Desk Top Publishing Programs
As DMs, we are primarily concerned with the creation of artwork, but we
are increasingly tasked with massive text and the preparation of it for
reproduction. The distinction between Lithographers Mates (LI), who
traditionally use desk top publishing programs, and DMs is less distinct.
Desk top publishing (DTP), often called electronic pre-press preparation, is
gaining popularity; become familiar with it.
Desk top publishing software programs electronically integrate text and
graphics into newsletters, advertisements, letterheads, reports, brochures,
catalogs, and books, such as this TRAMAN. These programs allow you to
see the page and alter it on screen before committing it to print. The range
of manipulation is extensive. So, too, are the plethora of programs offered
by manufacturers. Regardless of manufacturer and because there are so
many desk top publishing programs used in Navy Graphics shops, this
segment covers only those features common to a majority of programs.
Desk top publishing software features can be broken into three basic
categories. These categories composition, layout, and graphics
combine to make a comprehensive package for designing and publishing
COMPOSITION: Composition defines the sizes and styles of type, the
amount of space between horizontal letters and vertical lines, and the coding
of the text copy to meet standards. You can edit text directly or input text
from documents created in a word processing program and imported into the
LAYOUT: Layout involves the arrangement of text and graphics on the
page. Electronic pasting moves text from one portion to another and
incorporates illustrations into the text. Some features include multiple
columns, column widths, and gutter space manipulation, printing vertically or
horizontally on a page, automatic copyfitting, automatic page numbering, and
adding headers and footers.
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