Desktop PublisherDesktop publishers prepare documents with text and graphics to be published. After material has been prepared for publication, it is forwarded to a printing center. Desktop publishers can prepare manuscripts to be published as books, magazines, newspapers, or any other printed materials.
Desktop publishers usually design the visual aids, or use photographs, that will be combined with the text to appear attractive to potential readers. Additionally, desktop publishers prepare page layouts, alter colors in visual aids and photographs, and market their products, and certain desktop publishers write the content and headlines they publish. Since more companies are conducting their own marketing, more desktop publishers are working for individual companies.
There are a variety of desktop publishing jobs. The increased availability and affordability of PCs has made it possible for desktop publishers to perform tasks that in past years would require expensive equipment. New design software and printing technology has improved productivity and made production less expensive. A few examples of new technology include off press color, electronic page layout, and digital color design systems. Since most published materials are placed on the internet, desktop publishers should understand how to use Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) software and should be able to convert text and graphics to be internet friendly.
Certain desktop publishers write content and copyedit completed layouts. However, their duties depend on the industry and company they work for. Desktop publishers at small companies usually have many duties but those at big companies usually specialize.
Work environment. Desktop publishers often spend their days in quiet, comfortable offices. They usually work 40 hour weeks, but occasionally work evenings, weekends, and holidays if they have a deadline to meet.
Desktop publishing can be stressful since they usually do not have a lot of time to compete their work because of deadlines. Sitting in front of a computer screen all day can lead to back problems, eyestrain, and joint problems such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
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