Encyclopedia of Desktop Publishing and Dictionary of Terms
- Graphics Dictionary (57)
- Page Layout and Design Dictionary (116)
- Prepress Dictionary (30)
- Printing and Finishing Dictionary (131)
- Software Dictionary (104)
- Typography Dictionary (161)
- Business Dictionary (36)
- Paper Dictionary (115)
- # Numbers & Symbols (21)
- A (45)
- B (59)
- C (81)
- D (44)
- E (27)
- F (27)
- G (27)
- H (19)
- I (22)
- J (8)
- K (8)
- L (33)
- M (24)
- N (11)
- O (22)
- P (51)
- Q + X Y Z (19)
- R (28)
- S (48)
- T (51)
- U (8)
- V (14)
- W (19)
#10 is a type of commercial or business envelope.
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?
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).
The usual size of paper for letters and letterhead...
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.
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An optical illusion that makes letters appear to be more or less the same size when they aren't.
An element of design...
A short line with a length of em...
Emphasis is about creating a focal point...
Instead of a hyphen in some instances...
A feature of desktop publishing software.
Extra information about a file...
Contains text and graphics that appear on all pages of a document.
Not just for lawyers...
If you know your point size you know your em or em space
Personal printers generally used for low volume printing.
Rule of Thumb
Better than a guess...
Copy is words, text, content and it's also a duplicate.
Fancy or specialty fonts not usually suitable for normal body copy are known as decorative type.
Convert to Curves
Turning text into graphics...
An arrangement of text in side-by-side vertical frames is typically found in newspapers, newsletters, brochures, and some books...
Countdown the days, weeks, months, or years with a calendar.
Any type larger than body copy sizes...
A margin for items that don't bleed off the page...
The most relevant types of lightbox for designers are way to take pictures and a way to view pictures.
Not a nautical kitchen, this galley is one for cooking up type to be proofed.
A way of looking at many photographs without developing them individually - with digital photography image management software now replaces contact sheets and lightboxes.
Fonts in a type family that are narrower than the standard version of a typeface.
Forcing justification of all lines of text makes everything stretch to fit the margins.
Scanning printed color or grayscale images can create interference patterns known as moire.
An icon is a special picture.
# (number sign)
This pound sign has nothing to do with money...
Adjusting the spaces between characters and words...
In desktop publishing artwork is the pictures but sometimes it's the text too when we're talking about camera-ready artwork.
Where the sum of the whole is greater than the parts...
A picture of someone's head...
In design, value refers to the relative lightness or darkness of an object...
Printing on both sides of the paper...
Stair stepping can refer to images or layout...
A layout that is 'too much' can be too busy...
Sometimes gray is boring, such as when the page appears to be just a sea of lifeless gray text.
Small preview versions of images, sketches...
Thinking up ways to do things...