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© Boardworks Ltd 2004 1 of 11 Desktop Publishing Software For more detailed instructions, see the Getting Started presentation. This icon indicates the slide contains activities created in Flash. These activities are not editable.
© Boardworks Ltd 2004 2 of 11 There are tools for inserting text, clip art, borders, pictures, word art and for drawing. Templates and wizards give you standard layouts which you can edit and change. What does the software do? Desktop publishing (DTP) programs are more flexible than word processing software when creating document layouts. The software uses frames. Every object on the page is contained within a frame. The frames can easily be moved and resized, which makes it easy to change the layout.
© Boardworks Ltd 2004 3 of 11 A DTP package can turn this: into this.
© Boardworks Ltd 2004 4 of 11 The templates are useful as they enable you to create standard documents very quickly. You do need to change the document after it has been created however, because they can end up looking the same as everyone else’s. What are its basic features? You can use a DTP package to create a house style – logo, fonts, images etc. – and use it to make a set of documents that look co- ordinated.
© Boardworks Ltd 2004 5 of 11 The documents you create using DTP are in standard sizes.
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© Boardworks Ltd 2004 7 of 11 Importing files Desktop publishing software is often used to assemble pages using files from other packages. It can import text files from word processors and graphics and photographs from graphics software. The software needs filters to translate the files so that the desktop publishing software can understand the content. If you import text using the wrong filter, it might look like this: This is especially important in publishing companies, who receive files created on different types of software.
© Boardworks Ltd 2004 8 of 11 What else can it do? DTP is all about layout and attention to detail.
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© Boardworks Ltd 2004 10 of 11 What would it be used for? Desktop publishing software is widely used by publishers to create books and magazines. It is also the standard software used for creating newspapers. Some businesses use the software to create their company stationery – letterheads, invoices, business cards etc. Another area that DTP is used is for creating CD labels and covers together with posters.
© Boardworks Ltd 2004 11 of 11 Summary Every object on the page is contained within a frame which can be moved and resized accordingly. DTP software is often used to create documents by inserting a number of objects from different files. DTP is useful for creating documents where layout is very important. Software features include kerning, creating transparent frames, layering and using templates and wizards. Most publishing houses use DTP software to create newspapers, books, and magazines.
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