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Most Common Uses of DTP Software

written by: Camesha White•edited by: Michele McDonough•updated: 8/9/2011

With so many taking advantage of desktop publishing, it difficult to put a finger on what desktop publishing is actually used for. There are many uses of desktop publishing software and this article explains these uses, and more importantly who employs them.

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    Over the years, desktop publishing has taken on many definitions, and many are unaware of its primary use. There is no definite answer and almost everyone can attest to using desktop publishing at some point in their lives. To help us better understand this term, here is a list of the top 5 uses of desktop publishing software.

    Graphic Design. This is the number one use for desktop publishing and can be held accountable for why the term has changed so much over the years. Professional graphic designers use DTP programs such as QuarkXPress, Adobe PageMaker, and Adobe Photoshop to create webpages, the front pages of newspapers, and a variety of other visual documentation. Thanks to DTP, graphic design has become more than just pencil and paper. The introduction of desktop publishing has taken graphic design to greater heights. Without desktop publishing, there is no graphic design, and vice versa.

    Career Assistance. Word processing also has also played its part in the DTP world. Microsoft Word and Open Office are used faithfully by numerous job seekers everyday as they work to put together the perfect resume, cover letter, or portfolio. Many create documents from scratch, while others take advantage of the oh-so-convenient templates.

    Education. In the education field, teachers and students use a variety of DTP programs to complete assignments and projects. Whether it’s an Intro to Desktop Publishing course and the program of choice is QuarkXPress, or a Technical Writing Course that takes an in-depth look at Microsoft Word, the use of DTP in educational institutions is very prevalent.

    Business. Today, desktop publishing is pretty much used to handle all of the “paperwork" of a business. Although it’s possible to run a business without the help of DTP, it isn’t the smartest business decision. From sole-proprietorships to Fortune 500 companies, DTP software is a lifesaver and money saver. Examples of DTP use in businesses are business cards, legal documentation, and advertising materials.

    Crafts and Personal Projects. Desktop publishing is the crafter’s dream come true. Across homes all over the world, parents are looking for easy, cheap, and fun crafts to create with their children, teachers need ideas for students, and the interior decorator could use an origami template. Those who use DTP software for personal use normally stay away from the more advanced DTP software and stick with the more user friendly programs. Examples of desktop publishing projects for personal use are greeting cards, postcards, and invitations.

    These five uses of desktop publishing software are only a few, and after taking advantage of desktop publishing, you’ll soon realize there are many other uses for DTP software that you didn’t realize before. Desktop publishing has proven beneficial to corporations, the work at home mom, and the starving artist. This list is by no means an accurate representation of all uses of desktop publishing. A field once occupied by graphic designers, desktop publishing has quickly become a part of everyone’s life.

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