Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: December 16, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412972048 | Print ISBN: 9780761929574 | Online ISBN: 9781412972048| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Desktop publishing (DTP) is the process of using computer hardware and software productivity tools to create high-quality, printed documents. Innovations and price reductions in computer hardware and software have dramatically influenced the communication environment, affecting every aspect of the production processes in the newspaper, magazine, advertising, and public relations businesses. A desktop publishing system includes a computer, layout software, and a printer, but can also be supplemented by scanners, digital cameras, and image and graphic creation software. Documents are created digitally on a computer and either printed on a home computer or saved to a file that can be printed and duplicated at a professional print shop. The widespread availability of desktop publishing tools has greatly increased the ability to develop and publish professional-looking brochures, advertisements, newsletters, and even books. Additionally, desktop publishing systems can create signage, package designs, promotional items, newspapers and magazines, and other printed materials. Companies that ...