DTP careers | Daily Express Online


When you need to print something like a magazine, flyer, or annual report, you want it to be presentable and attractive. Typing alone is not enough. You need graphics for the illustration.

OFFICE publishers use software to design layouts for newspapers, books, brochures and other material printed or published online. It would give it a professional touch.

What do Desktop editors do?

  • Edit text, graphics or other documents created by writers and designers
  • Edit graphics, such as photographs or illustrations
  • Import text and graphics into publishing software
  • Integrate images and text to create cohesive pages
  • Adjust text properties, such as size, column width, and spacing
  • Revise the layouts and make the necessary corrections
  • Submit or download final files for printing or online publication

Desktop editors use publishing software to create layouts for print or electronic publishing. They can edit text by correcting its spelling, punctuation, and grammar.


Desktop editors often work with other design, media, or marketing professionals, including copywriters, editors, and graphic designers. For example, they work with graphic designers to create images that complement the text and fit into the available space.

Working environment

Many desktop publishers work in the publishing and printing industries. The main employers of desktop publishers are:

  • Newspaper, periodical, book and directory publishers
  • Professional, scientific and technical services
  • Self-employed
  • Printing and related support activities

Working hours

Many desktop editors work full time and may need to work overtime to meet publishing deadlines.

How to become a desktop editor

  • Office editors usually learn on the job from an experienced worker.
  • Desktop editors generally need a degree. They also receive short-term on-the-job training lasting about 1 to 3 months.


Desktop editors generally need a degree, often in graphic design or graphic communication. Private colleges, community colleges, vocational and technical schools offer DTP courses, which teach students how to create electronic layouts and format text and graphics using DTP software.



Desktop editors typically receive short-term on-the-job training lasting about 1 to 3 months. They learn by working closely with more experienced workers or by taking courses that teach them how to use DTP software. Workers often need further training because publishing software changes over time.

What qualities do you need?

  • Artistic ability. Desktop editors need to have a good eye on the appearance of graphics and text, so that they can create pages that are visually appealing and readable.
  • Communication skills. Desktop editors need to collaborate with others, such as copywriters, editors and graphic designers, and communicate their ideas effectively.
  • Attention to detail. Desktop editors should pay attention to details such as margins, font sizes, overall appearance, and accuracy of their work.
  • Organisational skills. Desktop editors often work to tight deadlines and need to know how to plan and prioritize tasks so documents are ready on time for publication.

Other experience

Many employers prefer to hire workers who have experience preparing layouts and using desktop publishing software. Students can gain experience working on a publication for a school or other organizations.


Desktop publishing is commonly used to design print materials, such as advertisements, brochures, newsletters, and forms.

However, companies are expected to hire fewer office editors as other types of workers – such as graphic designers, web designers, and editors – increasingly perform office editing tasks.


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