Desktop Publishing


Saban Kumar Maharana


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Course Name : Desktop Publishing

Code(Credit) : ABC01(0-2-2)

Course Objectives

  • Demonstrate the knowledge of many ways that publications may be developed.
  • Create suitable, digital, interactive print publication
  • Creating of a variety of publications such as newspapers, feature pages, magazine covers, editorial spreads, newsletters and more
  • Know the foundations theories of design, page layout and how they apply to the many format students may encounter.

Learning Outcomes

  • Work on digital product development with confidence
  • Use a publishing specific digital vocabulary
  • Demonstrate an understanding of current issues and challenges in publishing
  • Contribute to the development digital publishing business models


  • Newsletters.
  • Journals and blogs.
  • Catalog.
  • Books.
  • Magazines.
  • Scrapbooks.


1. Digital Publishing with Adobe InDesign CS6 1st Edition by Sandee Cohen  (Author),

Diane Burns (Author)

2. Adobe Photoshop CC Classroom in a Book - (English, Paperback, Faulkner Andrew)

Course Syllabus

Module I

Communication and Graphics

  • Layout and Design Principles
  • Concepts and Types,
  • Working with Colour: Theory of Colours
  • Pixel and Resolution: Vector and Bitmap Graphics


Module II

Adobe InDesign:

  • Introduction to InDesign.
  • Applying paragraph and character styles.
  • Building documents with master pages.
  • Creating custom page sizes.
  • Automatic page numbering.
  • Working with text and type.
  • Checking and correcting spelling.
  • Working with tables.
  • Formatting rows and columns.


Module III

Adobe Photoshop:

Introduction to Adobe Photoshop.

  • Understanding the interface.
  • Understanding pixels and resolution.
  • Working with basic selections tools.
  • Getting started with layers.
  • Creating and working with brushes.
  • Using the pencil and eraser tools.
  • Introduction to colour correction.
  • Creating special effects.
  • Saving with different file formats.

Session Plan

Session 1

Layout and Design Principles, Line, Shape, Texture, Space, Value, Color, Balance, Rhythm, Unity, Emphasis.



Video File:Layout and Design Principles

Session 2

Concepts and Types of Layout: Mondrian Layout, Circus Layout, Multipanel Layout, Silhouette Layout, Big-Type Layout, Alphabet-Inspired Layout.



PDF:Layout principle

Session 3

The fundamentals of understanding colour theory, Understand Pixels, Resolution, Differences between bitmap and vector.



Video File:Color Theory

Session 4

Introduction to InDesign tools, The document window, Using guides, Viewing modes, Working with panels, The tools panel, Managing panels, Working with the control panel, Saving your workspace.



Video File:Introduction to InDesign tools

Session 5

Applying paragraph styles, Applying character styles, Applying object styles, Working with graphics, Placing graphics, Positioning graphics within a frame, Applying text wrap, Understanding layers, Applying effects.



Video File:Applying paragraph styles

Session 6

Building documents with master pages, Creating custom page sizes, Creating a new custom-sized document, Creating and formatting master pages, Adding automatic page numbering, Adding layout pages, Adding images and text to the master frames, Applying master pages to multiple pages.



Video File:Building documents with master pages

Session 7

Working with text and type, Adding text to your document, Creating a text frame, Changing character attributes, Changing font and type styles, Adjusting size, Adjusting line spacing, Adjusting character spacing.



Video File:Working with text and type

Session 8

Checking and correcting spelling, Finding and changing text and text attributes, Adding words to the dictionary, Checking spelling as you type, Automatically correcting spelling.



Video File:Checking and correcting spelling

Session 9

Text frame options, Adjusting text inset, Vertically aligning text, Importing text, Changing the number of columns in a text frame, Using styles to format text, Creating a headline and applying a style, Type on a path, Importing text from Microsoft word.



Session 10

Working with tables, Creating new tables, Copying and pasting table information, Converting text to a table and a table to text, Importing a table.



Video File:Working with tables

Session 11

Changing row height, Editing the border, Formatting rows and columns, Formatting cells and text, Resetting the cell styles within a table, Text alignment and Inset within a cell, Formatting text within a cell and saving paragraph styles, Merging cells, Defining a header cell, Setting column and row dimensions, Setting a fixed row height, Setting column width.



Video File:Adjusting the Rows in InDesign

Session 12

Using effects, Creative effects, Applying opacity to objects, Drop shadow, Adjusting effects for objects, Bevel and emboss, Object styles with effects, Basic feather, The gradient feather tool, Converting text to a path, Applying blending modes to objects,  Applying an alpha channel selection, Applying a path selection.



Video File:Using effects

Session 13

Introduction to Adobe Photoshop: Tools, Control panels, Opening new files, Saving files, Applications bar, Options bar, Creating and viewing a new document, Setting preferences.



Video File:Introduction to Adobe Photoshop

Session 14

Resizing & cropping images, Understanding pixels & resolution, Adjusting canvas size and canvas rotation.



Video File:Understanding pixels & resolution

Adjusting canvas size and canvas Rotation 

Session 15

Working with Basic Selections: Selecting with the elliptical marquee tool, Using the magic wand and free transform tool, Selecting with the regular and polygonal lasso tools, Combining selections, Using the magnetic lasso tool, Using the quick selection tool and refine edge.



Video File:Working with Basic Selection Tools

Session 16

Getting started with layers, Understanding the background layer, Creating, Selecting, Deleting layers, Locking and merging layers.



Video File:Understanding the layers

Session 17

Introduction to Layer Style: Blending modes, Opacity and fill.



Video File:Introduction to Photoshop Layer Styles

Session 18

Using the brush tool, Creating and working with brushes, Using the pencil and eraser tools.



Video File:How To Work & Use Photoshop Brushes

Session 19

Photo Retouching: The red eye tool, The clone stamp tool, The patch tool, The healing brush tool, The spot healing brush tool.



Session 20

Working with the pen tool, Understanding paths, Creating straight & Curved paths, Creating a clipping path.



Video File:How to Use the Pen tool

Session 21

Creating special effects, Getting started with photoshop filters, Smart filters.



Video File:Creating Special Effects in Adobe Photoshop

Session 22

Saving with different file formats



Video File:Save files in different formats

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    Mr. Saban Kumar Maharana, Assistant Professor in School of Media and Communication, Centurion University of Technology and Management, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, He has completed M.Phil. from Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, He has more than 5 years of experience in the field of TV Graphics and Animation in the leading channel in Odisha. Earlier he had worked […]