Finalize Production Files

How to prepare your files for perfect print and production.
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Instructed by Dayj Z Design / Graphic Design
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  • Lectures 30
  • Length 1 hour
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  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 6/2015 English

Course Description

This course will teach you how to create clean and neat files that are ready for print and production. You will learn the best ways to build your files, the fastest methods to craft your diecuts, and the easiest techniques to achieve perfect results.

This is taken from real life work experience!

I will show you how projects are done from zero to final production. We will get the visual assets from the client, and use them to build our products.

So, what are we going to do?

We will create a shelf stopper, a shelf wobbler, a shelf strip and a 50 x 50 cm free-standing unit that consists of a header, a base, two sides and three shelves.

We will prepare the print and cut files, as well as flat PDF preview files that we can send to our client for feedback or approval.

We will also learn how to prepare our files for offset printing, and how to add special effects like embossing, spot UV, foil stamping, etc…

Finally, we will package everything into a folder that will be sent for print and production.

This is a 47-minute video course from 2-Minute Design, so each video will be less than 3 minutes in length. This means that it is super easy to follow, just like any 2-Minute Design content.

What are the requirements?

  • You need Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and optionally InDesign.
  • You don't need to have the latest version, any recent version works fine.
  • You need to have at least basic Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign knowledge.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Create clean and neat files that are ready for print and production.
  • Build production files, craft diecuts and achieve perfect results.
  • Start a project from scratch to final production.
  • Get visual assets from the client, and use them to build projects.
  • Prepare flat PDF previews to be sent to the client for feedback or approval.
  • Prepare files for digital or offset printing.
  • Add special effects like embossing, spot UV, foil stamping, etc...
  • Package all the files, links and fonts into a folder that will be sent for print and production.

What is the target audience?

  • Don't take this course if you can't watch 2-minute video clips.
  • Don't take this course if you expect a design course that focuses on visuals and layouts.
  • Don't take this course if you expect to learn about design principles and color theory.
  • Don't take this course if you have no idea how to use Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.
  • Don't take this course if you haven't seen any of my free videos on http://2-MinuteDesign.com
  • TAKE this course if you want to learn the perfect system to create finalized production files.
  • TAKE this course if you want to use the best techniques that guarantee your production files are clean and neat.
  • TAKE this course if you are a graphic finalizer.
  • TAKE this course if you are a graphic designer.
  • TAKE this course if you have at least basic Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign knowledge.
  • TAKE this course if you've seen my videos on http://2-MinuteDesign.com and you agree that I deliver valuable information.
  • TAKE this course if you don't mind watching 2-minute video clips.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Getting Started
Welcome to the Course
Preview
01:18
00:42

What software do you need to complete this course?

00:49

How you can follow along by downloading the assets folder.

Section 2: Shelf Stopper
02:50

How to prepare the dimensions for the Shelf Stopper using Adobe Illustrator.

02:57

How to adapt the visuals according to the Shelf Stopper's dimensions.

02:40

How to create the diecuts for the Shelf Stopper using Adobe Illustrator.

01:12

Since the Shelf Stopper is two-sided, we will create the visuals for the verso while keeping the same diecut.

01:59

How to finalize the Illustrator file before closing it.

Section 3: Shelf Wobbler
01:35

How to prepare the dimensions for the Shelf Wobbler using Adobe Illustrator.

01:23

How to adapt the visuals according to the Shelf Wobbler's dimensions.

00:54

How to finalize the Illustrator file before closing it.

Section 4: Shelf Strip
01:29

How to prepare the dimensions for the Shelf Strip using Adobe Illustrator.

00:59

How to adapt the visuals according to the Shelf Strip's dimensions.

00:39

How to finalize the Illustrator file before closing it.

Section 5: 50x50 Display
02:54

How to prepare the dimensions for the 50x50 Display using Adobe Illustrator.

01:13

How to adapt the visuals according to the Header's dimensions.

01:35

How to adapt the visuals according to the Sides' dimensions.

02:53

How to create the diecuts for the Sides using Adobe Illustrator.

00:49

How to adapt the visuals according to the Base's dimensions.

00:48

How to adapt the visuals according to the Shelf's dimensions.

Section 6: Previews
02:58

How to create flat PDF previews using Adobe InDesign to be sent for client approval / feedback.

01:19

How to create the PDF previews if you don't have Adobe InDesign.

Section 7: Packaging and Sending for Production
01:03

How to package the files so that you don't miss a link or a font.

Additional Recommendations
Preview
00:33
Section 8: Offset Printing
00:52

What to do to make your file offset-friendly.

02:41

What is the easiest way to create special effects.

Section 9: Tips, Tricks and Solutions
01:39

Why you should join the corners and how to do it.

01:18

Some good and bad examples that you should consider.

00:53

How to communicate creases, v-cuts, grooves, etc...

Section 10: Next Step
00:47

Congratulations for completing the course! What should you do next?

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Instructor Biography

Dayj Z, Creator of 2-Minute Design

Dayj is the creator of 2-Minute Design, where he provides design answers and ideas through engaging 2-minute videos. He is also a professional graphic designer, and works with people and companies to improve their sales and boost their exposure.

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