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Prepress Essentials: Understanding the Digital Production Workflow (Full Online)

The more skilled we become in graphic programs, the more we overlook the first law of print production: The tail wags the dog. Meaning the output process at the end dictates the workflow methods at the beginning. No artist should pick up the mouse without knowing where and how the file is going to be printed.

Knowing little about print production processes is just half the problem. The other half is not knowing how all these variables impact the printed output, sometimes with unwanted results.

Many are experts at editing images, but don’t know how the highlights and shadows will survive on press. Or they don’t know about halftones, much less how to deal with them. Most don’t know, and don’t care, about ink limits. Some know only coated and uncoated paper. Many can’t tell an ICC profile from another.

Method of Teaching

This is a live instructor-led online seminar with participant engagement via Q&A. This class will use Zoom as main conferencing platform.

What will be covered

    • What to ask suppliers besides “how much”
    • The critical processes involved in print production, with emphasis on how they can become problems or solutions
    • Why we should control the amount of ink in our files, not on press
    • Overview of the different printing processes
    • Finishing processes from binding to varnish
    • Paper types and paper properties
    • Overprinting and knockout, and when to override the settings
    • Color separation essentials
    • Prepress checklist before handing off to your printing press

Who will benefit

  • Graphic artists, desktop publishers, layout artists, art directors
  • Press supervisors and prepress staff
  • All print production people from the old school who plan to work in a fully digital environment


  • Some exposure to print production, either as graphic artist, prepress provider, or press supervisor, or
  • Some background either in computer graphics or traditional (film-based) production


Students must have Zoom application and stable internet connection.


  1. Includes e-certificate of completion
  2. Lifetime Free Refresher  (You may attend again the same course,  free of charge, on a space-available basis.)
  3. Alumni discount
  4. Enroll in our L2C (Learning to Certification) programs and get a globally recognized certificate. This course is part of:


Jun 05 2023


Class hours vary per date. Typical hours are as follows:
9:00 am - 1:00 pm




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Online Learning

This course is designed to enhance the knowledge, desirable attitudes, and skills in operating a camera and composing a subject; setting up studio lights, equipment, and accessories; performing post-production stages; and presenting finished products in accordance with the industry standards.