Digital Repro and Pre Press Training

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Creating Press Ready Files

This one day course is aimed at those who find themselves responsible for creating files for print. We take you, top-to-toe, through the process of making files Press Ready covering all the common issues that cause delays, cost time and produce unsatisfactory results.

We look at how colour separations work and all the tried and trusted techniques for making sure your artwork ends up on the page as intended. As well as working with conventional 4 colour files we look at using custom spot colours for specifying cutter guides, and special effects like foils and spot varnishes.

This course will give you the confidence to create Press Ready artwork and liaise with printers and bureaus on technical issues to ensure you get the best printed results.

£350.00ex vat

The Digital Repro and Prepress course is aimed at those who find themselves responsible for creating files for print.

Creating Print Ready Files


  • Initial file checking
  • Highlighting file issues
  • Choosing an efficient workflow

Managing Fonts

  • Font Substitution
  • Font management software
  • The “Document fonts” folder

Document Settings

  • Setting bleed
  • Slug – what it is and how to use it
  • Settings for single pages and spreads
  • Impostion

Optimising Images

  • Resolution – actual vs effective ppi
  • Resizing imagery effectively
  • Image sharpening
  • Understanding image compression
  • Understanding screen angles
  • Screenclash – how to fix moire issues

Spot Colours

  • What spot colours are
  • Pantone and other Colour Libraries
  • Common uses for custom spot colours
  • Setting up a Spot UV – using spot colours for special finishes

Working with Transparency

  • Clipping paths, alpha channels and layermask – how they all work
  • Using transparency effects – how page items interact
  • How transparency gets converted for output – things to look out for


  • What is trapping?
  • Setting overprints and knockouts
  • Designing for good reproduction – how to avoid trapping issues

Colour Management

  • Introduction to Colour Management – how colour profiles work
  • Choosing appropriate colour settings for your workflow
  • Setting up a colour managed workflow

Preparing Final Files

  • Preflighting InDesign files
  • PDF export settings – creating, using, editing
  • Preflighting PDF files
  • Packaging project files for output and archive

If you are preparing files for professional print and want to avoid any nasty surprises, then this is the course for you.

You will learn to

  • Understand how seperations work
  • Better understand colour within the print process
  • How to create special effects
  • Understand professional print terminology such as trapping, overprints, knockouts, etc..
  • Optimise images for Print
  • Work with Transparency
  • Ensure consistent colour reproduction and recognise potential pitfalls
  • Preflight your document and output it professionally ready for print

Our scheduled courses are designed to ensure you have a professional and productive experience.  With 20 years practice we have had plenty of time to get it right, but we are always open to new suggestions as well.

Reasons to choose Highlander for your professional training

  • A proven track record - Highlander has been established for 20 years.
  • High quality instruction - Our instructors are certified by Adobe, Google and CompTIA.
  • We make sure you are happy - Our satisfaction guarantee ensures you leave with a smile.
  • Follow on support - We give you 12 months post course support.

What you get on a Highlander Course

Start and finish times

Our courses start at 9.30am and typically run until 4pm. The finish time is based primarily on how much information people can retain in a day without being overwhelmed, and can vary slightly depending on individual class size and ability.


Each delegate is provided with use of a computer, setup with the latest version of the software they are learning. Our York centre has a mix of Mac and PC's, so if you have a preference please advise us when booking. Older versions of software can usually be catered for on request.

If delegates prefer to work in their own environment and would rather bring their own laptop that is equally fine.


Hot drinks and bottled water is provided throughout the day together with a selection of biscuits and sweets.  There is a scheduled 15 minute break mid morning and again mid afternoon.


There is a one hour break for lunch to allow delegates some time "off the screen".  Our centre is located on the well known Bishy Road in York, with a wide range of popular cafe's just a few metres from the front door. The street regularly features in national newspapers and has been described by Wall Street Journal as "an enclave of gourmet delis and cafes" while The Times described it as "York's answer to Notting Hill".

Course Materials

Course manuals / books are provided for all our standard scheduled courses and you get 12 months access to our learning management system which contains a variety of content ranging from video tutorials and refresher exercises through to copies of course slides.

Internet Access

All the machines have full internet access and free wifi is available to use within our centres.

Certificate of Completion

All delegates receive a certificate of completion to show they have completed an Adobe Authorised Training Course.

Who should attend this course

This course is aimed at people responsible for preparing files for professional print.  It is suitable for those who have completed the InDesign Getting Started course, or have some basic experience with InDesign already.