: basic graphic design program suggestions


mcoltezo
Jun 11th, 2017, 10:10 AM
I want to create flyers, business cards, etc. I've used PowerPoint with a bit of success but it's acting funny today when I try to crop an image and ultimately it doesn't produce the best quality.

Lately I have been using Canva but it's got odd things about it and a biggie is that you can't fully justify text.

I don't know what to use. Is Pages a way to go? I've seen some reference to it being used for these kinds of creations. I have Word but you can't move things around without them affecting other elements (thus using PPTX). Is Pages better? Other suggestions? Some sort of Microsoft Publisher equivalent out there?

Can you get InDesign without CC? I don't want to have to be online to use it.

thanks.

wonderings
Jun 12th, 2017, 11:14 AM
Unfortunately you cannot get anything from Adobe without a subscription (Indesign, Illustrator and Photoshop). If you are dealing with printers, please please please do not use any office products, they cause more headaches then they are worth. There are 2 apps from a company called Affinity that compete with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo. They are good products, not quiet up there with Adobe's yet, but they are new and working hard. You can definitely get proper print ready files with Adobe Designer.

https://affinity.serif.com/en-us/

mcoltezo
Jun 12th, 2017, 02:34 PM
Thanks Wonderings. I'll check it out.

wonderings
Jun 12th, 2017, 03:30 PM
If it is just for a single project, you could always download the Adobe CC demo, gives you full use for 30 days. There is a learning curve, especially with Indesign if you have never used it before.

mcoltezo
Jun 12th, 2017, 03:50 PM
I'd wondered about a demo of something but I'd like to see if I can find something I'll keep using. I was looking into an older version of inDesign (CS2) from sites like Techspot.com but I don't know if those are safe downloads and I'm suspecting not legit either. I was using a really old version of Photoshop for somethings and it was fine but stopped working when I moved to OS Lion. I miss it.

wonderings
Jun 12th, 2017, 04:55 PM
Definitely not legit if it does not come from Adobe or is not a sealed box, and even then, who knows if you can even run CS2 on any modern OS. If you can find a copy of Adobe CS6 that is a good one and you can buy outright, I believe Adobe still sells it but they make you jump through some hoops in order to buy it.

polywog
Jun 12th, 2017, 05:19 PM
I suggest giving inkscape a try: it's free.

https://inkscape.org/en/

ChilBear
Jun 12th, 2017, 06:44 PM
Free version of creative suite version 2 - way old but basic https://adobe-creative-suite-2-cs2.en.softonic.com/download

CubaMark
Jun 12th, 2017, 07:02 PM
I suggest giving inkscape a try: it's free.

https://inkscape.org/en/

Inkscape is great, for what it is - a vector graphics editor. But the OP is looking for something more of a DTP app, I believe.