Engage your audience with desktop publishing software for print, digital media, app design and graphic art.

Desktop publishing software can help you design high-impact apps, magazines and ads – bringing your content to life online and offline. Desktop publishing is keeping pace with changes in the wider publishing industry and continuing to move beyond the era of the printed word. Are you?

Create interactive online publications complete with video content and responsive graphics. Build apps and websites. Design artful print media, including posters, album art and more. Break new ground with desktop publishing software.

Engage your audience with desktop publishing software for print, digital media, app design and graphic art.

From books to magazines to graphic art to app design, Adobe Creative Cloud has you covered.

What is desktop publishing?

Desktop publishing is the use of computer software to produce content in various formats for publishing on different platforms – online and offline.

Traditionally, publishing software was used to create layouts combining text and images for print publications such as:

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Books
  • Brochures
  • Leaflets

Today’s desktop publishing software has developed significantly and is now commonly used to create layouts for online content. This ranges from web and app design to interactive pdfs and traditional magazine layouts.

Using desktop publishing software to get started.

Desktop publishing software (DTP software) are tools and programs that create visual communications and publications. They combine and refine text and graphics into the desired page layouts ready for publishing, either online or in print.

Most DTP software enables users to build their own page designs from scratch or choose a pre-packaged template.

Publishing software has advanced to a point where many desktop publishing tools are combined into one package for:

  • Graphic design
  • Web publishing
  • Presentation
  • Photo editing

These provide greater control over design, layout and typography than word processing software. 

Desktop publishing for every project.

Engage your readers with high-quality print and digital publications created with our industry-standard layout and design software. Choose from dozens of controls for fonts, lines, boxes, textures and colour. Take advantage of advanced controls for interactive content and video and the ability to output in standard publishing formats like PDF, EPUB and HTML.

Adobe InDesign

Adobe InDesign
Craft elegant layouts at your desk or on-the-go.
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Publish, print and publicise.

Publish, print and publicise.

Print and digital layout software at its best. Responsive controls, comprehensive design elements and elegant preset templates let you handle any publishing task.

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InDesign does more with layouts.

Choose settings
Print, digital or web. Select a template or design your own. Decide on one page or multiple pages for the scope of your desktop publishing project.

Design your layout
Frames are the organising unit of your layout. They contain content such as text and graphics. Use them to create the look of your project.

Add content
Fill your frames with your chosen content — text, images or rich media — and refine your design for maximum impact.

Export in the formats of your choice, including EPUB, PDF, HTML and EPS or create print separations for a printer.

Text wrapping
Flow your text around initial capitals, infographics, pictures and video. Take your reader on a visual journey through your story.

Imagery in tables
Punch up your tables and infographics with images to hold the eye.

Adobe Stock assets
Integration with Adobe Stock allows you to quickly find the graphics you need to enhance your publication. Search for illustrative content, textures or layout design templates.

Discover more examples of great desktop publishing.

Desktop publishing encompasses word processing, page layout, graphics and web publishing to produce content to suit a range of purposes. 


This content could be:

  • Posters which promote an event
  • Infographics demonstrating a trend
  • Mobile app designs for a brand
  • Greetings cards for friends or family
  • Business cards for professionals
Poster promoting an event
Infographic demonstrating a trend
Infographic demonstrating a trend
Business cards for professionals

Rapid prototyping and layout design for web and mobile apps.

Build fully interactive designs to preview on desktop, tablet and mobile. Move quickly from wireframes to working prototypes. Creating compelling user experiences has never been easier with a desktop publishing app.

Adobe XD

Adobe XD
Design, prototype and share user experiences.
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Design, link, preview.

A full set of design and prototyping tools to quickly create engaging user experiences. Build pages, adjust visual elements and create interactive prototypes.

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Design, link, preview.

More features to make design faster and easier.

Start with artboards
Choose from premade templates or design your own artboards. Pick colour schemes, place frames and import elements like text and images.

Develop your idea
Organise the flow of your app. Arrange buttons, menus and forms. Choose from dozens of premade artboards for tasks like signing in or user registration.

Make connections
Connect buttons and controls to artboards and create the user experience. Define actions and transitions.

Preview and export
Test your prototype on desktop and mobile devices with the XD preview app. Send links to collaborators so they can review and comment. Then export design specs for your developer.

Responsive artboards
Work quickly in XD, even with hundreds of artboards at one time. Change your view, rearrange and redesign with no lag time.

Contextual layers
Keep your experience design organised with contextual layers. Convert functions into symbols to use across your project.

Repeat Grid
Automate repetitive tasks with Repeat Grid. Create and populate multiple elements so your design takes shape more quickly.

Free desktop publishing software for web and mobile.

Tell your story simply in a social media post, a web page or short video. Easy-to-use controls and powerful templates help you build and share amazing content quickly.

Adobe Spark

Adobe Spark
Create graphics, web pages and video stories in minutes.
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Take your stories up a notch.

Take your stories up a notch.

Create professional-looking content in minutes by adding graphics, video and effects to your web pages and social media posts. Then watch those likes add up.

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Adobe Spark makes desktop publishing easy with simple, powerful features.

Create for web, video or social media
Whether you’re creating a post, adding a page or making a video, you’ll find specialised web and mobile apps to streamline the task.

Pick a template
High-quality templates make storytelling a snap. There are templates and themes for every task — and you can also design your own.

Add content
Follow the suggestions and add photos, video, text and icons. Adjust the order and settings until everything’s perfect.

Save and share
Post your finished story to the social media platform of your choice, embed it in your website or download a copy to your computer.

Engaging templates
Whether you’re promoting a band, announcing a life event, sharing snaps from a recent trip or taking a stand on a good cause, Adobe Spark has templates and themes to meet your needs.

Free searchable images
With thousands of images searchable by keyword, you’ll always find the perfect one to underscore your message. You can even choose from professional icons, fonts and textures.

Inspiring projects
Browse thousands or projects on the Adobe Spark website to get ideas and remix featured items for an even quicker start.

Create and publish wherever you are.

Adobe Spark includes free mobile apps designed for social media creation, webpage design and video production. It's fast and simple, so you can tell your story and share on the spot.

Make your posts stand out on social media.


Adobe Spark Post

Adobe Spark Post

Create event posters, invitations, blog posts and more for Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube. Spark Post has templates, fonts and graphics to make your posts stand out, plus simple controls to help you to manage your brand presence with professional results.


Design web pages on your hand-held device.


Adobe Spark Page

Adobe Spark Page

Combine images, text and graphics to tell your story. Design pages on your phone or tablet that will shine on both desktop and mobile devices. Find easy-to-use templates for invites, travelogue's, announcements and magazine-style articles all at your fingertips.


Edit short films in minutes.



Adboe Spark Video

Adobe Spark Video

Video can make your message more compelling — and with Spark Video, you don’t need a complex video editor to wow your audience. Just follow the guided templates to combine images, clips, text, icons and narration into pro-quality content.


Compare layout and publishing features.

Choose from apps for desktop, web and mobile — pick the tools that suit you best.



Photoshop Express


Adobe Spark


Adobe Spark Post

Spark Post

Photoshop Fix

Spark Page

Photoshop Fix

Spark Video

Print layout

Web layout

Simple controls

Social media export

Web page design

Precision controls

App design



Sharable links

Mobile preview

EPUP export

Desktop app

Mobile app

Learn more about desktop publishing with Creative Cloud tools.

With features being added all the time, there’s always something new to discover. Explore beginner and advanced tutorials.

Create an interactive PDF.

Create an interactive PDF.

Add bookmarks, links, page controls and video to a PDF. Use sophisticated controls in InDesign to make an interactive PDF magazine.

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Design and preview prototypes.

Design and preview prototypes.

Create links between artboards in an app prototype and share links with collaborators to get feedback.

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Create branded stories in Adobe Express.

Create branded stories in Adobe Express.

Make your business stand out by creating a unique voice online. Find out how fonts, colours, styles and surfaces can bring a brand to the forefront.


Make your message more visible with top-of-the-line desktop publishing software for Windows, macOS, Android and iOS.


Presentation is key in today’s competitive marketplace. The tools in Creative Cloud have comprehensive controls, high-quality templates and themes designed for any digital or print publishing project you can dream up. Cloud backup and app integration let you easily move your projects between the tools and share with collaborators. With membership options for individuals and businesses and discounts for students and educators, you’ll find a plan that’s right for you.



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