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.
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
- Font Substitution
- Font management software
- The “Document fonts” folder
- Setting bleed
- Slug – what it is and how to use it
- Settings for single pages and spreads
- Resolution – actual vs effective ppi
- Resizing imagery effectively
- Image sharpening
- Understanding image compression
- Understanding screen angles
- Screenclash – how to fix moire issues
- 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
- 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
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.