Processing Text and Images 04
Desktop Publishing (DTP) templates are useful for creating flyers.

Processing Text and Images 04

This KS3 ICT quiz is all about processing text and images. Desktop publishing (also known as DTP) processes text and images. It combines a personal computer and WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) page layout software to create documents for printing. You could produce leaflets of different sizes, greetings cards, business cards, posters, magazines and even books if you wanted to. It is much better at these tasks than word processing software because you can control the layout very precisely. If you have ever tried to use word processing software for this purpose, you will have found that keeping everything exactly where you want it can be quite tricky.

When using DTP software correctly, the different elements are often created with other programs, saved as separate files and imported. Text is produced with a word processor and images in graphics software. It is possible to use the DTP program to enter text and manipulate images but that is less efficient. The layout is made using frames which can be positioned exactly aligned to a grid. They can be locked in place. The different elements are loaded into the frames and the text formatted as required.

Text in a DTP is usually created .......
directly from a database linked to the DTP software
in a CAD application and then exported to a DTP suite
in a spreadsheet and then imported into a DTP
in a word processor and then imported into a DTP suite
ICT is always a case of choosing the most appropriate software to carry out the task
Images in a DTP are usually manipulated .......
directly in a DTP
in a graphics card and then imported into a DTP
in a graphics editor before importing into a DTP
in an image viewer and then transferred to a DTP
Image editing is best handled in specialist software
An advantage of DTP over word processing is .......
DTP applications are faster
DTP applications are more expensive to buy
DTP has greater control over page layout
DTP is what professionals use
The different elements of a publication stay exactly where they have been placed so when you print the document, it looks how you intended it to be
DTP applications are 'frame based' which means .......
text and images are arranged on a framework
text and images are arranged on a grid
text and images are arranged on a grid called a 'frame'
text and images are contained in boxes called 'frames'
Word processing software does not have these frames which is why it is so much more difficult to use it to layout a print publication
Frames can be dragged around .......
from one page to an adjacent page wherever you want
from one page to any other page wherever you want
No they can't! Frames are fixed in position once created
on the page they were created on but nowhere else
This is what makes a DTP program so flexible
Which of these is not usually true of text frames?
Can be made in unusual shapes - not just rectangular
One frame can be on multiple pages of a document
Link together, so text flows from one frame to another
They can be positioned in columns on a page
A frame can only be on one page, but frames on different pages can be linked. When you put the text into the first frame, if there is too much, it will automatically flow into the linked frame on a different page. You can link as many frames as you like
Which is not a reason for creating a DTP template?
Creating a master copy of a page layout for repeated use
For a document which will only be used once
Maintaining a consistent look to related publications
To save time - new layout can be based on an existing one
No point creating one if it won't be used again!
Templates might be useful for creating what?
Web pages
All of the above
DTP software usually has built-in templates that you can use or you can create your own
Most DTP programs feature 'grids'. Grids are used .......
as a reference to place text, graphics and tables accurately
to create tables easily
to enable graphs to be drawn
to work out the coordinates of an object on the page
You can hide or show the grid
Some DTP programs allow the use of 'styles'. These .......
are designer looks - young, professional, glossy etc.
automatically make a publication look impressive
fix font type, size, colour etc. used for text with that 'style'
make text more interesting to read
All text with that 'style' will have a similar appearance
You can find more about this topic by visiting BBC Bitesize - Presenting information on computers

Author:  Duncan Daish

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