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Print Production


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This online course features the following types of interaction:

  • Pre-recorded content
  • Live meetings
  • Live critiques

Learn how to take a project from the design stage to printed product. Topics include: how to get print estimates, “preflighting”, font management, and color for print production. Includes a tour of a printing press. Prerequisites: Intermediate Typography or equivalent professional design experience, and working knowledge of Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator.



Course begins Monday, June 21

Course ends Monday, July 13

Mandatory Live Video Conference Lectures:
Monday, June 21, 6:30 pm
Monday, June 28, 6:30 pm
Monday, July 12, 6:30 pm
Monday, July 19, 6:30 pm



Online Course Material

Students can complete the bulk of the coursework on their own time over a period of four weeks using the online course hosted on Adobe Education Exchange.

The course is broken into seven sections as outlined below, with a brief exam at the end of each section.

  • Printing History – Est: 2 hours
    The story of printing from prehistory through today, viewed through three lenses: mark making, written communication, and reproduction.
  • Understanding Printing Processes – Est: 1.5 hours
    Traditional printing methods: Relief / Intaglio / Stencil / Lithography.
    Digital printing methods: Inkjet / Dye Sublimation / Laser & Toner-based Digital Printing / Ink-based Digital Printing.
  • Key Concepts in Print Design – Est. 4 hours
    Ink on Paper / Solids & Line Art / Halftone / Tints and Gradients / AM / FM Screening / Process Color / SpotColor / Duo-tone / Raster & Vector Imagery / Digital Typography / Bi-level imagery / Imposition / Registration / Trapping / Dot Gain / Color Shifting & Ghosting / Bleeds / Page Creep / Crossover / Binding & Finishing / RIPs
  • Color – Est. 1.5 hours
    Understanding color: Light & Ink / Color Separation / Adjusting Color
  • Special Techniques – Est. 3 hours
    Spot Color / Separations Preview / Bilevel Imagery / Overprinting / Ink Limit / Clipping Paths / File Formats / Packaging files for Press / Acrobat PDF
  • Ink & Paper – Est. 2 hours
    Ink: Components / Characteristics / Types / Coatings & Varnishes
    Paper: Design Considerations / Manufacturing Paper / Paper Characteristics
  • The Process – Est. 2 hours
    The Print Design process from Finish to Start / Working with printers / RFQs: Request for Quote / Proofing / Press Checks / Roles & Responsibilities / General Best Practices


A 1.5-hour video conference lecture will occur each Monday evening over four weeks (with the exception of July 5).

We will cover crucial topics related to print design:

  • Week 1 – Introduction to print design
    Monday, June 21, 6:30 pm
    Research project #1 is assigned.
  • Week 2: Understanding Process vs. Spot color
    Monday, June 28, 6:30 pm
    Review of research project #1, and research project #2 is assigned.
  • Week 3: Special Techniques
    Monday, July 12, 6:30 pm
    Review of research project #2, and the final design project is assigned.
  • Week 4: Preflight
    Monday, July 19, 6:30 pm
    Review of final design projects.

Research Projects

Two research projects will be assigned at the close of the first two lectures. Students will be asked to explore printed materials around them through the lens of the associated lecture topic.

  • Week 1: Gather four examples of print materials, two of which possess unique visual and tactile qualities, and two that reveal potential printing issues. We will share and discuss during the Week 2 lecture.
  • Week 2: Gather three examples of printed materials that use spot color. We will share and discuss during the Week 3 lecture.

Final Design Project

Students will create a poster design using any of the Creative Cloud applications. The posters are limited to 3 spot colors only. The project files will be preflighted during the Week 4 lecture to reveal how a commercial printer would process the files.

Jason Fairchild is an artist and graphic designer who began his career as a commercial printer in the late 1980s. In the mid 90s, he transitioned from printing to graphic design, eventually becoming senior designer of Hobbamock Design. He is currently staff designer and pre-press manager of Recycled Paper Printing, Inc.