Layout | Basics

What is page layout?

Page layout (verb) also known as page design, page composition, document design, desktop publishing is the process of placing and arranging and rearranging text and graphics on the page to produce documents such as newsletters, brochures, books, etc. Page layout (noun) refers to the actual document page and its composition. The primary software programs for desktop publishing are called page layout applications.

Before designers had desktop publishing software, page layout was often done by pasting blocks of typed or typeset text and images cut from special ‘clip art’ books onto sheets of paper. Adobe PageMaker was the first desktop publishing or page layout program that made it easy to arrange and rearrange text and graphics on screen — no more scissors or messy glue.