You may also wonder, how exactly is this possible?
How do desktop publishing services actually work?
The first step is by identifying the right software. When DTP services began in the 1980s, the difference between DTP and word processing was massive. While word processors, like Microsoft Word, have caught up to a degree, there is still a significant difference between word processing and dedicated desktop publishing software, such as QuarkXpress, FrameMaker, Photoshop, and Microsoft’s own Visio, Project and SQL.
With a DTP program, there are two types of pages to consider: virtual and physical. Physical pages are the real pages on which the material is printed, while virtual pages are those electronic pages on which you layout and edit the material before printing.
What are the advantages of using such complicated DTP services over word, you may wonder?
With DTP, you still have excellent control over the layout of the page, despite the efforts of word processors to integrate the two systems into one item that can suit all your needs.
DTP services do get some competition from typesetting software such as TeX and troff, which allow you unparalleled control over the design. Where DTP has the advantage over typesetting is in the interface. Type-setting software requires the user to know the internal processing commands to achieve his page layout objective.
With Desktop Publishing, the system is much more intuitive. The what-you-see-is-what-you-get basis of DTP software insures that, to new users, it is much more friendly than typesetting software without losing much functionality.
So what really is desktop publishing? It is the digitization of the publishing industry. What else can desktop publishing services do? It is a way for you to make a tidy profit. Is there anything more that DTP services can offer?
They offer you unparalleled control, consistency and freedom over the material that you wish to publish.