desktop publishing


Definition of desktop publishing

: the production of printed matter by means of a desktop computer having a layout program that integrates text and graphics

Examples of desktop publishing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web However, marketing, advertising, and promotional departments in Fortune 500 companies realized the value of desktop publishing (DTP) and bought Apple’s DTP solution in huge numbers for these groups within their companies. Tim Bajarin, Forbes, 28 May 2021 Adobe software spawned desktop publishing with such familiar programs as Photoshop, Acrobat and Illustrator, along with the ubiquitous Portable Document Format, or PDF, technology. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, 18 Apr. 2021 Plus: The rise of desktop publishing, the legal fate of the Trumps, and a mix-up for the ages. Steven Levy, Wired, 13 Nov. 2020 As desktop publishing arose at the end of the 20th century, designs became more experimental: images broke out of the box, ushering in a period of bold—primarily digitally crafted—illustrations. Nicholas Rougeux, Scientific American, 26 Dec. 2019 Much as lithography opened up the possibilities of layering images and mass production, the advent of desktop publishing gave those powers to anyone who could afford a computer. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, 1 July 2019 This was in the late 1960’s, before personal computers and desktop publishing, so it was all made with typewriters, scissors, and polaroid cameras. Bay Area News Group, The Mercury News, 16 June 2019 The most obvious is desktop publishing, which came right out of the Macintosh, right? Recode Staff, Recode, 3 Aug. 2018 Among them are construction, auto mechanics, culinary arts, nursing, welding, robotics, dental assisting and desktop publishing. Julie Gallant,, 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of desktop publishing

1984, in the meaning defined above

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“Desktop publishing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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