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Christmas Projects With Free Templates, Fonts, and Clip Art
Print gift tags or holiday cards. Decorate your Web page with Christmas artwork. Get into the holiday spirit with free templates, borders, Web clip art, alphabets, and other free Christmas project ideas.

Do It Yourself Christmas With Snow-capped Fonts, Web Alphabets
Get some holiday-themed fonts. Desktop Publishing.

Do It Yourself Christmas With Snowmen, Snow women, Tree Clip Art
Jolly snowpeople or some stylized Christmas trees can dress up your Web page. Although they are GIF images, not normally suitable for print, if they print well enough from your inkjet printer use them to make your own Christmas print projects from your desktop. Use Snowmen and Snowwomen and Christmas Tree Clip Art for a Do It Yourself Christmas.

Do It Yourself Christmas With Card and Envelope Templates
Download PDF files containing templates for these two Christas cards and an envelope. Print These Holiday Greeting Cards for a Do It Yourself Christmas.

Do It Yourself Christmas With Oversized Gift Tags
Your gifts are sure to be noticed with one of these extra large Christmas gift tags attached. Print two to a page. Print These Oversized Gift Tags for a Do It Yourself Christmas. Get more free printable gift tags.

Stars and Stripes Fonts for ndependence Day Projects
Show your patriotic side with one of these free Stars & Stripes fonts.You can turn plain ordinary fonts into works of art in a graphics program.

4th of July Print Projects Clip Art, and Templates
The clip art, fonts, and templates here (including some of my originals) can be used by anyone for whatever occasion you deem appropriate, but for those of you celebrating the 4th of July you'll find that this collection of images have a U.S. Independence Day theme. Some are useful for any project that requires a patriotic theme. Use them for your party invitations or decorations.

4th of July Graphic Headlines for Fliers, Posters and Invitations
Use these PDF headlines with a US Independence Day 4th of July theme for fliers, party invitations, or posters.

Stars and Stripes Flag Template to Make Star Decorations
Use this template to create stars for 4th of July decorations.

4th of July Flag Fan Template to Print - Flag Fan Template Decoration
Print this pattern and fold into a fan for US Independence Day or other patriotic decorations.

Stars and Stripes Roll Candy Wrapper Firecracker Templates
Turn roll candy into firecrackers for party guests. Templates feature various 4th of July themes.

Celebrate America Stars and Stripes Candy Bar Wrapper
Hand out candy bars dressed in red, white, and blue.

Grayscale and Desaturation Methods to Change Color
In photography, Black & White photographs are actually shades of gray. In digital imaging these B&W images are called grayscale to differentiate them from black and white line art. Desaturation is another method that simulates grayscale, but it's not.

Color Images Typically Start Out in RGB Format
Although it is possible to scan a color image in grayscale or take a B&W digital photograph (with some cameras) thus skipping the color stage, most of the time images we work with start in color. And RGB is the most common format.

Convert an RGB Photo to Grayscale
One of the simplest and often most effective ways to get the color out of a color photo is to convert it to Grayscale -- a common option in image editing software. When converting an RGB color image to grayscale all the color is replaced with shades of gray. The image is no longer in RGB.

Desaturate an RGB Color Photo to Get a Grayscale Effect
Another option for going from color to shades of gray is desaturation. In some image editing programs there is a desaturation option. Others call it color removal or require that you use the saturation controls to achieve this effect.

Grayscale versus Desaturation in Converting a Color Photo to Black and White
In theory, the same color image converted to grayscale and desaturated to shades of gray would be equivalent. In practice, subtle differences may be apparent. A desaturated image may be slightly darker and can lose some detail compared to the same image in true grayscale.

Printing Grayscale Images as Black and White Halftones
In photography, Black & White photographs are actually shades of gray. In digital imaging these B&W images are called grayscale to differentiate them from black and white line art. Desaturation is another method that simulates grayscale, but it's not.

Table of Contents - How to Design a Table of Contents or TOC for Books and Magazines
The table of contents (TOC) is a navigational element typically found in multi-page publications such as books and magazines. Find out a table of contents is organized, the amount of information to include, and how to format a TOC.

Design a Table of Contents or TOC for Books and Magazines
The table of contents (TOC) is a navigational element typically found in multi-page publications such as books and magazines. Find out a table of contents is organized, the amount of information to include, and how to format a TOC.

Table of Contents - How to Design a Table of Contents or TOC for Books and Magazines
The table of contents (TOC) is a navigational element typically found in multi-page publications such as books and magazines. Find out a table of contents is organized, the amount of information to include, and how to format a TOC.

Table of Contents - How to Design a Table of Contents or TOC for Books and Magazines
The table of contents (TOC) is a navigational element typically found in multi-page publications such as books and magazines. Find out a table of contents is organized, the amount of information to include, and how to format a TOC.

Table of Contents - How to Design a Table of Contents or TOC for Books and Magazines
The table of contents (TOC) is a navigational element typically found in multi-page publications such as books and magazines. Find out a table of contents is organized, the amount of information to include, and how to format a TOC.

Table of Contents - How to Design a Table of Contents or TOC for Books and Magazines
The table of contents (TOC) is a navigational element typically found in multi-page publications such as books and magazines. Find out a table of contents is organized, the amount of information to include, and how to format a TOC.

Table of Contents - How to Design a Table of Contents or TOC for Books and Magazines
The table of contents (TOC) is a navigational element typically found in multi-page publications such as books and magazines. Find out a table of contents is organized, the amount of information to include, and how to format a TOC.

Table of Contents - How to Design a Table of Contents or TOC for Books and Magazines
The table of contents (TOC) is a navigational element typically found in multi-page publications such as books and magazines. Find out a table of contents is organized, the amount of information to include, and how to format a TOC.

Table of Contents - How to Design a Table of Contents or TOC for Books and Magazines
The table of contents (TOC) is a navigational element typically found in multi-page publications such as books and magazines. Find out a table of contents is organized, the amount of information to include, and how to format a TOC.

Cast Shadows - How to Add Perspective and Dimension With Cast Shadows
Cast or perspective shadows add interest to elements on the page. They work to anchor elements on the page, tie components of a composition together. Generally more complex to create than drop shadows, cast shadows are still a relatively simple way to enhance text and graphics in page layouts.

How to Add Perspective and Dimension With Cast Shadows
Cast or perspective shadows add interest to elements on the page. They work to anchor elements on the page, tie components of a composition together. Generally more complex to create than drop shadows, cast shadows are still a relatively simple way to enhance text and graphics in page layouts.

Cast Shadows - How to Add Perspective and Dimension With Cast Shadows
Cast or perspective shadows add interest to elements on the page. They work to anchor elements on the page, tie components of a composition together. Generally more complex to create than drop shadows, cast shadows are still a relatively simple way to enhance text and graphics in page layouts.

Cast Shadows - How to Add Perspective and Dimension With Cast Shadows
Cast or perspective shadows add interest to elements on the page. They work to anchor elements on the page, tie components of a composition together. Generally more complex to create than drop shadows, cast shadows are still a relatively simple way to enhance text and graphics in page layouts.

Cast Shadows - How to Add Perspective and Dimension With Cast Shadows
Cast or perspective shadows add interest to elements on the page. They work to anchor elements on the page, tie components of a composition together. Generally more complex to create than drop shadows, cast shadows are still a relatively simple way to enhance text and graphics in page layouts.

Cast Shadows - How to Add Perspective and Dimension With Cast Shadows
Cast or perspective shadows add interest to elements on the page. They work to anchor elements on the page, tie components of a composition together. Generally more complex to create than drop shadows, cast shadows are still a relatively simple way to enhance text and graphics in page layouts.

Create an Embedded Clipping Path in Page Layout Software
Clipping paths have many uses when editing images. For the purposes of this tutorial, we're going to create clipping paths that will be embedded in an image for use as a clipping path in a page layout software application. This tutorials shows how to remove the background of an image but can be used to hide any part of a picture.

Select the Background - Creating an Embedded Clipping Path for Use in Page Layout
To create an embedded clipping path first you have to select the portion you wish to remove from the image or the portion you wish to keep.

Invert Selection to Have the Keep Portion of Image Selected - Creating an Embedded Clipping Path
In creating an embedded clipping path sometimes you have to select one portion when it's really a different area you want to work with.

Edit Your Work Path to Create a Precise Embedded Clipping Path for Use in Page Layout
Editing a path is very much like editing objects in a vector drawing program such as Adobe Illustrator or CorelDRAW.

Saving an Embedded Clipping Path in EPS or TIFF Image
After you have the work path like you want it, save the path. Now it's time to save the image in a suitable format with the embedded path. Both EPS and TIFF images can contain embedded clipping paths.

Convert Selection to an Editable Work Path to Create an Embedded Clipping Path
A work path is a vector outline of lines, curves, and nodes. It allows you to precisely include or exclude portions of your image, follow outlines, and create a variety of shapes.

Assembling an Illustration Drawn Entirely in Adobe InDesign
Pull together all the shapes you've created into a 60s themed illustration drawn using the tools in Adobe InDesign.

Drawing a Simple Map in InDesign
A few rectangles is all it takes to create this stylized, basic map in InDesign.

Drawing With Shapes in Adobe InDesign
Head back to the Sixties without leaving Adobe InDesign. Learn how to use the Shape tools to draw a funky illustration featuring a Lava Lamp and flowers.

Drawing the Lava for a Lava Lamp Using Adobe InDesign
Here's how to use the Ellipse Shape Tool and some simple edits to create lava for a Lava Lamp using Adobe InDesign.

Draw a Lava Lamp Using Adobe InDesign
Use three shapes to draw a simple lamp using Adobe InDesign.

Turn a 6-sided Polygon Into a Curvy Shape in InDesign
Turn a hard-edged polygon into a freeform, curvy blog using InDesign.

Draw a Curvy Flower in InDesign
Add to your Flower Power by drawing a curvy flower using just a few tools in Adobe InDesign.

Turn a Star into a Flower With InDesign
Here's how to turn a 5 point star into a simple flower using the tools in InDesign.

48 Lessons for Learning Desktop Publishing DTP
Learn desktop publishing one or two words at a time and one rule at a time with this free desktop publishing class.

How to Use Serif PagePlus SE Tutorials
Learn to use the free Serif PagePlus SE Starter Edition desktop publishing software by following these PagePlus SE tutorials.

The Many Hues of Medium Blue Colors
Medium blue, Dodger Blue, UN Blue, Cornflower, and Royal are some of the shades of blue in the medium range.

Light Blue Colors for Web Pages and Images
From the pale Alice Blue to the blue of the sky, hex codes and RGB numbers and symbolism for the lighter side of blue.

Use Digital Scrapbooking Software on the Mac
Forget paper, glue, and glitter. Go digital. This scrapbooking software for the Mac helps you organize, edit, and arrange your photos, add journaling, and print photo albums, scrapbooks, and other other projects. For the Macintosh platform.

Myths And Misconceptions About Desktop Publishing
Some people cling to the belief that desktop publishing is amateur design or that desktop publishing is the same as graphic design. Not true on both counts. Find out why and explore other common myths and misconceptions about graphic design and desktop publishing.

Designing Documents With Desktop Publishing
The parts of almost any kind of a document can be broken down into five main sections: Artwork, Titles, Body, Navigation, and Credits.

Use Indents or Spacing to Separate Paragraphs
Be consistent and stick with just spacing or just indents for separating paragraphs of text.

Line Definition and How to Use Them in Design
Connecting the dots, lines are a design element that can be decorative and serve specific purposes such as organization of page elements.

Adobe InDesign Basics - Work Area, Tools, Palettes
In the first lesson of the Adobe InDesign Basics class, Elisabetta reviews the Work Area, Tools, and Palettes that make up the main screen. Learn how to navigate the lessons and how to get the most out of this lesson and the entire course.

Imposition and Printer Order Spreads
In order to read, print out of order. Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4 ... that's the order in which we read a book or newsletter. But is that the way we print them? Not always. Learn how to impose your pages to create printers spreads that become readers spreads.

Imposition for Desktop Publishing
Commercial printers often use large sheets of paper that they fold, cut, and trim to the finished size. Learn more about imposing pages for proper printing. Get money-saving tips. Page 2.

Use Visual Charts for Imposition
How do you get your pages printed from your desktop or prepared for commercial printing into the proper printing order? Some page layout programs do this automatically. Even if it does, you still want to create mock-ups to guide you in planning your publication. Page 3.

What is the Color Plum and its Symbolism?
The colors of a purple plum, its purplish reddish color.

What is in the CS6 Box and the Creative Cloud?
This table shows which of Adobe products are included in each of the four versions of Adobe Creative Suite 6 and what you get in the Creative Cloud. Also find pricing information and reviews for InDesign.

Set Hourly Rate for Freelance Desktop Publishing Business
Although some consider it the most difficult aspect of starting a desktop publishing business, the basic process involved in setting prices and estimating jobs is fairly straightforward. First, you need to set an hourly rate.

Calculating Flat Fee or Project Estimates for Desktop Publishing
While some designers will charge an hourly rate, most desktop publishing services are charged by the project. Clients generally prefer this method because they can more easily see how much a job will cost and what each part of a project costs. Page 2.

Plan Ahead for Copyright Infringement to Avoid Trouble
At some point you may be tempted to use copyright-protected material because its easy, because a client insists, or because you simply don't know any better.

All Rights Reserved - What Does It Mean?
Have you ever wondered what the phrase, all rights reserved, means? Learn the simple meaning behind this phrase. Page 2.

Differences Between Commercial Printers vs. Desktop Printers
It's man vs. machine when comparing a commercial printer with a desktop printer. Discover what each means and how to tell by context which printer is meant in desktop publishing articles and tutorials about printing.

Principles of Design Definitions - Lesson 1
These definitions use metaphor an allegory to explain how the principles of design work. This is lesson 1 in the introduction to the principles of design self-paced course.

Applying the Principles of Design
Take a stab at applying the principles of design to this ad. Page 2.

Your Finished Family History Book - Desktop Publishing Your Family History Book Step by Step
Once your family history book is completed and distributed to family members, consider donating a copy to the genealogical section of your State Library and Archives or local genealogical society. Share your family memories, genealogy, and your desktop publishing skills with generations to come.

Print and Bind Your Family History Book - Photocopying, Printing, and Binding Tips
Many family history books are simply photocopied. When only a small quantity is needed or when you can't afford other options, this is perfectly acceptable. There are ways to give your family history book professional polish, even with low-tech reproduction methods.

Design, Layout, Printing for a Family Tree Book
Easy ways to make your family history book attractive and readable using desktop publishing software and good design practices.

Software for Your Family History Book
Some software specifically for genealogy and tracing your family tree comes with pre-designed layouts for printing up family histories, including narratives, charts, and sometimes photos. These may be adequate for your needs. However, if your genealogy software doesn't offer the flexibility you desire, consider using desktop publishing software.

Narratives for Your Family History Book - Placement and Layout of Stories
Pedigree charts and family group records are an important part of genealogy, but for a family history book these charts are usually accompanied by narratives or stories that bring the family to life. Creative formatting of narratives in your book will make it more attractive.

Charts in Your Family History Book - Formatting Tips
Charts provide an easy way to show family relationships. However, not all chart formats used by genealogists are suitable for a family history book. They may take up too much space or the orientation doesn't fit your desired layout. You'll need to maintain readability while compressing the data to fit the format of your book.

Editing Photos For Your Family History Book
Family photos of both ancestors long gone and living family members can greatly enhance your family history book. For small quantities, it may be cost-prohibitive to obtain the high quality printing needed for the best reproduction of photos but manipulation of photos with graphics software can produce results that fare well with desktop printing and photocopying.

Photo Layouts in Your Family History Book
How you arrange photos can make your family history book more enjoyable.

Using Maps, Letters, and Other Documents in a Family History Book
You can dress up your family history book with maps showing where the family lived or photocopies of interesting handwritten documents such as letters or wills. Old and recent newsletter clippings are also a nice addition.

Table of Contents and Index for Your Family History Book
One of the first things your third cousin Emma is going to do when she sees your family history book is flip to the page where you list her and her family. Help out Emma and all your cousins (as well as future family historians) with a table of contents and an index.

Put the Headline First in This Ad Layout (with Templates)
If the headline is more important than the visual, put it first in the ad.

Put Headline and Visual Side-by-Side in this Ad Layout (with Templates)
Balance a vertical visual with a headline to the right in your ad layout. Also good for longer headlines.

5 Easy Steps To Create a Pro Design for Your Ad
Try out this time-proven strategy for ad design or one of its variations.

Basic Ogilvy Ad Layout (with Templates)
This basic success formula for display ads works regardless of the software you use.

Add a Coupon to the Basic Ogilvy Ad Layout (with Templates)
Add a coupon or something that looks like one to the basic ad layout.

Graphic Design Portfolios for Desktop Publishing
Desktop publishing and graphic design portfolios should be more than just a few samples thrown into a folder. Potential employers or clients use examples of your work to help determine whether they want to hire you. The samples you choose to display and how you present them can affect whether or not you get the job.

What Goes in Graphic Design Portfolios
You already know that your graphic design portfolio should contain examples of your work, but which samples and in what format? Page 2.

Organizing Graphic Design Portfolios
Once you have your samples and your portfolio case, the next step is deciding how to best present those pieces within your graphic design portfolio. How you arrange material tells a story. Page 5.

How to Build a Beginner Graphic Design Portfolio
You need samples to get the job but you need the job in order to have samples. That old Catch-22 doesn't have to stop you from putting together a good desktop publishing or graphic design portfolio. It just requires a bit more creativity. Page 3.

Graphic Design Portfolio Cases - What your graphic design portfolio pieces go in
After you've decided what will go in your graphic design portfolio (and created those pieces if you're just starting out) you'll need to decide how best to present those samples. Portfolio cases can be plain or fancy. Page 4.

The Scissors Tool in Adobe InDesign
Learn how the scissors tool works and the basic use of the Adobe InDesign scissors tool.

How to Use the Scissors Tool in Adobe InDesign
Learn how the scissors tool works and the basic use of the Adobe InDesign scissors tool.

Adobe InDesign Scissors Tool - How to Use the Scissors Tool in Adobe InDesign
Learn how the scissors tool works and the basic use of the Adobe InDesign scissors tool.

Adobe InDesign Scissors Tool - How to Use the Scissors Tool in Adobe InDesign
Learn how the scissors tool works and the basic use of the Adobe InDesign scissors tool.

Using Open Source Software for Desktop Publishing
Learn about using open-source software for desktop publishing from Dan Fink.

Open Source Software for Desktop Publishing
Dan Fink shares with About.com Desktop Publishing readers his first hand experience with using open-source software for desktop publishing. Page 2.

Balance as a Principle of Design - Symmetrical Balance
Learn more about symmetrical balance by taking a look at some examples in this lesson on the Principles of Design.

Download free font - Still Time
Download a free TrueType handwriting font.

Cross Stroke - What It Is In Typography
Learn the difference between arm, crossbar, and cross stroke as used in typography.

8 Ways to Find Clients for Your Desktop Publishing Business - Marketing and Promotion to Find Clients
Here are eight tried and true ways for new desktop publishing businesses to get those first clients. Try the advertising, marketing, and promotional methods that work best for you and your design business.

Make a Plan for Finding New Clients for Your Business
Take a look at eight tried and true ways for new desktop publishing businesses to get those first clients. Try the advertising, marketing, and promotional methods that work best for you and your design business. Page 2.

End of the Book Components in the Text Block of a Book Design
The number and type of sections that follow the final chapter vary by the type of book. Technical publications generally have more of these end of the book components including an index and an appendix. Page 4.

Front Matter in Book Design
So called because it is all the material that appears at the front of the book, before you reach the actual body content, the front matter may be as simple as a single title page or table of contents or it could be comprised of multiple title pages, a detailed table of contents, and several pages for the preface and foreword. Page 2.

What Are the Parts and Sections of a Book?
Most books will have at least a front and back cover, title page, and body text but usually there will be many more parts of a book design. Explore the physical components of hardcover and softcover books as well as the design elements that make of the text portion of most books.

Body of a Book Design - Chapters and Page Elements
The body of the book is where you'll find the story, the description, the main text of the book. This is the main portion of the publication. In longer books and manuals the body is often sub-divided into chapters or sections. Page 3.

Case Components and Book Binding in Book Design
A basic knowledge of the parts of a book and how a book is put together can help the designer envision the finished product. The boards, spine, and cover material make up the case which is created separate from the text block and attached to it. Page 5.

How to Use Tab Delimited Files
Here's how to export a simple spreadsheet to a page layout application and tips on using tab delimited files.

Tab Delimited Files (Setting Custom Tabs)
Here's how to export a simple spreadsheet to a page layout application and tips on using tab delimited files.

Tab Delimited Files (Saving Spreadsheet or Table Data)
Here's how to export a simple spreadsheet to a page layout application and tips on using tab delimited files.

Tab Delimited Files (Importing With Default Tabs)
Here's how to export a simple spreadsheet to a page layout application and tips on using tab delimited files.

Tab Delimited Files (Formatting Data)
Here's how to export a simple spreadsheet to a page layout application and tips on using tab delimited files.

Using the GIMP to Make a 3D Photo Effect
Make the subject of your photograph step out of the picture -- at least part way -- for a cool 3D effect. Inspired by an Instructables tutorial by Andrew546, I created this tutorial using the free GIMP photo editing program for the very first time.

Create a 3D Photo Effect with the GIMP - Alternatives and Finetuning
Make the subject of your photograph step out of the picture -- at least part way -- for a cool 3D effect. Inspired by an Instructables tutorial by Andrew546, I created this tutorial using the free GIMP photo editing program for the very first time.

Create a 3D Photo Effect With the GIMP
Make the subject of your photograph step out of the picture -- at least part way -- for a cool 3D effect. Inspired by an Instructables tutorial by Andrew546, I created this tutorial using the free GIMP photo editing program for the very first time.

Create a 3D Photo Effect with the GIMP - Set Up Your Layers
Make the subject of your photograph step out of the picture -- at least part way -- for a cool 3D effect. Inspired by an Instructables tutorial by Andrew546, I created this tutorial using the free GIMP photo editing program for the very first time.

Create a 3D Photo Effect with the GIMP - Create a Frame
Make the subject of your photograph step out of the picture -- at least part way -- for a cool 3D effect. Inspired by an Instructables tutorial by Andrew546, I created this tutorial using the free GIMP photo editing program for the very first time.

Create a 3D Photo Effect with the GIMP - Add Perspective
Make the subject of your photograph step out of the picture -- at least part way -- for a cool 3D effect. Inspired by an Instructables tutorial by Andrew546, I created this tutorial using the free GIMP photo editing program for the very first time.

Create a 3D Photo Effect with the GIMP - Add a Mask
Make the subject of your photograph step out of the picture -- at least part way -- for a cool 3D effect. Inspired by an Instructables tutorial by Andrew546, I created this tutorial using the free GIMP photo editing program for the very first time.

Create a 3D Photo Effect with the GIMP - Remove the Background
Make the subject of your photograph step out of the picture -- at least part way -- for a cool 3D effect. Inspired by an Instructables tutorial by Andrew546, I created this tutorial using the free GIMP photo editing program for the very first time.

Create a 3D Photo Effect with the GIMP - Edit the Frame
Make the subject of your photograph step out of the picture -- at least part way -- for a cool 3D effect. Inspired by an Instructables tutorial by Andrew546, I created this tutorial using the free GIMP photo editing program for the very first time.

Create a 3D Photo Effect with the GIMP - Change the Background
Make the subject of your photograph step out of the picture -- at least part way -- for a cool 3D effect. Inspired by an Instructables tutorial by Andrew546, I created this tutorial using the free GIMP photo editing program for the very first time.

Creative Thinking in Desktop Publishing
Creative Thinking: We all have some level of creativity within us. As with other activities, you can teach yourself to engage in more creative thinking. Sometimes creativity requires us to look at things from new perspectives. Learn to unleash your inventive genius by thinking backwards. Here is an appropriate acronym containing five steps to creative thinking -- S A E D I -- that's IDEAS backwards

Creative Thinking Techniques
We all have some level of creativity within us. As with other activities, you can teach yourself to engage in more creative thinking. Sometimes creativity requires us to look at things from new perspectives. Learn to unleash your inventive genius by thinking backwards. Here is an appropriate acronym containing five steps to creative thinking -- S A E D I -- that's IDEAS backwards. Page 2.

Direct Your Thoughts for More Creative Thinking
We all have some level of creativity within us. As with other activities, you can teach yourself to engage in more creative thinking. Sometimes creativity requires us to look at things from new perspectives. Learn to unleash your inventive genius by thinking backwards. Here is an appropriate acronym containing five steps to creative thinking -- S A E D I -- that's IDEAS backwards. Page 3.

Creative Thinking
We all have some level of creativity within us. As with other activities, you can teach yourself to engage in more creative thinking. Sometimes creativity requires us to look at things from new perspectives. Learn to unleash your inventive genius by thinking backwards. Here is an appropriate acronym containing five steps to creative thinking -- S A E D I -- that's IDEAS backwards. Page 4.

Creative Thinking - Write It Down
We all have some level of creativity within us. As with other activities, you can teach yourself to engage in more creative thinking. Sometimes creativity requires us to look at things from new perspectives. Learn to unleash your inventive genius by thinking backwards. Here is an appropriate acronym containing five steps to creative thinking -- S A E D I -- that's IDEAS backwards. Page 5.

Using a Windows PC for Desktop Publishing
For years professional design and production was done primarily on a Mac. PCs were for office workers, game-players, and non-designers. But with the PC dominating the computing world as well as advances in the Windows operating system, the reasons for using only a Mac for serious design work began slipping away.

Using Windows PC for Desktop Publishing and Graphic Design
For years professional design and production was done primarily on a Mac. PCs were for office workers, game-players, and non-designers. But with the PC dominating the computing world as well as advances in the Windows operating system, the reasons for using only a Mac for serious design work began slipping away. Page 2.

Target Audience in Desktop Publishing
Graphic designers and desktop publishers need to know their target audience in order to create the most effective designs.

Exclusion Zone (What It Is and How To Use It In Page Layout)
The exclusion zone for brands defines how much space to maintain around a company logo. It's something all designers need to know.

Desktop Publishing Tutorials & Software Recommendations
From fliers and newsletters to books and brochures, we'll help you make the best design in order to get the most attention.

When Things Aren't Going Your Way Print this Poster for Motivation
Get motivated to keep plugging away during bad times with this printable poster about not quitting.

How to Choose a Personal Paper Shredder for Home Office
Our homes generate plenty of waste paper from kids' homework to junk mail. Add a home office and the paper pile grows deeper. For security, many people choose to shred much of this paper. Personal and small office paper shredders can do the job but not all are created equal. You'll want to find the best balance of price, features, and performance. Here's what to look for in personal shredders:

Digital Scrapbooking Software for Windows
Although you could create digital scrapbooks and other creative printing projects with almost any desktop publishing or graphics software, these specialized programs make the process easier and faster. And they include templates and artwork specifically tailored to scrapbooks.

School ID Card Project - Desktop Publishing Software for Designing a School Student ID Card
Although we used The Photo Shop to create this student ID card, there are several other creative printing and desktop publishing software programs that are equally suited to the task.

OCR Software for Macintosh - Optical Character Recognition - Mac OCR Software
OCR (Optical Charactor Recognition) is the process of turning a picture of words (such as a scan of a typed letter) into an editable document that you can open and use in your desktop publishing software, word processor, or other text editor. Today's OCR software packages contain sophisticated support for multiple languages, PDF and HTML output, and format retention.

List of Business Card Software for Windows
Commercial & shareware business card software programs do one thing -- business cards -- but do it well.

Microsoft Desktop Publishing Software
Microsoft may be best known for its operating systems. But in the desktop publishing, Web design, and home creativity arena, Microsoft produces several lines such as Digital Image Suite, Microsoft Expression, PowerPoint, and Microsoft Office Publisher as well as a number of apps that come with the Windows OS.

Using the Right Iron on Transfer Paper
Save yourself from hefty repair bills by using the right paper for iron-on transfers. Get tips on the types of iron-on transfer papers.

Using Apple iWork and Pages Software for Desktop Publishing
Apple's suite of tools for word processing, desktop publishing, and presentations.

Desktop Publishing Software - The Big List
In alphabetical order, desktop publishing software in 2010. This really big list includes professional, business, and consumer products for page layout and specialty tasks such as greeting cards and business cards and newsletters.

Greeting Cards - Design Your Own With Mac Software
These programs feature ready-made templates, design wizards, clip art and fonts to make it easy to design and print your own cards or other projects.

Acrobat Reader (What It Is and How To Use It)
Learn what Adobe Acrobat Reader is and it's connection to PDF documents.

The Big List of Desktop Publishing Software for the Mac
In alphabetical order, Mac OS desktop publishing software of all kinds.

The Big List of Desktop Publishing Software for the Mac
In alphabetical order, Mac OS desktop publishing software of all kinds.

Broderbund Desktop Publishing Software
Broderbund desktop publishing software has been around for almost a quarter of a century. PrintMaster, The Print Shop, as well as Calendar Creator are the most well-known consumer desktop publishing software and specialty programs.

Calendar Design Software for MacIntosh
Use software, templates and design wizards to design and print all kinds of calendars for personal, school, or business use.

Corel Desktop Publishing Software - Overview and Reviews
Founded in 1985, Corel Corporation has long been known primarily for its graphics software and digital imaging products. Corel produces products frequently considered strong alternatives to Adobe and Microsoft. Once a top choice for page layout, Corel Ventura -- version 10 was released in 2002 -- is not currently a frontrunner in the Corel product line. However, CorelDRAW, much like Adobe Illustrator, is often used for graphics-intensive page layout tasks.

Calendar Design Software for Windows
You can make calendars with most any desktop or home publishing software; but, there are also specialty kits that include everything you need from photo paper to spiral binders to dedicated software to help you put together the perfect calendar for youself or as a gift. This selection of products are aimed specifically at creating print calendars.

Mac T-Shirt Design Software for Iron-On Transfers
A selection of t-shirt design software for use on a Mac specifically for creating personalized t-shirts and similar fabric iron-on transfer crafts.

Top Professional Desktop Publishing Software for Windows
These top desktop publishing software programs for Windows are the ones that get the job done with the least amount of hassle either because they are easy to use, are packed with time-saving features, or they are industry standards, readily accepted by most service providers. Not every desktop publishing software program has all those attributes but these are the major players in desktop publishing and graphic design software.

Greeting Card Software for Windows - Design & Publish
You can make a greeting card with most any desktop publishing software but there are specialty greeting card software products as well. These greeting card software programs feature ready-made templates, design wizards, clip art, fonts, or other extras to make it easy to design and print your own cards, announcements, or invitations. Most do many other print projects as well such as labels or fliers.

Newsletter Design Software for the Mac
Find newsletter design software for the Mac for all skill levels and price ranges. These programs are in addition to professional desktop publishing software programs such as Adobe InDesign and QuarkXPress.

Microsoft Publisher Desktop Publishing Software
Despite its detractors, Microsoft Publisher is a major step up from consumer creative printing programs. For Windows users, it fills the void between price and pro features. The Microsoft Office Publisher incarnation has put it more into competition with Adobe PageMaker for the enterprise/small business market.

Adobe Type Manager Deluxe 4.1 for Windows
If your font management needs are minimal and you work with both TrueType and Type 1 fonts, this version is worth considering.

Quark Desktop Publishing Software
In the late 80s and 90s Quark usurped the desktop publishing community's first love, PageMaker, with QuarkXPress. Once the undisputed king of desktop publishing software applications for both Mac and Windows users, Quark's premiere product - QuarkXPress - is still a powerhouse publishing platform despite strong competition from Adobe. In addition to QuarkXPress for page layout, Quark has powerful enterprise publishing and content management software systems.

Mac Desktop Publishing Software for Professional Use
These top Mac desktop publishing software programs are the ones that get the job done with the least amount of hassle either because they are easy to use, are packed with time-saving features, or they are industry standards, readily accepted by most service providers. Not every Mac desktop publishing software program has all those attributes but these are the major players in desktop publishing and graphic design software.

Newsletter Design Software for Windows
Find newsletter design software for the PC for all skill levels and price ranges. These programs are in addition to professional desktop publishing software programs such as Adobe InDesign and QuarkXPress.

T-Shirt Design Software for Windows
Here are a selection of Windows t-shirt design software specifically for creating personalized t-shirts and similar fabric iron on transfer crafts.

Clip Art and Fonts - Leonardo da Vinci
Give your desktop publishing a touch of the Renaissance with fonts and clip art inspired by Leonardo da Vinci.

Grids - Order out of Chaos
Defining grids. How and when to use grids to tame your designs and create orderly page layouts.

Coolvetica - Download a free Helvetica Style Font
A free TrueType sans serif text font that mimics the ever-popular Helvetica font.

Free Candy Bar Wrappers - Templates by Jacci in Several Formats
Series of candy bar wrapper templates for a variety of sizes of rolls and bars of candy. Get templates for candy bar wrappers in Microsoft Publisher and Serif PagePlus formats as well as some PNG images

What Is Intaglio Printing
Learn about intaglio printing and common uses for intaglio printing with respect to desktop publishing and commercial printing.

Terminal - Type Anatomy Glossary
It's not a deadly disease and it's not quite an ending. Find the terminal bits and pieces of your fonts.

What is Thermography Raised Printing?
Learn how thermography is done, how it differs from engraving and common uses of thermography with desktop publishing and commercial printing.

How to Create Perfectly Proportioned Page Margins
Want to learn how to create page margins with perfect proportions for your publication? Here are guidelines to create the best layout.

How to Use Photo Captions Creatively
When your publication contains photos or illustrations they may need additional explanation, in the form of captions, to describe or identify the contents.

How to Choose an Ideal Line Length For Text
Lines of type that are too long or too short slow down reading and comprehension. Try these guidelines and formulas to find the ideal line length.

How to Choose Headline Fonts
Headlines and other short phrases or blocks of text are often set in display type sizes of 18 points and larger. Make them readable but also memorable.

EPS or .eps - Encapsulated PostScript Graphics Format
Although increasingly replaced by PDF, the EPS format is still an important option for vector graphics in desktop publishing and graphic design.

Dress for Success Poster to Print
Get inspired to dress for success with this printable poster for your office. Find related quotes to make your own posters.

Panel Sizes and Folding a Brochure
Get measurements in inches and picas for the panels of several paper sizes and folding styles for brochures including tri-fold, 4 panel spiral folds, and gatefolds.

Follow the Rules of Desktop Publishing
What are the rules of desktop publishing? Follow a few simple rules or guidelines to help ensure that you create the best looking pages possible. These are simply tried and true methods of page layout, design, and production.

Inserting a "Circled P" Copyright Symbol in Text?
The sound recording copyright symbol isn't mapped in most standard fonts although it may be showing up in more of the newer OpenType fonts. Find a list of fonts that have that circled P and other ways to get and use one.

Sheet-fed Press (What It Is and How It Is Used)
Learn how sheet-fed presses work and the role of the sheet-fed press in commercial printing.

Spur - Type Anatomy Glossary
Go western, find the spur in your fonts.

Stem - Type Anatomy Glossary
Stem your excitement. It's a bit of type.

Free Desktop Publishing Templates and Effective Uses
In desktop publishing, templates are pre-designed documents that we can use to create business cards, brochures, greeting cards, or other desktop documents. Learn how to use templates more effectively and find free templates for desktop publishing.

Free Halloween Craft Project Printables and Templates for Cards Decorations Costumes
Print your own Halloween party decorations, get templates to carve a pumpkin. Download free templates for spooky t-shirt transfers, trick or treat bags, costumes and other Halloween craft projects.

Halloween Craft Project Templates for Kids | Free Halloween Craft Project Printables for Cards Coloring Pages
Help your kids print their own Halloween craft projects including cards, trick or treat bags, and party decorations. Download free coloring pages with a Halloween theme. Page 2.

FreeDripping Blood Fonts and Scary Pictures for Halloween
Say Boo in Blood! Whether you are searching for Halloween clip art to spook up your Web page or creepy dripping blood fonts for your party invitations, we've got the free Halloween clip art, free fonts, and other goodies you seek.

Lorem ipsum dolor Placeholder Text and How to Use It
The Lorem ipsum text is a series of somewhat nonsense sentences with enough real latin components thrown in just to make it confusing.

How to Use Emphasis in Graphic Design
An element of a design that dominates or becomes the center of interest has emphasis. Learn how to use the elements and principles of design to create emphasis and a focal point for page layouts.

Principles of Design | The Big Picture Overview
First class on the Principles of Design includes six definitions and a practice project.

Defining Graphic Design
Is graphic design the same as desktop publishing? Find out how they differ and where they mesh in this graphic design glossary entry.

What Are Printing Plates?
Printing plates transfer images to the paper on a printing press. Find out how printing plates are created, how they are used on the press, and what types of printing plates are used for desktop publishing.

Text Composition - What It Is and How To Do It
Explore the tasks involved in putting text on the page and arranging it effectively. These tasks are called text or type composition.

Spot Color Design | Just Add Black for Colorful Desktop Publishing
Color adds impact to design. But unless you are just printing to your desktop printiner, printing in color can be expensive. One way to use color and control costs is to use spot colors and then just add black.

How to Extract Text or Images From a PDF File
Don't have Adobe Acrobat but you need to grab some text or images out of a PDF? There are several ways to do this and I'll explain each one here. Discover the different types of software you can use for pdf extractions.

Adobe Acrobat Distiller (How to Use It for PDF Files)
Find out what the Distiller program has to do with PDF files, how to use it, and where to find it.

How to Put Together a Newsletter Layout
Your newsletter layout doesn't have to have all these parts but most newsletters will have at least three of these elements of newsletter design, and usually many more. Find out what these parts are and get tips on how to put together a newsletter layout.

Free Courses and Tutorials for DTP Training
Doing desktop publishing involves more than just having and using desktop publishing software. Discover the basic and advanced knowledge and training needed to do desktop publishing from start to finish as well as how to do desktop publishing as a freelance business.

Cast Coated Paper - Definition of Cast-coated Paper for Desktop Publishing
A type of high gloss paper. Desktop Publishing.

Quotations - The Use of Desktop Publishing Software as Defined by Designers and Others
Desktop publishing itself is not something which inspires a lot of great quotes but it does sometimes lead to really bad design and that leads to some quotable moments.

Don't Use the Software as a Crutch, Learn Good Technique
Quotes that remind us that software features are no substitute for good design and technique. Page 2.

Don't Blame the Software for Your Crappy Work
Quotes that remind us that the software isn't the problem if your design is bad. Page 3.

What a Pica is and how it is used in Desktop Publishing
Unit of measurement... Desktop Publishing.

White Space as Used in Page Layout
White space is the breathing room you need for your page layout.

What Is an Article Byline? - Definition
Byline - A short phrase or paragraph that indicates the name of the author...

Double Parallel Folds as Used in Desktop Publishing
All folds run the same direction... A double parallel fold brochure can be an interesting alternative to the traditional tri-fold.

House Style as Used in Desktop Publishing
Not the style of your home, it's how you format documents and other issues.

What Is Blueline and How It Is Used?
Blueline is a Photographic proof from negatives where all colors are shown in blue...

Defining Blad as Used in Design and Publishing
A blad is sort of an Ad for a Book...

Deckle Edge (What It Is and When To Use It)
Rough or torn edge on paper, normally cut off to a clean edge. Left in place it becomes a decorative feathered edge.

What is hot pressed paper?
No, not paper pressed with a hot iron...

Watermark as Used in Desktop Publishing
May be part of the paper or added digitally as a design or copyright feature.

Impression Cylinder - A Printing Press Term
Designers don't need to know all the technical issues associated with the printing press and impression cylinders but a basic knowledge is useful. Learn about the role of the impression cylinder in different types of printing processes.

Attractive Font and Typeface Combinations
Mixing and matching fonts can be a daunting task. Recently, forum member and co-host phoenix posted a link to one designer's top font combinations. In 19 Fonts

Best Fonts for Books
Alex writes,

Trim Area vs. Live Area in Page Layout
In page layout discussion in the forum, Sea_pony provided a nice explanation of how bleed, trim, and the live area of a design all fit together. The key part:

Printing and Selling Greeting Cards
Is it cheaper to print it yourself or take it to a commercial printer? That question comes up a lot. And the answer? It depends. Really, it depends on what

Fonts on Friday: Best Fonts for Print
In response to a question about the best fonts to use for something that's going to be printed (as opposed to on-screen fonts) Dave shares

Anyone Still Using Corel Ventura?
Over on this site's Facebook page, a reader asked wrote about

Designing Envelopes: The Return Address
Sometimes a design is not up to the designer or the client. When sending mail through the US Post Office there are certain rules and regulations about size,

Do You Need Your Address on Business Cards?
In a recent reader business card submission, DJElliot asks

Elsevier Word Templates
Desktop Publishing.

The Problem With Color
The problem with color is that no two people see it the exact same way. When color precision is needed, look to calibration, printing methods, and other color combinations to help resolve color issues.

Word Counts and Copyfitting Text
Try these 4 ways to use copyfitting text to fit all your text into a layout.

How Do You Punctuate a Quote Used as a Headline?
If you write an article title that is a direct quote, what kind of punctuation do you use? Here are some suggestions.

Creative Typography: Shape Substitutions for Letters
Simple substitutions of shapes and objects for individual letters in a logo or graphic can add interest or fun to a project.

Find a Designer MOOC
Find a MOOC (free online course) to learn more about desktop publishing and graphic design topics.

How Do I Do Graphic Design?
If you believe you can learn how to do graphic design in just a few minutes of reading, pass on by. However, if you are looking for a one-stop source for learning how to do graphic design that breaks it down into manageable chunks, gives you the basics and provides in-depth material as well, start here.

Asymmetrical Balance
Look at some examples of symmetrical balance in this lesson on the Principles of Design.

Signage: Creating Signs, Banners, and Billboards
Explore signage and how to design signs of all kinds in this overview of the role of desktop publishing and graphic design in sign design.

Selling Products That Use Free Images Off the Internet
You can find a lot of free images on the Web. But just because it is provided for free doesn't mean you are free to use it in any way you want, including for profit. Learn more.

Create a Good Page Layout
Discover the 3 required attributes of a good page layout and how to implement them in your desktop publishing projects.

Paper Terminology - Folded Sheets
From Folio to Sixty-fourmo, paper terms used to describe sheets of paper folded multiple times to create pages for books or booklets.

Using a Typographic Ruler
Use a typographic ruler to measure fonts and more. Print your own or buy one.

Balance as a Principle of Design
Get an introduction to the types of balance used in page layout.

Radial Balance
Look at some examples of radial balance in this lesson on the Principles of Design.

Rule of Thirds and Balance
Look at some examples of using the rule of thirds to create visual balance in this lesson on the Principles of Design.

Visual Center and Balance
Look at some examples of using the visual center to create visual balance in this lesson on the Principles of Design.

The Importance of Desktop Publishing in the Modern Office
Don't be too quick to dismiss desktop publishing as a relic of the past. Whatever you call the software, it is still a vital tool in business communications in both print and digital forms.

Wi-Fi as Used in Desktop Publishing
Explore the use of wi-fi in desktop publishing.

Grids: Order Out of Chaos
Grids are invisible structures holding together elements on a page (print or Web). Discover how and where to use grids in page layout, especially in print.

How to Make Desktop Publishing Fun
Desktop publishing can be fun to learn and do. Try these ideas for fun projects and a relaxed approach to learning to use desktop publishing software.

11 Parts of an Award Certificate
A certificate or award for recognizing achievements is a simple piece of paper that, at the very least, has a title and the name of the recipient. But there are a few more components that make up most certificates.

Wall of Text
Avoid a wall of text by using paragraph breaks. From simple indents to more elaborate visual cues, discover how to make pages more inviting and readable.

Pattern as Used in Graphic Design and Desktop Publishing
As used in design, a pattern is an arrangement of lines, shapes, or objects used as a fill, a backdrop, or in other ways as part of an overall layout.

What is Home Publishing?
Home publishing as a sub-genre of desktop publishing.

Wrap and Its Many Meanings in Desktop Publishing
The most common wraps in desktop publishing are text wraps; however, the term wrap or wrappers also pop up in related fields and refer to other items including book jackets and advertising.

Gripper, Gripper Edge, and Gripper Margin as Used in Printing
The part of the printing press that grips the sheet of paper and pulls it into the press is the gripper.

Work-and-Turn in Printing
Work-and-turn is a method of printing on both sides of a sheet of paper on a commercial press using only set of printing plates.

Work-and-Tumble in Printing
Work-and-tumble is a method of printing on both sides of a sheet of paper on a commercial press using only set of printing plates.

Sheetwise in Printing and Publishing
Sheetwise is a method of printing on one or both sides of a sheet of paper on a commercial press.

Condensed Fonts - What It Is and When to Use It
Fonts in a type family that are narrower and often used to conserve space.

Value as Used in Desktop Publishing and Graphic Design
In design, value refers to the relative lightness or darkness of a portion of a design compared to other parts.

Map Legend (What It Is and How To Use It)
The key to understanding the symbols used on a map is its legend.

The Definition of a Photo Credit Line
Photo Credit Line - A short phrase or paragraph that indicates the name of the photographer...

Stress (What It Means in Typography)
In typography, stress is not a bad thing. It is simply a description of one of the qualities of certain faces.

Newsprint - What Kind of Paper is Newsprint?
What you're newspaper is probably printed on...

Jumpline as Used in Page Layout and Design
Go here, you came from there... Desktop Publishing.

Supercalendered Paper - What Makes Paper Super Calendered?
Very, very smooth paper... Desktop Publishing.

What is a Paper's Tooth?
More tooth, rougher touch... Desktop Publishing.

Typewriter - A Slab Serif Style of Font
Fonts that mimic the type of typewriters of all styles.

Hanging Punctuation - What is Hanging Punctuation?
Putting punctuation outside the text alignment...

4-Up - What 4-Up Means in Desktop Publishing
4 to a page... Desktop Publishing.

Slug - Not a Bug - in Desktop Publishing it's Informtion
Extra information about a file in one meaning for slug.

Thumbnail As Used in Desktop Publishing
Small preview versions... Desktop Publishing.

Tracking - in Desktop Publishing and Page Layout
Adjusting the overall spacing between characters...

Free Fonts - Retro 50s 60s 70s Fonts for Download [Free Fonts]
Here's your source for free retro fonts reminiscent of the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Find the perfect typeface, learn about the design and the designers. Download all you want.

Elements of Design - Value as an Element of Design [Color as an Element of Design]
Sixth class on the Elements of Design includes 3 lessons, lots of supplemental material, and an optional graded assignment. This lesson is on value.

Graphic Design Basics - Line Patterns - Elements of Design [Lines Class]
Second class on lines, one of the Elements of Design, includes three lessons and an optional graded assignment. This lesson is on creating patterns with lines.

Shapes Class - Elements of Design Basics - Shapes in Design Overview
Third class on the Elements of Design focuses on shapes, especially the basic geometric shapes of circles, squares, and triangles, their use in design, meanings, and tips for use.

Using Geometric Shapes - Natural Shapes - Abstract Shapes [Shapes as Elements of Design]
Third class on shapes, one of the Elements of Design, includes four lessons and an assignment. This lesson is on using shapes, especially squares, circles, and triangles in graphic design.

[Free Fonts[ - Cursive Handwriting Fonts for Download
Here's your source for free cursive handwriting fonts. Find the perfect typeface, learn about the design and the designers. Download all the free cursive handwriting fonts you want.

Art Deco Color Palettes - Art Deco Era Color Combinations
Pick a color palette from the 20s and 30s. Find pleasing Art Deco color combinations for your print projects.

Fifties Color Palettes - Atomic Age 1950s Color Combinations
Pick a color palette from the late 40s and 1950s. Find pleasing Atomic Age color combinations for your print projects.

Brown Color Palettes - Brown Color Combinations
Pick a color palette with shades of brown. Find pleasing Brown color combinations for your print projects.

Gray Color Palettes - Gray Color Combinations
Pick a color palette with shades of gray. Find pleasing Gray color combinations for your print projects.

Purple Color Palettes - Purple and Lavender Color Combinations
Pick a color palette with shades of purple. Find pleasing purple and lavender color combinations for your print projects.

Sixties Color Palettes - The Sixties Color Combinations
Pick a color palette from the psycedelic sixties. Find pleasing Retro Sixties color combinations for your print projects.

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Centered Square Page Layout Tutorial - Greeting Card Page Layout Design With a Centered Square
Three greeting cards utilize a single 2.3 inch square image to demonstrate various graphic design and page layout principles using a centered alignment.

Centered Square Page Layout Tutorial - Greeting Card Page Layout Design With a Centered Square
Three greeting cards utilize a single 2.3 inch square image to demonstrate various graphic design and page layout principles using a centered alignment.

Centered Square Page Layout Tutorial - Greeting Card Page Layout Design With a Centered Square
Three greeting cards utilize a single 2.3 inch square image to demonstrate various graphic design and page layout principles using a centered alignment.

Centered Square Page Layout Tutorial - Greeting Card Page Layout Design With a Centered Square
Three greeting cards utilize a single 2.3 inch square image to demonstrate various graphic design and page layout principles using a centered alignment.

Lesson 2 of Create a Greeting Card Class - Project Selection
Your assignment in the Create a Greeting Card Class at About Desktop Publishing. Decide the parameters of the project. Page 3.

Drop Shadows - How to Create and Preserve an Illusion of Depth with Drop Shadows
Beyond adding interest, a drop shadow is a simple way to add dimension to an otherwise flat object on the page. Drop shadows make your objects; boxes, text, or complex graphics i; seem to float above the background. Before dismissing drop shadows as overused or contrived, learn how to make a more realistic drop shadow that preserves the 3D illusion they were originally intended to create -- http://desktoppub.about.com/library/weekly/aa071097.htm

Base Fake Drop Shadows on Real Lighting and Spacing
Drop shadows aren't just a sometimes overused graphic device. That have a basis in reality. While paper may not float above a tabletop all by itself, if it did, would create a drop shadow.

Uniform Drop Shadows Destroy the Illusion
Preserver the illusion by avoiding the use of the same drop shadow on everything. When objects overlap the shadows are different.

Vary the Size and Color of Drop Shadows to Mimic Varied Depths
Objects closer to the background have darker shadows. Object further away have lighter shadows. Consider the (fake) light source when you fake a drop shadow.

Size, Color, and Direction Preserves the Drop Shadow Illusion
Push objects or text closer to or further from the viewer by simply changing the size, color, and the direction of its drop shadow.

Create Complex Drop Shadows For Complex Arrangements
When text and objects overlap at different distances then their drop shadows interact as well. A shadow may fall across objects and backgrounds at varying distances. Preserve that illusion by creating varied shadows.

Lesson 2 of Create a Greeting Card Class - Project Selection
Explanation of the project selection or document setup phase of desktop publishing from the Create a Greeting Card Class. Page 2.

Lesson 2 of Create a Greeting Card Class - Project Selection
Is it a greeting card you want to create, or something else. The first step in designing anything is deciding what it is you need to make. That's this lesson from the Create a Greeting Card Class at About Desktop Publishing.

Centered Square Page Layout Tutorial - Greeting Card Page Layout Design With a Centered Square
Three greeting cards utilize a single 2.3 inch square image to demonstrate various graphic design and page layout principles using a centered alignment.

Centered Square Page Layout Tutorial - Greeting Card Page Layout Design With a Centered Square
Three greeting cards utilize a single 2.3 inch square image to demonstrate various graphic design and page layout principles using a centered alignment.

Centered Square Page Layout Tutorial - Greeting Card Page Layout Design With a Centered Square
Three greeting cards utilize a single 2.3 inch square image to demonstrate various graphic design and page layout principles using a centered alignment.

Centered Square Page Layout Tutorial - Greeting Card Page Layout Design With a Centered Square
Three greeting cards utilize a single 2.3 inch square image to demonstrate various graphic design and page layout principles using a centered alignment.

Printable Snow and Star Border Stationery Download for Holiday Letters
This blue border is covered in scattered stars and unique snowflakes. Some stationery versions include text in Freebooter Script. Mix and match for your holiday letters.

Stylized Triangle Christmas Tree Stationery Printable
Put a stylized tree and Seaon's Greetings at the top of your holiday letter with this free set of Christmas stationery. Includes a page 2 version.

Printable Christmas Tree Ornaments Stationery to Download for Holiday Letters
Download and print this free set of Holiday stationery featuring snowflake-covered ornaments to use for your holiday letters.

Printable Christmas Star Stationery to Download for Holiday Letters
Download and print this free set of Merry Christmas stationery to use for your holiday letters.

Identify Fonts Using WhatTheFont for iPhone - How to Identify Fonts on the iPhone Using WhatTheFont iPhone App
Learn how to use the iPhone app version of WhatTheFont to identify fonts on the go.

Identify Fonts Using WhatTheFont for iPhone - How to Identify Fonts on the iPhone Using WhatTheFont iPhone App
Learn how to use the iPhone app version of WhatTheFont to identify fonts on the go.

Identify Fonts Using WhatTheFont for iPhone - How to Identify Fonts on the iPhone Using WhatTheFont iPhone App
Learn how to use the iPhone app version of WhatTheFont to identify fonts on the go.

Identify Fonts Using WhatTheFont for iPhone - How to Identify Fonts on the iPhone Using WhatTheFont iPhone App
Learn how to use the iPhone app version of WhatTheFont to identify fonts on the go.

Identify Fonts Using WhatTheFont for iPhone - How to Identify Fonts on the iPhone Using WhatTheFont iPhone App
Learn how to use the iPhone app version of WhatTheFont to identify fonts on the go.

Identify Fonts Using WhatTheFont for iPhone - How to Identify Fonts on the iPhone Using WhatTheFont iPhone App
Learn how to use the iPhone app version of WhatTheFont to identify fonts on the go.

Identify Fonts Using WhatTheFont for iPhone - How to Identify Fonts on the iPhone Using WhatTheFont iPhone App
Learn how to use the iPhone app version of WhatTheFont to identify fonts on the go.

Featured Free Font in Use - Rispa
What can make Monday better? A beautiful free font that's both thin and fat, sort of.

Featured Free Font in Use - Quad
A mini-showcase of free fonts. Quad, in 3 styles

Featured Free Font in Use - Bispo
A mini-showcase of free fonts. Bispo

Featured Free Font in Use - Metropolis 1920
A mini-showcase of free fonts. Metropolis 1920

Featured Free Font in Use - Matilde and Matilde Sketch
A mini-showcase of free fonts. Matilde

You Know You're a Font Fanatic If...
How much do you love fonts? If any of these describe you, then you may be a little bit obsessed. Discover the traits of a true font fanatic.

I am a Fontaholic
There may not be a cure but it can be controlled. Maybe. How much do you love and need your fonts?

White Thermography for Wedding Invitation
White thermography changes this traditional layout to something a little different.

Framed Wedding Invite
A modern framing of a wedding invitation.

Makeovers of a Wedding Invitation
See how designers from our forum redesigned this wedding invitation.

Wedding Invitation - Elegant in White
A mostly traditional wedding invitation.

Wedding Invitation with a Horizontal Layout with Photo
This wedding invite is horizontal but also a touch of tradition.

Colorful Reverse Printing on a Wedding Invite
Bold colors in a wedding invitation.

Wedding Invitation - Tradition with a Photographic Background
A photographic background adds to this wedding invite.

Wedding Invitation - Colorful and Throughly Modern
No formality here. Desktop Publishing.

Wedding Invitation Makeover - A Modern Look Take 2
Cleaner version of modern invite makeover.

Wedding Invite - A Modern Look Take 3
This modern invite is less business-like

Formatting Lists - Eliminate Excess Spacing in Bullet Lists and Other Types of Lists in Typeset Documents
Usually space is good. Layouts with too little white space look crowded and are harder to read. But the wrong space has just as bad an effect as too little space. Here are 4 ways to eliminate unwanted space in bulleted, numbered, or other types of lists.

Formatting Lists - Eliminate Excess Spacing in Bullet Lists and Other Types of Lists in Typeset Documents
Usually space is good. Layouts with too little white space look crowded and are harder to read. But the wrong space has just as bad an effect as too little space. Here are 4 ways to eliminate unwanted space in bulleted, numbered, or other types of lists.

Formatting Lists - Eliminate Excess Spacing in Bullet Lists and Other Types of Lists in Typeset Documents
Usually space is good. Layouts with too little white space look crowded and are harder to read. But the wrong space has just as bad an effect as too little space. Here are 4 ways to eliminate unwanted space in bulleted, numbered, or other types of lists.