Desktop Publishing Classes

Desktop publishing is a much in demand ability that is used by anyone doing it themselves, or for large corporations who are constantly in need of documents and marketing material. Publishing from the desktop involves anything done on a computer that prepares a document from start to finish.

The document could be printed on paper, or put online and circulated as an eDocument. Desktop publishing can be a department in a corporation or a business in itself.

A desktop publisher uses desktop publishing software that can be used to produce many kinds of documents. Both the layout of the words and any graphic design or photo manipulation are all done by the software, although different software may be used. These projects could include:

  • Brochures
  • Business cards
  • Advertisements
  • Calendars
  • Newsletters
  • Magazines
  • Ebooks
  • Book
  • Web pages
  • And so much more.

Many desktop publishing courses are available to help you learn various aspects of desktop publishing. Courses can be taken based on particular software – depending on which one you or your company is going to use. Although there are others, popular software for desktop publishing includes:

  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Photoshop
  • InDesign
  • QuarkXPress
  • And Microsoft Publisher.

Certificate courses can be found at many career training schools which will give you an edge over those that do not have it.

With a certificate, your employer will soon recognize your advanced knowledge of the software and possibly your graphic design abilities if you also develop a quality portfolio to go along with it.

Oftentimes, desktop publishing tutorials and lighter courses for these software programs are free and can easily be found online. The publishing company of the software itself will often offer free courses. An example of this is the Microsoft desktop publishing courses that you can find online. Since Microsoft software is so commonly used in the business world, taking time to take these courses will be well worth the effort – if there is a use for them in your career field (or future career field).

The abundance of career training schools and other companies offering quality programs means that you can get started right away and push yourself into an advancement or expansion of your abilities.

The one step you want to take, though, to ensure you stay ahead as a desktop publisher is to learn the new software as it becomes available, and be sure to know what software your company will use next.

With the right desktop publishing software, and completing the right courses, you could easily go into business for yourself or with a friend as a desktop publisher. This is especially true if you have access to quality graphic designers – or if you can do it yourself. By taking a few quality courses online, you could get the expertise needed for this in demand career.

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