Desktop Publishing Tutorials
At its most basic level, desktop publishing is taking some text and some images and mixing them together on a page then publishing that page in the form of or as part of a flier, brochure, newsletter, greeting card, annual report, business card, Web page, or other common (and uncommon) desktop publishing projects.
In practice, there is much more to learn in order to do desktop publishing. Explore the categories and pages listed below to find tutorials on all aspects of page layout and using desktop publishing software.
- Page Layout Techniques (29)
- Desktop Publishing Q&A (23)
- Professional DTP
- Free Online Courses (69)
- Educational Resources
- Writing & Editing
Why Everyone Needs to Know Desktop Publishing
You don't have to do desktop publishing professionally to benefit greatly from knowing how. Make more money and save money by learning at least the basics of desktop publishing.
What is Ransom Note Desktop Publishing?
Think of letters cut out of magazines in the stereotypical ransom note fashion and that's a clue to how ransom note desktop publishing looks -- erratic, haphazard.
Do It Right...
Follow These Rules
Not hard and fast rules, these guidelines, best practices, and tried and true methods of arranging a page and doing desktop publishing will result in attractive pages that effectively communicate the intended message.
Parts of a Document
The parts of almost any kind of a document can be broken down into five main sections: Artwork, Titles, Body, Navigation, and Credits. Not every document will contain all these parts or may contain only some aspects of each.
Best Practices in Page Composition
A good composition is one that is not only pleasing to look at but also effectively conveys the message of the text and graphics to the intended audience.
Desktop Publishing Mini-Lessons and Samples
Graphics and other images related to random desktop publishing topics.
Expanded Language of Desktop Publishing
While desktop publishing traditionally meant print design, today it also embraces other forms of publishing including Web design, animation, video, audio, mobile delivery, and other rich media content.
Desktop publishing software is increasingly integrating rich media content tools, making it easier than ever to produce complex content for multiple uses without specialized knowledge of HTML, and related technical topics.
Simple Guidelines for Graphic Design, Desktop Publishing, and Word Processing
Dig into some easy to miss but good to know tips found buried in various articles on this site. Pulled into a central location and organized by general topic.
Pick Your Path to Learning About Desktop Publishing
The path to everything you need to know about desktop publishing. A topical index to this site.