Color Basics for Print Designers
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Color Basics for Print Designers

From Rainbows to Pantone®: Understanding Color in Print Design
4.4 (39 ratings)
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Created by Joseph Caserto
Last updated 12/2013
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This course includes
  • 34 mins on-demand video
  • 3 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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Description

Have you ever been surprised by how a different color looks when printed on paper, compared to how it looks displayed on screen? Do you get frustrated by endless discussions with clients about why a printed piece looks different than the pdf they approved? This 35-minute course will explain why the colors that you see is much different from that which your monitor can display, and what your printer can output. By the end, you'll have scientific proof that you simply cannot reproduce all the colors of nature.

Who Should Take This Course

  • Print designers and producers who want to learn the essentials of working in color.

  • Print designers who aren’t familiar with production techniques, and who want to gain a foundation for understanding the 4-color printing process, and how spot colors, such as Pantone® inks, can supplement it. 

  • Beginner print, web, and mobile, designers who want to understand color theory.

  • Writers and editors who want to gain insight into the design process. These students should please note: this course is technical in content, and color theory will not be covered.

  • Users of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, who want to understand the pre-press process as it relates to color separations, and the use of spot colors, such as Pantone® inks.
What’s Required
  • A desire to explore the covered topics.
Suggested Resources 
  • Notebook & something to write with, or equivalent tools.
Course content
Expand all 10 lectures 36:23
+ How Color Works
2 lectures 05:33

Why we can't reproduce all the colors we can see, either on screen or in print.

Preview 02:19

Both in light and pigment, three colors combine to form all the others.

Preview 03:14
+ Reproducing Color in Ink and Pixels
3 lectures 19:27

Process and Spot colors

Preview 03:55

How photographs and artwork get printed.

Images
08:16

Printing combined images, text, and other elements.

Layouts
07:16
+ Color Is—and Isn't—an Exact Science.
2 lectures 05:46

Why the same color won't look the same in different environments.

Variables
05:46
When Print and Digital Meet
1 page
+ Course Wrap-Up
1 lecture 01:57

A brief review.

Closing
01:57
+ Resources
1 lecture 00:00
This is an interactive pdf, contains links to Helpful publications for reference and further exploration.
UD Color Basics 9 Resources
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