Desktop Publishing Jobs

Desktop publishing jobs use computer software to format and combine text, numerical data, photographs, charts, and other visual graphic elements to produce publication-ready material. This material used by desktop publishers includes books, business cards, calendars, magazines, newsletters and newspapers, packaging, slides and tickets.

Those who want to work in desktop publishing jobs can take classes or complete certificate programs at vocational schools, universities and colleges or on the internet.  The average non degree certification training program takes approximately one year. One may choose to obtain an associate degree in applied science or a bachelor's degree in graphic arts, graphic communications or graphic design. Some desktop publishing jobs train on the job to develop the necessary skills.

Desktop publishing jobs involve good communication skills and basic computer skills. Desktop publishing jobs also need a strong work ethic and the ability to compute ratios to estimate job costs. One of the main attributes of desktop publishing jobs is the ability to pay attention to detail and work independently, good eyesight, including visual acuity, depth perception, field of view, colour vision and the ability to focus quickly and artistic ability. 

Duties of a Desktop Publisher

Desktop publishing jobs duties on a daily basis would involve writing & editing text, creating graphics to accompany text, converting photographs and drawings into digital images and being able to manipulate these images. Desktop publishers would also design page layouts and create proposals. Desktop publishing jobs develop presentations and advertising campaigns, typeset and do colour separation and translate electronic information onto film or other traditional forms.

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