden faciliteiten zijn goed en er zijn mogelijkheden om met de verschillende versies van Illustrator (CS3/4/5/6)) te werken.Kortom; deze cursus is de prijs meer dan waard!
I though this course would be easy, I have worked with Illustrator for a few years now. I stepped into your class room with a big ego. I am now dwarfed! But I love it ;)
Al jaren was ik creatief bezig en ik wilde dit uitbreiden naar digitaal tekenwerk. Dat lukt me nu heel goed. Ik kan mijn eigen tekeningen mooi opmaken in Illustrator en ze bovendien van tekst voorzien. Ik ben echt heel blij met deze cursus. En wat een prachtig naslagwerk.
Merel de J.
Kijk, aan jullie cursusmateriaal heb ik nog eens wat. Dit is pas het echte werk. Geweldig!
Boris van den H.
Leerzame cursus, met duidelijke uitleg en uitgebreid naslagwerk ( een soort illustrator bijbel ).
Ik heb met heel veel plezier de cursus gevolgd !
This school is so different that I hope they will stay this way for ever and not grow into one of those fast-school facilities. Professional training, personal coaching and homework corrections. What more do I need? Thanks miss, had to get used to your sense of humor but wow!
Ik moest voor het werk vaak Illustrator bestanden bewerken, we krijgen ze aangeleverd uit Amerika. Ik prutste wat met de tekst. Sleutelde aan de kleuren en morrelde aan de vormen. Maar het grootste deel van mijn tijd was gemodder. En ik moest dus op cursus. Met tegenzin begon ik eraan, ik vond het echt een vrouwenprogramma. Maar vanaf de eerste les was ik om. Dat is knap! Ik ben nog steeds enthousiast. Wilde ik even kwijt. Volgende week mijn laatste les. Eeuwige dank.
Hoewel ik de Cursus an sich kan waarderen was hij voor mij te zwaar. Ik vond het moeilijk mijn drukke gezin, baan en les te combinieren. Echter wel prachtige ondersteuning en feine sfeer.
Sybille, je had wel flinke pech! Je mag altijd terug komen om wat je gemist hebt in te halen, doe rustig aan, er is geen tijdlimiet voor. Maak daar gerust gebruik van! Ik stuur je een mailtje.
Ik ben al op meerdere scholen geweest, het moest er snel, het moet met standaard materiaal, er is geen begeleiding... Eindelijk vind ik naar school gaan leuk en vooral inspirerend en leerzaam! Deze school is een echte aanrader!
Ik ben net begonnnen met deze cursus maar het bevalt me nu al goed! Ik krijg na deze twee lessen elke keer trouw antwoord op mijn vragen. Had ik niet verwacht, heel erg bedankt en sorry dat ik zoveel vragen stel!
Illustrator is a very extensive application and I must say I dreaded the course. But due to the teacher's patience I found the course to be not only clear and helpful but truly inspirational. I am looking forward to the advanced course.
Ik had deze cursus nodig voor mijn positie als marketing manager. We krijgen regelmatig Illustrator files toegestuurd ter revisie. Tot op heden waren dergelijke bestanden abracadabra voor mij. Nu niet meer. Ik redigeer en wijzig alles direct en kan instructies geven aan de editors overzee. Ideaal!
Linda d. J.
Geweldige cursus! Zo uitgebreid en praktisch. De begeleiding is zeer goed. Ik heb uiteindelijk 3 cursussen gevolgd. Ik ontwerp voor mijn eigen bedrijf en nu doe ik alles digitaal en ben zo onafhankelijk van andere ontwerpers. Top! Ga zo door.
I learned not only the basics but even features used by professionals. The course was saturated with incredibly useful information. Thanks!
De cursus is heel goed en professioneel. Ik heb voor de cursus een lijst gemaakt van alles wat ik wilde leren tijdens deze cursus en heb alles kunnen afvinken.
E. van H.
Ik ben echt zeer tevreden over de inhoud van de cursus die ik heb gevolgd. Naar mijn idee wordt de beschikbare tijd zeer nuttig gebruikt tijdens de lessen. Het lesmateriaal is zo ontzettend duidelijk dat je er genoeg aan hebt om alles thuis nog eens door te nemen en vervolgens de huiswerkopdrachten te maken. Mij sprak het tempo wel aan, het gaf me het gevoel dat ik snel en veel leerde.
Ook ben ik zeer te spreken over het feit dat ik steeds zo snel een reactie ontving per email als ik huiswerk toestuurde of iets te vragen had.
Les krijgen en weten dat je er ook werkelijk iets aan gehad hebt. Dit stimuleert enorm. Geweldig lesmateriaal!!!
Deze cursus is een echte eye-opener. Ik kan nu al mijn ontwerpen digitaliseren wat een hoop tijd scheelt. Bedankt voor de goede begeleiding!
Janneke van B.
Ik kijk sinds ik met de eerste cursus begon heel anders naar de wereld en ontdek steeds meer dingen die met Illustrator zijn gemaakt. Het is zo opvallend! En het mooiste is: ik heb er nu werk mee gevonden. Heel erg bedankt!
Jeltsje van M.
Thanks for the course. Really inspiring. I am coming back for more courses. Great, people!
Het was hard werken zeg. Maar alle moeite waard! Ik heb er echt tijd voor moeten maken en gelukkig werd me op het werk ook de ruimte gegeven om dat te doen. Ik gebruik het nu in mijn functie van webdesigner en maak de nieuwsbrieven en presentaties op. Echt te gekke cursus!
Joris van B.
I work in fashion and absolutely need the Advanced course. Which course should I attend before that?
What is the difference between InDesign and Illustrator?
What is the difference with Photoshop?
Resolution independent artwork
Posters & moodboards
They say it's much better to design in InDesign, is that true?
Illustrator is Adobe application, just like Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Flash and InDesign. Illustrator has been around since the nineties of the previous century. As time progressed Illustrator has developed into a wonderful environment in which great graphics can be created. You are going to explore most options in Illustrator during our Illustrator Course and Illustrator Course Advanced.
In Illustrator you use vectors. Vectors are at the heart of resolution independant artwork. It is a great application to create flyers, posters and business cards and also, as the name suggests, to create illustrations. it is the standard in the world of design to create and edit digital illustrative material.
During your Illustrator Course you will learn how to add and edit text, to create illustrations, how to add graphics to combine all this artwork into a perfect design.
Illustrator can be intimidating because in Illustrator, you create everything from scratch. You have to know different tools to create exactly what you want. But difficult? Not when you learn it at LearningTrain. We are here every step of the way. With our special lesson material with step by step exercises even the most complex and technical things are fun to learn, you will learn it all.
No, I can't say it is. You will need time to practise, of course. And by doing your homework and looking at your personal homework corrections you will learn al there is to know to create everything you need. The courses are well balanced, you will absolutely be successful.
U hoeft echt niet goed te kunnen tekenen. Affiniteit met tekenen of in ieder geval plezier hebben in zelf dingen maken is wel fijn. U hoeft heus geen ster te zijn in tekenen: u hoeft bijvoorbeeld niet uit het hoofd dingen te kunnen tekenen.
What's more you will learn to really observe things from the first lesson on. This means you will soon wonder how to recreate certain objects from your daily life with Illustrator. If you want to create nice designs and be creative Illustrator really is for you!
One of the best things happened when a student finished her Photoshop Education and wanted to become a professional designer. She realized she would need to learn Illustrator too. She told me (LearningTrain founder) she didn't feel like it at all and gave me an somewhat angry look, clearly unhappy.
To my (and her!) surprise, she sent me something after the second class, filled with joy. Her first illustration and she loved it. As a matter of fact... She loved it so much she also attended the Advanced course. Well done Mariska!
Illustrator is also used to create free illustrations. The program after all is not called Illustrator for nothing. With Illustrator, you create special illustrations and designs you can use in images and of course in InDesign: in InDesign, you add them to the design of books and magazines.
Adobe Illustrator is used to create digital artwork. You can for instance use it to create business cards and posters. Even smaller brochures can be created in Illustrator. Illustrator is also used to design websites, logos and technical drawings.
In Illustrator you can combine illustrations (based on vectors) with text and digital images (based on pixels). Think of a big poster with huge text and self-made illustrations with a big image in it. Illustrator is at the heart of everything you need to create free and fabulous designs and is the program of choice of every creative.
In Illustrator you can trace your sketches and patterns to create crisp vector artwork. This makes adjusting colours and using special fills a fun and exciting thing todo.
Designers in the world of fashion and styling love Illustrator and it helps them saving a lot of time. More and more fashion designers are switching to Illustrator and make the move from Canvas to the world of Illustrator.
Looking for a job in this industry you can hardly miss any Illustrator skills: LearningTrain has by now trained students from many fashion companies. Think of Tommy Hillfiger, McGregor and Levi's for instance, or Mexx, America Today, CoolCat, Sissiyboy and Hunkemolller.
Creating graphs in Illustator is very simple and you can learn different ways to create and edit them. You can change the colours on the fly and you will learn what to pay attention to when you are creating them, such as the right colours for the colour blind.
The fashion industry is an important user: it is easy to design and present models in Illustrator and the drawings are crisp and perfect. Adding stitches, patterns, creating technical drawings: everything can be done in Illustrator.
As an illustrator you will probably love Illustrator. You can be asked to produce digital material and want to trace your own scans and drawings. This can all be done in Illustrator, then allowing you to change colours, create colour schemes and much, much more.
Pattern designers love Illustrator. It is often used to trace patterns and to create perfectly repeating patterns. Playing with colour and using seasonal colour schemes and Pantone, for instance, can all be done in Illustrator.
Another big user group is formed by architects, city planners and garden designers, for instance. They often use CAD and frankly, what comes out of CAD needs some revamping if it has to be presented to clients. With some Illustrator extras the design is made much more attractive for your clients which will make it much easier to sell.
Many different types of students have so far attended the Illustrator courses. They all put Illustrator to good use. They create models, for instance, for the shoes industry. Others create medical illustrations. Some students create infographics for use in company flow charts, others design interfaces for apps and websites. They design flyers and designs that can be used in InDesign and Photoshop. Illustrator will surprise you with its flexibility and versatility. .
You will most often enjoy starting at the beginning, even if you have been using Illustrator for a while you will learn lots of handy tricks and things that save you a lot of time.
You will learn how to use lots of tools and functions and you will use, among other things, pencil and brush, masking techniques and special transformation functions. You will use type in many different ways to help you create layouts for business cards for instance, and for posters and flyers. You can do a lot with text in Illustrator, it is fantastic to discover this.
At the end of the course you can work independently.
Alternatively, you can start with the Illustrator Course Fashion & Styling if you work in fashion but this course is less extensive. If you need to attend the Illustrator Advanced Course later, you are much better off if you start with the regular Illustrator Course.
You can also start with the Illustrator Course For Architects. The basis is the same for all Illustrator courses since tools need to be addressed but the Architect course does not contain the extensive typography class that is included in the regular Illustrator course.
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Learn it all during an Illustrator Education. We have two! You learn everything from the individual Illustrator courses. And of course, since it's an education, you learn lots of great combinations.
You will learn how to draw, how to use colours professionally and how to use Pantone for example. You use combined and split paths, different drawing techniques and pathfinder functions. You will prepare artwork for both print and digital media and how to use different profiles for different jobs. All is addressed during this solid education, you will have very few questions left.
These educations contain 3 or 4 modules and take 21 or 28 lessons to complete.
The modules can be attended in a row but it is usually very much appreciated to schedule a break in between some modules..
The most popular schedule is the one that contains a longer break between the second and remaining modules: this is also what the educations are based on. You start in september and practise during the end of year break, then continue in January.
After practising enough you can book the tests for the different modules.
The exam is done after that, you can do this within 2 months after your last lesson.
Fashion and styling form an important Illustrator user group. Many stylists use Illustrator. But since fashion is such a wide playing field in which many different tasks should be performed it can be a search to find out what's best for your situation. Stylists can be divided in two big groups.
* Since stylists are required to do more and more this specific course will soon be merged with the regular Illustrator Course. All topics from Fashion & Styling will be integrated: the course is very complete.
These stylists create impressions for moods, moodboars and free illustrations. They sometimes have to create small designs for cards, posters and flyers and work intuitively and freehand for lively designs.
These stylists are more technical: they need to work very precisely and create designs for production plants in, for instance, China, Turkey and other countries. They need to work proportionally correct and specify where cuts and stitches should be applied so the garments can be properly produced.
Since styists are required to do more and more the Illustrator Course is the best choice. It also contains an extensive typography clas and one for handy transformations that will be very handy for moodboards.
You're best off starting with the Illustrator Course. Then proceed with the Illustrator Advanced Course. This will teach you how to trace technical designs and will prep you to create technical drawings and very precise designs. You will know everything about colour to allow for super fast variations.
During this Illustator course you build on your existing skills. So by now you know all about colour, transformation and paths. During this course you learn how to trace using the 'Pen' tool and you create professional paths.
You get to know the active functions in Illustrator and use special effects to add lots of extras to your designs. The emphasis is on creating professional and technically correct artwork but of course, this course is also very creative.
If you want to use Illustrator professionally you can't afford to miss this course. You will learn all there is to know about special functions to create artwork that is perfect for print, too: you learn all about prepress and preparing work for print, too, and all about Pantone and how to use this correctly.
More transformation is included, as well as exciting new techniques to create 'motion' and 'movement' in your designs.
This course is really the cherry on the cake. You will learn how to transform dynamically, use colours professionally and you will create complex layouts for different media. You will learn how to create repeating patterns you can use in fashion, wallpaper and packaging and backgrounds. You will even learn how to create professional brushes to make your designs stand out.
You will combine all techniques you learned during earlier courses. After this course Illustrator will have very few secrets left.
This Illustrator course is for architects, landscape and city planners and garden designers.
You learn Illustrator from scratch. The last lesson is on demand to adjust your CAD designs in Illustrator. CAD usually creates 'boring' artwork, Illustrator helps you sell a good looking design.
During this course you wll learn how to use the most daunting tool: the 'Pen' tool. This is the most powerful tool and it's the most difficult tool to master. In two days though, you will learn how to create vector paths from scratch and how to trace designs. With the Pen.
Tracing is important for different reasons. If you work in fashion it is a great tool to create sharp designs and to present them.
But it is an absolutely essential tool to create logos since you will often have to trace your sketches or sharpen paths.
Tracing is also done to work from photo.
You can attend this course to learn how to design patterns. Patterns are used as special fills in different objects but the technique is incredibly useful if you want to learn how to design patterns for fashion for instance, or for wall papers and wrapping papers. Eijffinger, one of the renowned wall paper and interior design companies in the Netherlands, attended an Illustrator course here: they create patterns with, among other software, Illustrator.
Patterns, sometimes referred to as 'artworks' which is not a professional name, can be used to print silk, cotton and artificial fibers. Each fabric is different and will react according to their nature. During your course you will learn tips and tricks on inks and colours too.
You need prior knowledge to attend this Illustrator course.
Designing brushes is very useful to create artwork with special borders and edges but brushes are also used to create special decorative elements. They are used for special finishing, too.
Brushes are often at the heart of a design, they are not just a nice thing to use. Creating brushes requires an understanding of technique and clever tricks you can use while you design them. Because your artwork may need some better finishing, it's best to understand how to tweak your brush to get the most out of it.
Indirectly, he is connected to Illustrator.
Learn it all during the first Illustrator course, all will be revealed during the third lesson.
Resolution independent artwork is artwork that can be scaled (resized) without quality loss. In Illustrator you use vectors to draw and create artwork. Vectors are at the heart of resolution independent designs: you can upscale and they will not get blurry, in contrast to what happens when you scale something in Photoshop. This is, of course, a terrific quality.
There are of course lots of things to be aware of if you want to create truly resolution independent artwork.
Learn all about that during the advanced courses. This will help you creating files that are perfect for print and different media.
If you create designs that contain many pages as is the case when you design magazines, brochures and books for instance, you're better off with InDesign. In InDesign you can design books, too. If you need to combine lots of images with text, including headers, footers and pagination, you really will need InDesign. InDesign will give you all the options for typography and to combine images with text and decorative elements.
Illustrator is much handier if you want to design small folders, business cards, stationery and much more. Illustrator is so easy when you need to move objects around and recolour them. You can combine your art with images, photos, and you can use lots of typographic solutions. Illustrator has even a few more options for text. But it's less handy if you need to create designs that consist of many different pages.
InDesign is used to combine photos, images, with illustrations and text. You place all the images in the perfect location and add text, using InDesign's typographic wonderfulness to create perfect layouts for books, magazines and much much more.
Illustrator is used to create graphics, illustrations and logo's. It is also used to create designs for folders, flyers and more.
You can not edit the images and Illustrations in InDesign. You need Photoshop to edit the photos you place in InDesign.
And you need Illustrator to edit (and of course create) the illustrations and decorative elements.
The biggest difference is that Photoshop uses raster-based files containing pixels and Illustrator uses vectors. Vectors are used to create artwork that can be blown up without losing quality whatsoever. If you make something bigger in Photoshop the result will be very poor and can even become smudgy.
This means that you can design something small in Illustrator but still print it in a very big size.
Another difference is that you can combine vectors, rasters and text to create beautiful and powerful designs. Think about posters with a huge image, combined with text and decorative elements. You can do such things in Photoshop but it's usually much, much better to do this in Illustrator.
Photoshop is used to edit images, photos. You can not do this in Illustrator. If you want to edit photos you will have to learn how to use Photoshop, too.
You will most often use Photoshop to make your Illustrator artwork (your designs) 'softer', to use Photoshop patterns in Illustrator (or the other way round) or to combine illustrations and infographics with photographic material.
You can't edit photos in Illustrator, you can only do this in Photoshop. If you want to remove a pimple or background from an image you will really need Photoshop.
Create beautiful backgrounds in Photoshop and use them in Illustrator. For instance, isolate a few elements (aka remove their backgrounds) and use them in Illustrator to create smashing moodboads and other presentation files or promotional materials that require photos.
Illustrator and Photoshop really most often go hand in hand. As a designer Illustrator and Photoshop will often be running at the same time to allow you to exchange elements.
TIP it is advisable to know how to use both Illustrator and Photoshop, have a look on the Photoshop course page.
InDesign is the application of choice to design books, brochures and magazines: graphic design is done in InDesign. In InDesign, you combine images, illustrations and text in a very professional way.
InDesign is often promoted as a creative application. And although you of course can do creative graphic design, you can not use it to create illustrations. You create illustrations in Illustrator. And then, you add these illustrations to your InDesign designs. Use Illustrator to create text dividers, logo's and text balloons for example. The combination of Illustrator and InDesign skills is a highly recommended on in the world of graphic design.
You will enjoy your Illustrator skills a lot using InDesign. It goes both ways: your InDesign skills are terribly useful when you use Illustrator. You usually need both.
TIP InDesign and Illustrator are a very strong combo: you can adjust and create anything and create exactly what you need.
Apps & interfaces design is ideally done in Illustrator. App updates for iPad for instance can require a higher resolution for apps. Not a problem in Illustrator: simply save your designs bigger without losing quality.
TIPIllustrator by default contains standard elements to get started. But the most professional choice is of course to make them yourself. Learn this here!
Websites are often designed in Illustrator. Buttons, elemtents and core content is often created in Illustrator. And although Photoshop is also often used for this this is mostly due to the fact many designers don't know how to use Illustrator yet.