So you’ve created your designed document and you are ready to send it to a commercial print shop. What do you need to know to make your interaction efficient and your document complete to your print specifications? This class will teach you how to take your finished document from InDesign and send it to a printer in a format that both you and your printer will appreciate.
This 4-hour course includes a tour of production at Capital City Press where you will see the print process at each step. You will get a historical perspective of the print industry, look at the questions that need to be answered when you send a document to print, get an explanation of print specifications, how to design efficiently and more.
Performance Objectives: Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to:
Demonstrate the Pre-Production considerations
- Define the product purpose; Booklet, Card, Brochure, Packaging
- Identify the basics of paper and the properties they hold
- Describe special requirements for packaging; multiple delivery, fulfillment
- Understand different file types to package for output, submitting and proofing and approval
Understand the Production requirements
- Discover the principles of the printing process to complete the specifications needed to create and build a file for print
- Examine color process for CMYK vs PMS
- Discuss Coated vs Uncoated paper
- Accurately build a file for offset and wide format printing
- Design for finishing requirements including Outside Services, Binding, Die Cutting/Foil
- Prepare for mailing (including an overview of mailing regulations
Competencies covered in this course: Requirements for creating documents that meet print specifications.
Intended Audience: Anyone needing to print using commercial printers
Recommended Pre-requisite: Completion of the core courses in the graphic design program is highly recommended. This class uses a mix of discussion and demonstration work. Students are expected to participate fully and share their experience, if relevant to the discussion.