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Expanded Language of Desktop Publishing

Communicating With Rich Media

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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, Flash, or other programming. However, it is still useful for the traditional print designer to learn the language of each form of communication.

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Desktop Publishing
These mini-lessons in desktop publishing aren't just about print design. Explore definitions, illustrations, and overviews of a variety of page layout & design, typography, prepress & printing, and software terms and techniques.

Animation

Animation
Animation
Animation means more than Flash. Discover the differences in 2D and 3D animation, the parts of an animation, and how terms from print such as balance, frame, and separation have different meanings in the field of traditional and computer animation.

Graphics

Graphics
Graphics
While print designers work with graphics, if you're expanding into other forms including Web design and animation you may need to know even more graphics terms than before.

Also see: More Graphics Terms

Presentation Software

Presentation Software
Presentation Software
Presentations can be everything from simple manual or automatic slide shows to fully interactive presentations. The language of presentation software draws from graphics, animation, video, and the Web.

Video

Video
Video
From 3GP to WMV, learn the file formats, techniques, and other words associated with desktop video, cameras, and video production.

Web Browsers

Web Browser
Web Browser
The content you create for the Web is generally accessed vis Web browsers such as Internet Explorer or FireFox.

Web Design

Web Design
Web Design
Both print and Web have some common terms such as sans serif, tracking, brightness, and hue but there is much more beyond type and color terms. And here's even more to explore about learning Web Design.
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