Tips for Desk Top Publishing
- be aware of "white space" - use
don't expand small .jpgs and .gifs - they
don't put text or images too close to the
edge of the page - printers create their own margins and won't print in
keep main text font consistent in type and size -
don't keep changing font or font type for each topic - you can use a different font for the headings
use bullets for lists - they provide consistent
don't shade large text frames - keep shading for
highlighting smaller frames
- don't have the text and border too
close to each other - check to see it there is a feature in your
software to adjust the spacing between the border and the text
- Use features subtly - don't
overuse word art, shading, shadows, etc.
- Use borders to define text frames or brochure panels
points to Consider
are first line indents effective in paragraph text or is no
indent better? Check professional letters and documents
do bullets provide a better indent when needed?
would full justification improve the appearance of the columns
of a newsletter?
- how often do you see the underline
feature used in professional documents? I prefer not to use the
underline feature - use bold or font size change instead.
- Don't use paragraphs of upper case
this text easy to read?
- do large, starting capital letters
increase readability and add to a document?