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Desktop Publishing

Desktop Publishing

The Desktop publishing is the process of using the computer and specific types of software such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign or other to combine text and artwork to produce documents properly formatted for print, Web, or mobile devices such as newsletters, brochures, books, business cards, Web pages, greeting cards, letterhead, packaging, signage, etc.

The desktop publishing process is employed by both graphic designers and non-designers to create visual communications for commercial digital printing. Although desktop publishing can encompass everything from the initial design to printing and delivery of the finished product, the core parts of desktop publishing are the page layout and text composition and the prepress or digital file preparation tasks.

Before the invention of desktop publishing software the tasks involved in desktop publishing were done manually, by a variety of people and involved graphic design, typesetting, and prepress tasks which sometimes leads to confusion about what desktop publishing is and how it is done.

When desktop publishing software first debuted, desktop publishing was almost the exclusive realm of graphic designers. However, with the advent of more desktop publishing software and easier-to-use, consumer-oriented software desktop publishing became accessible to a wider range of people, including non-designers and others without graphic design experience.

Desktop publishing can be done on either a PC or MAC and MAC is usually the preffered computer to use since most of the publishing requires computers with allot of processing power.