ART 225 - Prepress and Printing Processes

Course Description

In this course you will investigate digital file composition and the use of computing technology as it applies to the preparation of digital files for the printing industry. Printing and binding methods used to reproduce the work of the graphic designer will be studied. Technical, time and budget constraints are emphasized in order to relate design and production costs to real-world situations. Students will gain hands-on experience with a variety of graphics hardware and software commonly used for computer prepress. Coursework includes lecture, case study and field trips. Demonstration, discussion and formal critiques will augment studio work. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to: Define design objectives and how work flows through the imaging process. Identify and define line art and halftone reproduction processes. Identify and define the most commonly used proofing methods and color systems. Identify, characterize and select appropriate paper stock for various types of printing jobs. Define and differentiate between the various commercial-printing methods. Identify and define printing-related processes such as engraving, embossing, diecutting, foil stamping and the most commonly used bindery methods. Identify and list the advantages, disadvantages and capabilities of different storage media and use of file compression utilities for file transfer and storage. Perform font management activities. Understand, use and apply calibration techniques to computer monitors and desktop scanners. Apply troubleshooting techniques to hardware and software problems. Output digital files on Postscript an non-postscript printers. Solve projects in a unique and creative manner. Produce content as an effective form of visual communication. Communicate issues of critical thinking skills through the creation of artworks and participation in the formal critique process.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 2
Lab Hours: 2

Course Prerequisites: Prereq ART 208, ART 211 and Coreq. ART 213