Desktop Publishing

Desktop publishing combines the personal computer and graphic design software to create printed documents. This course will focus on using desktop publishing software to effectively communicate messages in printed form. The goal of this course is to use the combination of type, color, shapes, illustrations and images to produce professional printed materials. This course will teach a combination of graphic design skills and software skills. Each class will consist of two thirds lecture and one third hands-on work with the software. The software being taught is Adobe InDesign CS6, Adobe Illustrator CS6 and Adobe Photoshop CS6. Students will gain experience in preparing documents that are professional in form and content. Student will learn how to design and publish products such as newsletters, posters, logos, packaging, signs, books, flyers, magazines, annual reports, invitations and advertisements. Students will also learn the terminology, procedures and production requirement to effectively communicate with ad agencies, design firms and commercial printers.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the class you will be able to:

* Effectively communicate to your target audience using printed materials.
* Create professional printed material using a variety of Adobe software.
* Become familiar with graphic design principles.
* Become familiar with graphic design/desktop publishing terminology.
* Effectively communicate with ad agencies, design firms and commercial printers.



Here are a few qualities that successful desktop publishers and designers have in common:

* Creative: When it comes to design, you often have to think outside of the box.
* Flexible: Projects may require compromise and different approaches for different clients.
* Innovative: Design issues will require creativity and unique problem solving.
* Dependable: Clients and employers rely on you to get the job done.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Desktop Publishers, on the Internet HERE. Statistics found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are based on national data, so job growth in your area may be different.