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.
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).
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.
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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