That doesn't mean you can't start a business unless you already have a design degree or years of experience in the field. Like almost anything else, desktop publishing can be learned. A natural talent or eye for design would be helpful as well, although some design skills can be learned well enough to make a go of a freelance design business.
Owning and even being able to use desktop publishing software is not enough to start a business. Being proficient with your software is a necessity; but, beyond the software, there are certain skills and knowledge that a designer needs.
The following quizzes will help you determine if your current knowledge is enough, identify weak areas, and help you see what you need to work on while pursuing a freelance career.
Do each of these three quizzes, taking note of the questions that trip you up as well as your overall score.
- Do you know the basics?
- How well do you know your desktop publishing terms?
- Who wants to be a desktop publisher?
Based on how you do on the quizzes as well as your own related design experience and how well you believe you know your software, write up an honest assessment of your current desktop publishing skills and knowledge. Identify your areas of weakness as well as your strengths. Create a plan of action as to how you can improve on those areas that need it: taking software or design classes locally; enrolling in online software or design courses; doing self-study through books, videos, online tutorials; and any other learning avenues available to you.
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|Doing Desktop Publishing & Graphic Design|
|Training, Education, Jobs:||Careers in Desktop Publishing|
|In the Classroom:||Back to School With Desktop Publishing|
|Jobs:||How to Find an Entry-Level Design Job or Internship|
|Business:||How to Start a Freelance Desktop Publishing or Graphic Design Business|
|Pick Your Path to Desktop Publishing|
|Get Started:||Basic Guidelines and Requirements for Desktop Publishing|
|Choose Software:||Desktop Publishing and Design Software|
|Tips & Tutorials:||How to Do Desktop Publishing|
|Make Something:||Things to Make Using Desktop Publishing|
|Use Templates:||Templates for Print and Web Publishing|