Fall 2020

File Prep

VC246

Course Calendar

COURSE WEEK ::

01 | 02 | 03 | 04 | 05 | 06 | 07 | 08 | 09 | 10 | 11

Calendar Notes:

  • Exercises are homework assignments that are due at a future class period, while Lab Exercises are assignments that should be worked on and completed during the current class period. Labs are activities we will complete during class.

Week 01 | Course Orientation / Intro to PRINT & Preflight

Tuesday :: 09.29.2020

Welcome Course Introduction and Welcome
Zoom Lecture File Management, Naming & Archiving
Exercise Introduction to Print Specification Research Exercise
Resources Class Notes: File Management, Naming & Archiving
Exercise: 01 Print Specification Research

Thursday :: 10.01.2020

Zoom Lecture Introduction to Printing Machines: Types of printing, use, features & limitations.
Defining Preflight and Responsibilities: The Designer, the Customer Service Representative, & the Prepress Operator.
Lab Job Production Role Play
Resources Class Notes: Printing Techniques & Processes
Slides: Printing Techniques
Class Notes: Defining Preflight & Responsibilities
Lab: Job Production Role Play

Week 02 | Page Geometry / Imposition

Tuesday :: 10.06.2020

Zoom Lecture Page Geometry: Introduction, vocabulary, layout areas, important decimal values, and brochure folds.
Online Demo Practice with Page Geometry & Precision Guides
Exercise Creating Templates for Common Brochure Folds
Resources Class Notes: Document Setup, Pages, & Imposition (pdf)
Resource: Important Decimal Values (pdf)
Exercise: 02 Creating Templates for Common Brochure Folds

Thursday :: 10.08.2020

Due Creating Templates for Common Brochure Folds Exercise
Print Specification Research Exercise (01)
Zoom Lecture Imposition: Converting reader's spreads to printer's spreads, and setting up multiple-up pages for digital printing.
Exercise Creating Printer Spreads with PDF
Resources Exercise: 03 Creating Printer Spreads with PDF

Week 03 | Vector Artwork

Tuesday :: 10.13.2020

Due Creating Printer Spreads with PDF Exercise
Zoom Lecture Troubleshooting Vector Art: Transparency, points, font embedding, & formats.
Project Introduction to Ballot Measure 2030 Project
Resources Class Notes: Troubleshooting Vector Artwork (pdf)
Project: Ballot Measure 2030 Campiagn Design

Thursday :: 10.15.2020

Due Print Specification Research Exercise (02)
Demo Preparing Vector Logos for Print Production
Lab Exercise Preparing Vector Artwork
Exercise Layout Resizing for Multiple Publications
Resources Slides: Preparing Vector Logos for Print Production (pdf)
Exercise: 04 Prepping Vector Logos
Exercise: 05 Layout Resizing for Multiple Publications

Week 04 | Raster artwork / File Review

Tuesday :: 10.20.2020

Due Layout Resizing for Multiple Publications Exercise
Zoom Lecture Troubleshooting Raster Art: Transparency, effective resolution, color space, up-sampling artwork, rich blacks, & file formats.
Resources Class Notes: Troubleshooting Raster Artwork (pdf)

Thursday :: 10.22.2020

Due Print Specification Research Exercise (03)
Lab Exercise Document Preflight
Resources Exercise: 06 Document Preflight

Week 05 | Critique / Exam

Tuesday :: 10.27.2020

Due Initial Version of Ballot Measure 2030 Project
Critique Ballot Measure 2030 Project
Project Introduction to Brand Guide Project
Online Exam Over all course class demonstrations, projects, labs, and exercise assignments.

Thursday :: 10.29.2020

Due Print Specification Research Exercise (04)
Final Version of Ballot Measure 2030 Project
Layout Review Individual reviews of VC224 Final Project

Week 06 | Color

Tuesday :: 11.03.2020

Zoom Lecture Troubleshooting Color for Offset Printing
Understanding color separations, overprinting, & knockouts.
Resources Class Notes: Troubleshooting Color for Offset Printing (pdf)

Thursday :: 11.05.2020 | On-Campus Day

Due Introduction & Personality Component of Brand Guide Project
Demo Printing Plates, Make-Ready, and Other Printing Examples
Introduction to Color Management and ICC Profiles
Lab Proofing & Printing Color Separations
Lab Exercise CMYK Color Matching
Project Logo Component of Brand Guide Project
Resources Exercise: 07 CMYK Color Matching
Project: Logos Component of Brand Guide Project

Week 07 | Color Correction

Tuesday :: 11.10.2020

Zoom Lecture Image Anatomy 101
Introduction to Curves in Photoshop
Resources Class Notes: Color Correction with Curves (pdf)

Thursday :: 11.12.2020

Zoom Lecture RGB Color Correction by the Numbers
Exercise Color Correction with Curves
Resources Exercise: 08 Color Correction with Curves

Week 08 | Adobe PDF

Tuesday :: 11.17.2020

Due Logo Component of Brand Guide Project
Color Correction with Curves Exercise
Project Typography Component of Brand Guide Project
Zoom Lecture An in-depth look at PDFs: History, versions, current use, features, & applications.
Resources Class Notes: Portable Document Format (.pdf, naturally)
Project: Typography Component of Brand Guide Project

Thursday :: 11.19.2020

Zoom Lecture Creating PDFs: Types, Methods, Presets & Options.
Creating Fillable PDF Forms in InDesign
Introduction to the PDF/X Specification
Online Demo Advanced PDF Creation with Acrobat Distiller
Using Adobe Acrobat Pro DC: Proofing, preflight and document properties.

Week 09 | Preflight & Packaging

Tuesday :: 11.24.2020

Due Typography Component of Brand Guide Project
Project Color & Production Component of Brand Guide Project
Zoom Lecture Working with the Preflight Panel & Packaging in InDesign
Creating Preflight Profiles in InDesign
Resources Class Notes: Preflight & Packaging (pdf)
Checklist: Commercial Printing Preflight (pdf)
Project: Color & Production Component of Brand Guide

Thursday :: 11.26.2020 | No Class — Thanksgiving Holiday

Week 10 | Exam

Tuesday :: 12.01.2020

Lab Exercise Document Preflight Revisited
Project Brand Application Component of Brand Guide Project
Resources Exercise: 09 Document Preflight Revisited
Project: Brand Application Component of Brand Guide

Thursday :: 12.03.2020 | On-Campus Day

Due Color & Production Component of Brand Guide Project
On-Campus Lab Class time for printing and production of Brand Guide Project
Online Exam Over all course class demonstrations, projects, labs, and homework assignments.

Week 11 | Finals Week

Tuesday :: 12.08.2020

Due Brand Application Component of Brand Guide Project (5:00 PM)
Online Exam Two (to be completed by Noon)