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Encyclopedia of Desktop Publishing and Dictionary of Terms

Explore definitions, illustrations, and overviews of a variety of graphic design, typography, prepress, and printing terms and techniques. Each entry has a brief definition plus one or more links to an expanded and cross-linked dictionary or encyclopedia entry, with tutorials and tips.
  1. Graphics Dictionary (58)
  2. Page Layout and Design Dictionary (116)
  3. Prepress Dictionary (30)
  4. Printing and Finishing Dictionary (130)
  5. Software Dictionary (105)
  6. Typography Dictionary (161)
  7. Business Dictionary (36)
  8. Paper Dictionary (115)
  9. # Numbers & Symbols (21)
  10. A (45)
  11. B (60)
  12. C (83)
  13. D (45)
  14. E (27)
  15. F (27)
  16. G (27)
  17. H (19)
  18. I (22)
  19. J (8)
  20. K (8)
  21. L (33)
  22. M (24)
  23. N (11)
  24. O (22)
  25. P (52)
  26. Q + X Y Z (19)
  27. R (28)
  28. S (48)
  29. T (51)
  30. U (8)
  31. V (14)
  32. W (19)

Acronyms and Abbreviations

There are a lot of terms important to desktop publishing. Some of them aren't actual words but rather letters, abbreviations. Some are need to know. Some are nice to know. How many do you know?

Keyboard Symbols
Explore the styles and usage for common keyboard symbols such as the at sign, asterisk, backslash, and hyphen.

Test Your Desktop Publishing Word Power
Test your knowledge of Desktop Publishing terminology by solving this simple 13 word criss-cross puzzle. All the words and acronyms have some connection to desktop publishing (although not exclusively DTP terms).

Design a Pangram With a Desktop Publishing or Graphic Design Theme
Can you craft a clever pangram with a graphic design or desktop publishing twist?

How Well Do You Know Your DTP Terms?
This graded quiz tests your knowledge of common and not-so-common terminology that you may encounter in desktop publishing. There are 10 questions covering several different aspects of DTP including prepress, paper, printing, and typography.

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.

Discover not only how to create a duotone image but why you might want to use them in page layout.

What's behind a design...

As used in design, a pattern is an arrangement of lines, shapes, or objects used as a fill, a backdrop, or in other ways as part of an overall layout.

Emphasis is about creating a focal point...

Photo Credit Line

Condensed Fonts
Fonts in a type family that are narrower than the standard version of a typeface.

In graphic design, cognition involves creating page layouts that meet the expectations of our audience. Our design choices can create designs that resonate with viewers or create conflict.

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