What is a Desktop Publisher?
Desktop Publishing refers to a job which uses specialised graphic software on a computer to combine elements such as text, photographs, illustrations, charts etc into a pleasing and useful, graphic layout so it can eventually get printed.
Desktop Publishers design books, magazine layouts, brochures, annual reports etc.
What does a Desktop Publisher do?
- sources and collates correct material
- scans pages, illustrations etc where necessary
- works out page order
- liaises with clients with regard to their requirements
- designs layouts according to client’s brief
- draws and illustrates when required
- writes and edits text
- manipulates or enhances images (photos and drawings)
- presents work to clients
- makes sure all documents are ‘print-ready’
- oversees printing when necessary
Are you … ?
- extremely creative?
- interested in photography?
- computer literate?
- neat and accurate?
- good at communication – both written and spoken?
- methodical and logical?
- a person who can handle criticism?
- a person who keeps up to date with technology?
- able to concentrate for long periods?
- able to work under pressure?
How do I become a Desktop Publisher?
A university degree is not required for a career in desktop publishing, however, most successful DTP operators have a background and/or studies in either desktop publishing or graphic design. (See Graphic Designer on Career Planet’s website for more details).
Here are a few institutions that offer DTP courses:
- PRESTIGE ACADEMY: (Bellville)
Offers a 1 year NQF 5 Certificate in Desktop Publishing and Computer Art
- CITI VARSITY: (Cape Town)
Is becoming a Desktop Publisher the right career choice for me?