Desktop Publishing

Desktop publishing (DTP) is a diverse field that ranges from professional graphic designers to SOHO business owners on a budget to scrapbooking enthusiasts and family projects. As you can imagine, desktop publishing software is just as diverse, from high-end Adobe products aimed at the experienced user and SOHO business market to the user-friendly Paint Shop Pro, to the ubiquitous Microsoft Publisher.The Desktop Publishing channel at Bright Hub is your window into this diverse world. A one-stop shop for finding DTP software reviews, information on the do’s and don’ts of page layout, fonts and typography, and a much needed resource for those SOHO business owners that are going it alone, trying to create professional products amid myriad budget and time constraints.Michele McDonough, an experienced editor and technology writer, is the Managing Editor and navigator of this channel. For those new to desktop publishing, you’ll learn what’s truth (you really don’t need to double space after a period) and what’s fact (you really do need to limit the number of fonts you use in one print piece). You’ll learn how to dazzle prospective clients, family and friends with your designs and create professional looking business cards, pamphlets, brochures, invitations and more.
The experienced user will find handy reference guides, buying guides and reviews of the latest software programs. You can also join a welcoming community of desktop publishing enthusiasts where you can ask questions, give advice, commiserate on production projects gone awry and celebrate successes. Comment on articles or send suggestions for topics you would like to see us cover. We look forward to sharing this channel with you!

Finding Great Serif Fonts for All Occasions

Do you know the difference between a serif font and a non-serif font? When you see little hooks on the bottoms and tops of letters, it’s a serif font. Times New Roman is probably the best known example. Learn where to find more fonts than you could ever imagine; each one here downloads for free!

A Guide to Careers in Desktop Publishing

Can you still make a career in desktop publishing? Maybe not if you expect to churn out the letterhead, logos, and the traditional four-color, glossy-paged brochures that used to be the meat and potatoes of the local printing shop. But as some doors close in this field, other doors are opening.

Quiz on Famous Graphic Designers and Their Work

Whether you are a graphic design student looking for a fun way to brush-up on well known designers, you have always wondered who came up with some of your favorite logos, or you simply want to test your knowledge about design history, this quiz is sure to entertain and inform you.

Avoiding Common Color Mistakes by Learning From Examples

If you’re a new designer, there’s a chance that you might find color a little intimidating to use at first. Don’t worry, though – check out this article for ten of the most common mistakes when it comes to design projects and learn how to avoid them. You’ll be designing like a pro in no time.

So You Want to Publish an e-Book? Take Our e-Publish Quiz

If having a book you’ve written being published is a cherished dream, then there’s good news — it’s never been easier to make your dream a reality! It’s not as difficult as people would have you think, but you do need some knowledge behind you. Are you ready for our e-publishing quiz?

Designing Print Ads From Start to Finish

If you’re looking for a great way to promote local products or services, why not try running print ads in local newspapers, newsletters, and phone books? This guide helps you from start to finish, teaching you about the parts of an ad to the proper way to lay them out, and even offers up templates!

Fun Publishing Quiz on the History of the Printed Word

Before the days of eBooks, desktops and inkjets, printers manually placed words, one letter at a time, onto huge machinery to create publications. Take this interesting quiz and discover what you know –and don’t– about how modern publishing came to be.

Hidden Messages in Designs: An Idea Set to Continue?

Whether you’ve noticed them or not, hidden elements in designs are all around us. The world of logos especially is set to incorporate ever more original ideas to push company images to the fore. Is this an idea that is set to grow? Should you jump on the bandwagon? Of course — it’s going to be big!

Think You Know All About Logos? Take Our Quiz and Find Out!

Everyone knows more about logos than they think they do — even kids can recognize the McDonald’s golden arches from a very young age. But how well do you really know your logos? Take our quiz on famous logos, logos in the news and even logos in film. We might test your design knowledge, too!