The purpose of this study is to develop a training module for integrating text, artwork, and graphics into a page layout program. Currently, the information for successful integration must be referenced from several sources. By having the key elements of integration in one volume, users attempting to layout and/or design a publication using these programs will be able to proceed quickly with fewer technical problems. Rapid growth is predicted for computer-based tools in graphic design studios, advertising agencies, and magazines which normally use computer design stations. These computer design stations require proper training to be used cost effectively. Consequently, training is important for firms investing in them. For the types of publications produced by graphic design studios, advertising agencies, and magazines, training is recommended by the author in the following five areas: word processing, artwork, graphics, page layout, and integration of programs. The manuals available for the individual programs were found to be adequate except in the area of integration. The information was spread out over several manuals and tended to assume more than entry level knowledge of computer vocabulary. The goal of this project is to bring the integration information together into one resource. Each stage of integration will be explained for a user who is not computer literate. It is necessary to specify programs for the integration training module since different programs have different requirements for integration. Programs were selected based on popularity, extensive use, and technical competence in the graphic arts industry. This project is comprised of two components. The first and major phase of the project is the experimentation, research, and writing of the integration training module. The final product will be an integration training module in the form of a reference manual. Research and experimentation will determine the specific contents and instructions for each chapter. The second component is the evaluation and subsequent revisions. A panel of judges will be asked to use the integration training module. The judges will then evaluate the module by completing a questionnaire designed to evaluate accuracy, clarity, ease of use, and usefulness. After reading the evaluations, revisions will be made to the module.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Desktop publishing; Macintosh (Computer)--Programming
Department, Program, or Center
School of Print Media (CIAS)
Jackson, Linda A., "A Training module for the integration of text, scanned graphics, and computer-generated artwork into a page layout program on a Macintosh design system" (1990). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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