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Chapter 20. Desktop Publishing > What Is Desktop Publishing?

What Is Desktop Publishing?

Desktop publishing allows you to create brochures, fliers, newsletters, advertisements, and manuals without having to visit a print shop. Many administrative assistants use desktop publishing software to create high quality publications that can be printed one at a time in the office or taken to a local print shop for mass duplication. Many desktop publishing programs have predefined templates that allow you to add your own text and graphics to quickly customize a publication. You can create your own letterhead, business cards, and business forms with the help of desktop publishing.

While it is similar to word processing in theory, desktop publishing focuses on the layout of text and graphics on a page. Some sophisticated word processing programs, such as Microsoft Word, can be used for desktop publishing. However, there are other more specialized tools available for creating graphics, adding special effects, and for layout of multi-page brochures in desktop publishing software.


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