Learn print production from start to finish

Learn every basic concept needed for print production, including practical examples of how to leverage those.
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  • Lectures 16
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 5/2015 English

Course Description

Have you ever wondered why something went wrong with your print jobs? Or how some designers set up incredibly delicate print refinements for their print projects? If yes, this course is exactly what you're looking for.

In this course you will understand how printing works and how all the variables in printing work together to create a great or bad print outcome. The outline for this course is going to start with an overview of the different printing and finishing processes with 3D animations, followed by thorough theory on the most important print topics, such as maximum ink coverage, page bleed, rasterization, what color models are and so on.

After this, you are going to learn about color management and PDF for print production in-depth, followed by practical chapters that discover how you can put all those pieces together, including setting up print documents with InDesign, Illustrator, as well as optimizing your images with Photoshop and last but not least how to check those with preflights within Acrobat.

What are the requirements?

  • Basic InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop skills, Acrobat Pro for analyzing print PDFs

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand how printing works mechanically and use that as a basis for better communication with print providers
  • Understand how to prepare print PDFs for print providers
  • Create basic and advanced print products with print finishes

Who is the target audience?

  • Graphic designers with no techincal background for print production or graphic design beginners
  • Small entrepreneurs that prepare their own designs but don't know how to prepare them properly for print.
  • Don't take this course expecting a focus on design principles. There are already a lot of great resources and courses out there about this.

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Section 1: Basics of print production
Course Introduction
Color models: Understanding color on screen and paper (RGB & CMYK)
Process and spot colors: The ink that's used by the printer
Rasterization: How color is printed on paper
Overprinting: A fundamental concept for print refinements
Registration marks: What they do and if we need them
Trapping: Avoiding certain color shift issues
Rich Black: How to get rich, vibrant blacks
Page Bleed: Avoiding trimming issues at the edge of your page
Image resolution: Getting crisp images on your prints
Fonts: How to treat your fonts
Basic checklist for print production
Section 2: Advanced: How to prepare specific print products
How to prepare an energy drink can
How to prepare folded flyers
How to prepare a folder with die lines
How to prepare a rollup banner
Section 3: Understanding image compression and file formats

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Instructor Biography

Andreas Galster, Graphic and user experience designer with 3D expertise

I'm a designer with experience in graphic design, user experience design and 3D graphics. I have worked for clients such as swatch, BASF argiculture, adidas, 1&1, 3Dconnexion, Pioneer and the KURZ group to name a few of my personal highlights.

My focus has been mostly on print design and production for the past 8 years, having experience with basic print products, extravagant print finishes like lenticular, varnishes or even leveraging incredibly complicated micro-embossed hot-stamping foils.

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