Online Video Tutorials and Educational Sources
There are lots of advantages to learning desktop publishing online. For starters, you can work the lessons into your schedule instead of massaging your time around a set classroom time or location. If you want to take a course at midnight or get up a few hours early to learn a new program or software, you have the flexibility to do so. You have more options from which to choose when you opt for online education versus traditional classroom style instruction. The cost may be lower or even free (free is nice, right?).
For instance, you will be amazed at how many free tutorials on desktop publishing that you can find on YouTube. The one from the Corel PaintShop Pro's Channel is one of our favorites, and we recommend it for desktop publishers of any experience level:
If you are looking for a software specific free online course, the Goodwill Community Foundation International's GCFLearn Free.org may be a good source. They offer a complete suite of courses on Microsoft Office:
For a complete listing of their free courses, (over 700 are available at this time):
If you are looking for a cost-effective way to learn about a lot of different desktop publishing techniques and applications, we recommend Lynda.com for its Online Training Library®. For one low subscription price, you can learn as much (or as little) as you want to know about a wide variety of technology related subjects. For instance, there are currently almost 500 courses that deal specifically with Adobe. At the time of this writing, the single subscription membership was $25 per month.