Desktop publishing software (abbreviated DTP) is the creation of printed materials using page layout on a personal computer. When used skillfully, desktop publishing software can produce printed literature with attractive layouts and typographic quality comparable to traditional typography andprinting. This technology allows individuals, businesses, and other organizations to self-publish a wide range of printed matter from menus and local newsletters to books, magazines, and newspapers without the sometimes-prohibitive expense of commercial printing.
Desktop publishing methods provides more control over design, layout, and typography than word processing does. However, word processing software has evolved to include some, though by no means all, capabilities previously available only with professional printing or desktop publishing.