Desktop publishing programs provide the microcomputer user with capabilities formerly available only to a professional typesetter. With programs such as PageMaker and Ventura, the user can design the layout of his own publications, manipulate the text and graphics on the computer screen, and print out a finished camera-ready product on his own printer.
Advantages of using desktop publishing programs over sending the project out to a professional typesetter include:
Greater control over the finished product - the ability to experiment with varying text appearances (fonts, leading, kerning, etc.) on the computer screen before printing it out WYSIWYG ("What you see is what you get");
Faster turn-around time for the skilled user, especially for minor changes;
Cost savings - the cost of the desktop publishing software package may soon pay for itself over the cost of a typesetter.
This course provides the user with the basic skills necessary to:
Access and customize the desktop publishing software;
Design the layout for a publication, incorporating various character sizes, fonts, and other text attributes;
Insert and delete text directly using the text-editing capabilities, or import text from a variety of popular word processing packages;
Reformat the text - adjusting margins, tabs, page lengths, page endings, and page numbering;
Incorporate graphics into the document - lines, boxes and circles to enclose specific text within the document;
Import scanned-image photographs or graphic artistry from other software packages into the document.
This one-day desktop publishing course provides the user a foundation for desk-top publishing and requires no previous knowledge of computer operations aside from basic typing skills.