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Print Production

Learn about colour profiling, pre-press, imaging and web2print in print production with this free online course.

Art and Crafts
Free Course
This free online print production course will teach you how to process different colours using objects and light. You will learn how colour is assessed and measured for display and print, use a measurement file to define the relationship between device-dependent values and independent numbers, and employ total ink limit and black generation to produce the output profile. You will also study colour profile generation, and more.





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In this free course Print Production, you will learn that the primary goal in colour management, is to provide a consistent perceptual experience. Effective use of colour is achieved using internationally recognised standards and technologies. In this course you will be introduced to colour processing, device link profiles, pre-press, imaging and web2print.

The course teaches you about the six pre-imaging processes are: Raster image processing (RIP); Colour management; Trapping; Transparency; Imposition and Preflight analysis. Font problems are still the most common cause of error in processing client documents for all imaging technologies. Whereas traditional printing transfers an image permanently onto a fixed image plate, digital printing transfers the image temporarily onto a photoconductive cylinder, called a drum, or directly onto the substrate. With digital printing, there is virtually no set-up or make-ready; finishing tasks can be accomplished inline and each sheet can have unique content - ideal for publication printing, short print runs, or highly dynamic content.

This course is suitable for students studying print production or graphic design. It is also suitable for those wishing to enter the printing trade or for those looking to learn more about the industry. This course goes into some detail and references are provided for further study. So, why wait? Start the course today and learn how you can improve your print production skills in no time!

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the procedure for measurement and colour profile generation in the manufacturing process
  • Discuss the primary four imaging and six pre-imaging processes
  • Discuss on-screen and imaging compatibility issues with different types of fonts
  • Trace the issues involved in preparing transparent graphic elements for output
  • Outline Preflight procedures for checking a computer graphic document in preparation for the manufacturing process
  • Compare digital and traditional printing methods, including different types of inkjet printing
  • Discuss how paper size, weight and quality effects output
  • Trace the development of page description languages and digital front ends
  • Explain how Variable data printing uses data to personalize documents
  • Discuss the advantages to companies and customers of using online print services


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