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Desktop publishing is important as a tool that enhances communication by making it possible to efficiently produce printed and electronic—online or onscreen—documents, without the expertise and expensive equipment that was once required.
Although skilled graphic designers use desktop publishing, so do small business owners, freelancers, website owners and club presidents.
Employers are looking for employees with desktop publishing skills for many of their job openings. That means office managers, teachers, administrative assistants, real estate agents, restaurant managers, and just about any office or clerical job—and many that aren’t—require some level of desktop publishing skills. In the office environment, that may mean at a minimum familiarity with the Microsoft Office Suite or Publisher.
Students, individuals on a tight budget and job-seekers can all save money by learning basic desktop publishing skills to improve the look and clarity of their papers or resumes. Adding desktop publishing to your resume may give you that extra something many employers look for.
If you are considering graphic design and desktop publishing as a career, choose a design or journalism program with an emphasis in print or website design to learn the basics of design, which you can then apply to any software you encounter.
If you need a quick introduction to running a specific page layout program, go to the product manufacturer’s website and look for online self-paced classes, or ask if on-the-job training is available.
Although desktop publishing started life as a print field, the explosion of websites and digital life encompasses many of the same design concerns that graphic artists encounter in print.
Other non-print products that benefit from desktop publishing expertise are slideshows, email newsletters, ePub books and PDFs.
Syllabus: Duration: 90 days