DTP Top Ten Tips
July 11, 2006 | 0 comments
Top Ten Tips
- Always think of your design from the reader’s point of view. Would you be attracted by a given layout, keep reading it and understand it? If not start again.
- Don’t try too hard. DTP offers so many design tricks that it is tempting to include them all, but too many effects are often counter-productive. Generally speaking, less is more.
- Good design is not about covering as much of the page as possible. Don’t be frightened of white space.
- Make the most of the images you are given, but be wary of turning to clipart. A good image can make a design, a weak one can ruin it.
- Get to know your fonts. You probably have hundreds on your system, each with different effects and different practical uses, but how many do you actually use?
- Within any single job, however, you should stick to only two contrasting but complementary faces. Use different styles of these fonts (italic, bold and compressed) to add variety.
- Get the right hardware. You’ll need a powerful computer with plenty of RAM and disk space. For proofing commercial print you’ll also need a Postscript printer.
- Get the right software. Each DTP program has its own strengths and weaknesses and caters to a slightly different market (see Professional DTP box out).
- Time spent on setting up templates and styles will be saved many times over.
- Be wary of rules and prescriptions (including those above). Design rules are there to be broken – intelligently.