Desktop publishing uses computer applications, digital graphics, and multimedia formatting to create electronic documents and presentations. Desktop publishing can create digital pages that are meant to be viewed electronically, as well as virtual pages which are transferred to physically printed pages.
Desktop publishing is a relatively new advancement in media production which allows publishers to view and revise their products digitally before printing or finalizing them. Newspapers, magazines, newsletters, promotional pamphlets, flyers, and websites can all be created using desktop publishing techniques and software. Digital design and editing skills are crucial within this field, and so a strong familiarity with computers and creative software is indispensable.
This course introduces students to the concepts of desktop publishing using Microsoft Word, clip art, and PageMaker. Concepts covered include such topics as creating business cards, letterheads, flyers, brochures, newsletters, and booklets.
Corel Corporation developed and released a software program called CorelDRAW, a vector graphics editor. The software is a robust graphics suite, providing many features for users to edit graphics. These features include contrast adjustment, color balancing, adding special effects like borders to images, and it is capable of working with multiple layers and multiple pages.
An image editing software developed and manufactured by Adobe Systems Inc. Photoshop is considered one of the leaders in photo editing software. The software allows users to manipulate, crop, resize, and correct color on digital photos. The software is particularly popular amongst professional photographers and graphic designers.