DTP for translators

Format: Self-study training

Course summary
Availability:This training is available on-demand

Estimated duration:
10 hours
Summary:Introduction to Desktop Publishing, its role in the process of document translation, and the main IT tools used for this purpose.
The concepts and strategies included in the course will allow trainees to further improve their command of DTP tools with time.

Given the wide variety of software used for DTP, the main programs have been selected and grouped according to their nature. Having this software installed is not required, and those familiar with them may get a deeper knowledge of their applications.
Topics covered during the course
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First Module
  • What is DTP? Where does it stand in the publishing/printing process?
  • What DTP may mean to clients: categories of DTP assignments
  • Scope of the translator's work on projects with DTP
  • The four factors for assessing the difficulty of a project
  • DTP Hardware and Software Requirements
  • Two Approaches to Budgeting

Second Module
  • Overview of the Origins, Uses and Characteristics of the PDF Format
  • Types of PDF Files and Word/Character Count
  • What Tools Are Available to Handle PDF Files?
  • How to Translate Each PDF File Type
  • Video: Using OCR to process an image PDF file
  • Video: A tour of a PDF editor: direct PDF edition

Third Module
  • Introduction to graphics design software relevant concepts
  • The Uses of Image Formats
  • Sample PDF Combining Bitmap and Vectorial Elements

Fourth module
  • Types of Professional DTP Software
  • A Guided Tour of Single-Page Application and Translation of a PDF File
  • Sample PDF File for Edition in Single-Page Appliacation PDF document
  • Video: A Guided Tour of an Editorial Design Application (Adobe InDesign)

Course requirements
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• There are no requirements other than Internet connection to participate in this self-paced course.

• No software purchase or pre-installation is necessary.
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Mauricio Coitiño    View feedback | View all courses
Bio: Mauricio Coitiño se desempeña profesionalmente como traductor y diseñador gráfico freelance desde hace más de cinco años. Posee experiencia en servicios de DTP para agencias de traducción, traducción de sitios web, diseño editorial y diseño de imagen corporativa. Es Técnico Profesional en Diseño Gráfico y estudiante avanzado de Licenciatura en Diseño Gráfico y del IH Diploma in Translation. Desde 2007 enseña Español como lengua extranjera en International House Montevideo.

Mauricio Coitiño has been a professional EN-ES translator and graphics designer for over five years. He is experienced in DTP services for translation agencies, website translation, editorial design and corporate image design. He is a professional graphics operator and an advanced student of a BA in Graphic Design and the IH Diploma in Translation. Since 2007, he has been teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language at International House Montevideo.
Comments about this course

DTP for translators

Yoko Busk Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Member (2010)
Japanese to English
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Easy to understandFeb 25, 2014

I wanted to learn about DTP properly for a long time. This course was very precise, good introduction and good value for money. Thank you very much.

Sergiu Cacau

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