DTP Tips & Tools

  • Test Your Knowledge of Publishing History

    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...
    By Tricia Goss November 12, 2011 

  • Will Xara Graphic Designer Help You Create Beautiful Designs?

    When you're creating desktop publishing projects - whether you're doing it for fun or for a professional project, it's important to find a program that is easy to use and turns out beautiful results. Will Xara Graphic Designer meet your needs?...
    By Ronda Bowen October 31, 2011 

  • 10 Ways to Make Your Business Brochure Look More Professional

    If you're looking for brochure inspiration, you've come to the right place. Here you'll find a ton of tips on everything from the merits of bold accent colors to the faults of cluttered and slapdash layouts, and they're all paired with...
    By Amber Neely October 27, 2011 

  • A Quiz on Using Color in DTP Designs

    So you experience color every time you open you eyes, but do you really make the most of it when designing your publications? Take this quiz on using color in DTP designs and find out.
    By S. R. Obbayi October 18, 2011 

  • How Well Do You Know Your DTP Special Characters?

    Special characters like the em dash or the ellipsis are the hallmark of a professional designer. Whether you're just doing desktop publishing for the fun of it or whether you'd like to make it your trade, test your knowledge of these critical...
    By Amy Carson October 18, 2011 

  • Become a Vector Virtuoso with Adobe Illustrator Tips and Tricks

    While it promises to deliver fantastic results in the hands of a seasoned expert, Adobe Illustrator remains to be one of the more difficult design software to work with. No need to worry though, as this guide is filled with tips, tricks, and tutorials...
    By Amber Neely October 12, 2011 

  • Ready, Set, Scrap! Digital Scrapbooking Tutorials and Resources

    Whether you're a novice or a professional scrapbooker, we've got a ton of fantastic resources for you. Here you'll find basic tips to help you design the best layouts possible, professional quality premade layouts, as well as tons of elements...
    By Amber Neely October 10, 2011 

  • Take Your Newsletter From Awful to Awesome With These Design Tips

    Desktop publishing need not be an overwhelming task, as long as some basic concepts are followed. Once you learn the basics, you'll be creating newsletters and other publications like a pro! Use these simple design tips to create a professional...
    By Donna Cosmato October 1, 2011 

  • A DTP Guide to Page Layout

    What part of desktop publishing do you not understand? No, this isn't rhetorical sarcasm. It's a real question. If you happen to be a little rusty on your business DTP skills. . .well, you're in luck. Dust off the keyboard, oil those brain...
    By Matthew Craig September 29, 2011 

  • Vector Graphics Guide for Beginning Designers

    Ever find the alphabet soup of file formats confusing? Which are vector? Which are raster? And when should each be used? This beginner's guide to vector graphics is a comprehensive resource where you'll find solid facts and helpful...
    By Gwen Hagaman September 22, 2011 
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