Prepress Concepts and Color Management

Prepress is the term used in the printing and publishing industries for the processes and procedures that occur between the creation of a print layout and the final printing. The prepress procedure includes the manufacture of a printing plate, image carrier or form, ready for mounting on a printing press, as well as the adjustment of images and texts or the creation of a high-quality print file. In today's prepress shop, the form of delivery from the customer is usually electronic, either a PDF or application files created from such programs as Adobe InDesign or QuarkXPress.

There are many processes involved in part of prepress like typesetting, copy-editing, markup, proofing, proofreading, screening, imposition, manufacturing of plates, manufacturing of a high-quality print (PDF) file and the final process which is paper select choosing the proper paper for printing.

Duration:45 hours
Validity:1 month


Role of a Pre-press operator

Pre-press operators carry out a range of tasks in the printing process, on items like newspapers, magazines, books, stationery and packaging. A pre-press operator’s duties include:

  • scanning digital images to put into documents
  • retouching images and creating example proofs
  • laying out artwork to plan how a finished page will appear (known as imposition)
  • using desktop publishing (DTP) software packages to set out the artwork, images and text to match design plans
  • proofreading and checking the whole document for accuracy and visual impact
  • preparing the item for reproduction in a format specified by the printer (known as reprographics)
  • Transferring the final image from film onto printing plates, using an imagesetter (known as platemaking).


Course Details

Discover prepress management covers each step of the prepress process, from proper document planning and construction to making the right choices for output settings. The course covers all the details in between, including choosing the right typefaces and fonts, working with graphics and colors, and much more.
At the end of this course you will also learn how to prepare Photoshop files for a wide variety of printing devices, including offset printing presses, digital presses, wide format, large gamut inkjet printers, and toner-based printers. This course covers image adjustments, color mode conversions, and selecting the right format for print, as well as assigning and building colors to achieve desired print colors and using automation to streamline the prepress workflow.


Course Overview

Introduction to Printing
This lesson gives you an introduction about printing, types of printing, principles involved in the various types of printing and a brief introduction on offset printing.
Color Theory
Color theory is a body of practical guidance to color mixing and the visual effects of a specific color combination. There are also definitions of colors based on the color wheel: primary color, secondary color and tertiary color.
Scanner Technology
In this lesson we will take a look at the principles of scanning, types of scanners, the parameters needed for maintaining scan quality.
Digital Graphics
We will learn about the types of digital graphics, digital file formats and some important terminology pertaining to digital graphics.
This lesson covers different design elements of a type, types of fonts, typefaces and some basics on fonts as well.
Learn how imposition which is the process of arranging the individual pages on the sheet of paper so that after they are printed, folded and trimmed, the resulting pages will back up correctly and be in the proper order.
Learn preflight preparation and testing which involves the checking and verification of all aspects of a print job.
Learn Trapping which involves creating overlaps (spreads) or underlaps (chokes) of objects during the print production process to eliminate misregistration on the press.
Learn proofing which involves creating an accurate facsimile of the artwork before beginning production runs.
Digital Screening
The process of converting continuous tones images into half tones and finally delivering the tonal gradations on print involves a process of digital screening an understanding of this process will help you when you do color corrections, shadows and mid tones.
Tonal reproduction
Understand Tone reproduction which is the visual and photometric relationship of neutral grays on the original copy to the reproduced neutral grays.
Color Management
Learn color management system (CMS) which compares the color space in which a color was created to the color space in which the same color will be output, and makes necessary adjustments to represent the color as consistently as possible among different devices.
Producing and Printing Consistent Color
To produce consistent color, you define the color space in which to edit and display RGB images, and the color space in which to edit, display, and print CMYK images. This helps ensure a close match between onscreen and printed colors. In this chapter learn how to produce and print consistent color.
Advanced concepts in Photoshop
Learn how to combine images of different resolutions, use the curve tool, advanced spot color techniques, painting color images to grayscale, using the calculations command and posterizing an image. Learn more about duo tones, color gamut and color translation issues.
Postpress basics
Postpress includes all the processes that start after printing a book as separate sheets till the books are delivered to the final destination. It is the quality of finishing work has a decisive impact on the final product’s quality.

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45 hours


1 month



This course is interactive and not taught in real-time. So you can login at your convenience and do your classes and exercises. Our interactive interface offers useful features such as fast forward, rewind, pause and you can even redo a lesson before moving ahead. These features help you track your progress and learn just what you want. Included are project files to allow you to learn right along with the instructor using the exact same files that they use. Each individual lesson has been provided with an eBook and a quiz to test your knowledge of each lesson before you take your final test. In addition to this hands-on learning experience, our trainers will evaluate your course work, clarify questions and give relevant feedback to help you grow