Desk Top Publishing. Mr David Royall. What is DTP. DTP stands for Desktop Publishing. You use DTP software to produce professional-looking documents such as reports, books, posters or leaflets.
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Desk Top Publishing Mr David Royall
What is DTP • DTP stands for Desktop Publishing. • You use DTP software to produce professional-looking documents such as reports, books, posters or leaflets. • DTP software gives you more control over the layout of a page than a word processor and lets you easily integrate graphics into your publications.
Hardware Equipment Needed Here is the basic equipment you need for a complete DTP system
The Software Needed As with any application SOFTWARE is needed. Here is a list of the popular ones available: Adobe Adobe PageMaker Corel Corel Ventura Microsoft Microsoft Office Publisher Quark QuarkXPress Serif Serif PagePlus
Features of DTP • Page Layout : The ability to define the layout of a page using frames to place text and pictures in. • Fonts and Styles : All the normal Windows fonts and styles. • Drawing Facilities : Some drawing facilities, although these may be limited – best to IMPORT them • Importing Pictures and Text : The ability to incorporate pictures and text from other packages into a document. • Clipart : A library of pictures for you to include in your documents. • Accurate Positioning : The ability to position objects extremely accurately on the page using guidelines or a grid.
Features – Page Layout The main feature of DTP is the way the Page is set out. Typically, the page is arranged into FRAMES. A frame can usually contain either text or a picture (but not both). A frame can be positioned and resized independently of all of the other frames. DTP can be regarded as a method of laying out various objects, best created in other application packages.
What you get with DTP software You will receive all or more than the following: • A Collection of Templates – DTP files that have layouts prepared for you. They normally come with styles ready to use • Style Sheets – these will help make the main text, headings and sub-headings consistent. When you have created such a text box, you can save the style you have used as a style sheet which can used over again • Scalable Fonts – These fonts give you a range of styles and sizes. Each font size is 1/72 of an inch. So font size 36 is 36/72 inch.
Advantages of DTP • You will have much better control on how the layout of text and pictures are arranged compared with a word processor. • DTP has a great ability to bring together work created in other packages such as word processors and graphics packages • It can allow a very professional and eye catching way of producing material, whether a written publication or even a web site
When do we use DTP You can typically use DTP for the following types of publications: Posters Greeting Cards Magazines Invitations Web Sites Labels Newsletters Postcards Business Cards Brochures Forms Fliers
Techniques used in DTP Your IGCSE will require that you are able to create basic DTP publications. Here are the basic skills you must acquire: • Set up a Page • Type in Text to a Text Box/Frame • Place Text from a Word Processor • Place Graphics • Size and Crop Graphics • Draw Lines and Boxes • Create Multiple Pages • Save your work as a web page
Summary DTP allows you to produce interesting and eye-catching documents and display material. Work on the Exercises and Questions set out in this part of the course. Enjoy……….