Desktop publishing (abbreviated DTP) is the creation of documents using page layout skills on a personal computer. This technology allows to publish a wide range of printed matter. When used skillfully, desktop publishing allows to produce a wide variety of materials, from user manuals, menus, magazines and books, without the expense of commercial printing.
Desktop publishing combines a personal computer and WYSIWYG page layout software to create publication documents on a computer for either large scale publishing or small scale local multifunction peripheral output and distribution. Desktop publishing methods provide more control over design, layout, and typography than word processing.
The same DTP skills and software used for common paper and book publishing are sometimes used to create graphics for point of sale displays, promotional items, trade show exhibits, retail package designs and outdoor signs. Although what is classified as “DTP software” is usually limited to print and PDF publications, DTP skills aren’t limited to print. The content produced by desktop publishers may also be exported and used for electronic media. The job descriptions that include “DTP”, such as DTP artist, often require skills using software for producing e-books, web content, and web pages, which may involve web design or user interface design for any graphical user interface.
Creation of user manuals
Creation of user manuals, catalogues, brochures, leaflets and so on based on the documentation provided by the customer.
Wide range of formats
Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe FrameMaker, CorelDRAW, QuarkXPress, Pages, iBooks Author…
Design, creation and printing of advertising materials.