In desktop publishing, templates are pre-designed documents that we can use to create business cards, brochures, greeting cards, or other desktop documents. Some types of templates include:
Mix and match elements using a Wizard or by choosing items from a list that the software assembles into our final product.
Pre-designed formats for documents where all we add are our own words in place of dummy or placeholder text. Graphics and typestyles are part of the template.
Pre-designed formats for documents that have placeholders (grid lines, boxes, dummy text) for key elements, text and graphics. We add our own text and graphics and choose the appropriate typefaces.
Many programs include their own set of designer templates for a variety of documents.
You can also design and save your own templates. Let’s look at some of the ways that templates can work for you.
* Pros & Cons of Using Templates
You might have heard (or even thought it yourself) “Real designers don’t use templates” or, “Templates are a substitute for real design.” But there are times when using one is the most appropriate choice....